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Goals and Objectives of the 2040 Maryland Transportation Plan

The MTP outlines the State’s overarching transportation priorities and helps create a larger context for transportation decision-making. The plan's overall goals and objectives embody MDOT’s vision:
Consistent with MDOT’s vision, the MTP addresses major goals. The goals and objectives below were developed with input from a variety oif Maryland Stakeholders and the general public.
A PDF version of the Goals & Objectives is available here
Ensure a Safe, Secure, and Resilient Transportation System
Enhance the safety and security of Maryland’s multimodal transportation system and provide a transportation system that is resilient to natural or man-made hazards. 
  1. Reduce the number of lives lost and injuries sustained on Maryland’s transportation system.
  2. Provide for the secure movement of people, goods, and data.
  3. Provide a resilient multimodal system by anticipating and planning for changing conditions, and hazards whether natural or man-made.
  4. Improve roadway clearance times and facilitate efficient and coordinated responses to emergency and disaster events throughout the transportation system.


Facilitate Economic Opportunity and Reduce Congestion in Maryland through Strategic System Expansion
Invest in and pursue opportunities to promote system improvements that support economic development, reduce congestion, and improve the movement of people and goods.

  1. Pursue capital improvements to the transportation system that will improve access to jobs and tourism, and leverage economic growth opportunities.
  2. Improve the movement of goods within and through Maryland by investing in intermodal connections and improvements to reduce freight bottlenecks.
  3. Strategically invest in expansion and operational improvements to reduce congestion along the multimodal transportation system.


Maintain a High Standard and Modernize Maryland’s Multimodal Transportation System
Preserve, maintain, and modernize the State’s existing transportation infrastructure and assets. 

  1. Preserve and maintain State-owned or funded roadways, bridges, public transit, rail, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, ports, airports and other facilities in a state of good repair.
  2. Strategically modernize infrastructure through new and innovative technology, enhanced partnerships, design standards, and practices to facilitate the movement of people and goods.
  3. Use asset management to optimize public investment and ensure the sustainability of the transportation infrastructure.


Improve the Quality and Efficiency of the Transportation System to Enhance the Customer Experience
Increase the use of technologies and operational improvements to enhance transportation services and communication to satisfy our customers. 

  1. Increase the efficiency of transportation services through partnerships, advanced technologies, and operational enhancements to improve service delivery methods.
  2. Enhance customer satisfaction with transportation services across all modes of transportation.
  3. Minimize travel delays and improve predictability of travel times on Maryland’s transportation system.
  4. Apply enhanced technologies to improve communications with transportation system users and to relay real time travel information.


Ensure Environmental Protection and Sensitivity
Deliver sustainable transportation infrastructure improvements that protect and reduce impacts to Maryland’s natural, historic, and cultural resources.

  1. Protect and enhance the natural, historic and cultural environment, through avoidance, minimization and mitigation of adverse impacts related to transportation infrastructure, including support for broader efforts to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay.
  2. Employ resource protection and conservation practices in project development, construction, operations, and maintenance of transportation assets.
  3. Implement initiatives to reduce fossil fuel consumption, mitigate greenhouse gases, and improve air quality. 


Promote Fiscal Responsibility
Ensure responsible investment and management of taxpayer resources to add value and deliver quality transportation improvements through performance based decision-making and innovative funding mechanisms and partnerships. 

  1. Accelerate project completion through improved and efficient use of alternative project delivery methods and strategic partnerships.
  2. Provide transportation services and solutions that maximize value.
  3. Ensure a consistent revenue stream and ample financing opportunities.


Provide Better Transportation Choices and Connections
Improve transportation connections to support alternative transportation options for the movement of people and goods. 

  1. Enhance, through statewide, regional and local coordination, transportation networks to improve mobility and accessibility.
  2. Increase and enhance multimodal connections to improve movement of people and goods within and between activity centers.
  3. Inform and educate customers on transportation options and benefits.