BRTB Approves funding for BaltimoreLink, transit vehicle updates
On Tuesday, February 28, 2017, the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB) approved funding for the following 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) project updates:
• Bus and Bus Facilities Mini Overhaul Project New project!
• MARC Train Rolling Stock Overhauls and Replacement Project
• MARC Train Improvements Project
• BaltimoreLink Bus and Rail System Preservation and Improvement Project Updated!
Details of the amendments and comment period are below.
ABOUT THE TIP
The 2017-2020 TIP is the list of regional transportation projects requesting federal funding in the near term. It includes more than $2.71 billion in proposed federal, state and local money for highway, transit, bicycle and pedestrian projects during the next four years. The funding goes towards maintaining, operating and expanding the transportation system. The TIP is fiscally constrained.
Amendments occur to the 2017-2020 TIP because of changes to project scope and funding or changes to federal documentation policies. Public comment periods and meetings aim to keep communication open regarding these changes.
BUS AND BUS FACILITIES MINI OVERHAUL PROJECT (new project!)
The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) requested an amendment to the 2017-2020 TIP to add the Bus and Bus Facilities Mini Overhaul Project (TIP ID #40-1701-63) using a federal Buses and Bus Facilities discretionary grant.
This program will proactively repair and replace multiple bus components at key points in the vehicles life, including vehicle engine, brakes, suspension, body, paint, and wheelchair/ADA, electrical, and pneumatic systems. Fifty existing MTA bus vehicles will be eligible for this overhaul program during the next three years.
The amendment adds $533,000 in federal funds to FY 2017, along with $229,000 in matching funds for a total project cost of $762,000.
MARC TRAIN ROLLING STOCK OVERHAULS AND REPLACEMENT PROJECT
MTA requested an update to the 2017-2020 TIP to re-obligate previously programmed money for the MARC Train Rolling Stock Overhauls and Replacement Project (TIP ID # 70-1501-53). There is no change in project schedule or scope.
This is an ongoing project for the overhaul and replacement of MARC Train rolling stock. The overhaul of MARC coaches and locomotives is performed in accordance with 10-year minor and 20-year midlife schedules and/or the manufacturer’s schedule. MARC vehicles will be upgraded with federally-mandated Positive Train Control (PTC) safety features.
This amendment increases FY 2017 funding by $34.6 million, which includes $27.7 million in federal funding and $6.9 million in matching funds. Total funding in the TIP increases from $36.5 million to $71.1 million.
MARC TRAIN IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT
The MTA requested an update to the 2017-2020 TIP to re-obligate previously programmed money for the ongoing MARC Train Improvements Project (TIP ID # 70-1502-24). There is no change in project schedule or scope.
This amendment increases FY 2017 funding by $21.8 million, which includes $17.5 million in federal funding and $4.4 million in matching funds. Total funding in the TIP increases from $19.9 million to $41.8 million.
BALTIMORELINK BUS AND RAIL SYSTEM PRESERVATION AND IMPROVEMENT PROJECT Updated as of January 24, 2017
The Bus and Rail System Preservation and Improvement Project (TIP ID # 40-0015-64) is an ongoing project to rehabilitate MTA bus, light rail, and metro vehicles, facilities, and infrastructure including park-and-ride lots, bus turnarounds, bridges, tunnels, track and equipment. After finalizing grant request amounts, MTA has needed to slightly adjust the funding levels for the Bus and Rail System Preservation and Improvement Project.
MTA requested an amendment to the 2017-2020 TIP to add Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5307 Flex funds, for FY 2017 through FY 2019, in the amount of $20.8 million with a matching $5.2 million for the BaltimoreLink transit signal priority and Bus Link transit facilities. These funds were previously allocated in the 2016-2019 TIP, but were inadvertently dropped during the 2017-2020 TIP call for projects.
In addition, MTA requested an update to Section 5307 Urbanized Area Formula Program funds for FY 2017 in the amount of $1.45 million with a matching $362,000. This increase is due to refined estimates of capital budget needs.
Total funding for this project in the TIP increases from $24.8 to $52.6 million. MTA welcomes public feedback on the BaltimoreLink project. Visit the BaltimoreLink website for details about public hearings and how to comment.
PUBLIC REVIEW AND COMMENT
The BRTB welcomed public comments from Wednesday, January 4, through Monday, February 6, 2017. During this time, the BRTB invited the public to learn more and/or share comments on this project during its Public Advisory Committee (PAC) Policy Subcommittee meeting on Wednesday, February 1, at 4:30 p.m. at the Baltimore Metropolitan Council and during the Public Comment Opportunity at the BRTB meeting on Tuesday, February 28 at 9 a.m.
For more information: Zach Kaufman, email@example.com, 410-732-0500 x 1048
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