Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) comprises five business units and one authority that oversees all facets of transportation in Maryland, including ports, transit, aviation, tolls, highways, and driver services. As the DoD makes extensive use of defense communities' multimodal transportation infrastructure for base personnel commuting to and from installations as well as to move materials and provide resources to installations, MDOT (and localities) plays a critical role in supporting defense infrastructure. MDOT uses a variety of tools, plans, and programs to coordinate with federal, state, regional, and local agencies to plan and develop a transportation system that meets the needs of all users, including Maryland's defense communities. MDOT partners in transportation planning include
Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), regional planning councils, county planning agencies, regional transit agencies, and transportation management associations.
MDOT is one of the five state agencies that is a statutory member of the
Maryland Military Installation Council (MMIC) and plays a key supporting role in implementing the recommendations of the 2019 Statewide Joint Land Use Response Implementation Strategy to support military and community compatibility.
In addition, MDOT is one of seven state agencies that take part in the review of
Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) applications for permitting approval of utility-scale renewable energy projects (along with the Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Energy Administration, Department of the Environment, Department of Planning, and the Department of Commerce). MDOT is also a part of the
Federal Offshore Siting Process for Renewable Energy projects. Compatible permitting and siting of renewable energy projects are key to maintaining and protecting the military mission and operational areas in the state.
Compatibility Factors relevant to the Department of Transporation: Roadway Capacity/Congestion, Infrastructure Extensions and Capacity
Relevant Programs and Plans
Comparable to a local capital improvement plan, MDOT annually completes
and publishes a 6-year capital budget for transportation projects in the
state named the
Consolidated Transportation Program (CTP). The CTP is one component
of the legislatively mandated State Report on Transportation, which in addition
to the CTP, includes the
Maryland Transportation Plan (MTP) and
Annual Attainment Report (AR). MDOT updates the MTP and AR every 5
years. The CTP outlines state transportation projects and programs across
all of MDOT's business units, which include State Highway Administration,
Maryland Transit Administration, the MDOT Secretary's Office, Motor Vehicle
Administration, Maryland Port Administration, Maryland Aviation Administration,
and Maryland Transportation Authority.
CTP priorities are developed in accordance with the goals of the MTP,
and include concerns for safety, resiliency, economic development, environmental
sustainability, efficiency, improved choices and connections, and fiscal
responsibility. The Maryland Open Transportation Investment Act of 2016
required the state to develop a project-based scoring system to rank major
(defined as exceeding $5 million in cost) state highway or transit capacity
projects proposed for funding in the CTP, referred to as Chapter 30. Chapter
30 includes nine goals and
23 measures used to evaluate major projects. Chapter 30 is one tool
used by MDOT in the CTP decision making process but is not the sole determinant
of which projects will be funded. Entities, which include local governments
and state government agencies, proposing a major project must submit an
application through the Maryland
OneStop portal by
March 1 of each year. Any project listed in a county Priority Letter (learn
more below) must also have a Chapter 30 application submitted by March 1.
FY22-27 CTP includes, but is not limited to, the following transportation
projects that support civilian-military compatible use in defense communities.
The purpose and need statements for these projects note that they are in
response to BRAC expansion and BRAC initiatives.
- Fort Meade
- Widen MD Route 175 to improve safety and decrease congestion
related to expansion at the fort (pg. SHA-AA-1)
- Study identifying traffic flow improvements on the same road
- Provide bicycle and pedestrian access on MD 198 from MD 295
to MD 32 (pg. SHA-AA-8)
- Naval Support Activity Bethesda
- Construct intersection improvements on MD 185 at Jones Bridge
Rd (pg. SHA-M-3)
- Joint Base Andrews
- Construct a new interchange at MD 4 and Suitland Parkway which
accommodating bicycles and pedestrians where appropriate (SHA-PG-4)
- Upgrade MD 4 from MD 223 to I-95/I-495 to a multilane highway
accommodating bicycles and pedestrians where appropriate (SHA-PG-16)
Military installations and local governments (Chapter 30 entities) are
encouraged to collaborate on Maryland OneStop applications and priority
letters to seek and secure CTP funding for transportation studies, programs,
and projects that support civilian-military compatible use.
Chapter 725 of the 2010 Laws of Maryland clarifies standards for the
Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) evaluation and selection of
projects for its annual Consolidated Transportation Program (CTP). Transportation
Article Â§ 8-612 governs the method by which local governments communicate
their capital project priorities to the state by noting that â€œthe local
governing body and a majority of the local legislative delegation shall
establish a list of priorities from among those secondary system projects
listed in the needs inventory and the Administration shall engage in initial
project planning upon the request of the local governing body and a majority
of the local legislative delegation in the order established in the list
of priorities. MDOT's
Highway Needs Inventory (HNI) Overview defines the secondary system
as a "network of state routes which serve inter-regional and localized traffic.
This network consists of 3,955 miles (75.45%) of the total state maintained
roadways and provides feeder and support functions to the Primary System.
It also complements county highway systems."
Chapter 725 also establishes the connection between prioritized projects,
Maryland Transportation Plan (MTP), and a jurisdiction's comprehensive
plan. Requests for the inclusion of a capital project in the CTP must include
the location of the project, the need for the project, a discussion of how
the project addresses state transportation goals, and a description of how
the project supports local government land use goals. As part of the annual
CTP process, MDOT accepts the requests, in the form of Priority Letters,
on or around April 1 of each year. Counties are required to submit Priority
Letters that detail how proposed projects advance the
six goals of the MTP. MDOT encourages municipalities and regional planning
organizations to coordinate with counties if they wish for a project to
be included in a Priority Letter, as county letters most impact MDOT's CTP
decision making process. Counties should engage the public, municipalities,
major employers, and other stakeholders, including military installations,
in the Priority Letter development process. As a means of supporting mutually
beneficial transportation infrastructure (roads, transit, multimodal), jurisdictions
and their neighboring military installations should discuss desired transportation
projects each year during the priority letter drafting process, ideally
as part of a regularly scheduled and coordinated process. MDOT reports and
maintains annual Priority Letters on its
Maryland Priority Letter Map. Planning recommends that counties and
municipalities also work with military installations to ensure projects
are consistent with local comprehensive plans, as that is one measure by
which MDOT measures proposals during the CTP process. If a project is not
included in a jurisdiction's comprehensive plan, or if the land use plan
does not support a proposed project, such as transit connecting growth areas
with major employers or other high trip generating destinations, then a
jurisdiction and military installation should consider how the comprehensive
plan might best be updated our amended to demonstrate consistency with the
proposed project. Another option is for installations to articulate their
priority transportation projects through the MMIC.
In addition to coordinating on the Consolidated Transportation Plan (CTP)
and Priority Letters, military installations should work with
Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) on their Long-Range Transportation
Plans (LRTP) and
MPO Transportation Improvement Programs (TIPs). Maryland has seven MPOs
serving the state's urbanized areas with a population greater than 50,000.
MPOs are required to develop 20-year LRTPs and two to six-year TIPs for
the regions they represent. The LRTPs are similar in form and purpose as
the Maryland Transportation Plan (MTP), but at the regional, rather than
the state level. LRTPs include regional goals, and, along with the MTP,
serve as the foundation of the state's project-focused
Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan. MDOT describes the STIP as
"a listing of transportation projects requesting funding that includes proposed
federal, state, and local money for highway, transit, bicycle, and pedestrian
projects throughout the state during the next four years."
Refer to the STIP Development Process Diagram from Maryland's 2022 STIP
to learn more about the various plans and programs are related.
Following General Assembly approval of the CTP, projects are then incorporated
into the respective MPO TIPs. A new CTP is developed each year, while TIPs
and the STIP may not be updated annually.
Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) is a state directed, federally
funded, and reimbursable program. TAP supports community-oriented transportation
programs or projects that enhance Maryland's intermodal connections. Eligible
sponsors include regional transportation authorities, local and tribal governments,
school districts, natural resource and public land agencies, transit agencies,
and local government entities overseeing trail development. TAP funding
could be used to support intermodal connections to military installations,
develop recreational trails on publicly owned easements, on land adjacent
to an installation, or to restore historic transportation buildings that
serve or once served as military installations or facilities.
Jobs Access Reverse Commute (MD-JARC) Grant Program is intended to connect potential
workers to employment areas experiencing rapid growth, such as those supporting,
or supported by, military installations. Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations,
local transit systems, and one or more employers are eligible grant recipients.
MD-JARC can fund transit corridor and feasibility studies, bus infrastructure,
connected and automated vehicle pilot programs, and other transit supportive
initiatives. Local transit agencies, military installations, and military
dependent employers could partner on a MD-JARC funded program to improve
accessibility and mobility of their co-dependent workforces.