Overview

Demonstration Project Grant funds from The Opportunity Collaborative will allow The Central Maryland Transportation Alliance (CMTA) to conduct an analysis of and develop recommended priorities for public transportation service in target employment centers by coordinating input from workforce development experts, employers, current employees and prospective employees in the target area.  The project’s analysis will demonstrate efficient and financially viable means for improved public transit service connecting job seekers in the region to BWI – Thurgood Marshall Airport, Arundel Mills/Maryland Live! Casino and Ft. George G. Meade.

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The Grantee

CMTA was created in 2007 by business and civic leaders committed to realizing the vision of creating a world-class transportation system serving the Baltimore/Washington Region. It is the only organization with a singular focus – to advocate for better transportation by bringing together a broad and diverse group of private and public sector organizations representing the business, philanthropic and institutional sectors around a common agenda of reducing congestion and sprawl and increasing access to opportunities for employment, housing, education and leisure activities.

Project Narrative

CMTA is analyzing and recommending priorities for public transportation service in target employment centers by coordinating input from workforce development experts, employers, current employees and prospective employees in the target area.  The project analysis will demonstrate efficient and financially viable means for improved public transit service connecting job seekers in the region to BWI Marshall, Arundel Mills/Maryland Live! Casino and Ft. George G. Meade.

Other activities include:

  • Reviewing existing data and existing transportation services
  • Reviewing  past recommendations for improvements
  • Stakeholder interviews and surveys
  • Mapping analysis

At the conclusion of the grant period the partners will issue a final report describing the recommendations and implementation strategies, including estimated costs and potential funding sources, for maximizing the efficient and effective use of existing transportation infrastructure in one of Maryland’s key employment corridors. The recommendations for improving public transit service will focus on bus and rail connectivity and may include: express services, shuttle vans or fixed-route buses, entirely new routes or modifications to or extensions of existing routes.

Area Served

The project’s aim is improving access to jobs in the corridor between the BWI Marshall area on the north and Ft. Meade on south. The target area – with BWI Marshall Airport, National Security Agency (NSA), Ft. Meade and Arundel Mills Mall.  This geographic area is critical to the goal of increasing access to economic opportunity in the region as it includes two of Maryland’s twenty-one Employment Centers as identified by the National Center for Smart Growth (the BWI Employment Center and the Ft. Meade Employment Center).  It also includes a third area among those identified in the Baltimore Metropolitan Council’s Round 7c projections as projected to experience the greatest number of new jobs by 2020 (Arundel Mills Mall and Maryland Live! Casino).

Communities and Populations Served

The significant employment opportunities located in the target area are poorly served by public transportation.  The area is at the southern end of the Maryland Transit Administration’s core service area, at the northern end of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s core service area, and at the eastern end of Howard Transit’s core service area.  Limited routes, long headways and limited or no service at certain times of day or on certain days of the week make it difficult or impossible to reach many of the jobs in the corridor via transit. Lack of connectivity between transportation modes, i.e. Light Rail and MARC, and worksites limits the ability of employees to commute using transit.

The project serves three groups directly:

  • Current employees in the target area who endure costly and/or lengthy commutes to reach their jobs
  • Prospective employees who could be hired for jobs in the target area, if better transportation options were available
  • Employers in the target area who struggle to retain workforce and grow their businesses due to adverse transportation and access issues

It will also benefit the region and the state by expanding the employment opportunities available to low-income residents and by improving the ability of employers to grow without relocating.

The Grantee and Project Partners

CMTA was created in 2007 by business and civic leaders committed to realizing the vision of creating a world-class transportation system serving the Baltimore/Washington Region. It is the only organization with a singular focus – to advocate for better transportation by bringing together a broad and diverse group of private and public sector organizations representing the business, philanthropic and institutional sectors around a common agenda of reducing congestion and sprawl and increasing access to opportunities for employment, housing, education and leisure activities.

The project represents a cooperative effort between the Transportation Alliance as lead applicant and the BWI Business Partnership. The BWI Business Partnership sits on the board of directors of the Transportation Alliance and the two organizations collaborate regularly. The BWI Business Partnership is a membership organization of major local and regional businesses and local, state and federal government agencies.    The mission is to facilitate quality relationships among leaders from business, government and organizations who want to make a difference by accelerating growth for the BWI region.  Since its inception, the organization has been an advocate for public transportation, and is proud to be one of the oldest transportation management associations in the country.

 

 

 

Locations

The target area - with BWI Marshall Airport, National Security Agency (NSA), Ft. Meade and Arundel Mills Mall.  This geographic area is critical to the goal of increasing access to economic opportunity in the region as it includes two of Maryland’s twenty-one Employment Centers as identified by the National Center for Smart Growth (the BWI Employment Center and the Ft. Meade Employment Center).