Regional Transportation Plan Includes Bridge Columbia
A first step in obtaining state or federal funding for Bridge Columbia is to get a project into the various short- and long-term transportation plans and programs at the regional and state levels. This year FOBC urged the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB) to include Bridge Columbia in its regional Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).
The BRTB recently advised FOBC that Bridge Columbia was not included in the short-term TIP because Howard County feels that the "project is not far enough along in the planning process to merit inclusion in the TIP." However, the bridge project was included as an Illustrative Project in the November 2015 Maximize 2040--the twenty-year transportation plan for the region that is required to receive federal transportation funding. Illustrative Projects are those that could be amended into the Maximize 2040 Plan should future funds become available. It's a small step, but a step in the right direction.
BRTB is the planning organization responsible for coordinating federal funding for transportation in Baltimore city and surrounding counties. Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman is the BRTB chair.