AAA Mid-Atlantic (Ragina Cooper-Averella); Association of Maryland Pilots (Eric Nielsen); Baltimore Water Taxi (Michael McDaniel); Electric Motor Repair Co. (Roger Kauffman); KCI (Nathan Beil, Harvey Floyd); Kramon & Graham (Philip Andrews); Madison Capital (Allan Levine); Maryland Transportation Builders (Jim Russ); McKenzie (Karen Deeley); P. Flanigan & Sons, Inc. (Pierce Flanigan); Parsons Brinckerhoff (Jerry Jannetti, Sam Minnitte); Pennoni Associates, Inc. (Maureen Decker); Quviant (Anton "Tony" Mitchell); RK&K (Ken Goon); The Terminal Corporation (Tom Huesman); and Yellow/Checker Cab (Navin Dass).
2015 Transportation and Mobility Committee news:
Todd Lang, director of transportation planning for the Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC), discussed the region’s transportation challenges as they relate to access to jobs during the committee’s Aug. 11, 2015 meeting.
When it comes to improving the connectivity of people to middle-skill jobs – which require more than a high school diploma but less than a four-year college degree – one key challenge is that job opportunities exist well beyond the central business district and in the immediate surrounding area, Lang said. In addition to downtown, there are 10 employment centers, including Amazon, Columbia and Hunt Valley.
One way to better connect job seekers to employment opportunities is to focus on planning for road corridors, rather than regional planning, Lang said.
Lang highlighted the Opportunity Collaborative’s Regional Plan for Sustainable Development, released earlier this summer, as a foundation for this corridor-driven planning, as well as other strategies to improve access to jobs.
Those strategies include supporting the coordination of regional transit services and enhancement of the regional transit network as a tool for community and economic development and developing a better understanding of the mid-skill jobs gap through the corridor analysis.
The startup phase of Opportunity Collaborative’s plan is expected to begin soon.
Previous 2015 Committee meetings:
Jodie Misiak, director of innovative finance for the Maryland Department of Transportation, discussed P3s in Maryland during the committee’s May 19, 2015 meeting. She highlighted the success of two P3 projects in the state – Seagirt Terminal and the I-95 travel plazas (Maryland House and Chesapeake House).
The committee learned more about P3’s at its April 8, 2015 meeting when Greg Cannito, managing director of Corvias Solutions, which helps public sector institutions partner with the private sector using a public-private partnership model (P3), made a presentation.
Patrick DeCorla-Souza, P3 Program Manager, Office of Innovative Program Delivery, U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, presented to the Transportation and Mobility Committee on March 11, 2015 about Public-Private Partnerships.
August 11, 2015:
By Todd Lang, director of transportation planning for the Baltimore Metropolitan Council
May 19, 2015:
By Jodie Misiak, director of Innovative Finance, Maryland Department of Transportation
April 8, 2015:
By Greg Cannito, managing director, Corvias Solutions
March 11, 2015:
By Patrick DeCorla-Souza, P3 Program Manager, Office of Innovative Program Delivery, U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration
February 11, 2015:
By Valorie LaCour, chief, Transportation Planning Division
Citizens Planning and Housing Association (CPHA), in partnership with NeighborRide and the Howard County Office of Transportation, is bringing together residents with employers and workforce program managers to identify the main transportation challenges in getting to and from jobs.
CPHA is working to develop a new model, called transportation improvement zones (TIZs), which will bring together businesses, employees, residents, and others to create solutions where everyone benefits. Based off of successful programs already running in Montgomery County, these new partnerships can help provide more transportation choices and offer better access to good jobs right here in the Baltimore region.
Transportation and Mobility Committee meetings
Meetings are open to GBC members and held at the GBC. To attend meeting, contact Tara Harris.