Ken Goon, Senior Director, Transportation Planning, RK&K Engineers
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:
The Transportation and Mobility Committee heard from Charles Baber of the Baltimore Metropolitan Council at its Oct. 7, 2015 meeting. Baber focused on access to jobs and the BMC’s 11 areas of business and employment growth. He said that approximately 45 percent of MTA riders make at least one transfer during their commute to arrive at work by 9 a.m., according to 2010 census data.
Previous 2015 Committee meetings:
James Corless, director of Transportation for America, and Erika Young, director of strategic partnerships for Transportation for America, highlighted the impact long commutes and/or poor connectivity have on connecting workers to job opportunities at the committee’s Sept. 14, 2015 meeting.
Corless and Young gave a national perspective to a discussion about access to jobs.
Corless highlighted the impact long commutes and/or poor connectivity – via public transportation – have on connecting workers to job opportunities.
View the presentation about job access here.
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.
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 about P3’s from the private-sector perspective.
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. His presentation focused on an overview of Highway Public-Private Partnerships.
At the committee’s February 11, 2015 meeting, Valorie LaCour, chief, Transportation Planning Division, discussed Baltimore City Department of Transportation Strategic Transportation Safety and Baltimore City Strategic Transportation Safety Plan.
House approves $325B highway bill
By Keith Laing
The House approved a bill to spend up to $325 billion on transportation projects on Thursday after a week-long vote-a-rama and an intense debate about federal gas taxes.
Lawmakers passed the multiyear highway bill in 363-64 vote, setting up a potential conference with the Senate ahead of a Nov. 20 deadline for renewing federal infrastructure funding.
The House measure includes the reauthorization of the controversial Export-Import Bank, which has been held up in Congress since its charter expired in June.
Source: The Hill
Transportation and Mobility Committee meetings
Meetings are open to GBC members and held at the GBC. To attend meeting, contact Tara Harris.