We've reported at length about the shortage of cash to handle the area's transportation problems, but the state announced yesterday a new program that could help.
The federal government has about $20 million set aside for so-called "non-traditional" transportation projects, and the Maryland Department of Transportation is currently seeking proposals.
According to a press release from the State Highway Administration, these funds are available under the new Transportation Alternatives Program. The money could be used for things like "planning, design and construction funds for on and off-road facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists and other non-motorized transportation."
In other words, places for people to bike and walk would be a good fit. The program could also work for "community improvement and environmental mitigation activities," according to the release.
Since this is a federal program, competition for funds will surely be stiff. (You may recall that the county sought a federal TIGER II grant to help build a parking garage at the Odenton MARC station, but lost out.) The application window is March 1 to May 15.
These funds are available at a time when business and community leaders in Odenton are trying to find ways to spend $6-7 million in available money from impact fees.
Are there any projects around here that would benefit from an injection of new money? Sidewalks? Trails? Open space preservation?
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