Cash Available for 'Non-Traditional' Transportation Projects

The federal government has $20 million in funds available for things like sidewalks, shared paths and wetland creation. Could any of the money come here?

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?

Weigh in using the comments section below.

McGibblets February 26, 2013 at 05:41 PM
Why can't they just give it back?
JAB February 26, 2013 at 09:37 PM
How about renovation of the sidewalks along Quarterfield Road in Severn, between Lenora Lane and Harriett Lane. The water retention area at the corner of Portsmouth and Quaterfield could use some work too. It's an eyesore!
joni mcduffie February 27, 2013 at 09:18 PM
how about we stop spending money that our children's children's children are going to have to pay back?
John February 28, 2013 at 12:05 PM
Sidewalks in the Kings Heights neighborhood. We have been asking the county to get sidewalks in our neighborhood for the last 30 years and they do is fix the existing sidewalks. We need side walk along Bruce Ave, King malcolm Ave and Monterey Ave these are major streets in to the neighborhood, sidewalks would make it much safer place to live. Also See comments posted to the article of February 11, 2013: Wanted: 'Bite-Sized' Projects for the Odenton Town Center, there have been numerous requests for sidewalks in this neighborhood.
Thea Warner February 28, 2013 at 04:50 PM
Ditto (John's comment above)!


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