Maryland's Open Transportation Investment Decisions Act requires the Maryland Department of Transportation to prioritize major transportation projects based on factors like economic growth, public safety, and community vitality. If properly implemented, the Act could help Maryland reduce average commute times, foster access to opportunity, and stimulate investment in our cities and towns. Check out our report to learn more.
The purpose of this report is to recommend a process for the development of each of the 23 measures included in the act. These recommendations are
intended to be readily implementable and to reflect best practices. The sources for these recommendations include:
1. Virginia’s SmartScale project prioritization program, which is widely considered to be the state-of-the-art system in the United States and which the Maryland General Assembly has identified as a model.
2. The new federal Transportation Performance Management system, which requires state departments of transportation, including the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), to collect and analyze a wide range of data that bear on many of the issues set out in the Maryland law.
3. Other states and metropolitan planning organizations.
4. MDOT’s own systems.
The report recommendations demonstrate that Maryland can adopt a high-quality prioritization system that meets all the act's objectives.