State, City $27.3M Project Aims to Revitalize Public Transit

North Ave. Rising

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North Avenue, the broad and busy thoroughfare that runs from West Baltimore to East Baltimore has seen better days on many levels, including its transportation infrastructure. But, that may be receiving a significant revitalization because of a proposed multi-million dollar joint project between Baltimore City, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), and the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Governor Larry Hogan and Mayor Catherine Pugh recently announced the $27.3 million “North Avenue Rising” project to add essential transportation and infrastructure improvements along the North Avenue corridor.

Governor Larry Hogan and Mayor Catherine Pugh recently announced the $27.3 million “North Avenue Rising” project. (Hannah Klarner/Capital News Service via AP)

“For far too long, a lack of reliable transit has crippled the North Avenue corridor, and beginning today that is going to change,” Gov. Larry Hogan said.

The project will include $14.7 million from MDOT, $1 million from the Baltimore City Department of Transportation, $10 million from at U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant and $1.6 million from USDOT Federal Highway Administration.

“Modern, comprehensive infrastructure improvements that support multi-modal transportation for city residents increases economic opportunity,” Mayor Catherine Pugh said in a statement. “An effective mass transit network will improve the quality of life of our residents.”

MDOT MTA aims to revitalize a five-mile stretch of North Avenue with improvements including: dedicated bus lanes; transit signal priority which will allow buses to hold green lights longer and shorten red lights; bicycle facilities; enhancements to both North Avenue Light Rail station and Penn-North Metro Subway station; improvements at major bus stops and sidewalks; streetscaping, and road re-pavement.

The MDOT MTA will host four public meetings for community input about the infrastructure improvements needed on North Avenue. The first meeting will be held on Nov. 13 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Impact Hub Baltimore.