The MDOT Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) will administer a new $2 million Statewide Transit Innovation Grant (STIG) program in fiscal years 2019 and 2020. Local transit agencies and county officials can apply for up to $2 million in annual state funding to plan, design, or construct innovative transit projects.
“These grants will encourage local jurisdictions to explore innovative transit projects to connect their residents with where they need and want to go,” said Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn.
Eligible projects will enhance regional transit performance by reducing travel times; improving trip reliability; enhancing system recognition; improving safety and security; maximizing bus capacity and comfort; and improving regional transit connectivity — all while maintaining acceptable performance of the state’s highway system. Eligible projects may be in the planning design, engineering, or construction phases. Some examples of projects are corridor studies, feasibility studies, bus rapid transit corridors, dedicated bus lanes, transit signal priority, innovative fare payment upgrades, and connected and autonomous vehicle pilot programs.
MDOT MTA will administer the grants and applications will be accepted through June 27, 2018. Local jurisdictions and transit agencies also may consider implementing or expanding commuter or express bus service, new local bus routes, or improving upon the existing bus service.
“This is an exciting opportunity for our agency to advocate for and support local transit projects that will benefit all Marylanders,” said MDOT MTA Administrator Kevin Quinn. “Our goal is to create a customer-focused and efficient transit system for the state that better meets the needs of all our residents.”