Coming up at the May 18 TPB meeting: TLC, Purple Line, & bus priority

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Maryland officials will brief the TPB on the state's public-private deal to build and operate the Purple Line. (Photo: MTA)
Maryland officials will brief the TPB on the state’s public-private deal to build and operate the Purple Line. (MTA)

The Transportation Planning Board is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, May 18, at noon. The official agenda and all meeting materials will be posted on the Thursday before the meeting. Here is a quick preview of what’s coming up:

Funding for local technical assistance projects through TLC. The TPB is slated to approve 8 local planning studies or design projects for funding under its Transportation/Land-Use Connections(TLC) Program. Projects include designs for future BRT stations in Montgomery County, plans for development and station access connections near two planned VRE stations, and designs fora new protected bike lane on New Hampshire Avenue in Takoma Park.

Maryland’s public-private deal to build and operate the Purple Line. State officials will brief the board on its partnership with Purple Line Transit Partners, the firm selected to design, build, and operate the new light-rail line. Last month, the TPB voted to update the region’s long-range plan (CLRP) and six-year spending program (TIP) to reflect the project’s new official cost so that construction can begin later this year.

Implementing bus priority projects with federal TIGER funds. The deadline is nearing to implement 15 projects throughout the region to improve bus on-time performance and reliability. The projects, which include bus-only lanes, prioritized traffic signals, and new arrival information displays, together received $58.8 million in federal TIGER funding in 2010. On May 18, the board will receive a progress update on the projects ahead of their September 2016 implementation deadline.

Agenda and meeting materials available Thursday, May 12

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