North Avenue Rising Set to Improve Transit, Bike Access

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bmorelinkThere could be more room for transportation that isn’t cars on North Ave. in the near future.

According to U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s office, the U.S. Dept. of Transportation awarded a $10 million TIGER grant to the state for infrastructure improvements that include more room for buses and bikes. The total project calls for $27 million, and the federal grant is the “final piece” of funding required, said the Maryland Department of Transportation.

The grant funds five miles of improvements on the east-west thoroughfare through the geographic center of the city. The improvements include dedicated bus lanes for the forthcoming BaltimoreLINK system, as well as improvements to bus stops. Improvements to the Penn North intersection and metro/light rail stops in the area also included.

The plan also calls for bike lanes and bike share stations on West North Ave. But as Bikemore points out in a blog post, less than $1 million goes for bikes. Further, the advocacy org states, the bike and bus lanes often flow together, instead of being separated. Bikemore writes that it wants to see the project, and points to several alternatives. It’s an indication that the plans aren’t final.


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