Maryland– Maryland has re-launched development of the State Center project in Midtown Baltimore. The Maryland Stadium Authority and the Maryland Department of General Services issued a request for expression of interest (RFEOI)in taking over the redevelopment of 28 acres of state offices. The site is considered a transit-oriented development by city and state officials for its location adjacent to subway and light rail stops. It’s also near Symphony Center, a complex of apartments, offices and shops. The project, however, remains mired in lawsuits with a developer that began working on a $1.5 billion plan in 2009.
Baltimore sued the firm for its delayed progress and the firm countersued the city for breaking contract. It’s not clear how the litigation will be resolved, or if the project can proceed. The RFEOI is viewed as the first step in a multi-step process of selecting a new master developer which will serve as a basis for creating a short list of firms invited to respond to a request for proposals. Responses from interested developers are due Aug. 22 and results are expected in September.
California-The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro) is conducting a feasibility study to identify and evaluate a range of high-capacity rail transit alternatives between the San Fernando Valley and the Los Angeles International Airport. In addition to the study, which began in December 2017, Metro is hosting a series of community meetings to solicit input. The study is expected to be completed in the Fall of 2019 and will be the basis for future environmental analysis.
The route proposed for the project experiences heavy travel with more than 400,000 people a day traveling through the area. Funding will come from Measure M, a transportation sales tax approved by Los Angeles County voters in 2016. The project will receive $9.8 billion from this sales tax funding. The LA Metro wants to expedite the project through a public-private partnership. The first stage of the project is expected to open in 2033, however, the goal is to have it open for the 2028 Summer Olympics.
Michigan- Michigan has launched an $8 million grant program for ride-sharing companies, automakers, transit agencies and advocacy groups to develop new mobility options for seniors, handicapped residents and military veterans. The state has issued a request for bids that is due by July 6. The first round of winning bidders will have 60 days to launch innovative pilot programs. The funding for the pilot program comes from the supplemental spending bill Gov. Rick Snyder signed in March which includes $175 million in extra roads and transportation funding, including $15 million the state could use on next-generation connected vehicle projects, hydrogen fueling stations and ride-sharing pilot projects.
The state plans to award grants to projects of various sizes based on submissions and proposed service areas. They’ll be used to subsidize a portion of costs to plan, implement and monitor the pilot projects for three to six months. The state expects to fund projects in urban, rural and suburban communities in coordination with current services.
Pennsylvania- Some major projects have the potential to improve Philadelphia’s infrastructure. Amtrak is in search of a master developer to take on a $6.5 billion project to transform both 30th Street Station and the surrounding area into an innovative transportation hub and mixed-use neighborhood. Creating more public space and addressing traffic issues will be other planned changes directly involving the 30th Street Station.
A feasibility study is underway to extend the Broad Street subway line from the final stop at the stadiums to the Navy Yard. The study results are expected to be released this year. The estimated $500 million project could turn the Navy Yard campus into a livable place with housing. Another project is the capping of Interstate 95 and Penn’s Landing.
A $225 million project will put a park over the interstate between Chestnut and Walnut streets, and slope down over Penn’s Landing, which is currently a heavy-concrete public space on the Delaware River. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority is waiting for an environmental impact study on an effort to connect King of Prussia rail
(KOP) with the Norris High Speed Line. The KOP could see an operational train by 2025.