Phase III – Case Studies

The parameters of this case study will be:

· An area where future growth is anticipated and planned
· Planned/anticipated levels of job growth, by type/skill level of job
· Planned/anticipated levels of housing growth, by type and price level
· Location of work force to fill the jobs
· Proposed transportation investments and services, within the area and in relation to the region
· Factors and processes used to establish transportation project and funding priorities
· Effectiveness of reverse commute transit (JARC) services in meeting employment needs
· Impacts on regional accessibility of low-income/minority populations to jobs, housing, services and other amenities.

Tthe proposed location of this new case study would be in the I-95 Corridor in the western portion of the Baltimore region, where extensive growth in being planned in relation to BWI Airport, the revitalization of US 1 and major increase in activity at Fort Meade in conjunction with BRAC relocations.

With the aid of the BREJT study team, we will agree on a geographic and analytic context for the regional case study. Tentatively, we propose a focus on the issue of regional growth shifts to the I-95 Corridor area of Howard and Anne Arundel Counties in the western portion of the Baltimore Metropolitan Area. Substantial new economic development is proposed for this area that takes advantage of existing highway capacity (I-95, US 1, US 29, MD 295, MD 32, MD 100 and MD 175) to both facilitate Howard County’s plan to revitalize and intensify the US 1 corridor and to support Anne Arundel’s ongoing activities in relation to large employment complexes surrounding BWI Airport and the Arundel Mills Mall area, and the ongoing build up at Fort Meade. Almost 150,000 new jobs are projected for this area by 2030, with very little adjacent housing and with limited existing/planned rail transit infrastructure. With highly limited housing near the corridor, workers for the many blue collar and service jobs will have to be imported from elsewhere in the region, and will either need to commute there by car or by reverse commute transit. The issues that would be addressed in this case study include:

· Where will the workers come from to fill these jobs, what are their socioeconomic characteristics, and what travel time/cost burden will they have to bear to commute to the corridor?

· Is there sufficient current or committed transportation capacity to support this level of development and the anticipated travel patterns? What level of new investment will be needed to maintain adequate levels of service?

· What was the planning and programming process that led to the regional decision to support this growth concept in the regional long-range plan and the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)?

· What planning discussions and provisions have occurred to either provide housing and transportation to meet these future worker needs and/or what concurrent plans/investments have been considered to encourage new job creation nearer to the lower-income/minority worker base?

· Specifically, how was access to jobs by minority/low-income workers addressed by this plan?