MTA's Henry Kay Talks "New Starts"

Posted Date: 
November 9, 2011

 

Henry Kay, Executive Director of Transit Development and Delivery for the Maryland Transit Administration, addresses the Chamber's Infrastructure and Land Use Committee

Committee Vice Chair, Gus Bauman, Bevridge & Diamond, PC welcomed Henry Kay, Executive Director of Transit Development and Delivery for the Maryland Transit Administration for a discussion about transportation programs in Montgomery County.

Kay oversees the State’s “New Starts” transportation projects that are seeking federal funding through that program. Currently there are three projects in the works: the purple line, the red line, and the corridor cities transitway (CCT). Kay spoke in detail about the two Montgomery County projects currently working through the process (the purple line and CCT) and is optimistic about their funding through the federal process. The purple line is slated to be completed by 2020 and the CCT is projected to begin construction in 2018.

The purple line has just entered the preliminary engineering stage and is on roughly the same time line as the Baltimore red line project. Kay addressed the concern that these projects would be competing for limited federal dollars by saying that the projects are connected and important to one another for transit throughout the Baltimore and & DC-metro region.

On the CCT, Kay discussed the ongoing decision about whether it is best for the CCT to be Bus Rapid Transit or Light Rail and also considering building the CCT in multiple phases. Currently, MTA is preparing a recommendation for a Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) which will include mode, alignment, and phasing.

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