Policy 1

Ensure that countywide transportation improvements are integrated with and support the Plan 2035 vision and land use pattern.

  • TM1.1 - Design all capital road improvements and streetscape enhancements and all new development in the Regional Transit Districts, the Innovation Corridor, and Local Centers to improve multimodal travel for pedestrians, cyclists, transit, and other alternatives to the automobile. The primary transportation improvements in these areas should be focused on pedestrian and bicyclist facilities and public transit upgrades and retrofits.

  • TM1.2 - Designate Bicycle-Pedestrian Priority Areas (BPPAs) within Downtowns, the Innovation Corridor, Regional Transit Districts and Local Centers, and in proximity to planned Purple Line stations to provide the highest level of accommodation for pedestrians and bicyclists.

  • TM1.3 - Starting in 2019, update the 2009 Approved Countywide Master Plan of Transportation to reflect the investment priorities of Plan 2035, especially as they relate to prioritizing transportation investment at designated centers and discouraging new infrastructure in Future Water and Sewer Service Areas and Rural and Agricultural Areas.

  • TM1.3 - Evaluate the need for and implement bike sharing programs in the Regional Transit Districts, the Innovation Corridor, and Local Centers. Placement of these stations should be coordinated with other regional bike sharing locations, municipalities, and pertinent agencies.

  • TM1.4 - Promote the expansion of car sharing programs in Downtowns, the Innovation Corridor, and Regional Transit Districts and Local Centers. Potential locations for these stations include higher density residential developments, employment centers, and transit hubs.

  • TM1.5 - Fund improvements to the trail network that serves the Downtowns. Explore alternative trails, such as water trails, and fill gaps in the trail network.

  • TM1.6 - Where feasible and practical, require physical connections-such as trail connections, bus-only streets, and roads-within new and between new and existing developments in our Established Communities, while making adequate provisions for the mitigation of privacy, noise, and cut-through traffic concerns.

  • TM1.7 - Evaluate the potential to strategically convert existing arterials to multi-way boulevards, where feasible and practical, that enhance pedestrian and bicycle connectivity without impeding traffic flow.

  • TM1.8 - Coordinate future transportation and mobility improvements as outlined in the Master Plan of Transportation, the Plan 2035 Transportation and Mobility Element, and the Star-Spangled Banner Scenic Corridor Plan to ensure the County’s rural character is preserved. Improvements include promoting the County’s equestrian heritage-focused on trails that facilitate access to the Prince George’s Equestrian Center, Jug Bay Natural Area, and Rosaryville State Park-and preserving existing equestrian trail corridors within the Rural and Agricultural Areas.

  • TM1.9 - Support innovative and flexible transportation and traffic management in designated Regional Transit Districts, Local Centers, and Employment Areas.