Consolidated Transportation Program and the Priority Letter
Every year Howard County updates the County’s list of transportation priorities for the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT)'s Consolidated Transportation Program. The list, also known as the Priority Letter, is developed based on input from the public, county staff as well as elected and appointed officials. The update is sent to the Maryland Secretary of Transportation, along with project questionnaires.
Following receipt of the letter and the scores, the Maryland Department of Transportation evaluates the projects in the letter to assist the state in updating the Consolidated Transportation Program (CTP) a six-year capital budget for State transportation projects. The CTP includes capital projects that are generally new, expanded or significantly improved facility or service that may involve planning, environmental studies, design, right-of-way acquisition, construction or the purchase of essential equipment related to the facility or service.
In the fall of each year, MDOT officials visit each county, either in person or virtually, to present the CTP to residents and elected officials.
The MDOT Priority Letter website has archived statewide priority letters since 2007, including Howard County's.
More detail about recent Howard County priority letters is available below.
FY 2023 - FY 2028 Priority Letter
This year's Priority Letter Public Meeting will be held virtually on Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 6pm. To register for and attend the meeting, click here.
The primary purpose of the meeting is to solicit feedback on general transportation priorities. During the meeting we will present information on the purpose of the priority letter, it’s context within the state transportation program and what projects we are proposing for the letter.
This year, we have set up a survey and interactive map to learn about the letter and the projects. The survey is primarily intended to gauge general transportation priorities.
Please visit the survey by clicking: Survey
Please visit the interactive map by clicking: Interactive Map
Review last years letter by clicking here: Letter
To submit questions or comments, email [email protected].
For additional background, links to information for prior years' letters follow below.