Five Statewide Transit Innovation Grants will provide $515,377 in funding for transportation projects in four counties and Baltimore City, the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Authority said Friday.
This is the first year of the competitive grant program allowing local transit agencies to apply for funding to plan, design or construct innovative transit projects, MDOT MTA said in a statement.
Baltimore City received $50,000 for signage and maps for Charm City Circulator and Baltimore Link bus stops downtown.
Howard County was awarded the same funding to roll out its mobile fare payment system for the Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland.
Charles County will install security camera systems at two park-and-ride facilities with the $177,600 it was granted.
Cecil County received $108,752 for developing the Easy Pay Mobile Ticketing and Transfer System project that automates fare collection, provides real-time transit tracking, and integrates third-party transit provides like Uber, Lyft, and bike-sharing services.
Queen Anne's County will purchase innovative scheduling software with the $129,025 it received.
“We are pleased that these local jurisdictions already have stepped up to explore innovative transit projects that will help improve the transit experience for their riders,” said MDOT MTA Administrator Kevin Quinn.