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About the Statewide Transit Innovation Grant

The Maryland Department of Transportation's (MDOT) Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) Statewide Transit Innovation Grant is a competitive grant program that supports local efforts to improve transit reliability, improve access and connections to activity centers, and improve transit mobility options. The program seeks to fund cost-effective public transportation projects that reduce delays for people and goods and improve connectivity between regional and economic population centers. Projects may incorporate bus, rail, or other transit modes.

Governor Larry Hogan has committed $2 million in state funds across fiscal years (FY) 2019 and 2020, with up to $500,000 available for applicants in FY 2019 and the remaining $1.5 million available for applicants in FY 2020. A local match will be required. MDOT MTA will administer the Statewide Transit Innovation Grant.

Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants include

  • Maryland local governments,
  • regional transportation agencies, or
  • locally operated transit providers.

Applicants may identify additional project partners including other Maryland county and local governments, metropolitan planning organizations, regional transportation agencies, locally operated transit providers, and other non-governmental, for- and non-profit organizations.

Eligible Projects

Eligible projects may be in the planning, design, engineering, or construction phases, must meet the goals outlined above, and can include activities such as

  • corridor studies,
  • feasibility studies,
  • bus rapid transit corridors,
  • dedicated bus lanes,
  • transit signal prioritization,
  • other transit priority treatments,
  • innovative fare payment upgrades,
  • connected and autonomous vehicle pilot programs, and
  • other transit innovations in safety and mobility improvements.

How to Apply

A call for applications will be announced in the spring of 2018. Bookmark and return to this page for additional program information, application forms, and relevant supporting documents which will be added in the spring.

MDOT Policy and Grants

The study and implementation of Bus Rapid Transit corridors is an eligible activity for this grant. MDOT provides resources for transit providers and Maryland counties and municipalities to learn about the feasibility and scalability of various elements of BRT. Any applicant considering BRT should review MDOT's BRT policy and guidelines.

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Interested parties are invited to participate in an upcoming webinar on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 2pm EST to learn about the Statewide Transit Innovation Grant program. Call-in information will be posted shortly.

Other Grants

MDOT administers two related grant programs:

Contact Us

To learn more or sign up for updates, please fill out the form below to be added to the MDOT MTA Office of Planning and Capital Programming's Statewide Transit Innovation Grant list. For questions regarding the Statewide Transit Innovation Grant, contact Jaime McKay, MDOT MTA Office of Planning, at

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