2050 Maryland Transportation Plan (2050 MTP)

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is in the process of developing the new Maryland Transportation Plan (MTP), Maryland’s long-range transportation plan. The MTP guides the state's vision, corresponding policy, and investment priorities for the next 20 years. The MTP is required by law to be submitted to the Governor, State Legislature, and Federal Government in January 2024 to continue receiving state and federal funding. This funding is critical to MDOT in order to build and maintain Maryland’s sidewalks, bike lanes, transit and rail lines, roadways, bridges, tunnels, airports, and ports.

The Playbook Appendices include technical memos and reports that provide further detail on the trends analysis, plan development process, and performance measures. These are all Draft documents while the Draft Plan is under public review.

The Playbook's proposed guiding principles, goals and priorities will be modified and adapted throughout the planning process by incorporating input received from Maryland's residents and visitors. MDOT’s mission serves as the foundation for the Playbook.

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What's new in the Playbook?

Beginning in the winter of 2022, MDOT has engaged partners, stakeholders, and the public to establish the Playbook’s vision of providing safe, reliable, accessible, equitable, and sustainable transportation options across the state. In addition to MDOT’s vision, the Playbook also supports the Moore-Miller administration’s vision of building an efficient and equitable transportation system that unharnesses economic growth in our region, drives billions in new investment, protects our environment and our neighbors, and connects people with employers.

MDOT MTP Timeline Graphic

The Playbook includes a review and assessment of existing MDOT modal plans, metropolitan planning organization plans, peer state plans, federal priorities, Maryland state priorities, and public input from the recent MDOT surveys on transportation priorities.

Guiding Principles

Guiding Principles are concepts that will guide the Department in our decision making to support the goals.


Integrate equity considerations in all aspects of transportation planning, programming, and operational processes.


Preserve the condition of the existing transportation system assets to provide safe and efficient movement.


Improve the transportation system’s ability to provide reliable service throughout natural weather events and man-made threats.


Transform the transportation system by using proven technological improvements and exploring innovative new ideas.


Improve the experience of all transportation system users.


Goals show, at the highest level, what MDOT plans to do in the next five years, 20 years, and beyond.

Enhance Safety and Security

Protect the safety and security of all residents, workers, and visitors.

Deliver System Quality

Deliver a reliable, high-quality, integrated transportation system.

Serve Communities and Support the Economy

Expand transportation options to allow Maryland’s diverse communities to access opportunities and to support the movement of goods.

Promote Environmental Stewardship

Minimize and mitigate the environmental effects of transportation.

The Playbook is a key document within MDOT’s “Family of Plans”. The Playbook builds upon statewide goals and objectives, and incorporates modal plans and reports for consistent and iterative planning. Below, is a graphic representation of the plans in MDOT’S Family of Plans.

MDOT MTP Goals and Objectives Infographic

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The draft vision, guiding principles, and goals will be modified and adapted through the plan process through useful feedback from our stakeholders, Maryland’s residents and visitors, including you! We thank everyone who continues to take time to provide input. Transportation always works better when citizens have a role in shaping decisions.

More than 75 strategies and objectives have been identified in the plan to help MDOT achieve its goals of enhancing safety and security, delving system quality, promoting environmental stewardship, and serving communities and supporting the economy. Some of the combined strategies include:

  • Create an infrastructure program that is financially sustainable, environmentally resilient, and in a state of good repair;
  • Develop a project prioritization system in coordination with the Revenue Commission;
  • Jumpstart TOD activity at key locations in coordination with local jurisdictions;
  • Increase electric vehicle charging infrastructure, including in rural areas and overburdened and underserved areas;
  • Reduce vehicle miles of travel (VMT) per capital by 20% and attain net zero greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector by 2045;
  • Invest in technology to facilitate roadway clearance and safety and to enhance public information;
  • Achieve zero traffic-related deaths and serious injuries (as part of a commitment to Vision Zero);
  • Promote and/or incentivize fuel efficient technologies for medium and heavy duty vehicles;
  • Expand transportation options, including transit, active transportation, and freight, in order to allow Maryland’s diverse communities to access opportunities and to support the movement of goods;
  • Lead efforts on transportation demand management to promote alternative transportation to driving alone in the peak hours; and
  • Implement a complete streets policy and develop a comprehensive transportation resilience program.
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Bicyle and Pedestrian Master Plan Update

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If you are interested in the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan update, please visit: 2050marylandbpmp.com.

Thank you for your comments!

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Thank you for sharing your comments! The comment period ended November 20, 2023.

Additional Resources:

An Advisory Committee is convened each time the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) develops a new long-range transportation plan to advise the department on the selection of appropriate performance measures and targets. Information about the Attainment Report Advisory Committee can be found below.