UMd. researchers receive $2.35M award to improve public transit planning in Baltimore

A team of University of Maryland researchers is partnering with public officials, transit advocacy groups and other universities to improve transportation options for Baltimore City residents, particularly those in low-income neighborhoods that rely on bus and light rail systems.

Be an Advocate for pubLic TransportatiOn (BALTO) joins University of Maryland faculty from the College of Information Studies (iSchool) and the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation with researchers at Morgan State University and the University of Baltimore. Together, they will develop and deploy a digital toolkit designed to spark community-informed, actionable transportation solutions for eight yet-to-be-identified neighborhoods in Baltimore, a statement said.

The four-year project, which launches Oct. 1, is funded by a $2.35 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Smart and Connected Communities Program. It builds on the team’s prior work in 2017, also funded by the NSF, which identified barriers to technology, transportation and opportunity in west Baltimore.