North Avenue Rising will implement dedicated bus lanes along North Avenue to add to the existing lanes through downtown Baltimore under BaltimoreLink. The dedicated lanes will allow safe shared use with bicycles. To support the dedicated bus lanes, the project also includes the installation of Transit Signal Priority equipment at intersections along North Avenue, allowing critical seconds to be added to the end or beginning of a phase to allow buses to travel through the corridor with less delay.
Dedicated Bus Lanes
North Avenue Rising will implement dedicated bus lanes along North Avenue to add to the existing lanes through downtown Baltimore under BaltimoreLink. The dedicated lanes will allow safe shared use with bicycles. To support the dedicated bus lanes, the project also includes the installation of Transit Signal Priority equipment at intersections along North Avenue, allowing critical seconds to be added to the end or beginning of a phase to allow buses to travel through the corridor with less delay.
North Avenue Rising will implement six enhanced bus stops, providing passengers with improved, weather-protected, and safe waiting areas. Each of these stops will be located at critical transfer and activity nodes within the corridor. Investment at these stops will include landscaping, street furniture, new signage and shelters, and other amenities such as real-time bus arrival information where possible. The bus stops targeted under North Avenue Rising compliment the recent investments made during the roll-out of BaltimoreLink, which include bus stops at the Penn- North Metro Subway station and at the North Avenue Light Rail station.
Enhanced Bus Stops
North Avenue Rising will implement six enhanced bus stops, providing passengers with improved, weather-protected, and safe waiting areas. Each of these stops will be located at critical transfer and activity nodes within the corridor. Investment at these stops will include landscaping, street furniture, new signage and shelters, and other amenities such as real-time bus arrival information where possible. The bus stops targeted under North Avenue Rising compliment the recent investments made during the roll-out of BaltimoreLink, which include bus stops at the Penn- North Metro Subway station and at the North Avenue Light Rail station.
North Avenue Rising includes streetscape enhancements for targeted blocks along North Avenue, selected to maximize benefits around new development, neighborhood commercial areas, Enhanced Bus Stops, and locations with high pedestrian crash rates. The Streescaping enhancements include a mixture a highly visible crosswalks, ADA-compliant curb ramps, pedestrian-scaled lighting, accessible pedestrian signals, full traffic signal reconstruction, and the addition of street trees and other plantings. At some locations streetscaping will incorporate curb extensions, thereby reducing crossing distance for pedestrians, eliminating the need for buses to pull in and out of the travel lane, and providing more space for bus stop amenities.
Streetscaping
North Avenue Rising includes streetscape enhancements for targeted blocks along North Avenue, selected to maximize benefits around new development, neighborhood commercial areas, Enhanced Bus Stops, and locations with high pedestrian crash rates. The Streescaping enhancements include a mixture a highly visible crosswalks, ADA-compliant curb ramps, pedestrian-scaled lighting, accessible pedestrian signals, full traffic signal reconstruction, and the addition of street trees and other plantings. At some locations streetscaping will incorporate curb extensions, thereby reducing crossing distance for pedestrians, eliminating the need for buses to pull in and out of the travel lane, and providing more space for bus stop amenities.
North Avenue Rising includes implementation of bicycle boulevards on Baker Street and 20th Street, which parallel North Avenue on the west and east sides of the corridor. Bike boulevard treatments can include arrows, signage, contraflow bike lanes, and minor traffic calming treatments at intersections. North Avenue Rising also includes installation of six new bike share stations across the corridor to compliment the previously planned station at the intersection of Maryland Avenue and North Avenue. The additional stations will improve the corridor’s bicycling potential as well as the effectiveness of the entire bike share system.
Bike Facilities
North Avenue Rising includes implementation of bicycle boulevards on Baker Street and 20th Street, which parallel North Avenue on the west and east sides of the corridor. Bike boulevard treatments can include arrows, signage, contraflow bike lanes, and minor traffic calming treatments at intersections. North Avenue Rising also includes installation of six new bike share stations across the corridor to compliment the previously planned station at the intersection of Maryland Avenue and North Avenue. The additional stations will improve the corridor’s bicycling potential as well as the effectiveness of the entire bike share system.
Roadway resurfacing associated with the new dedicated bus lanes will be complemented by resurfacing and reconstruction of segments of North Avenue. The targeted segments of North Avenue were initially identified by the Baltimore City DOT's pavement mangement system as having “mediocre” or “poor” condition. This resurfacing and reconstruction of the roadway will not only benefit buses, but also the trucks and automobiles that utilize North Avenue for crosstown mobility.
Roadway Renovations
Roadway resurfacing associated with the new dedicated bus lanes will be complemented by resurfacing and reconstruction of segments of North Avenue. The targeted segments of North Avenue were initially identified by the Baltimore City DOT's pavement mangement system as having “mediocre” or “poor” condition. This resurfacing and reconstruction of the roadway will not only benefit buses, but also the trucks and automobiles that utilize North Avenue for crosstown mobility.
As one of the Metro SubwayLink’s original stations, the Penn-North Station will benefit from the key renovations included in North Avenue Rising. These improvements include a major overhaul of the station’s elevators and escalators, security improvements to the station entrance, the installation of artwork in the mezzanine level, and replacement of lighting with energy efficient fixtures. North Avenue Rising also includes investments to improve access to the North Avneue Light RailLink Station.
Rail Improvements
As one of the Metro SubwayLink’s original stations, the Penn-North Station will benefit from the key renovations included in North Avenue Rising. These improvements include a major overhaul of the station’s elevators and escalators, security improvements to the station entrance, the installation of artwork in the mezzanine level, and replacement of lighting with energy efficient fixtures. North Avenue Rising also includes investments to improve access to the North Avneue Light RailLink Station.