Maryland APA

The Maryland Chapter of the American Planning Association

Welcome to the Maryland Chapter of the American Planning Association's Website. Our mission is to make great communities happen in Maryland by offering continuing professional development and other valuable services to our members that will enable them to excel in their practice. We advocate for excellence in planning, promoting education and citizen empowerment, and providing our members with the tools and support necessary to meet the challenges of growth and change. We hold a bi-annual conference, produce a quarterly newsletter, offer continuous opportunities to network, and experience new and varied educational opportunities across the state.


Maryland Transportation Plan & Commuter Choice Maryland

Maryland Transportation Plan

Every five years, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) develops a 20-year vision for transportation in the state known as the Maryland Transportation Plan (MTP). The MTP outlines the State’s overarching transportation priorities and provides policy direction through statewide multimodal goals and objectives. The MTP outlines the State’s overarching transportation priorities and helps define transportation decision-making within the larger context. The plan embodies MDOT’s Mission Statement: The Maryland Department of Transportation is a customer-driven leader that delivers safe, sustainable, intelligent, and exceptional transportation solutions in order to connect our customers to life’s opportunities.

A few months ago, MDOT launched a survey to collect insight on what transportation initiatives are important to Marylanders when looking ahead 20 years. We would like to thank all those who participated in the survey and provided valuable feedback on their transportation priorities in the state, which will help shape the MTP.

A video explaining the plan process, the transportation challenges it is addressing, the goals for transportation in the State, and the process for developing draft strategies will be available in early May. We would like your feedback on the draft strategies that will be available on the website at that time.

Please review the MDOT website for more information and to view the video here, available in early May.

Comments and questions can be emailed to 

Commuter Choice Maryland

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) and its regional and local partners implement Transportation Demand Management (TDM) strategies to promote transportation choices in order to address key goals and objectives and deliver a safe, sustainable, intelligent, and exceptional transportation solution. In the Summer of 2017, MDOT embarked upon an effort to assess opportunities for enhancing its suite of existing transportation demand management (TDM) programs, policies and incentives, including conducting commuter surveys and business interviews, and researching best practices. The commuter survey determined that commuters are financially motivated, face multiple barriers to Non-Single Occupancy Vehicle (SOV) travel and that commuters and businesses are not aware of all of the commuter benefits and incentives available to them.

Employers are motivated to implement worksite programs if they see financial savings and improvements in employee morale, recruitment and retention. Employers who have established a Travel Demand Program such as a vanpool are seeing immediate benefits, “From a leadership and business perspective, investing in a vanpool program is a smart decision, especially if your employees face transportation obstacles.” Steve Heise, Vice President Human resources, Live! Casino & Hotel. Employees who have decided to commuter smarter are also experiencing immediate benefits, “Teleworking enables me to spend less time commuting and more time with my family.” – Becky J., SMECO Teleworker.

As a result of this assessment, MDOT and its partners have updated the Commuter Choice Maryland website ( ) and will continue to add to and update tools and resources for employers and commuters. MDOT and its partners will also begin working on developing better training, education and outreach so that all Marylanders can better learn what benefits and incentives are available to them to Commute Smarter.

Did you know Commuter Choice Maryland is the place to go for:

  • Learning how employers and employees can save money when they participate in the Commuter Tax Benefit Program?
  • Connecting with our Rideshare partners and finding someone to share your commuter, or even start your own carpool or vanpool?
  • Learning how the Trip Planner Tool can provide you with route and transportation options such as bus service, light rail, Baltimore & DC Metro, and MARC train service?
  • Finding route maps, bikeshare locations and park and ride spots to make your commute more enjoyable?

Are you Ready to Commute Smarter?

Visit the website to learn more: