MTA Stakeholder Workshop

Most blacks seem to think that the MTA is geared only towards them and many people believe that only poor people ride buses. I did not take a photo of the crowd, but the mix was fairly even, if not mainly white. 

Jim Ports, deputy secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation, said that they wanted to hear from transit users. 

Paul Comfort, administration of the MTA has ridden all the modes and met the drivers and user groups.  He talked about the four-part star: safety, efficiency, reliability, and one other.  He reported that 380,000 people ride the system a day and two thirds of them are on the buses.  One problem is that drivers get to their buses by riding buses.  We need to come up with an alternative to this.  The buses are 73-75% on time and MARC train and the commuter buses are about 95%.

They are looking at ways to improve over-crowdedness and at signal priority.  With the latter when the bus approaches an intersection the light will stay greener so that the bus can make the light and you will then miss your bus.


You can download my notes here.  The file is ten pages.
 

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Jim Ports, deputy secretary, MDOT

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Delegate Brooke Lierman

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Sam Minnitee, Parsons Brinckerhoff, facilitator

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Paul Comfort, MTA administrator

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