Transit Community Town Hall Meeting

Transit is a big issue in Baltimore. Get Maryland Moving and the Baltimore Transit Equity Coalition sponsored this town hall.

Brian O'Malley, president of the Central Maryland Transportation Alliance, said that people have a real opportunity to effect the transit plan, the Central Maryland Region Transit Play by October 2020.  He is concerned that children born in poverty have the worst chance of staying there and within one hour, 100% of jobs can be reached by driving and only nine percent by public transportation.

In 1968 we had the Baltimore Regional Transportation Study. It led to our subway. In 1982 we look at the same vision. One plan was to extend the subway. A second was the purple line along Amtrak tracks and the third was the Red Line. In 2013 the governor cancelled the Red Line.

Taffy fells jealous every time she is on the Metro in DC.  I concur with her and I take the Metro on an average on two or three times a month.

The Red Line took 13 years in the making.  The governor cancelled it in one day. 

Delegate Robyn Lewis has a background in public health and her neighborhood is Patterson Park.  Her passion is about transportation and particular transit equity. She said that the governor robbed the City of billions of dollars in environment and of 10,000 jobs.  She got rid of her car because she was looking forward to the Red Line being built.

One third of the residents of this city do not have access to personal vehicles.  A church on Monument wanted the bike lanes to be replaced because they took away parking for the people going to that church.  I want them removed because they took away a lane of traffic on a major street and very few people use those bike lanes.

For the Red Line there were 14 or 20 community stops.

We were asked what we wanted.  Danielle wants the MTA to have weekend customer services.  I want bus stops restored for senior citizens and handicapped riders.  Before BaltimoreLink, if I saw what was the 13 and is now the 21 coming, I had a chance to catch it.  The next bus is at least 30 minutes later.  Because MTA removed the bus stop at Montford Avenue, there is absolutely no way that I can catch it.

Apparently Delegate Brooke Lierman was unable to attend this meeting.  She ran for public office because of the poor transportation available in Baltimore.

We want to build the Red Line, create a regional transportation, and make transit equity a bedrock for all jurisdictions.
 

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Brian O'Malley,
Central Maryland Transportation Alliance

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Taffy

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State Delegate Tony Bridges

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State Delegate Robyn Lewis

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Danielle Sweeney

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Samuel Jordan,
Baltimore Transit Equity Coalition

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