Cum­mings of­fers no so­lu­tions for tran­sit

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - Ger­ald Neily, Bal­ti­more

In his re­cent com­men­tary, Rep. Eli­jah Cum­mings uses past tran­sit fail­ures as weapons in­stead of lessons. He crit­i­cizes Gov. Larry Ho­gan’s $135 mil­lion Mary­land Tran­sit Ad­min­is­tra­tion bus sys­tem re­form be­cause it “is less than half the money spent just plan­ning the Red Line,” as if throw­ing money at tran­sit prob­lems is a virtue (“Miss­ing links in Bal­ti­moreLink bus plan,” Sept. 30).

Red Line plan­ning went on for 15 years — in­clud­ing Gov. Martin O’Mal­ley’s eight-year fail­ure to find fea­si­ble fund­ing and ad­vance to con­struc­tion. The $3 bil­lion-plus light rail project would have ac­tu­ally re­sulted in slower and less con­nected ser­vice than com­pa­ra­ble cur­rent buses.

Mr. Cum­mings also cites Bus Net­work Im­prove­ment Project or BNIP, the failed pre­de­ces­sor to Gov­er­nor Ho­gan’s bus plan which Gov­er­nor O’Mal­ley kept se­cret, de­layed and then with­drew. He also cites the Cen­tral Mary­land Trans­porta­tion Al­liance’s cri­tique of Mr. Ho­gan’s plan, a ba­sic prob­lem of which is its use of “trans­porta­tion zones” to mea­sure ser­vice rather than bus routes them­selves, thus avoid­ing spe­cific rec­om­men­da­tions. But zones don’t ride tran­sit, peo­ple do.

The con­gress­man even de­cries the 1970s con­struc­tion of the di­vi­sive and des­o­late “Road to Nowhere” through West Bal­ti­more, which the Red Line plans stub­bornly re­fused to get rid of. So why not fix the Franklin-Mul­berry high­way cor­ri­dor? Like the Red Line and bus sys­tem plans, Mr. Cum­mings would rather use it as am­mu­ni­tion than pro­pose con­struc­tive, fea­si­ble so­lu­tions.

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