Hogan bus plan means worse service
The Sun reported on the Central Maryland Transportation Alliance’s criticism of the Maryland Transit Administration’s latest proposal for overhauling bus service in metropolitan Baltimore (“Transportation alliance critical of MTA’s plan to overhaul bus routes,” Sept 22). The article quoted Hogan administration spokesman Doug Mayer as calling the report “complete nonsense” and “extremely biased at best.”
The Transportation Alliance can defend itself, but it is not nonsense to criticize the plan, which in many instances makes the bus service less efficient and less reliable for MTA customers.
Trips of less than two miles, which can now be traveled by one bus, will require a transfer. For example, MTA plans to cancel the No. 3 line along East 33rd Street. That means that to go south from the heavily used transportation hub at Greenmount Avenue and 33rd Street to Penn Station, the Maryland State Office Complex or the Enoch Pratt Central Library would require taking two buses rather than one. The same is true for those going north to Morgan State University or Good Samaritan Hospital. Happy transferring, and good luck getting to classes on time, Morgan State students!
There are other routes MTA wants to cancel or reconfigure. There are routes that will have times between buses lengthened.
The Baltimore Metropolitan Region — or any region in Maryland — will not have adequate public transportation until Maryland adequately funds public transportation. Trying to expand the current system without expanded funding only creates new underserved areas. Until the governor, the General Assembly and the public recognize this, we’re just playing around with colored lines on a map.