Ho­gan bus plan means worse ser­vice

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - Michael S. Franch, Bal­ti­more The writer is a mem­ber of Bus Work­group14, a group ad­vo­cat­ing for tran­sit ser­vices for res­i­dents of the 14th City Coun­cil Dis­trict.

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.

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