One remark stuck out from a Transit Choices meeting I went to this morning that was made by Jim Smith, the former Baltimore County Executive and Director of MDOT under O’Malley. He said Baltimore City’s commitment to Mass Transit will be seen when the city starts to prioritize the needs of transit over those of automobiles. Stressing car use by design as opposed to accommodating them will facilitate mass transit objectives and is the sort of commitment from the city that will be needed to create efficient routes and increase ridership. As Mr. Smith also pointed out, the commitment must be two sided; the city must truly believe the state is committed to making a world class bus service it's citizens will want to use. Building that level of trust between City and State would be ground breaking.
If you have an interest in Baltimore's mass transit future look into the meetings hosted by Transit Choices. Group has both old guard and new guard voices pulling in the same direction. FYI Next Meeting: Jan. 14 8-10 Bunting Center at MICA, RM 480, 1401 Mt. Royal Ave.