Baltimore Regional Transit Plan Campaign
For more than a quarter century, the Baltimore region has gone without a long-range multimodal transit plan to guide our collective action, investments, and development. As a result, the Baltimore region’s transit system is now inadequate, leaving our region unable to compete against our peers for top talent or provide residents with robust, rapid transit options to access essential destinations such as jobs, education or health care.
The Central Maryland Regional Transit Plan represents a critical effort for the region to establish a clear vision that improves the transit system’s existing state of good repair, increases the existing transit system’s speed, reliability, and connectivity, and greatly enhances rapid transit connections to key activity centers. The vision must position the region to compete not only with its peers on the Northeast Corridor but also those around the globe to remain competitive – anything less will not suffice.
Therefore, Get Maryland Moving – a coalition of civic and business leaders, advocates, labor, and riders – strongly urges the Commission to conduct a process and produce a plan that:
Deploys world-class engagement practices that gain input, build consensus, and receive support from all regional stakeholders, including low-income and minority populations
Defines clear goals and corresponding metrics that the planned system must achieve, including in the areas of economic growth, social equity, and environmental health
Meets the region’s needs, not existing fiscal constraints, and recommends funding and governance changes to close funding gaps
Identifies priority corridors and activity centers with corresponding service and operational improvements
Includes an action strategy with near-term and longer-term transit investments, including a bus rapid transit strategy that can be implemented in the near-term
Receives endorsement by local governments and is programmed into the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board’s and the Maryland Department of Transportation’s long-range transportation plans and transportation improvement programs
Click here to learn about Get Maryland Moving, our campaign to fight for a strong regional transit plan, and how you can get involved.
Click here to read Get Maryland Moving’s comments and questions sent to MTA regarding the Regional Transit Plan.
Baltimore Regional Transit Plan Campaign in the News
StreetsBlog USA - Maryland Is In a Huge Transit Hole
Greater Greater Washington - Two Experts Weigh in On How to Transform Transit in Baltimore and Beyond
Maryland Matters - Report: A $2 Billion Gap in Funding for State Transit Systems
Baltimore Sun - Maryland’s Latest Budget Reduces MTA Capital Funding By 10%
Maryland Daily Record - $2 Billion MTA Budget Gap Worries Maryland Transit Activists
Streetsblog USA - Maryland Governor Shortchanges Transit Again
Maryland Matters - On Transit Pondering What Might Be and Lamenting What Might Have Been
Farebox Recovery Mandate Campaign - COMPLETE
Changing Maryland’s farebox recovery mandate was Get Maryland Moving’s last issue tackled. Previously, state law required the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) to recover 35 percent of its expenses through farebox and other revenues. Experience and industry norms show that this approach is ineffective and counterproductive. Our campaign aimed to replace the farebox recovery mandate with better, more meaningful indicators of the MTA’s performance: reliability, speed, frequency, access to jobs, and ridership. WE WERE SUCCESSFUL!
Farebox Recovery Mandate In The News
The Community Architect – Why Requiring Transit Fare Recovery is Ineffective
Baltimore Sun Editorial - Judging Transit’s Performance
Baltimore Business Journal – Tradepoint Atlantic, Sagamore Development Support Bill to Make MTA Transit More Reliable
Maryland Daily Record – Bill Seeks Repeal of MTA Farebox Mandate