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:

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 

Baltimore Sun – Maryland’s Latest Transportation Budget Reduces MTA Capital Funding By 10%