I am writing in response to the editorial, "Charm City Express" (Sept. 16), outlining Gov. Martin O'Malley's plan to increase support for Baltimore's public transportation infrastructure. As a student at Johns Hopkins University coming from New York City, the model of efficient and effective public transportation, I am thrilled with Governor O'Malley's plan.
When talking to my peers at Hopkins, everyone agrees that Baltimore is a fantastic city with a lot to explore, but we are frustrated by the lack of a good transit system for us to explore it. Most students don't have a car on campus. Taxis, ZipCar services, and the more fuel-efficient Amtrak trains are just too expensive for most student budgets. More affordable and equally fuel-efficient methods need to be funded and supported, and that's exactly what Mr. O'Malley is doing.
Marylanders as a whole are moving away from gas-guzzling cars for both economic and environmental reasons. This trend will only continue with the Millennials like me avoiding cars more than any other age group. This trend is reason enough for the funding of Maryland public transportation. I applaud you, Governor O'Malley.
Piper Sheren, Baltimore