Transit planners are currently examining Baltimore's bus system to make it more efficient.
An overhaul will prove a daunting task. Many of the transit routes were established in the 19th century; some had their origins when horses were still the main source of transport.
I began taking buses in 1958. My mother brought me to the corner of Calvert and 29th streets one rainy autumn morning. As a Baltimore Transit Co. vehicle approached, she said: "Get on."
I was alone — and initially terrified — but grew confident as we passed 33rd Street. By the time I got off, I felt like a seasoned transit professional. Before long I would know the city...