Veteran transit riders can’t be especially surprised by any of this. The Baltimore region has a long history of shortchanged public transit, from its runty subway line to its bare-bones light rail system. (Make that “system,” with the most sarcastic air quotes possible.) Imagine if the Baltimore Beltway or Fort McHenry Tunnel had been developed similarly; drivers would be dealing with harbor ferries and a two-lane ring road. And the consequences of that? Not just congestion but a massive blow to the economy. If voters want Baltimore to continue to be mired in problems of poverty, drug abuse, joblessness and crime — and watch them spread — they need only tell their elected officials to continue down this same road of too-little, too-late investment in a transit system that, like it or not, begins and ends with MTA buses.