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Two Baltimore County Council members urged the MTA to stop bus service after 11 p.m. near the White Marsh Mall following a fight at the mall that led to the arrest of seven juveniles and two adults.

We are disappointed but not surprised by the reaction from some regarding plans to modify bus service to White Marsh Mall (“Mass transit scapegoating spreads to Baltimore County,” Aug. 9).

White Marsh Mall is a major employer that for more than three decades has enhanced central Maryland. Our constituents want the mall to succeed, but clearly steps must be implemented to improve safety.

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We are asking for more frequent bus service, not less, to transport patrons and employees most immediately after the mall closes. This would eliminate loitering. We want the mall to take its own steps, such as a youth escort policy.

What happened a week ago Saturday was unacceptable, not just to local residents but to employees, many of whom do not live in Baltimore County.

We will not accept the status quo. Maybe the critics can offer solutions instead of rhetoric.​

Cathy Bevins and David Marks, Towson

The writers, a Democrat and a Republican respectively, represent Districts 6 and 5 on the Baltimore County Council.

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