While Mayor Catherine Pugh and Mr. Hasseltine are both thrilled that Baltimore is being considered, expressing great things "if selected," Baltimore only received a 3 out of 5 rating for transportation infrastructure, because it does not have a very extensive underground transit system like the competing cities: Washington, New York and Philadelphia. Who knows what other events Baltimore could have staged but lost out on because of this. And then we read that "currently there are no plans to address area transportation, but Hasseltine expects it to be a topic of conversation in the years leading up to the competition."
I hate to bring this up, but 2026 is less than eight years away from now, and since it takes several years to implement anything as massive as a project related to improving transportation infrastructure, we are, as we speak, in "the years leading up to the competition." Mayor Pugh, Mr. Hasseltine and Gov. Larry Hogan need to make this "part of the conversation" now.