Here's what I'd like to see, and I know many readers will join me in the wish: a Maryland elected official who stands on principle and refuses to be a hypocrite on an issue like transportation funding. That would make my day.
If you've ever used the Baltimore Beltway in rush hour to get from Owings Mills to Social Security headquarters or the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in Woodlawn, you know it's a nightmare.
Gov. Larry Hogan's transportation chief told lawmakers Tuesday that there's nothing left from the money saved by canceling Baltimore's Red Line for major initiatives to improve transit services in Baltimore.
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz is asking the Baltimore Metropolitan Council to come up with new plans for dealing with transportation issues, in light of the state's move away from funding mass transit and urban road projects.
I've seen it three times now - most recently Friday afternoon - while waiting for the bus at St. Paul and 23rd in Baltimore: A young guy, fashionably urban, sporting a baseball cap, smartphone in hand, earbuds in ears, texting while skateboarding, living dangerously.
In the absence of a Red Line, leaders who understand the value of a robust regional transportation system for Baltimore and Maryland's economy must achieve consensus regarding core bus service routes, sustaining the Circulator, accelerating bike trail build out and providing more accessible governance and accountability.
Recent news about the Charm City Circulator bus, which I often use and will remain a free service, and the Red Line, which I won't be taking any time soon, made me take stock in public transit in the Baltimore region.
Gov. Hogan's announcement that plans for the Red Line transit route would be tabled was painful both personally and professionally. It represented years of work for so many dedicated residents, government workers and advocates, but the people of Baltimore can't let this be the final denial in the development of an equitable rail system that serves all of our communities.
To relieve Baltimore's traffic problems, one op-ed writer says the city should build more garages, convert streets to paired one-way routes, spruce up mass transit and charge drivers for driving in the most congested zones.
Whether they're doing the stop-and-go stutter of rush hour on the Beltway, or waiting for a bus that once again is running late, Baltimore area workers face one of the nation's longest average commuting times, a new analysis by the Associated Press found. It takes nearly 31 minutes on average to get to or from work in the Baltimore region, the sixth longest in the country, the AP study found. Only workers in such notoriously congested areas such as New York, Washington, Southern California and