Rushern Baker, the Prince George's County executive, and Ben Jealous, a former NAACP president, appealed to Baltimore voters on Monday, speaking with city residents about education, crime and jobs ahead of Tuesday's Democratic primary election.
The entire Baltimore Metro system is now in its second week of a total shutdown. This means delays for the city’s young commuters who now have to add more time to the beginning and end of their school day.
Two more men have been wounded by gunfire, several who were fatally shot in recent days have been identified, another has been arrested and charged with first-degree attempted murder in a shooting last month, and one who was wounded by gunfire years ago has died, Baltimore Police said Tuesday.
Maryland is not known as a mass transportation innovator. Despite having the longest average commute times in the nation, its transit projects have traditionally produced mediocre performance for their massive costs. But Maryland now has the opportunity to take a leading role in transportation.
The Baltimore County charter should be amended to replace the current public works agency with a Department of Transportation and Infrastructure, with a specific charge to focus on safety and multimodalism — not just highway engineering.
Gov. Larry Hogan signed into a law a bill that creates a new safety agency for the Washington-area Metro transit system, which should lead to the release of $4.8 million in federal aid that had been withheld.
The Maryland Transit Administration routinely tweaks its bus schedules and routes, but the Aug. 28 changes in service came without warning and cut the number of bus runs per week on 22 routes by an average of 11 percent, according to the Central Maryland Transportation Alliance.
The Maryland Public Service Commission is charged with keeping passengers safe — that's why Uber and Lyft should not get a special waiver exempting their drivers from fingerprint background checks. Across the country, a steady stream of news reports concern Uber drivers sexually and physically assaulting passengers.