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4 Maryland Counties in the top 30 with Highest Transit Share increases

Mass TransitPer the Federal Highway Administration Office of Planning, Environment and Realty the Top 30 Counties with Highest Transit Share increases between the Year of 2000 and 2007-2009 (Journey to Work Trips) include 4 Maryland counties and here they are with their ranking:

2 Prince George's County, Maryland
7 Charles County, Maryland
12 Montgomery County, Maryland
23 Howard County, Maryland

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B' Spokes: And I'll note that there are similar analyses for biking and walking but no Maryland county made that list (no surprise there)
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Hey Carroll County, you don't want our public transit? We don't want your cars

Mass TransitBy Baynard Woods, City Paper

The Baltimore Sun's editorial board made a nearly perfect response to Carroll County's so-called &quot;Mass Transit Protection Resolution,&quot; the bill that &quot;would allow rides on buses or other forms of public transit inside the county but not beyond its borders.&quot; The Sun notes that &quot;It would be easy to excoriate such a piece of legislation as thinly veiled racist provocation,&quot; given that there are currently no transportation routes from Baltimore City to Carroll County. And again, they're right.

But we'd like to urge the Baltimore City Council to respond. Baltimore City should refuse to allow cars registered in Carroll County to enter the city. Certainly, your cars, with their pollution, lost man-hours due to traffic congestion, and infrastructure costs, harm our city far more than our junkies harm your county.

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Baltimore's Zoo and its Metro (but they don't).

Mass Transit[B' Spokes: Another zing about our mass transit.]
by Jeff La Noue, Greater Greater Washington

While Washington has a Metro stop with &quot;Zoo&quot; in its name, the Metro subway in Baltimore and its zoo appear to ignore each other.

At the nearby Mondawmin Metro stop, there is scant evidence the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore (Baltimore Zoo) even exists. At the zoo, there's little mention of the subway. Meanwhile, the Washington Metro, the Smithsonian National Zoological Park, and nearby commercial retailers have a symbiotic relationship.

The Woodley Park/Zoo Metro station and the National Zoo are the same distance as the Baltimore zoo entrance and its nearest subway station, 0.4 miles or a 9 minute walk.

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MARC weekend service to begin on Penn Line

Mass TransitNine roundtrips on Saturday and six roundtrips on Sunday between Baltimore and D.C. New service on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and other holidays.

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[B' Spokes: And don't forget about Capital Bikeshare, a great way to see the sights while in DC.]
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MARC Train Edge Cities-They Don’t Exist, Yet

Mass TransitVia Comeback City

What is surprising is there is nary a sprout of an urban cosmopolitan edge city that is oriented around a MARC train station between Penn and Union Stations. Arlington, Rockville, Bethesda, and Silver Spring are small cities that have grown up around Washington Metro Stations. Kaid Benfield has covered the Arlington success story and Chris Leinberger has described the growth of what he calls “walk up” development that is becoming so prevalent in the Washington Metro Area. By contrast, all seven MARC Penn Line stations between Penn and Union or “stations in the middle” (SIM), lie in a desert of surface parking lots (there is a garage at BWI). It is difficult to even get a cup of coffee at most of these outposts.

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Waiting for the Bus - Violent Femmes [video]

Mass Transit[B' Spokes: Dedicated to those who are waiting for the bus. ;) ]
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Could Baltimore Benefit from a Frequent Transit Grid?

Mass TransitBy Marc Szarkowski, Envision Baltimore

As a follow-up to the recent post on frequency mapping, I thought it'd be worthwhile to discuss the concept of a frequent transit grid. The MTA is currently soliciting ideas for the Bus Network Improvement Project, and the most common suggestions seem to be (1) improving schedule adherence by reducing bus stops, boarding times, traffic delays, and bus bunching, (2) improving service frequency, and (3) reducing overcrowding.

Not only could a frequent transit grid address many of these issues, but I think it'd serve as a sorely-needed update to the current “radial” transit network.

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MTA Administrator Smith Launches Bus Network Improvement Project

Mass TransitMTA Administrator Robert Smith introduces the Bus Network Improvement Project. He is committed to improving service quality, transit access to and from jobs and major destinations, and increasing network efficiency and effectiveness while involving riders and members of the community in the decision making process.
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Are There Easy Fixes to Make Transit Cool?

Mass TransitBy Klaus Philipsen, Community Architect

Transit and &quot;cool&quot; would not have been used in the same breath until recently. Lately, though, getting around in &quot;share mode&quot; has, indeed, become cool and many cities boast cool transit innovations. Here a short sampler:

[B' Spokes: Click the link below for some mass transit envy.]

Well, and then there is Baltimore. Here discussions about transit go like this: &quot;Our transit system is terrible, the service is poor, buses are not on time or don't show up at all, trains are too few, modes are not connected, schedules can only be understood by insiders, in short: Transit is for losers.&quot;

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Hop on board – here’s your chance to help MTA build a better bus system

Mass Transitby MTA Maryland

Guy Henderson

The Maryland Transit Administration is looking to improve our approach to bus service in a big way, and we need your input to make sure that we come to the right conclusions. With your help, we’re out to create a whole new level of service and satisfaction for everyone who counts on MTA buses. 

The MTA Bus Network Improvement Project is a highly focused plan to get the information we need to deliver:

·        The best quality bus service possible
·        Increased access to transit
·        Streamlined routes
·        Simplified scheduling
·        Maximum connectivity

Three ways to tell us what you really think. 
Whether you’re a bus rider, community representative, public official, employee or just someone who recognizes the value of dependable transit service, your input counts – and MTA has made it easy to participate.

Offer valuable feedback, participate in discussions, see preliminary results of analysis and share your comments with everyone. You can also find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter at #MTABNIP.

Call 410-454-1998.
Leave us a voicemail with your thoughts on how to make everyone’s ride better. The more comments we receive, the better we’ll be able to plan improvements.

Attend a Public Workshop.
We’re sponsoring six public meetings in October to share more about the study and to hear your comments, concerns and suggestions. This schedule is also available at
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