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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 "Zoo" 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.

Read more in the Baltimore Brew:

[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 "cool" would not have been used in the same breath until recently. Lately, though, getting around in "share mode" 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: "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."
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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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Speak up for better transit

Mass TransitBy Robert L. Smith, Baltimore Sun

The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) gets wide-ranging feedback from our riders each and every day, some good and some bad, but the MTA has not done a comprehensive review of its service routes and schedules in nearly a decade. Most transit agencies perform such reviews every three to five years.

That's why I met with the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB) last week to outline a key initiative in the Transit Modernization Program (TMP) — an all-inclusive, strategic effort the agency is taking to improve public transit, including technology upgrades, new bus shelters, an overhaul of trains and buses, greater connectivity, station enhancements and more.

The first initiative of the TMP for the Baltimore region is the Bus Network Improvement Project, which will focus specifically on the planning and operations of the MTA's bus network, as well as on how the network intersects with and supports our Light Rail, Metro subway and MARC. To be completed in eight months, this initiative seeks to ensure the Baltimore region will have an integrated transit system that provides access for families of all socioeconomic backgrounds to important resources like hospitals, educational institutions and job centers, and that aligns service with new housing and job-growth sectors.

[B' Spokes: I wonder if they will finally address their main purpose of buses is to serve a poorly designed rail system so we can have even a more poorly designed bus route system as well. It takes 3 buses to go 5 miles along a major road in my neighborhood, it takes less time to walk then it takes for the bus system to get there. ]
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Circular revised routs for the Grand Prix

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The Grand Prix of Baltimore is coming soon! Our revised routes and stop closures will be in effect Thurs., Aug. 29 - Mon., Sept. 2. Please note the temporary stop locations along both Orange and Purple Routes.

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