Alert - Bicycle Racks on MTA Buses

See update: <a href=""></a>;

From One Less Car:
John D. Porcari, Maryland Secretary of Transportation,

Secretary John D. Porcari
Maryland Department of Transportation
7201 Corporate Center Drive
Hanover, Maryland 21076

The Honorable Martin O'Malley, Governor of Maryland,

The Honorable Martin O'Malley
Governor's House
100 State Circle
Annapolis, MD 21401-1925

Richard Chambers full comment: <a href=";cid=279">;cid=279</a>;

One Less Car Fact Sheet: <a href=""></a>;

by B' Spokes

Like most people I live a hectic life and who has the time for much exercise? Thanks to xtracycle now I do. By using my bike for daily activities I can get things done and get an hour plus work out in 15 minutes extra of my time, not a bad deal and beats taking the extra time going to the gym. In case you are still having trouble being motivated; the National Center of Disease Control says that inactivity is the #2 killer in the United States just behind smoking. ( ) Get out there and start living life! I can carry home a full shopping cart of groceries, car pool two kids or just get lost in the great outdoors camping for a week. Well I got go, another outing this weekend.
  • Currently 0.00/5
Rating: 0.00/5 (0 votes cast)

Share It!

Login required to comment
From John Porcari Secretary of Transportation: Thank you for noting the lack of bike racks on our MTA buses-- and your strong support of bicycling. While we have made real strides in bike accessibility for other parts of our transit system such as MARC commuter rail and light rail, there is more work to be done. By copy of this e-mail, I am asking MTA Administrator Paul Wiedefeld to directly address your question. Again, thanks for your interest. Sincerely, John Porcari
From Paul Widefeld Thank you for your note regarding the need for bicycle racks on MTA buses, and I agree they would be a tremendous benefit to our customers and the potential utilization of our transit system. We are moving on a number of fronts to make this a reality. In the very near future, we will be putting out a bid for our annual bus buy of 65 buses, and the specifications fir the buses call for them to be equipped with bike racks. We are also picking up an option on a number of articulated buses being built for another transit property to replace our aging fleet of 30 articulated buses. These new buses will also have bike racks installed on them. Both of these actions are underway within existing capital budgets. As for retrofitting our existing buses, this is also something the MTA would like to pursue, but unfortunately we do not currently have the funding in our capital budget. As I am sure you are following, the Special Session called by the Governor is looking to address funding for needed transportation improvements. If additional funds were to be made available, the retrofitting of the remaining fleet would be a candidate for funding. Thank you again for your note, and for using the MTA's services, Sincerely, Paul Widefeld