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HIDDEN TRANSPORTATION SAFETY SOLUTION: PUBLIC TRANSIT

Mass Transit-> A new American Public Transportation Association study shows that a person can reduce the chance of being in a crash by more than 90 percent simply by taking public transit instead of commuting by car. (The Hidden Transportation Safety Solution: Public Transportation: http://bit.ly/2d54b9m) Traveling by public transportation is ten times safer per mile than traveling by auto. The authors reveal that transit-oriented communities are five times safer because they have about a fifth the per capita traffic casualty rate (fatalities and injuries) as automobile-oriented communities. This means public transit cuts a community’s crash risk in half even for those who do not use public transit. Public transportation communities spur compact development, which reduces auto miles traveled and produces safer speeds.

Cities that average more than 50 annual transit trips per capita have about half the average traffic fatality rates as cities where residents average fewer than 20 annual trips. Since Americans average about 1,350 annual trips on all modes, this increase from less than 20 to more than 50 annual transit trips represents a small increase in transit mode share, from about 1.5 percent up to about 4 percent. That equates to an increase in transit mode share of less than 3 trips a month per person. http://bit.ly/2cm4tw9

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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MTA Bus Network Redesign

Mass TransitNetwork Redesign
The current MTA bus network has many routes that are antiquated, serve outdated job locations and are too long to manage reliably. Additionally, the routes that currently traverse downtown Baltimore compound congestion and jeopardize on-time reliability throughout the system. Under BaltimoreLink, we've created a more efficient and reliable bus network by spreading out the routes within the downtown core and creating a grid of high frequency routes serving more downtown locations. To accomplish these needed improvements, we are implementing three levels of bus service:
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https://mta.maryland.gov/baltimorelink/service/network-redesign
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Baltimore Metro Transit Survey

Mass Transithttps://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZBKNRBS
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MARC adds more bike cars Friday, Saturday

Mass Transithttp://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/ph-ac-cn-marc-release-0701-20150701-story.html
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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

<a href="http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/planning/census_issues/ctpp/data_products/2000_2007-2009_2010-2012_commute_shares/transitshare.cfm">http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/planning/census_issues/ctpp/data_products/2000_2007-2009_2010-2012_commute_shares/transitshare.cfm</a>;

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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<a href="http://touch.citypaper.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-81839664/">http://touch.citypaper.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-81839664/</a>;
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Baltimore's Zoo and its Metro (but they don't).

Mass Transit[B' Spokes: Another zing about our mass transit.]
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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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<a href="http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post/23086/the-national-zoo-and-dc-metro-fit-together-so-could-baltimores-zoo-and-its-metro-but-they-dont/">http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post/23086/the-national-zoo-and-dc-metro-fit-together-so-could-baltimores-zoo-and-its-metro-but-they-dont/</a>;
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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: <a href="http://www.baltimorebrew.com/2013/12/04/marc-weekend-service-to-begin-on-penn-line/">http://www.baltimorebrew.com/2013/12/04/marc-weekend-service-to-begin-on-penn-line/</a>;

[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

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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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<a href="http://comebackcity.us/2013/11/12/marc-train-edge-cities-they-dont-exist-yet/">http://comebackcity.us/2013/11/12/marc-train-edge-cities-they-dont-exist-yet/</a>;
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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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