4 Maryland Counties in the top 30 with Highest Transit Share increases
2 Prince George's County, Maryland
7 Charles County, Maryland
12 Montgomery County, Maryland
23 Howard County, Maryland
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)
Hey Carroll County, you don't want our public transit? We don't want your cars
The Baltimore Sun's editorial board made a nearly perfect response to Carroll County's so-called "Mass Transit Protection Resolution," the bill that "would allow rides on buses or other forms of public transit inside the county but not beyond its borders." The Sun notes that "It would be easy to excoriate such a piece of legislation as thinly veiled racist provocation," 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.
Baltimore's Zoo and its Metro (but they don't).
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.
MARC weekend service to begin on Penn Line
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.]
MARC Train Edge Cities-They Don’t Exist, Yet
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.
Waiting for the Bus - Violent Femmes [video]
Could Baltimore Benefit from a Frequent Transit Grid?
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.
MTA Administrator Smith Launches Bus Network Improvement Project
Are There Easy Fixes to Make Transit Cool?
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."