Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Transit Woes


What's the deal with the Red Line? After the hype about Mayor Dixon's Red Line Summit at the Convention Center back in May there seems to be a lack of reporting on the issue. The website for the project hasn't been updated since April when the proposed alignment was shifted to include Johns Hopkins Bayview and Canton Crossing. http://www.baltimoreregiontransitplan.com/


As a Fells Point resident I am deeply interested in the progress of this transit project. I think the prospect of being able to get downtown, or to Canton, by way of something other than driving, cabbing, or walking would be great. The Metro Subway can get you atleast downtown, but for us in Fells Point we have to walk up to Hopkins Hospital to grab it. For those living in Canton it's not an option.


Don't get me wrong, I am a huge fan of this and public transit in general, we all know Baltimore needs a fire lit under it for better, more effective, and more diverse transit option. Seriously, the MTA and the City of Baltimore need to keep us all in the loop on this one. I sent an email to their feedback email (mailto:redline@mtamaryland.com?subject=Red ), but never heard anything back. C'mon MTA get on the ball.


Recent news from Annapolis is a cut of $1.1 billion in State funding to Transportation over the next 6 years beacuse of a dramatic drop in state revenues due to the economy and people driving less because of gas prices. Who knows what this will mean for projects like the Red Line or MARC expansion, but as Maryland Transportation Secretary John D. Porcari said that the high profile projections won't be significantly set back. I guess that's anywhere from 2 to 10 years. http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/politics/bal-funds0910,0,151886.story


Anyways, it's Hump Day. Heading into the home stretch for the weekend! Take advantage of Happy Hour and show up hung over for work tomorrow, nothing some coffee and advil won't fix by lunch.


O's take on the Indians at the Yard tonight.

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