Regional Transit Report Call for More Local Control

inside busA report issued by the Greater Washington Partnership calls for more local control of Baltimore City’s public transportation system and issues broader recommendations for regional transportation system improvements. 

In regards to Baltimore, the Capital Region Blueprint for Regional Mobility report calls out the Maryland Transit Administration’s ownership and control of the Baltimore City transit system as relatively unique noting that nationwide most transit systems are under regional authorities or local departments.

The Baltimore Sun reports on some of the Baltimore City specific recommendations of the report:

» Integrating the MTA’s MARC commuter train with Washington’s Virginia Railway Express (VRE) train.

» Renovating the Baltimore & Potomac (B&P) Tunnel.

» Redeveloping Baltimore’s Penn Station.

» Completing the Baltimore Greenway Trails Network.

» Increasing the speed and reliability of Baltimore’s transit system, while establishing a bold vision for an expanded system.

The Sun article also highlights some of the report’s more general recommendations including:

  • Modernizing Intercity and Commuter Rail
  • Improving Roadway and Trail Performance
  • Creating High-Performing Public Transportation
  • Growing Employer Mobility Programs
  • Expanding Access to Opportunity
  • Enabling Technology-Driven Future
  • Reforming Governance and Funding

For more information:

Baltimore transit needs local oversight, more funding, regional transportation report says (The Baltimore Sun)

The Capital Region Blueprint for Regional Mobility (Greater Washington Partnership)