Baltimore Gets a D on Transportation Report Card

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If the greater Baltimore area wants a better report card, someone needs to make it easier to get to work. A report card out today gave the area’s transportation system a “D” overall, and handed out F’s for regional transit in some categories.

Baltimoreans have heard that we need more transit for a long time now, especially in a year when Gov. Larry Hogan axed plans for the Red Line commuter rail. That’s only backed up by the Central Maryland Transportation Alliance’s report card, which says Baltimore has the 6th longest commute times in the country (Baltimore is the 26th largest city).

The report revealed some eye-opening stats:

  • 22 percent of commuters travel at least 45 minutes one-way to get to work;
  • 58 percent of households spend more than 45 percent of their income on transportation and housing.
  • 11 percent of jobs are accessible within an hour on public transit.

And, just to remind you of those hours of your life you’ll never get back, the report says Baltimoreans spent an average of 47 hours in traffic in 2014.

Improving roads and bridges could help, but a larger transit project is seen as being the true tonic for these woes.

After Hogan killed the Red Line, plans on the table include upgrades to the city bus system, known as BaltimoreLink. Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration proposed the idea, but Democrats like Kevin Kamenetz think a commuter rail of some sort is still needed.

In the more distant future, there’s the Maglev. Relying on technology that’s currently used in Japan, the 300 mph train could connect Baltimore and DC in 15 minutes. Over the weekend, the federal government handed the state¬†nearly $28 million to study the train,

Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Technical.ly Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.


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