What If Baltimore Had Subway Stations Instead of Subway Restaurants?

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Emily Badger over at The Atlantic Cities pointed us toward Chris Nelson’s playful rendering of a very different (and very imaginary) Baltimore transit map, one in which every Subway (the sandwich shop) was instead, well, a subway (the public transit option). A girl can dream, right?

The reality is that Baltimore has a subway system with a grand total of 14 stations; most city dwellers I know have never even ridden on it. Meanwhile, there are ten times as many of the sandwich franchise, spread out across the metro area.

If Nelson’s map gets you dreaming of new and improved ways to get around town, you’re in luck; Reinvent Transit, a “gathering/hackathon” co-sponsored by Betamore and the Baltimore City Department of Transportation, is taking place this weekend at Betamore headquarters in Federal Hill. While converting sandwich shops into transit hubs will likely not be on the agenda, other ideas — most of them technologically-based — will be gathered, refined, crowdsourced, and demonstrated. A GPS-enabled arrival feed for MTA buses? Abolishing parking tickets? Bringing back the streetcar? What does your dream of a Baltimore transit future look like?



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  1. This looks just about perfect, except I would have one more east-west line to connect all of the “spokes” . . . maybe around Northern Parkway.

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