Yesterday’s email from Maryland officials announcing public meetings on updating the state’s long-term plan for transportation sounded peppy and inclusive:
“Your input into this 20-year vision for transportation in Maryland will ultimately help guide statewide investment decisions across all modes of transportation,” wrote Donald A. Halligan, Director Office of Planning and Capital Programming.
But the four “roundtable workshops” for the 2035 Maryland Transportation Plan (MTP) are not scheduled in locations convenient to any mass transit.
None are located in Baltimore city in a location where they might conceivably be served by trains, buses, light rail or the subway and where many transit users, cyclists and pedestrians live.
Here are the locations for the discussions planned by the Maryland Department of Transportation to ensure that the MTP will “respond to the needs of all of Maryland’s stakeholders.”
• Frederick (5111 Buckeystown Pike, at State Highway Administration District 7 Office, on Jan. 10)
• Hanover (7201 Corporate Center Drive, at MDOT Headquarters, on Jan. 22)
• Chestertown (615 Morgnec Road, SHA District 2 Office, on Jan 25)
• Greenbelt (9300 Kenilworth Avenue, SHA District 3 Office, on Jan 29)
The email – sent yesterday, January 2 – doesn’t give prospective participants much time to sign up.
“Please note that capacity is limited so we encourage you to reserve your place by January 2, 2013.”
We’ve asked for a response from MDOT and/or from the person listed as workshop organizer on the email and will publish anything we get back from them.