Workshops on MD 20-year transportation plan – none transit-accessible

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.

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  • Phil LaCombe

    MDOT Headquarters is accessible by the BWI MARC/Amtrak station. It’s reached by that mysterious skybridge through the woods that connects to Southbound platform. Still, it’s pretty poor that it’s the most transit-accessible location on the list. There should definitely be workshops in Downtown Baltimore and a highly transit-accessible location in the Washington metro area such as Silver Spring or Bethesda.

  • Jed Weeks

    There was a meeting for the “Bike and Pedestrian Community” held at MDOT HQ in November. It required Baltimore cyclists to ride 15 miles each way or take the light rail to BWI and then ride 3 miles. 

  • All4Juan4All

    As if the pseudonym of “Brew Editors” could possibly mask the cynicism and pejorative nature of what Gerald Neily would call “journalism”.

    • Sabina Pade

      One needn’t be an ex-insider to understand that, aside from the MARC, local public transit in the Baltimore area is not oriented toward the economic middle and upper classes.  Conceived essentially as a handout for the impecunious, by minds that feel beggars shouldn’t be choosers, it is a response of necessity from people who, themselves, are mostly not interested in using it.  

      One does sound cynical saying such things; not to say them, on the other hand, would be more cynical still.  It is from silence that the status quo derives strength.  And the status quo of a decay-riddled, insufficiently dense urban core inefficiently served by its transit infrastructure is a ticket to economic malaise.

  • baltimorebrew

    This post was not written by Gerald Neily but by a Brew editor, Fern Shen.

  • Barry_Childress

    Let’s see, Baltimore controls all state roads in it’s jurisdiction so the road planing bit makes some sense (assuming people in Baltimore never drive outside of Baltimore.)  

    BUT the state (MTA) controls mass transit in Baltimore, so what is MDOT saying? No long range plans for mass transit or Baltimore has no say in those plans?Not cool IMHO. 

  • Teresa

    Are you listening, MTA and other transit planners? We’d like to help, please don’t make it so difficult. @mtamaryland

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