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Is Bus Rapid Transit Plan B for Baltimore?

Last month, Governor Larry Hogan shelved the Baltimore region’s Red Line - the long-planned $3 billion dollar light rail project to connect western Baltimore County with the southeastern side of the city. Since then, Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford said rapid buses are the way to go. But there is no money for such a project, and the Hogan administration affirmed last week that Baltimore should expect no help from Annapolis for new public transportation projects. Still, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says officials are looking for a plan B and mentioned a rapid bus system as one possibility. In this hour, a look at fast bus systems across the U.S. and around the world.

Our guests: Paul Lewis, Director of Policy and Finance at the Eno Center for Transportation; Delegate Robert Flanagan, former Maryland Secretary of Transportation; Bob Hurley, Chair of the Port Authority Board of Allegheny County; and Joe Calabrese, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority.

Production assistance from Midday intern Max Buchdahl.

Maureen Harvie is Senior Supervising Producer for On the Record. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and joined WYPR in 2014 as an intern for the newsroom. Whether coordinating live election night coverage, capturing the sounds of a roller derby scrimmage, interviewing veterans, or booking local authors, she is always on the lookout for the next story.