Maryland Transit Update: From Toll Lanes to BaltimoreLink
On today's Midday on Transit, a check on how well the region is dealing with its transportation challenges, in Baltimore City and beyond. From Governor Hogan's controversial "Traffic Relief Plan" in the Washington suburbs, to a shake-up and critical oversight at the Baltimore Department of Transportation, our focus today is on what's working, and what isn't -- and how we can fix it.
To start things off, transportation reporter Katherine Shaver with the Washington Post, and Brian O’Malley, president and CEO of the Central MD Transportation Alliance, join Tom on the line to discuss the governor's plan to construct express toll lanes on I-495 and I-270.
Then, Tom discusses the challenges facing Baltimore's bus, subway and light rail systems, with guests Kevin Quinn, CEO and administrator of the Maryland Transit Administration, Samuel Jordan, president of the Baltimore Transit Equity Coalition, Baltimore City Councilman Ryan Dorsey (D. 3rd Dist) and Klaus Philipsen, a Baltimore architecht and urban planner and founding partner in the firm ArchPlan, Inc.
The second and third segments of today's discussion were live-streamed on WYPR's Facebook page, and you can watch the video here.