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Light Rail. Bus. Train. Monorail. Commuter rail … They’re all different modes of the same thing: Moving people from where they are ... to where they want to go.

We hear from transportation expert Christof Spieler, who emphasizes that transit systems should be designed to serve riders, not the egos of savvy, well-intended urban planners. Plus, Don Fry, president of the Greater Baltimore Committee, about what’s missing in state transportation funding when it comes to the needs of the Baltimore region and highlights a summit that allows citizens to weigh in on the city's transportation challenges.

For information on the upcoming GBC Transportation summit, visit this link.

For information on Christof Spieler's book "Trains, Buses, People: An Opinionated Atlas of Public Transit" visit this link.

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The city has put a busy business corridor in northeast Baltimore on a “road diet” — reducing the number of lanes for cars and installing floating bus stops and bike lanes. The goal is to make the stretch of Harford Road between Echodale and White Avenues safer not just for pedestrians, bus riders and bikers, but also for cars.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, road diets like this one can reduce crashes by an average of 29 percent.