Elijah Cummings: “Missing Links” in BaltimoreLink plan

Rep. Elijah Cummings

Rep. Elijah Cummings had the following to say in his Sept. 30 op-ed in the Baltimore Sun:

“For many Baltimore residents, the MTA bus service’s routes and timings determine the patterns — and the very reach — of their lives.

“Many of the Baltimore communities in which opportunity is most limited —and in which access to a private vehicle is lowest — would have been served by the proposed Red Line light rail system.

“This is why the governor’s decision to cancel the Red Line and walk away from as much as $900 million in federal funding that could have been invested in that project was a decision about more than just a rail line. It was a decision that will shape the connections and barriers that will continue to define the geography of our city and its residents’ lives for decades to come.”

See the full op-ed here.

BTEC to participate in Transportation Leadership Academy

Samuel Jordan speaks at BTEC rally

The Baltimore Transit Equity Coalition is proud to announce that our President and Convener, Samuel Jordan, has been selected by U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to participate as a fellow in the inaugural Every Place Counts: Leadership Academy on October 5, 2016.

The Leadership Academy provides an opportunity for transportation advocates from around the country to learn and refine best practices in influencing transportation policies and decisions. In addition, Leadership Academy fellows with help to develop a Transportation Toolkit that will be made available on an open source platform to agencies, community groups, and individuals nationally.

Secretary Foxx also urges fellows to host Leadership Academies in the locales where they are engaged as transportation activists.

Transit Equity Coalition in Baltimore Magazine!

Baltimore Metro subway car at platform

Much thanks to Baltimore Magazine for featuring BTEC in its September 2016 issue, as part of “The Multi-Modal City” article by Ron Cassie.

‘The Road to Nowhere broke up West Baltimore communities that are still trying to recover two generations later,” says Glenn Smith, 67, a member of the Baltimore Transit Equity Coalition and signatory to a citizen complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Transportation over the Red Line’s cancellation. “My family was one of those displaced. Those 19 stations along the Red Line would’ve brought considerable investment to the community.”’

Read the full feature article here.

“The Track to Ending Two Baltimores”

boarded up row homes in Baltimore

Excerpt from “The Track to Ending Two Baltimores”, an op-ed by Ajmel Quereshi of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, as published in the Afro online:

“Racial and socioeconomic segregation in Baltimore lies at the root of the ‘two Baltimores’ described in the DOJ report. A key contributor to segregation in Baltimore is the lack of access to basic transportation for many African-American residents who live along the City’s east-west corridor. In some neighborhoods, like the West Baltimore neighborhood where Freddie Gray lived and fatally encountered police last year, a majority of households have no vehicle and are entirely dependent on buses for travel. Compounding matters, buses too often run slowly, with speeds from Edmonson Village, in West Baltimore, to downtown averaging nine miles per hour during rush hour. Without a car or access to a viable means of public transportation, many residents have no way to get to the jobs that will allow them to afford better housing and, otherwise, better their lives.”

Read the full op-ed here.

“The Third Rail”: a history of disinvestment in public transportation in Baltimore

traffic on Edmondson Ave.

“The Third Rail”, by Alec MacGillis of ProPublica.

“It was precisely to reduce isolation and, quite literally, to improve mobility that transit boosters had rallied behind the Red Line. Indeed, Chetty and Hendren also found strong correlation between length of commute and economic mobility. Which was why it was such a blow to the civic solar plexus when Larry Hogan announced, in late June, two months after the riots, that he was pulling the plug on the project.”

Read the full article here.

June 25: Build the Red Line! Anniversary Walk

coalition members meeting at Arch Social Club on North Avenue

Join with citizens from across Baltimore to demand equal transportation access to jobs and opportunity

Saturday, June 25, 2016  |  10am
Parking Lot B at the West Baltimore MARC Station

400 North Smallwood Street
Baltimore, MD 21223

On June 25, 2015, Gov. Larry Hogan unilaterally killed Baltimore’s long-planned Red Line transit system and moved its funds to suburban and rural road projects.

In doing so, the Governor squandered hundreds of millions of dollars and tens of thousands of hours of work by community members, elected officials, engineers, planners and transit riders from across the region. He also robbed Baltimore of its last, best chance for a truly comprehensive public transportation system that would have connected residents to jobs and opportunities throughout the region.

The Red Line would have:

  • connected residents to major job centers like downtown Baltimore, Johns Hopkins Bayview, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
  • eased congestion and dramatically reduced commute times along the city’s most heavily traveled bus transit corridor.
  • created 10,000 jobs in the construction phase, generating an estimated $540 million or more in paychecks for families along the corridor.
  • unified Baltimore’s public transit system, with connections to the light rail, the metro subway, and MARC.
  • helped connect African-American communities who have limited access to jobs and transportation, and who are disproportionately cut off from the rest of the city.
  • secured a matching investment of nearly a billion dollars of federal transit money for Baltimore City.
  • catalyzed new community development at or near the nineteen new stations along its route.

Welcome to the Baltimore Transit Equity Coalition!

The Baltimore Transit Equity Coalition is composed of residents, workers, students, transit riders, activists, and everyday people who want to see improved public transportation options in our city.

Please continue to check back to our website, as well as our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates on what we’re up to.