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TRANSPORTATION

Baltimore’s public transportation infrastructure is decades behind where it should be, but can be revitalized and expanded with proper investment and planning. Only 6% of jobs in Baltimore can be accessed by public transportation in under 45 minutes leading to congested streets across the city and creating difficulties for residents without a car from accessing these opportunities. Investing in infrastructure will make traveling to work more efficient while also providing residents with greater access to neighborhoods and opportunity throughout the city.  

CURRENT FACTS

  • More than 60% of Baltimore City residents drive alone to work, compared to 34.2% in Washington D.C. (Data USA)

  • In a city with a failing public transportation system, households in historically redlined areas are more than twice as likely to lack access to a car than the general population (80% compared to 33%). (Complete Streets)

  • Of Baltimore City residents, only 16% take public transit, 6% walk, and 1% ride a bike to work. (Data USA)

  • 40% of MTA riders are essential workers.

  • If all Baltimore households reduce to one car, annual discretionary income across the city will increase by $855 million. (Complete Streets)

  • Black and Hispanic Baltimore pedestrians are 60% and 43%, respectively, more likely to be killed than white pedestrians. (Complete Streets)

POLICY POSITION

  • Expand access to equitable public transportation, including the light rail, subway, MARC, and busses. Increase water taxi access by expanding the route to Cherry Hill and connecting our waterfront neighborhoods. Improve the reliability and speed of public transit options to encourage additional ridership and decrease reliance on cars in the region.

  • Support efforts to increase multi-modal transport, including creating bike and bus-only lanes to build a more connected city where citizens can reduce their reliance on cars.

  • Create pedestrian districts in community-based corridors to encourage residents and visitors alike to spend time in local neighborhoods.

  • Increase services for commuters to the Baltimore region, including adding bus depots at major commuting thoroughfares like I-83 and I-95, to improve the commuting experience and reduce car traffic downtown.

  • Support the Baltimore Greenway Trails Network, which will connect 75 neighborhoods and provide safe, off-street opportunities for recreation. Encourage expansion of bike lane networks throughout the city.​