Baltimore Regional Plan Campaign
The coalition is currently reconvening around the creation of the new Baltimore Regional Plan that become a law requirement during the 2018 Maryland legislative session. The requirement mandates a select few and Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) to create a 25-year transportation plan for the Central Maryland Region (click for bill highlights). Though many transportation plans go to waste and aren't implemented, we see this as an opportunity to realign our transportation priorities and influence transportation decision making over the next few years. We are in the planning stages of how to carry out this campaign but we have created potential criteria for the plan:
1. Is mode-neutral; does not say “rail” in the title
2. Includes a robust community engagement process that engages residents, local, state officials, NGOs, business organizations, educators, state and local elected officials, etc.
3. Defines goals for regional transportation related to economic growth, social equity, and environmental health
4. Determines a series of short, medium, and longer term projects that achieve the goals
5. Addresses leveraging existing assets in addition to building new assets
Farebox Recovery Mandate Campaign-COMPLETE
Get Maryland Moving selected changing Maryland’s farebox recovery mandate as its first issue campaign. Previously, State law required the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) to recover 35 percent of its expenses through farebox and other revenues. Experience and industry norms show that this approach is ineffective and counterproductive. Our campaign aimed to replace the farebox recovery mandate with better, more meaningful indicators of the MTA’s performance: reliability, speed, frequency, access to jobs, and ridership. WE WERE SUCCESSFUL!!
Farebox Recovery Mandate In The News
The Community Architect – Why Requiring Transit Fare Recovery is Ineffective
Baltimore Sun Editorial - Judging Transit’s Performance
Baltimore Business Journal – Tradepoint Atlantic, Sagamore Development Support Bill to Make MTA Transit More Reliable
Maryland Daily Record – Bill Seeks Repeal of MTA Farebox Mandate