Responding to a questionnaire issued by the Greater Baltimore Committee and the Baltimore Transit Alliance, Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. and his challenger, Baltimore Mayor Martin O’Malley, both voiced strong support for transit in the Baltimore region.
The candidates provided written responses on topics such as additional funding, commitment to maintaining the schedule for the Red Line planning process, and bus route restructuring. The Baltimore Transit Alliance is a regional coalition of businesses, civic, and environmental organizations affiliated with the GBC. Development of an expanded, fast, easy and reliable transit system is one of the GBC’s top strategic priorities.
Although both candidates generally support the GBC and Baltimore Transit Alliance priorities, including construction of the Red and Green lines, improved connections to Washington, and short-term improvements to the local bus network, the responses reveal differing approaches.
Ehrlich’s list of major issues facing transit in the region includes safety and reliability of existing services, improvement of Mobility services for people with disabilities, bus route reform, and completion of the Red Line study.
O’Malley calls for a “first-class transit system,” enhanced public participation in the planning process, bus system improvements, an “overhaul” of the MARC commuter service, and incentives for businesses to locate near transit stations.
Questionnaire and full responses from the candidates.