The Daily Record: Baltimore-area transit expected to reach just 50% of new jobs
By Adam Bednar
Sept. 9, 2019
The Baltimore region is expected to add a substantial number of jobs over the next 25 years, but many of them are likely to be based in places that transit can’t access, according to speakers at the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Transportation and Mobility summit meeting Sept. 9.
While the Maryland Transit Administration is completing a legislatively mandated planning process that could adjust course to serve the potential job locations, MTA Administrator Kevin Quinn said the MTA already faces a roughly $2 billion gap between the expected cost of general improvements and maintenance and current funding levels.
“We’re in a position right now … where we can change this,” Quinn said of his agency’s ability to serve new job locations. “There’s opportunities here for regional collaboration.”
Research done by the Baltimore Metropolitan Council predicts the area will add 440,000 jobs over the next 25 years, speakers told the meeting. Residents who depend on transit, however, are expected to have access to only 50% of those positions.
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