January 15, 2013

Doreen Bolger “Vision” Statement:

Within the next five years, Baltimore will have a city-wide and regional transportation system that makes it a more competitive, livable and walkable city attracting more residents, students, and tourists to the city’s and state’s businesses, non-profits and institutions of higher learning.

Alan Fish:

  1. JHU – Baltimore city focus is on connectivity – less on cars
  2. Not prejudiced by transportation mode, looking for best approach

Bill Struever:

Be able to create a walkable, livable city. Can we as a community, create a vision with broad buy in?

  1. Red Line
  2. MARC (expanded service)
  3. Yellow Line/Streetcar
  4. Connectors (Circulator & Water Taxi)
  5. Bike Share (improving Bike programs) & Zipcar
  6. City Bus System (MTA)

Group Discussion

Short Term Goals:

Transportation Networks that service the burgeoning neighborhoods

  1. MARC investments (priority for CMTA)
  2. City bus improvements
  3. Bike improvements
  4. Extend circulator to burgeoning neighborhoods
  5. Better engagement in this process from city & state
  6. Engage a professional transit engineer in this committee
  7. Linkages to the west
  8. Better walkability
  9. Transit coordinator for the city
  10. Have one fare free network in a tight city
  11. Core to connect burgeoning neighborhoods
  12. TOD development @ existing transit stations
  13. Develop cycle tracks
  14. Expand opportunities for Zipcars
  15. Expand opportunities for Bolt bus
  16. Expand opportunities for Collegetown shuttle
  17. Free MTA for student passes for 1st/2nd months of semester
  18. A very cool hip marketing campaign around transit
  19. Focus on city short haul service vs. suburban commuter service

Long Term Goals:

  1. Building a strong political & regional constituency that engages people outside of the city
  2. Better connection to Annapolis (improve water & air quality)
  3. Red Line in place
  4. Streetcar in place


City wide, transportation networks that service the burgeoning neighborhoods to make Baltimore a more competitive, livable, walkable, safer city. More feet on the streets, less cops on the beat.

Modes of Transportation:

  1. Bus (also circulator)
  2. Light Rail
  3. Metro
  4. MARC
  5. Bikes
  6. Water Taxi
  7. Walking


  1. Safety (perceived or real)
  2. Funding
  3. Connectivity
  4. Fare free zone
  5. Transit to Annapolis/Baltimore
  6. TOD
  7. Parking (driving to find spaces) Canton, Fell’s Point
  8. Zipcar (under 21 age) is an issue
  9. How to better coordinate college shuttles

Bill Struever Whiteboard Notes:

  1. Build broad constituency – need cool, hip marketing campaign for transit
  2. Political will power
  3. Transportation plan/vision/priorities
  4. Advocate for transportation funding
  5. State – engineering experts (RKK, Kittelson & Assoc)
  6. City (Mayor) – burgeoning neighborhoods
  7. Collegetown Alliance
  8. GBC
  9. MTA
  10. Institutions: Hopkins, MICA, UofB, UMB
  11. 1000 Friends
  12. Urban League
  13. African-American community
  14. How to better coordinate college shuttles: Hopkins, UMB, Collegetown, MICA, UofB
  15. What are other cities doing?