MTA plans to reduce MARC service, cut...

MTA plans to reduce MARC service, cut six bus routes

There are 9 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Oct 16, 2008, titled MTA plans to reduce MARC service, cut six bus routes. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

The Maryland Transit Administration is proposing to eliminate six commuter bus routes, reduce the number of rides on others and cut back on its increasingly popular MARC train service as a result of severe ...

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Mike

Arlington, VA

#1 Oct 16, 2008
I used to ride the MARC trains when I lived in Baltimore. The MARC routes should be the most profitable part of MTA. Instead of cutting, they should be expanding service to raise revenue as more people are riding the MARC trains. Honestly, sometime I just dont understand the government.
CommuterGirl

United States

#2 Oct 16, 2008
I don't understand why they would curtail service on MARC--which is overcrowded every single day--and not the metro and light rail, which are not experiencing the same crush of users. They could even raise prices a bit--surely that's better than cutting a service altogether, as they propose to do with some commuter bus routes.
Baltimoron

Cumberland, MD

#3 Oct 16, 2008
This isn't about making smart cuts, it's about making politically painful cuts. The outcry will make it easier for Miller, Busch and O'Malley to make the case for more tax hikes.

If the MTA was actually interested in serving its customers, it could have fired a few of the hordes of bureaucrats and do-nothings it has on the payroll instead of cutting service.
Spirit of 1966

Middletown, MD

#4 Oct 16, 2008
Right on, Baltimoron. Let's see how high Gov. O'Malley and President Obama will jack up our taxes to "share the wealth" in the new United States Socialist Republic of America. I have a better idea for budget cuts -- how about suspending all welfare payments and telling those folks they just might have to think about getting a J-O-B, like all of the folks who use the MARC service. Hmmm.
A regular MTA bus rider

Baltimore, MD

#5 Oct 16, 2008
If MTA wants to increase their revenues, simply FIX THE FARE BOXES!!!
I ride the bus M-F to and from work and at least 30% of the time, the box is broken and therefore you can ride for free!!!
MTA - Duh!!!!
ben

Martinsburg, WV

#6 Oct 16, 2008
This is a terrible and entirely counterproductive development. We're the richest state per capita in the country, we're paying taxes and still we can't afford to fund our already limited public transportation. I disagree with spirit of 66, I think people in the DC/Baltimore area have jobs, otherwise they couldn't afford to live here. This is crappy management, the result being we're all going to be spending more money on gas and more time sitting in worsening traffic. Public transportation is something that will make everything else run smoother, like the proposed cuts in education, it's cutting your nose to spite your face. Short-sighted and embarrassing that we can't pay for a train from Baltimore to DC, like commutergirl mentions, the marc is packed already.
GregA

Manchester, NH

#7 Oct 16, 2008
O'Malley is showing again why he has no reason being Governor. What a completely assinine move! If anything the state should be promoting the MARC line as a way to help commuters deal with the rising fuel prices. Go Martin .. continue your race to obscurity.
Carol Maniocha

AOL

#8 Oct 17, 2008
I ride the light rail 2 times/day 5 days/wk. At least with the light rail more and more people who own cars are taking it. By eliminating the routes you propose you are liminting the growth of public transportation. The "new riders" are of the class that is afraid of public transportation. It took me a while to get used to it.
You have got something good going, do not kill it.
Carole - Abingdon MD

Baltimore, MD

#9 Oct 23, 2008
It seems strange that with all the city buses, none is being cut. Counties pay the same state taxes and probably more if you consider sales and gas taxes. Why are they the step children. This proposal appears to be a weak political ploy to get more money out of people. We are tired of the tricksters! As one woman suggested, fix the fare boxes you have on city buses and give yourselves a 30% increase. Whatever, do what is fair across the board and stop stomping on middle class Marylanders. We've already dropped from 24th to something like 50th in appealing states to live this year.

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