Advocacy group says MTA's bus route overhaul misses the mark

Posted at 6:30 PM, Sep 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-22 18:30:25-04

One group says the new bus plan for Baltimore is missing the mark to connect people to jobs schools and healthy foods.

The Central Maryland Transportation Alliance is calling on the Maryland Transit Authority to spend more money and do more to improve access for people in low-and-middle wage jobs.

The new BaltimoreLink plan is supposed to begin in June and is meant to overhaul the bus routes. Right now, the average commute time takes about an hour, and under BaltimoreLink that doesn't change. Unfortunately, it's not the only problem.

According to the President and CEO of the Transportation Alliance, Brian O'malley, "The analysis found that overall, when we averaged across the region, people will have access to slightly more jobs, schools and healthy food sources on a weekday under BaltimoreLink then they do now. However, there is a great variability from one neighborhood to the next." said Brian O'Malley, president and CEO of the Transportation Alliance.

The Alliance gave Baltimore's transportation network a D last year.

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