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AS WE BEGIN THE NEW YEAR OF 2016 - WE NEED TO FIND THE WAYS TO MUCH BETTER SERVE THOSE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS WHO DEPEND ON PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION, MANY OF WHOM LIVE IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS OF EAST BALTIMORE AND WEST BALTIMORE. WE NEED TO DARE TO DREAM: What do we want our truly public transportation system to look and function like in the next fifty years? Only after we will have developed a detailed vision for our future public transportation will we be in the position to plan, design, build, operate, and maintain it - AND find the ways to pay for all this. The work on this detailed vision should be led by those young people of Baltimore who are now in their 20's. In fifty years, they will have "aged with the public transportation system" and when they are elderly, they will be among those who depend the most on public transportation. So, it is in their and our interest for this "visioning" to begin - because such a future public transportation system can fully serve all of us, no matter how young or old we are. We need to get busy on this RIGHT NOW!

The voters of Baltimore City will be choosing their next Mayor and the 15 members of their City Council in the General Election in November later this year. Whoever they choose must provide the leadership needed to greatly improve Baltimore's public transportation system!

Here is an example of a modern type of streetcar: Modern streetcars as shown in this Federal Transit Administration example

In its December 23, 2015 editorial, the Baltimore Sun stated:

"...there is an opportunity here for civil rights leaders, city lawmakers and Mr. Hogan to sit down and come up with a plan to better connect Baltimore's east-west neighborhoods to jobs."

WHAT IF, among other things, we invested in a MODERN STREETCAR LINE on NORTH AVENUE? North Avenue has been called the central east-west spine of this city! This could be good for its neighborhood residents who depend on public transportation, and also good for existing and new businesses. The new streetcar line could look like this:

Modern streetcar proposed for North Avenue in Baltimore City

Now, in the second decade of the 21st Century, why not build a modern streetcar line from one end to the other of NORTH AVENUE? This major east-west avenue in Baltimore is either intersected by or crossed by 89 other streets, at least twenty of which are major streets! North Avenue passes through four City Council Districts: 7, 11, 12, and 13! Streetcars along North Avenue would open up many new opportunities for the residents and merchants around the major Penn-North intersection, for the students at Coppin State University, for the artistic and music community centered around Station North, for the many residents living around Greenmount and North and Broadway and North. After the NORTH AVENUE STREETCAR is going east and west, efforts could be made to cover the north-south routes on the west side with a FULTON AVENUE STREETCAR and on the east side with a BROADWAY STREETCAR. If these two additional routes were built, they would also pass through City Council Districts 9 and 1.

Modern streetcars proposed for North Avenue, Fulton Avenue, and Broadway in Baltimore City

Streetcars have a great reputation in Portland, Oregon - and are also in use in Boston, MA; Little Rock, AR; New Orleans, LA; Memphis, TN; Philadelphia, PA; San Francisco, CA; Seattle, WA; Tampa, FL; Toronto, ONT; and many other cities and towns. A big new streetcar line plan was announced just this month for New York City from Brooklyn to Queens near the East River. For more information about all of this, see
the list of modern streetcars by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA)

North Avenue near Pennsylvania Avenue
Plan View of North Avenue and Baltimore City - Google Earth.

North Avenue near Pennsylvania Avenue
Some major north-south streets which cross North Avenue.

North Avenue near Pennsylvania Avenue
Looking west down North Avenue toward Pennsylvania Avenue
[Baltimore City, 2014]

North Avenue at the Station North District between Charles St and Maryland Ave
Looking at the Station North District in the area between Charles Street and Maryland Avenue [Baltimore City, 2014]

Looking from North Avenue south down Broadway
From North Avenue, looking south down Broadway [Baltimore City, 2014]

From up on the Jones Falls Expressway, looking west on North Avenue
From atop the Jones Falls Expressway, looking west along North Avenue [Baltimore City, 2007]

As we enter the New Year of 2016, six priorities have emerged for shaping our Central Maryland Region's future in public transportation. Our Region includes Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, and the City of Annapolis. We must:

Baltimore Metro          Baltimore Light Rail          Baltimore buses

pedestrians      bicycle rider

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