So far, so good. The feared traffic gridlock around the new ballpark has not materialized -- at least not yet. Baseball fans have taken to mass transit with surprising alacrity, and motorists have heeded warnings to head for downtown garages rather than clog the streets around Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The only congestion Monday was around the souvenir stands, and the only irritated fans were those who couldn't buy programs an hour before game time.
There are more tests ahead, such as the first beautiful spring Sunday when throngs head both for the Inner Harbor and the ballpark. And one of these days something is going to break down and cause a massive snarl. There won't always be as many police, traffic agents and MTA aides on the streets and stations. But the years of planning by state and city transit and traffic officials have paid off initially, and the fans largely followed their advice. Can it be that Baltimoreans are not, as it has seemed for so many years, inextricably committed to their automobiles to the exclusion of all else?