Why should rest of state care for light rail?

November 01, 1997

I appreciate your concern for the expansion of the light rail via dual tracks and rail shuttles in your editorial of Oct. 21. Unfortunately, your editorial suffers from a certain amount of naivete.

Just where does the political will come from to effectuate such improvements? Not from rural legislators, whom it will do no earthly good.

Similarly, the suburbs use mass transit as a scapecoat to explain increased crime even though the Northwest Environment Watch released a study showing that people who move to the suburbs in search of safety are actually in more danger of death or injury from traffic accidents thanks to increased commuting than they were from the inner-city crime they had fled.

Baltimore City seems to be falling over itself to create more parking lots, even though it is the main beneficiary of mass transit. Since the Mass Transit Administration must meet 50 percent of its operating costs via fares, the city's parking-lot building frenzy sabotages its transit system.

Until Baltimore City decides whether it wants to be Toronto or Phoenix, why should suburban and rural legislators waste money and political capital on mass transit?

Paul R. Schlitz Jr.

Baltimore

Pub Date: 11/01/97

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