November 13, 2008

Hopkins shuttle shows how transit can succeed

I hope everyone read the article on the success of the Johns Hopkins shuttle bus, which is reported to be reliable and is better than affordable since it's free for the Hopkins and Peabody community and, as the article suspects, many freeloading bounders as well ("Bus service picks up," Nov. 10).

I hope readers see the moral of the story: Public transit that is well funded and efficient will be very popular. It is not hard to see why. An individual living in Charles Village going downtown would waste money profligately on parking lots if he persisted in driving. Unless one is a Vanderbilt, it would make no sense not to take the free shuttle.

There is also a bad moral of the story: A critical mass of the Hopkins community will always want a free shuttle in lieu of building effective public transit into Charles Village. Plans for trolleys and even a branch of the light rail have all come to naught and even have met hostile opposition because the Hopkins community is perfectly happy with the status quo. This does nothing for the non-Hopkins people.

Paul R. Schlitz Jr., Baltimore

Check trucks' height before they reach tunnel

Having read the report about the truck violating the Harbor Tunnel's height restrictions, scraping ceiling tiles and tying up traffic ("Baltimore Harbor Tunnel ceiling damaged by truck," Nov. 12), I have to ask: If tunnel vehicles have to pass through the toll booths, why in the world isn't the height of the toll booths 13 feet, 6 inches like the tunnel clearance? Why do we repeatedly hear of trucks violating height restrictions across the country, causing damage, traffic delays and wasting of gas?

It seems practical to halt this violation at the toll booths with at least a temporary structure of that height in front of the booths.

Charles Herr, Perry Hall

Why were so few flags flying on Veterans Day?

I fought in World War II and saw so many good men die. Since then, we have fought more wars and are now again involved in two wars.

Tuesday was Veterans Day, and as always, I flew our flag in memory of those great guys and gals who gave their lives so that we could live our free lives.

Why, then, could I hardly see any flags flying in honor of our heroes?

Irving Distenfeld, Baltimore

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