Public transit worked for me

September 09, 2010

I am a personal trainer and small business owner currently residing in Columbia. I commute to my office in Baltimore by car every day, and for the most part, I am able to avoid any extreme issues with congestion and heavy traffic.

Like a lot of suburban Maryland residents, I had not utilized public transportation since high school (over 20 years ago), but after anticipating parking issues at a recent public event, I decided to use our transit system.

I used the light rail system and found it to be a clean, safe and reliable mode of transportation. The train arrived on schedule and literally placed me steps away from my destination. Best of all, I didn't have to worry about parking or gas.

After a summer that has plagued with stories about issues with MTA services, I think its only fair to share the good news as well.

We all know that no bureaucracy or state agency runs like clockwork 100 percent of the time, but we shouldn't lose sight of the fact that MTA is made up of hard-working people who are responsible for safely moving thousands of people from place to place every day. Not only that, but they are providing these services with limited resources and while under a microscope, a situation that would be stressful to any of us.

I am all for holding people accountable for jobs that are not taken seriously or not done well, but I think it is also important to commend people for jobs that are done well, and in this instance the MTA did an outstanding job from beginning to end. I wholeheartedly recommend giving them a try.

Alexia Clifton, Columbia

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