[Greater-baltimore] [Greater-Baltimore] June 2013 Bus Stop Modification

Riccobono, Mark MRiccobono at nfb.org
Tue May 28 17:31:20 UTC 2013


Great idea!

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From: Greater-baltimore [mailto:greater-baltimore-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of christopher nusbaum
Sent: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 1:23 PM
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Subject: Re: [Greater-baltimore] [Greater-Baltimore] June 2013 Bus Stop Modification

Perhaps there should also be a transportation issues discussion group at future state conventions. While each local transportation system is in some ways different, I think it is good for blind people to discuss common transportation concerns and problems as well as bounce ideas off of each other. Since I live in Carroll County where public transportation is virtually nonexistent, I am not very qualified to discuss problems with public transportation in Baltimore-I don't often ride it. However, this may be a good idea for those of you who are consumers of public transit.

Chris Nusbaum

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On May 28, 2013, at 1:14 PM, "Riccobono, Mark" <MRiccobono at nfb.org> wrote:

> Agreed on all accounts. I think the chapter should put together a committee to compile and carry forward issues related to transportation. This might also include Circulator concerns--or suggestions--and issues around taxi cab service.
>
> Mark
>
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> From: Greater-baltimore [mailto:greater-baltimore-bounces at nfbnet.org] 
> On Behalf Of David Bouchard
> Sent: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 1:03 PM
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> Cc: NFB of Maryland Baltimore Chapter Discussion List
> Subject: Re: [Greater-baltimore] [Greater-Baltimore] June 2013 Bus 
> Stop Modification
>
> These are some of the same concerns that I have. Also, another concern is being passed by by a bus, such as the 11 and 27, which are at times quite unreliable. Furthermore, I agree with Ronza in that route diversions should be better communicated to the customer. I usually receive long-term diversion announcements, but no notification of unplanned diversions, such as at an accident. I sometimes overhear these unplanned diversions on the operator's radio of such occurrences, and this knowledge should be available to everyone.
>
> Regards,
> David Bouchard
> Residential Manager
> Blind Industries and Services of Maryland
> 300 W Lombard ST (Camden Court Apartments), Baltimore, MD 21201
> Phone: (662) 312-4161
>
>
> On May 28, 2013, at 12:22 PM, "Othman, Ronza (CMS/OEOCR)" <Ronza.Othman at cms.hhs.gov> wrote:
>
>> Steve,
>>
>> Are you the person to whom we should raise concerns about particular stops?
>>
>> Last fall, MTA added a stop on several lines at Security and Kennecott.  Many of us cheered the addition of this stop because it cuts down on about a mile walk from each of the nearest bus stops.  The problem is that the stop on the westbound side of the street is in the middle of nowhere - there is not a stop sign anywhere near by, nor a traffic light, or any other sort of indication that people might be crossing.  In the past 3 months, there have been 5 pedestrians hit crossing Security at that stop.  This isn't a blindness problem - it's a passenger/pedestrian problem.  Who can we talk with to help us work out some sort of solution with the county or whoever is in charge of such things?
>>
>> In addition, it seems that the complaints line is ineffectual at 
>> best, but they cut the hours of the customer service center so now 
>> you can't even get a person after 7 PM.  Most of the drivers seem to 
>> be pulling their shenanigans after 7 (I've waited more than 3 hours 
>> for a bus that is supposed to come every 15 minutes more often than I 
>> can count).  What are they doing to address immediate concerns of 
>> passengers when those concerns fall outside of the customer service 
>> hours?  What are they doing to let people know that buses are being 
>> pulled off their routes and scheduled times (the automated line is 
>> never updated but a live person can say "there's an accident causing 
>> a detour and you have to pick up the bus at X" or "there's too much 
>> snow and the bus can't come up the hill so go to stop X.")
>>
>> Finally, are they working on an app like the Circulator and WMATA have to let you know how close your bus is?
>>
>> Thanks,
>> Ronza
>>
>>
>>
>> From: Greater-baltimore [mailto:greater-baltimore-bounces at nfbnet.org]
>> On Behalf Of Steve Brand
>> Sent: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 12:11 PM
>> To: NFB of Maryland Baltimore Chapter Discussion List
>> Subject: Re: [Greater-baltimore] June 2013 Bus Stop Modification
>>
>> They usually tell the committee about proposed changes. I haven't been able to attend the meetings lately. I'm sure they post the proposals on their Web site and there is probably a way to subscribe to email updates.
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>> Subject: Re: [Greater-baltimore] June 2013 Bus Stop Modification
>> From: "Ringlein, Ellen" <ERinglein at nfb.org<mailto:ERinglein at nfb.org>>
>> Date: Tue, May 28, 2013 12:02 pm
>> To: NFB of Maryland Baltimore Chapter Discussion List 
>> <greater-baltimore at nfbnet.org<mailto:greater-baltimore at nfbnet.org>>
>>
>> Hi Steve,
>>
>> Does the MTA usually tell the CACAT Committee about proposed bus stop modifications, before it's a done deal? And does the committee have any input?
>>
>> I am asking, because in the not too distant past some bus stops were eliminated from my neighborhood and the first I knew about it was that the bus was no longer stopping at these stops.
>>
>> Ellen
>>
>> From: Greater-baltimore [mailto:greater-baltimore-bounces at nfbnet.org]
>> On Behalf Of Steve Brand
>> Sent: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 11:58 AM
>> To: Greater-baltimore at nfbnet.org<mailto:Greater-baltimore at nfbnet.org>
>> Subject: [Greater-baltimore] June 2013 Bus Stop Modification
>>
>> MTA completed its final review of the June 2013 Bus Stop Modification Proposals. The following bus stop eliminations and additions will start June 17, 2013.
>>
>> REMOVE:
>> Washington Blvd. & Archer St. WB
>> Lafayette Ave. & Carrollton St. EB far side Northern Pkwy. & Price 
>> Ave. EB nearside
>>
>> ADD:
>> Frankford Ave. & Sinclair Ln. NB
>> Annapolis Rd. & Clare St. NB
>> Metro Dr. & Marian Dr. NB
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