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

Danielsen, Chris CDanielsen at nfb.org
Tue May 28 17:59:30 UTC 2013


Although the MTA does a lousy job of publicizing it, there is a number that you can call, (410) 500-4444, between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m. and between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. for the latest transit updates. These are similar to the ones you hear, or used to hear, on WYPR. Since I don't use public transit very often anymore, I do not know how reliable they are, but they are supposed to be current each day for the morning and afternoon peak rider periods. I do plan to put together a Transportation Agenda for a chapter meeting soon.

Chris


Christopher S. Danielsen, J.D.
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind


-----Original Message-----
From: Greater-baltimore [mailto:greater-baltimore-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of David Bouchard
Sent: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 1:03 PM
To: NFB of Maryland Baltimore Chapter Discussion List
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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.
> -------- Original Message --------
> 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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