Statement from Kim Coble re: Cancellation of Transit Cuts
September 30, 2020
Contact: Kristen Harbeson, firstname.lastname@example.org, 410 952 8100
Today, the Hogan Administration announced the decision to cancel proposed significant cuts to service in the Baltimore region.
Kim Coble, Executive Director of Maryland LCV issues the following statement on the cancelation of cuts to transit.
“Maryland LCV is pleased that the Maryland Transit Administration will be canceling the majority of proposed significant cuts to the state’s public transit system. Had they been implemented, these cuts would have exacerbated the devastation wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic to our economy. Today’s decision shows the power of the communities who spoke with one voice on the importance of public transit to their lives and livelihoods.
Maryland should be investing in more public transportation, not less. We should be increasing access to job centers from the communities most in need, not cutting it. We must prioritize cleaner transportation alternatives that reduce pollution and the health conditions that make marginalized communities especially vulnerable to the impacts of coronavirus and other respiratory illnesses like asthma. A strong public transit system is important to our air, our water, our economy, and the health of our communities and citizens.
Although the majority of the cuts have been canceled, we remain concerned by the continued cuts to commuter bus service and to the MARC train schedule. We urge the Administration to engage with transit riders and advocates prior to making decisions that affect their lives, and to be transparent about rationales and data that support these decisions.”
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