MTA backs off plan to close bus stops
The Maryland Transit Administration has backed off a plan to close about eight bus stops in the city after a protest from transit advocates.
The decision announced this morning came after the Transit Riders Action Council objected late Tuesday, saying the decision to close stops in Mount Vernon came without seeking the opinions of transit riders.
"To ensure that we hear from all voices on decisions that impact the communities (served), MTA is reviewing its process for bus stop eliminations. Our drivers have been told to continue service at the stops in question until further notice," MTA spokesman Terry Owens said in an email.
While this defuses the immediate controversy, TRAC insists the proposed closings were part of a broader trend toward eliminating stops -- often with little notice or discussion. According, the MTA has eliminated many bus stops in Baltimore in recent years -- making it more difficult for elderly and disabled riders to use the system.