Commuter wonders: Why no crosswalk at station?
Jim Nelson of Towson has the following question for the city Department of Transportation. It's a good one, and Getting There hopes to get a reply from the city soon.
As a daily MARC train commuter to Washington, DC, I make my way to Penn Station on foot via W. Oliver Street, crossing over N. Charles Street to get to the station. Many other rail riders do this as well.
The hazardous nature of crossing N. Charles, particularly in the afternoon, is the reason the reason for this message. Typically, people exiting the station walking toward homes and parking garages to the west, literally have to sprint across the busy street, through gaps in fast-moving traffic. Obviously, this is very dangerous; particularly, for seniors and children.
Has the City ever considered placing a pedestrian crosswalk and light at this location? If not, why? If so, why hasn't a pedestrian crossing been situated there? Given that our Penn Station is one of the busiest passenger rail terminals in the country, with an annual total ridership of over 1 million, it would seem appropriate that those who forego the use of their cars subsequently be permitted to safely cross the street once they get off the train.