Is MTA signage a bit overripe?
Alan E. Povey of Baltimore has a track record of keeping the Maryland Transit Administration on its toes. The following email shows he hasn't given up his watchdog ways:
Michael, I e-mailed you last summer about the incorrect signage promoting attractions at MTA light rail stops, and also mentioned an incorrect bus stop sign on northbound Howard St. north of Lombard. It showed a schedule for the #10 line, which hadn't used that route for over a year. You forwarded my e-mail to the MTA, and [deputy administrator] Henry Kay responded regarding the bus stop sign that the MTA occasionally overlooked a sign when schedules changed. He said the signage would be corrected promptly.
I waited for a bus there recently. The #10 schedule had indeed been replaced, but by a #27 schedule dated 2003. The adjacent schedule for the #19 is dated 2002. The schedules for both lines have changed several times since then, and the old schedules are totally inaccurate.
I've also noticed two similar problems:
1) On westbound Saratoga at Calvert, there is a posted schedule for the #23 line. The #23 line in that block was switched from Saratoga to Fayette St. two years ago.
2) At the Penn Station light rail stop, the posted schedule is undated but shows trains leaving every 20 minutes during rush hours. They now run only once every 30 minutes. I recently helped a visitor who was obviously confused by this incorrect signage.
If I just happened on these problems on routes that I travel, I can only imagine how much incorrect signage there must be system-wide. It seems to me that if the MTA cannot routinely post correct schedules at bus and light rail stops, it should not post those schedules at all.
I also think it's a shame that, for a city dependent on tourism, its major train station and airport are served by light rail only once every half hour. When light rail debuted, they were served every 17 minutes. The MTA should get rid of the little-used Penn-Camden shuttle and restore the old system of two lines (Penn to Cromwell or BWI, and Hunt Valley to Cromwell or BWI), serving all destinations at least once every 20 minutes.
Well, MTA, what do you have to say about these problems? Is Povey correct? And if so, what is being done to fix these problems?