Neighbors seek closing of Kirk Avenue Bus Yard
Residents of Baltimore's Greenmount West community plan to hold a protest Thursday night to call for the closing of the Maryland Transit Administration's bus yard on Kirk Avenue, arguing that it generates noise and air pollution that hurt the neighborhood.
The protest comes as the MTA holds a community meeting at Cecil Elementary School to outline its plans for improvements at the Kirk Avenue yard. Resident5s complain that buses idle continuously at the yard, that loudspeakers blare through the night and that diesel fuel runoff from buses gets into their yards.
Resident could face a long struggle. Even if the MTA were to decide it wanted a new yard, it might take years for it to rise to the top of the state's transportation priority list. The state would presumably also have to find land in a place where community opposition wouldn't be just as fierce.
That's a tall order.