Ensuring that Maryland’s transit system is safe, efficient, and sustainable is a top priority for the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT). During the 2015 Session of the General Assembly, various committees discussed opportunities to improve the services offered by the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA). In addition to legislative proposals, budget language was included as part of the FY 2015 operating budget that directed the MTA to develop a Transit Performance Improvement Plan. To develop that plan and to ensure that the concerns and recommendations of MTA’s stakeholders are heard, understood, and implemented where appropriate, MDOT will be convening an MTA Stakeholder Work Group to hear from business and organizational interests as well as from transit users. Over the course of the summer and early fall, this group will make recommendations to improve MTA services, which will inform the Transit Performance Improvement Plan.
Transit Performance: The Committees are concerned about the performance measures reported by the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) with the fiscal 2016 budget that shows a decline in ridership in fiscal 2014, core bus on-time performance not meeting the established goal for the past three years, and farebox recovery rates below the level mandated in State law. By July 1, 2015, MTA should post in its website a transit performance improvement plan indicating how these issues are to be remedied. Further, MTA should post on its website quarterly updates beginning October 1, 2015, indicating the specific actions taken and progress made in implementing the improvement plan.
Date: June 24, 2015
Location: Baltimore Metropolitan Council, Conference Room A 1500 Whetstone Way, Suite 300 Baltimore, MD 21230