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%#)%-ing up a good thing

This news will really make football season suck.

New FTA regulations are shutting down federally subsidized mass transit (i.e. the Maryland Transit Authority) from offering premium-priced services which make them compete with private companies. Any such services must be at normal or discounted rates. To comply, the MTA had two options: drop the price or drop the service. So, the service was dropped.

Either some private company is going to need to SERIOUSLY bulk up to pick up the slack or my travel to/from Ravens games is no longer going to be the straightforward hop to the buses that it used to be. I'm afraid that there won't be enough buses running like there were in previous years. That's what made it work. There's no way I'd sign up for a bus service that would either leave the stadium once an hour or possibly strand me at the stadium if I'm too slow. The Light Rail service will still operate, but will most likely be packed.

Argh. I can only hope some private service ends up stepping in, and is allowed to use the Park & Ride lots or other large parking areas. I'm not going to some bar just to get on their private charter.

- Pookah

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wmtrainguy
Jul. 31st, 2008 05:48 pm (UTC)
ARRRGHHH!!!! That is so... ARGH!

The buses were always the best way to get to and from the games. I don't want to think about what a fustercluck it is going to be now...
(Anonymous)
Aug. 1st, 2008 02:48 am (UTC)
you know, I wonder if this would make a private enterprise
, i.e the Ravens, give money to the MTA for the use of thier transit vehicles.
They used to do so, with the MARC train , until it got so popular
CSX pulled the plug as it was messing up thier schedules.
OTOH, the Ravens owners likely don't really care how joe six pack is getting to watch thier product. What is the gridlock of mere mortals, to thier guys?
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