Issue 45 • March 2003
A Publication of the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board, the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Baltimore Region
Vision 2030 Clean Commute Month
Completed is Coming – Mark Your Calendars!
Get out your walking shoes and tune up your bike. Check out the bus and
For a year and a half, the Vision 2030 train schedules or register for Rideshare.
team has been hard at work, learning Clean Commute Month is coming, and this year it promises to be bigger
what the residents of the region are con- and better than ever.
cerned about, taking that knowledge, and May 2003 is your opportunity to prepare for the summer ozone season
preparing vision statements and recom- by trying an alternative way to get to work. The month will kick off with
mendations for implementation. Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 2. Clean Air Partners will stage an Ozone
The Vision 2030 Oversight Commit- Season Kickoff on the same day, just to make sure everyone gets the mes-
tee, a body of individuals representing sage.
citizens, businesses and special interest It’s not too soon to start thinking about how you can make YOUR com-
groups, used the core values, principles, mute cleaner. In addition to saving wear and tear on your car —and your
and comments about key issues devel- nerves—you’ll be helping reduce the automobile emissions that contribute
oped during the public participation to the formation of the smog-forming pollutant ozone. Ozone aggravates
phase of the process to create vision health problems such as asthma, so your clean commute will
statements and strategies. The visions help yourself and everyone else breathe a little easier.
are organized into six broad areas: Commuter Choice benefits can save you money, too.
• Economic Development Everything you need to clean commute can be found
• Education at www. cleancommute.com. Or, if you’re an employer,
• Environment we can help you promote clean commuting options to
• Government and Public Policy your employees.
• Livable Communities continued on page 2
A random telephone survey was
conducted over the summer to test the
A Fresh Start for Public Involvement
degree to which the core values and The public involvement process for ing current opportunities for public par-
supporting strategies resonated with the the Baltimore Regional Transportation ticipation and developing new oppor-
general public. The 1,203 households, Board (BRTB) will be getting some tunities. Nine principles will guide how
chosen to represent all jurisdictions and fresh energy from a newly hired staff public participation in BRTB activities
reflect the region’s diversity, strongly person. Susan Aceti joined BMC in is conducted: continued on page 4
supported the results of the public par- December as the Public Involvement
ticipation process. Coordinator. Susan’s background in-
Implementation of the visions and cludes a Masters in Social Work with a in this issue . . .
strategies will require working together concentration in Community Organiz-
as a region to maximize economic and ing. She spent eight years at a national Revisit BRTP .................. 2
organizational resources, while calling organization that worked to ensure that
upon the public and low and moderate income communities Catch a Breeze on Bike-to-
participate in local processes to decide
private sectors for Work-Day .................. 2
necessary support. how housing and community develop-
ment funds are spent.
Susan is responsible for identifying “Quiet Cars” are on ..........
and working with transportation stake- the Way ..................... 5
holders, staffing the Citizens Advisory
Committee (CAC), developing oppor- Local Happenings ........... 5
continued on page 4 tunities for public education, coordinat-
What Does the
Future Hold? Mark Your Calendars! continued from page 1
Here are some of the events that will be held
It is getting to be that time when the leading up to and during Clean Commute Month:
Baltimore region needs to revisit the
Clean Commute Month
previous long-range plan, called the
• May 2 Bike-to-Work Day: Ride your bike to work and join
Tr a n s p o r t a t i o n other riders at Baltimore City Hall Plaza, Annapolis, or
Bel Air! (7:30—8:30 a.m.)
Plan (BRTP), to TRA
NSP REGIO ORE • May 2 Ozone Action Days Kick-Off Festival: Prepare for cleaner
stay current O
PLA N air days at Baltimore City Hall Plaza. Learn about clean air
with federal re- products and enjoy a clean-cook barbeque! (Mid-day)
• May 3 2nd Annual Health Freedom Walk: A Path to Wellness
(sponsored by C.H.A.M.P.—Community Health Awareness
This plan & Monitoring Program, 5K through Baltimore City)
will con- • May 3-4 Towsontown Spring Festival: Stop by the Clean
Commute Booth for info and free stuff!
tinue to ad- • May 14 Flower Mart: Visit the CCM booth while you meander
dress financial constraints through flower and craft exhibits!
and air quality standards but will also • All Month Clean Commuting Roadshow: Employers—sign up for
a roadshow event to learn how clean commuting options
look to incorporate opportunities for can benefit your employees! (seven events throughout
new transportation infrastructure and region — dates to be determined)
• May 28 Clean Technology Ride-n-Drive Day: Learn about
growth management. Currently the vehicles that don’t run on gas! Come out to the Community
Citizens Advisory Committee is craft- College of Baltimore County to take a ride, take a drive. Be
clean and green! (all day — CCBC Catonsville)
ing a set of recommendations regard-
• TBA Bicycle Commuting Workshops (throughout region
ing public involvement strategies to be preceding Bike-to-Work Day)
applied throughout the development of For more information, visit www.cleancommute.com, call the
Clean Commute Month Coordinator at 410-732-0500 ext. 1035,
the plan. Soon information will be or email email@example.com.
available that identifies major mile-
stones and opportunities to participate. BRTB Meets
At the December 17th meeting there were no action items. How-
For information on the current plan
ever, six briefings were given to update the members on the status of various
visit our website at http:// items: Ms. Diane Franks of MDE discussed the MOBILE6 and Smart Growth
SIPs, Ms. Missy Cassidy of MDOT discussed activities of the MAGLEV Task
Force, BMC briefed the BRTB on the draft FY 2004 work program, Mr. Don
BRTP2001.html, for a copy of the Ex- Chiarella of SHA informed the Committee on key transportation related safety
issues, and BMC provided the status of a potential wireless communications sys-
ecutive Summary. To have our public
tem for emergency incident management.
involvement coordinator meet with At the January 28th meeting the BRTB approved Resolution #03-08. This reso-
lution supported a request by the Maryland Transit Administration to amend the
your organization, please contact Su-
2002-2006 Transportation Improvement Program by adding 9 new projects and
san Aceti at 410/732-0500, ext. 1047 adjusting and reallocating funding in FY 2003 for 20 projects. Update reports on
the Mobile6 State Implementation Plan, the BWI On-Board Transit Study, and
Clean Commute Month were also provided.
Catch a Breeze on Bike to Work Day
Nationwide, more and more April will help potential riders over the anymore. People don’t walk to the
commuters are increasingly turning hurdles. You can learn about Bike to store anymore; they just get in the
to cycling to get to work, and they Work Day activities at car and drive. We have become too
are arriving healthier and even hap- www.cleancommute.com and register accustomed to driving everywhere,”
pier because they are more active. for the event at www.onelesscar.org. says Councilwoman Pugh.
The Census 2000 shows that bike Encouragement from experienced Data from the Centers for Dis-
commutes increased nine percent na- cyclist commuters like Greg can inspire ease Control and Prevention and
tionwide. In Central Maryland, bike us, and Bike to Work Days build our the Census Bureau support the
commuting held its 0.2 percent share sense of confidence about being active councilwoman’s observations.
as the population grew 7 percent. commuters. Beyond that, people are co- People who live in the Baltimore
We look to experienced bike operating by removing barriers to cy- region are less active now than ten
commuters to promote Bike to Work cling and walking to broadly support a years ago. Prevalence of obesity
Day on May 2, and emerging advo- region-wide capacity to be active. among Maryland adults rose by 57
cates are calling for bike facilities “Key city leaders really share a vi- percent in the 1990s. Currently,
and more active living. Continued sion for our city that’s exciting,” says more than half the population in the
regional and local increases in bike Penny Troutner, co-chair of the Baltimore region is overweight or
commuting will hinge on support for Mayor’s Bike Ad- obese.
these efforts. visory Commit- Councilwoman Pugh added,
What can we learn from those tee. “Citizens of- “Bike racks and bike lanes will en-
among us who overcame a reluc- fered to partner courage our citizens to ride to work
tance to ride or fear of traffic with a with the Office of or meet other activity needs. I think
little effort? Greg Cantori commutes Transportation these changes in the built environ-
each morning from Pasadena to Bal- and the Baltimore ment will help us develop a new
timore City. Greg parks his bike in- Bicycle Club on a and better way of thinking. We in-
side and uses a shower that his of- bike rack project. stall bike racks and we will cel-
fice agreed to install for $225. The club agreed ebrate Bike to Work Day because
“Bike commuting is a time saver to donate funds we are looking at how we will be-
that provides me more time to do for 38 bike racks come a more bike friendly city. ”
more things, and it is a huge stress if the City would A new way of thinking is
reliever.” Greg combines his com- install them.” needed because the trends for
mute with his work-out; his bike “The local adults and children translate into
commute lasts 15 more minutes than leadership is a extremely bad health outcomes and
driving, but it saves time overall. challenge for oth- increases in health care costs. In the
Bike commutes such as Greg’s ers to join in and sponsor more bike Baltimore region in 1999, poor diet
are not for everyone, but inconve- racks,” explains Beth Strommen, a Bal- and inactive lifestyles contributed
niences like weather, sweat and traf- timore City Planner. “We hope corpora- to more than 25,000 deaths and
fic are minor compared to the per- tions and businesses will purchase racks $560 million in health care costs.
sonal benefits of being more active. because the city has offered to donate “We want people to take cycling
“A five-mile bike commute is do- planning and labor for installation.” and walking seriously,” says Coun-
able for anyone, even those who are Baltimore City Councilwoman cilwoman Pugh. “I want people to
not in great shape right now, and you Catherine Pugh says that being Chair- feel good about supporting active
can do it without a shower at your person of the bi-regional Clean Air living. We would like a roundtable
workplace. Take your time, try it on Partners puts it all in focus for her this discussion with corporate execu-
a Sunday morning first, before you year. Catherine is a runner and founder tives to explore how they see us
commit,” advises Greg. of the Baltimore Marathon. making bike commuting a favor-
Bike to Work Day can teach new “Walking and cycling are basic to our able choice year round.”
cyclists how to value a bike as a health, and when we make the healthy Contact Katherine Shriver at
transportation tool. Employer-based travel choice we help the health of our firstname.lastname@example.org for more
cyclist commuter workshops in environment. Kids don’t even jump rope information about Bike to Work Day.
A Fresh Start for Public Involvement Vision 2030
continued from page 1
continued from page 1
• Include both decision-making and information sharing in public Creating a structure for implementation
involvement — All participants (citizens, community groups, busi-
will require more than just the efforts
nesses, industry professionals, and government agencies and offi-
of elected officials. The Vision 2030
cials) must understand the difference between public input in deci-
Oversight Committee recognized that
sion-making and public involvement in information sharing. Both
challenge and has recommended, in its
processes are absolutely necessary, but participating in decision-
final report, the formation of an entity
making is an active role while participating in information sharing
to facilitate implementation. The final
can be both passive and active.
form of such an entity requires an un-
• Ensure high quality planning through public participation — Public derstanding of how to involve business,
participation should not be viewed as an “add on” but as a method
government and foundations in fund-
for ensuring high quality transportation planning.
ing such an effort.
• Create meaningful opportunities for public participation — If a The Oversight Committee reviewed
public participation mechanism does not produce meaningful partici-
best practices in other regions that have
pation, then a new or revised mechanism should be established.
engaged in visioning activities, and is
Meaningful participation means that the public has a role that
recommending an integrated and col-
matters in the decision-making process.
laborative approach to implement Vi-
• Educate, educate, educate — Transportation planning is a long, sion 2030 in the Baltimore region.
confusing, complex process. There can’t be meaningful participation
A restructured Oversight Committee
unless the public understands how the process works. And, people
will work under the guidance of the
learn in many different ways. There must be a variety of options for
Greater Baltimore Committee during a
120-day process to organize and struc-
• Get the public involved early — The public must always be involved ture the implementation of Vision 2030.
early in the transportation planning process before projects and ideas
The Greater Baltimore Committee, work-
get into the long-range pipeline.
ing with the restructured Oversight Com-
• Keep the public involved — The public must get involved and stay mittee, will be asked to:
involved. This is a long-range process.
• Avoid jargon — Whenever possible, transportation planners need to • Identify the most appropriate way to
avoid jargon when speaking or writing. If a planner uses an acronym, involve business, government, and
he or she should define it, and then define it again. foundations in funding the effort;
• Involve low-income and minority populations — The involvement of • Conduct an inventory of organiza-
low-income and minority populations must be a priority in the tions already addressing strategies
transportation planning process. articulated in the vision;
• Bring opportunities to the public — Some participation opportunities • Recommend how such organiza-
must be brought directly to the public by having planners attend and tions can be integrated into the
present at community meetings held in neighborhoods. implementation of the vision;
• Engage area elected officials on
As noted above, one of Susan’s priorities will how best to connect implementa-
be increasing the involvement of low-income and tion of the vision with the govern-
minority residents in the transportation planning mental decision-making process;
process. She will pick up on the significant work and
done by BRTB’s Equity Subcommittee to make this • Recommend a structure, staffing
an integral part of public participation. and governance for the implemen-
Susan will be meeting with as many commu- tation effort.
nity groups and individuals as possible who are or The final report was presented to the
who want to be part of the transportation planning BRTB in February and is available at
process. If you would like to meet with her or if www.baltometro.org/vision2030.html.
you have any comments about the public partici- At the end of the 120-day process, the
pation process, please contact Susan at 410-732- Oversight Committee will report its
0500, x1047 or at email@example.com. findings to the BRTB.
MARC Train to Experiment Congratulations to Paul Foer, the
Transportation Marketing Specialist for
With “Quiet Cars” the City of Annapolis, MD, for being
named a National Transit Institute Fel-
As a service to customers looking for a quiet place to relax, sleep or low. During Paul’s tenure, ridership
work quietly during their commute, two trains on MARC’s Penn Line will doubled and in May 2002, Annapolis
have experimental Quiet Cars. The experimental service began on Mon- Transit was named One of the Ten Most
day, January 13, on Penn Line trains 401 and 503. Each train has one des- Improved Transit Systems by Metro
ignated car marked “Quiet Car”, and it will be the last car on the train. Magazine. As a National Transit Insti-
MARC train customers requested a car that is free of cell phones and tute Fellow, Paul provides a workshop
loud conversation. In response, the MTA will test the concept for a three- to teach attendees how to develop low-
month period, and then make a decision about whether to expand the Quiet cost marketing initiatives that can im-
Car to additional MARC trains. prove service, increase ridership, and
promote a valuable public image. NTI
The rules for occupying the Quiet Car are simple: Fellows present their half-day, free
• Cell phones or pagers may not be used (except pagers that vibrate) workshops at individual agencies, or at
• Headphones must be used for applicable electronic equipment national, regional and state transit as-
• Laptop volume must be turned down sociation meetings or conferences.
• Conversation should be kept to a minimum in quiet, subdued tones
Paul’s workshop (for small transit
agencies) teaches why marketing:
Additionally, passengers seated in a Quiet Car who find it necessary to • Starts with customer interaction
use a cell phone or engage in a conversation are asked to go to another car. at all levels,
It is also requested that customers traveling with children not occupy the • Is not necessarily (and in some
Quiet Car. All other cars on the train are available for unlimited use of cell cases should not be) about adver-
phones, other electronic devices and conversation. tising or promotion,
Quiet Car space will be available on a first come-first serve basis. In the
• Depends on identifying and us-
event of equipment shortage, overcrowded conditions throughout the train,
ing community influence points,
or in an emergency, the Quiet Car may be discontinued at the discretion of
the train’s Conductor. • Does not have to cost a lot of
Provided by the Maryland Transit Administration. money,
MARC Penn Line Service Update - • Includes developing partnerships
01/07/03 with natural constituents, and
• Involves regular contact and rap-
port with media and local leaders.
Calendar of Events Paul gives examples of:
• How to get free radio, TV and
March 19 Wednesday 10:00 a.m. Cooperative Forecasting Group
other media coverage,
March 19 Wednesday 4:00 p.m. Citizens Advisory Committee • How to get others to advertise for
March 20 Thursday 10:00 a.m. Baltimore Regional Operations you at their own expense,
Coordination Committee • Little-known or misunderstood
places to generate publicity, and
March 25 Tuesday 9:00 a.m. Baltimore Regional Transportation
Board • How transit agencies and local
schools and colleges can help
April 1 Tuesday 9:30 a.m. Technical Committee each other.
April 9 Wednesday 8:30 a.m. Interagency Consultation Group Participants will leave his workshop
April 16 Wednesday 10:00 a.m. Cooperative Forecasting Group with a clear understanding of and
guidelines for a basic marketing plan
Subject to change. Visit www.baltometro.org or call 410-732-0500 ext.1043
for an update of the events calendar and details. that they can use to guide their market-
In the event that Baltimore County schools are closed systemwide, all meetings (a.m. & p.m.) ing efforts and allocate resources.
of the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board and its subcommittees will be canceled for that day.
If the school system closes during the day, As seen in NTI Fellows, the news-
any meetings scheduled for the remainder of the day or evening will be canceled. letter of the National Transit Institute.
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Baltimore Regional Transportation Board
Member Representative Phone Number
Hon. Ellen O. Moyer, City of Annapolis .................................................. Jon Arason ...........................410-263-7961
Hon. Janet S. Owens, Anne Arundel County ............................................ Harvey Gold ........................410-222-7434
Hon. Martin J. O’Malley, City of Baltimore ............................................ Al Foxx ................................410-396-6802
Hon. James T. Smith, Baltimore County .................................................. J. Craig Forrest ....................410-887-3554
Hon. Julia W. Gouge, Carroll County ...................................................... Jeanne Joiner .......................410-386-2145
Hon. James M. Harkins, Harford County, Chair ...................................... Pete Gutwald .......................410-638-3103
Hon. James N. Robey, Howard County, Vice Chair ................................. Carl Balser ...........................410-313-4310
Kendl P. Philbrick, Acting Secretary, Maryland Dept. of the Environment .. Ann Marie DeBiase .............410-537-4806
Robert L. Flanagan, Secretary, Maryland Dept. of Transportation ............... Marsha Kaiser .....................410-865-1275
Audrey E. Scott, Secretary, Maryland Dept. of Planning ......................... David Whitaker ...................410-767-4564