Hearings On City Transportation Plans THIS THURSDAY NIGHT ~ Annapolis Capital Punishment

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Hearings On City Transportation Plans THIS THURSDAY NIGHT

Readers know tht CP is really interested in this!! Now here is your chance to weigh in on the proposed five-year Transportation Development Plan, which calls for overhauling Annapolis Transit’s route system. The plan will be presented to the Planning Commission for public comment on Thursday, April 1, along with an administration proposal to eliminate the C-60 line - which provides service to Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and Arundel Mills. The Planning Commission will hear the presentation at 7:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, 160 Duke of Gloucester St.  MORE....

A separate public hearing on the TDP and the proposed C-60 service elimination will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., April 29, at the West Street branch of the Anne Arundel County Public Library, 1410 West St.

Key findings in the plan that will also be discussed:

- The existing transit services have poor on-time performance, primarily because of the nature of the pulse system, which requires timed transfers between all routes.

- Two new conceptual service plan networks are recommended. Both are arterial in design, with major transfer points at Westfield Mall, Eastport Plaza and downtown.

o Network A would provide a relative larger geographic coverage of the service area and Network B would provide a slight improvement in the headways for most routes.

o Two evening and Sunday routes are also proposed to complement each proposed network.

The Transit Development Plan consists of an independent management and
financial service study as well as an audit of Annapolis Transit. Prepared by KFH Consulting Group Inc. with financial support from the Maryland Transit Administration, the TDP is a planning tool used to analyze the need for transit services in a defined area, evaluate the services and develop strategies to match the service to the identified need. The TDP follows guidelines set forth in the City’s Comprehensive Plan. This plan is required by MTA to serve as a basis for reviewing the annual grant applications from Annapolis Transit.

The plan is available for public review/comments at the following locations: The City’s Web site at www.annapolis.gov under “Reports,” City’s Department of Planning & Zoning, the Mayor’s Office, Anne Arundel County Public Library branches on West Street and in Hillsmere.

The Transportation Department will accept public comments on the proposed elimination of service and route restructuring for 60 day from Monday, March 29. Comments may be mailed to: Attention: Phill McGowan, 160 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis, MD, 21401 or via e-mail to:

(NOTE: KFH Group, a small but highly qualified firm based in Bethesda has done similar reports and studies for MTA and Annapolis Transit....many times. While I can attest to their professionalism and competency, I question why the MTA always hires the same firm when there are many other equally qualified firms. After all, this is the same company that was involved previously in developing the route system they now suggest eliminating.)

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