Growth & Transportation
The average Maryland commuter spends more than 250 hours every year commuting – three times as much time as the average Maryland family spends vacationing together. Scattered, automobile-oriented development has made driving the only viable transportation option for most Marylanders.
1000 Friends is working to change Maryland’s transportation priorities so we have more choices available to get where we need to go. We are:
- Working with local groups to fight sprawl-inducing highway projects and support transit options;
- Implementing state transportation reform and advocating for smarter state funding for transportation; and
- Supporting federal action for stronger transportation policy and funding.
Rising gas prices are hitting the wallet of citizens and government alike. We work to ensure your tax dollars are spent on transportation choices that help all Marylanders, as opposed to new roads to nowhere.
Fight the Veto - Override it for Better Transit
Unbelievable! Governor Hogan vetoed House Bill 1010, which created a board to oversee the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) and required the creation of a strategic plan for the transit system.
We have one of the few transit systems lacking an oversight board and it shows. And unacceptably there is also no strategic plan to meet current and future needs of transit riders.
There are so many stories of busses that don’t show up, trains that are overcrowded, and vast communities without connections to jobs, schools, and health care. We need a better system.
Creating a robust oversight board is one step toward making MTA more effective and responsive. Ask Senate President Miller and House Speaker Busch to overridge the veto because we need more oversight for the MTA and a greatly improved transit experience across Maryland.
Weighing Maryland's Economic Future
Transportation for America recently released their study "Weighing Maryland's Economic Future: Assessing the Benefits from the Red and Purple Lines." You can download the report here.
Mayoral Candidates Forum: Leadership for Improving Transportation
Traffic delays. Reliability. Access to Jobs. What will our next mayor do to improve transportation for Baltimore City? Now is the time for a serious discussion with the candidates for mayor about how we can have a world class transit system in Baltimore.
We had a great turn-out for this event on February 25, 2016. If you couldn't make it, or just want to take a second look, the candidates answers to our questionaire is here.