I often joke with my wife that she is the only good thing to come out of Baltimore and I think she’s finally starting to believe me.
I have written extensively about the collapse of Baltimore; it’s a small city with a population of roughly 614,664 people. The city’s local Government is plagued by corruption and fiscal mismanagement led by Democratic ringleader Catherine Pugh. To make matters worse, the Baltimore’s Police Department is littered with officers who have no regard for the law but are good at breaking it, and this is just scratching the surface. Violent crime is skyrocketing, jobs are disappearing, opioids and heroin have flooded the city, public schools have NO HEAT, and now the public rail system that 40,000 daily riders depend on will be closed for one month according to this Baltimore Sun report:
Baltimore’s entire Metro SubwayLink system will remain closed for a month, the Maryland Transit Administration announced Sunday, after safety inspections showed sections of track needed emergency repairs that couldn’t wait until this summer.
Gov. Larry Hogan has set aside $2.2 million in emergency funding to run free coach buses for passengers along the subway’s route in addition to the normal MTA bus routes, the MTA said Sunday.
The MTA shut the system down on Friday for a safety evaluation after discovering an urgent need for repairs on sections of the aboveground northwest leg of the system between the Owings Mills and West Cold Spring stations. Sunday’s decision expanded the closing to the entire system, which has 14 stations and more than 40,000 riders on a typical weekday.
“While I understand the inconvenience, safety will always be our top priority,” MTA CEO Kevin Quinn said Sunday. “We don’t take any risks with our riders.”
The track needed to be replaced sooner than the scheduled replacement this summer, Quinn said.
Barakat Muhammad, 49, doubted whether buses can effectively replace the subway routes. “Even if you get 20 buses,” he said, the heavy traffic on roadways would mean they wouldn’t run as fast as the subway.
The barbershop owner, who lives in East Baltimore and takes the subway six days a week, was irritated by a lack of communication from the Maryland Department of Transportation on the closure.
“They should have gave people warning,” he said. The first day, he said, “everyone was in a frenzy,” trying to figure out alternate means of transportation.
Sitting on a bench downtown, Elizabeth Augustusel, 56, was stoic about the closure. “We just have to be patient,” she said. While the system was closed, she would take the bus.
“Repairs need to be repaired. I know they’re not going to endanger our lives.” (HA!)https://archive.fo/J352phttp://www.thomasdishaw.com/baltimore-metro-closing/