Resolution 2020-04 Regarding MTA Budget Cuts

WHEREAS, the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) within the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) operates essential services that allow citizens to participate in all aspects of community life; and

WHEREAS, On June 30, 2020 MTA announced RESTORATION OF SERVICE IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 Stage-2 Recovery Guidelines effective July 12, 2020; and

WHEREAS, the Governor of Maryland announced that Stage 3 Recovery would begin on September 1, allowing more travel and openings, but MTA proposed service cuts that would not support such openings and would create hardships for those who must use its services; and

WHEREAS, on September 1 2020, MTA gave public notice of deep budget cuts effective January 2021 that allowed for public hearings and comments, about service reductions to MARC train, commuter bus, and City Link and Local Link bus routes, that would have the effect of making disabled riders prisoners in their own home because of this reduction of public transportation; and

WHEREAS, in a press release dated September 30, 2020, MTA acknowledged receiving “significant public feedback” against these changes; and

WHEREAS, in response, MTA cancelled cuts to bus services in Baltimore, City Link and Local Link routes that it designated as “Core Bus service” necessary for “transit-dependent riders,” but reduced services on MARC trains and commuter bus services despite the public outcry against this plan; and 

WHEREAS, MTA shifted the entire burden of transit cuts to MARC train and Commuter bus lines, riders that it calls “choice riders” without public hearings, effectively denying people with disabilities who cannot drive  a voice in the process; and

WHEREAS, MTA claims that it works collaboratively and listens to all perspectives openly, but by cancelling all hearings and disregarding public comments regarding MARC trains and commuter bus reductions of service, MTA shows its true discriminatory attitudes and actions; and       

WHEREAS, MTA failed to consider that working from home is not an option for many workers who rely on all forms of public transit including MARC train or commuter bus, especially those who by law are required to support the military at Ft. Meade and other installations: Now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED by the National Federation of the Blind of Maryland in Convention assembled this day of November 2020, that this organization condemn and deplore MTA’s discriminatory, immoral, and unfair proposals of budgetary cuts because of their effect on the lives of persons with disabilities; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this organization strongly urge MTA to conduct future budget planning proposals in a transparent manner taking into consideration the views of all stakeholders including the blind.




Governors recovery guidelines



Here are the direct links to the press releases—older releases are buried in the archives.


June 30 press release


September 1 press release


September 30 press release