Local National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate WYPR (88.1 FM) will launch a news series on transporatation in the Baltimore region that will, to quote a press release "address challenges and opportunities from MARC to better roads, bus lines to funding and will also highlight areas of contention, debate, progress and partnership." The series will be funded by a $30,000 grant from the Goldseker Foundation.
The new series, expected to launch some time next month, comes on the heels of the WYPR news department's excellent 2009 series on at-risk youth, "Growing Up Baltimore," which earned a Best of Baltimore award for "Best News Series."
Transportation has been a hot topic in Baltimore in recent years, as a chorus of experts seem to agree that the lack of a comprehensive transportation system is holding the city back. Although the press release fails to mention it specifically, the series will likely discuss the "Red Line," the controversial proposed rail line to run east-west through Baltimore City. Also, I hope it will address whether or not the free Charm City Circulator is having much of an impact. There will plenty of time to get to these and other issues: The series is expected to last through April, 2011.
“We hope this series will make a strong case, especially to elected officials and civic leaders, of how important an efficient transportation network is to creating and sustaining a more competitive Baltimore region," Dr. Timothy Armbruster, the Goldseker Foundation’s President, said in the release.