It's Memorial Day weekend! And the transportation issues that will be getting the most attention this weekend will all center around airports - long lines at the TSA, air travel security, and airport crowding. This is true with any major holiday weekend.
But what about the majority of Americans who will not be flying this weekend? They will most likely stay grounded with their car, a train, or a bus. The third method deserves particularly close attention because of the sad state of bus systems in many major metropolitan areas, and how they have become the transit equivalent of prisons and poorhouses.
Bus routes in Baltimore take a significantly longer period of time transporting riders from point A to point B compared to driving routes. The discrepancy is so pronounced that it makes taking the bus detrimental to the personal lives of riders, which leads to a disparate impact on lower-income Baltimoreans, as they are typically unable to afford a car and must rely on the bus to get them to and from work. When public buses experience overlong and inefficient routes, frequent delays, and unreliable schedules, the vulnerable populations more likely to ride the bus suffer a number of consequences that should concern public health officials.