Mount Vernon is a major hub of mass transit in the region with easy access to both Amtrak and MARC commuter lines at Penn Station, located just north of Mount Vernon on North Charles Street, with several light rail stops, two nearby subway stations and most of the north-south bus routes in the city cutting across the community every day.
For information on the MARC Train, Subway, Light Rail, local buses, please visit the Maryland Transit Administration site at www.mtamaryland.com/index.cfm
The State of Maryland is proposing a massive new Regional Rail System for Baltimore City that will bring the city closer to other rail cities such as Washington DC which have large, widely-used rail transit systems. Dedicated bus lanes, light rail and subway, which are all being discussed under this plan, will go through or very near Mount Vernon, and thus will have a major impact on the neighborhood.
The State's Transportation Department is also reviewing and updating the bus routes in and around Baltimore City, an ongoing process that also bears heavily on Mount Vernon. This has been met with much controversy as bus lines have been discontinued and altered, many times against the wishes of the riders. A major new bus routing is due to be announced by the Maryland Transportation Authority for implementation in January 2007. As soon as the MTA releases its revised routing for the bus system, MVBA will provide a detailed description.
In addition, national and state resources are being utilized to look at the Howard Street tunnel to find way to re-route this major freight corridor.
Mount Vernon is represented on all these major transportation issues by Edward Cohen, one of the state's leading experts in transportation systems. Mr. Cohen has decades of experience in both commercial transport and public transportation projects and has been sharing his expertise as MVBA's transportation representative for several years. He is President of the Transit Riders Action Council of Metropolitan Baltimore and also serves on the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board Citizens Advisory Committee.