Transportation Options Underserving Residents in Towson, Maryland | The GRID |Global Site Plans

2014-10-25T14:46:52+00:00 October 25th, 2014|Categories: Press, Transportation|Tags: , , |3 Comments

Towson, Maryland is an urban-adjacent town just north of Baltimore City, with a mix of young families, retirees, and young professionals and a growing population of college students. As of 2014, Towson University’s undergraduate population totaled over 18,000 students, with on-campus housing available for fewer than 5,000 students. This means that up to 13,000 students are contributing to the traffic on Towson’s roads during the school year. As of 2012, Census data estimates that nearly 60% of Towson’s household population is college-enrolled, compared to 33% in other Baltimore suburbs. This presents challenges for maintaining a steady flow of traffic, but Towson’s students have free access to multiple bus and shuttle routes connecting apartment complexes, other colleges, and popular spots in the city.

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  1. Ty Ford October 25, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    Yes, our count Commissioner and others (developers) seem to want to want to make Towson “The New Bethesda.” The last time I was in Bethesda I watched three 20-something males publicly urinate in a parking garage. Just what we need in Towson!, I thought.

    Apart from that little joyous event, they seem to miss that Bethesda has a stop on a very well designed mass transit system. We don’t have that in Baltimore. So, you have to get in your car and join the grid lock.

    Only after the transportation problem is solved can Towson hope to get to the next level.

  2. Julie Miller-Breetz October 26, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    I believe a circulator would be a fantastic addition to Towson and believe it could address some traffic issues, but can’t see that it would be a cure-all by any means. So outside of the circulator and the bike lanes (which I rarely see anyone on, by the way) what are other options that could really alleviate traffic? I’m not sure what good options there are.

    And totally agree with the question about why Towson doesn’t have a light rail stop. This makes no sense to me and seems like something that should really be addressed. I know my family would use it. This is an issue that the community really needs to address creatively and assertively, in my opinion.

    • Ty Ford October 26, 2014 at 9:47 pm

      Hmm, where in Towson? The Mall? To where? Train station, Light & Baltimore, Camden yards M&T Stadium and the airport?

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