ft. Gary Hodge of the Maryland Transit Opportunities Coalition. On this episode, Arinze sits with Gary to talk traffic and transit in Maryland. Gary opens with a survey of the traffic problems Marylanders experience throughout the State (2:35) including the controversial P3 beltway project, the inexplicably cancelled rapid transit project in Montgomery County, and more. Arinze asks Gary what solutions MTOC are supporting to improve regional transit (18:00) and the two discuss the need for interconnectivity of regional mass transit options such as the MARC train. Arinze then delivers an impassioned monologue in defense of public transit which often times WRONGLY relegates poor people to transportation systems that receive no support (22:22). The two agree that Maryland must invest significant resources in public transit to diversify and increase ridership and increase equity among all residents. Next the two talk about the extreme delays commuters are experiencing crossing the Bay Bridge: including new span locations, the viability of transit systems on the Eastern Shore, and the economic opportunities and environmental risks of an Eastern Shore town on the receiving end of a new crossing (37:00). The episode wraps with MTOC’s vision for improving transit throughout Maryland (52:00).