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URBAN TRANSPORT REPORT
Write a report that assesses the transportation system of a city other than Buffalo with a metropolitan population of at least 1 million people. Cities selected for the report must be approved by the instructor. The report should consist of 5-10 pages of text, followed by references and an appendix with as many tables and figures as needed to support your assessment. This report will account for 15% of the semester grade.

Your report should include the following components:
Section 1: Overview
• Provide an overview of the city and its transport system.
o Characterize how the population of the city and its surrounding metropolitan area is changing using information from sources such as Census data and websites for local government agencies and news outlets.
o Summarize the main passenger and freight modes of transport that operate in and around the city.
o Describe how the city is situated relative to other locations (suburbs, other major cities, and the “hinterland”) via land, water, and air transport networks.
Section 2: Assessment
• Critically evaluate how well the city’s current transportation system serves the social and economic needs of the populace who reside in its metropolitan area.
o Identify strengths and weaknesses of the current transport system.
o Discuss how to address problems identified with the urban transport system.
o Locate parts of the metropolitan area that need better access to transport networks and discuss how they should be connected through the transport system.
Section 3: Recommendations
• Provide recommendations for development of the transport system to meet a future surge in demand due to population growth. Assume a forecast of population doubling in the area by 2050.
o Give specific recommendations for improving the current system and expanding it to accommodate this significant increase in the metropolitan population.
o Specify what kind of investments in public transit options would be needed (e.g., light rail service, bus service) to accommodate the needs of a larger populace.
o Indicate how safe pedestrian and bicycle access to urban amenities can be achieved through the enhanced transport system.
o Discuss how to manage and mitigate the expected road traffic congestion.

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The average household size of Baltimore is 2.46 (in 2016) in contrast to that in neighboring areas such as Boston (2.35) and Washington DC (2.24). Nevertheless, the total number of families in the city has declined by 667 which concludes that many families leave the city. They are replaced by childless couples and singles. The population of children also decreased from 2011 to 2017 by 7,179.The number of PreK-12 students has fallen by 4,620. Similarly, the number of college and graduate students has reduced by 6,980, which is a decline of 10.96%.
Between 2011 and 2017, the number of college and graduate students dropped by 6,980 students. This amounts to a decrease of 10.96 percent. The number of residents, who hold a bachelor’s degree or higher, has increased by 19,237 from 2011 to 2017.
Compared to 14% in 2011, high-earning households have increased to 22% in Baltimore. The workforce has grown by 19,822 workers, which is a gain of 7.69%.The city has also turned out to be more multi-cultural as the foreign population rose by 7,432 which is 8.75% of the city population. Non-English speakers comprised of 9.67% of the city residents in 2017 as compared to 7.5% in 2011. The percentage of population that lives in poverty lowered to 21.41% (2017) from 24.15% (2011).
Main Passenger and Freight Modes of Transport
The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA Maryland) is an important and comprehensive transit system in Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area. The public transportation needs to Baltimore are served by 80 bus lines and other services such as Light Rail, MARC Train and Metro Subway.MTA Maryland is vital for regional transit and it is well-connected to other transit agencies of Washington D.C., Central Maryland, Northern Virginia, Charm City Circulator, Annapolis Transit, Ride-On, Rabbit Transit, TransIT , south-central Pennsylvania and so on[2].
QuickBus provides limited-stop service throughout Baltimore city. Local Link bus lines operate in feeder...

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