The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Profits Before Buses

Feb 12, 2024

Maryland’s Department of Transportation proposes major cuts in mass transit services starting July 1—3.3 billion over six years. Eight commuter bus lines will be eliminated, and 26 will be reduced, including ten in the Baltimore area, and hiring will be frozen. Meanwhile, the Motor Vehicle Administration will increase fees and Baltimore Washington International airport will charge more for parking.

Maryland is home to 250 big corporations earning nearly half a trillion dollars per year total, plus 10,000 military contracting companies, 150,000 millionaires, and 11 billionaires—yet the state government can’t find any money?!

This attack on mass transit is bipartisan. The Democrats in office in Maryland today were elected in part because voters were sick and tired of the self-interested Republicans in power before, who always threw money at highways. But with either party, people in Maryland get politicians who favor big auto companies, oil companies, and other rich bosses at the expense of working people, who are impacted most by transit cuts.