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Office of News and Information
Johns Hopkins University
3003 N. Charles Street, Suite 100
Baltimore, Maryland 21218-3843
Phone: (410) 516-7160 | Fax (410) 516-5251

March 6, 2002
To: Reporters, Editors, Producers
Fr: Glenn Small | 410-516-6094 | glenn@jhu.edu
Re: Debut of 'Sick Transit' Video

Students at The Johns Hopkins University, with the help and guidance of Professor Matthew A. Crenson, have produced a 13-minute video that explores in a very dramatic way the transportation problems facing inner city Baltimore residents. On Sunday, March 10, at 4 p.m., the video will be screened for elected officials, transportation officials and community activists. A panel discussion will follow.

Sick Transit grew out of a course Crenson, a professor of political science, taught in the spring of 2001, called, "Baltimore: Place and Race." As part of the course, his students fanned out across the city to interview residents, officials and others about the transportation problems and possible solutions.

The video features on-the-street interviews with people struggling with long commutes to jobs in the outlying areas, as well as so-called "hack" drivers, the unlicenced cabbies who have moved in to help get people where they need to go.

City Council President Sheila Dixon is scheduled to attend, as are Ralph Moore, a longtime community activist; Ann Perkins, who recently chaired the governor's commission on transportation; and Jamie Kendrick, a senior policy analyst and planner for the Maryland Transportation Administration.

Because of space limitations, this initial screening is closed to the general public, but open to interested members of the media. For directions and details, and to confirm your attendance, please contact Glenn Small at 410-516-6094 or glenn@jhu.edu.

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