Right lane, wrong turn Oops: Some motorists think nothing of suddenly slicing through traffic to reach the opposite side of the street.

The Intrepid Commuter

April 01, 1996

REGULAR READERS of this column know of our deep affection for those motorists who make right turns from the left lane, left turns from the right lane, or get in a center turn lane and do nothing.

And, apparently, you share our affection, judging by the letters and calls we receive citing such instances.

Today's example from any lane available, regardless of traffic.

Said Sherri James, who lives in Reisterstown, "People turn left [from the wrong lanes] all of the time and then look shocked when the person making the left-hand turn legally blows their horn at them. Can't people understand that this could cause an accident or do they just assume the whole world revolves around them and they can do whatever they please?"

There are two lanes of traffic in each direction of Reisterstown Road with a center turn lane. There's also a traffic light.

When we camped there recently, we saw a handful of southbound daredevils turn left into the shopping center from the right lane.

Officer Mark Crump of the Baltimore County police said he is unaware of any complaints of illegal turns into the shopping center but said officers would monitor the intersection.

The alarming frequency of the MTA's No. 62 bus

Phyllis Mellaney wishes the MTA bus would never come.

But it does, and each time the No. 62 rambles past her house it sets off her car alarm, disturbs the peace of her Armistead Gardens neighborhood and causes her to grind her teeth in anger.

"It's annoying. When [the alarm] goes off, I have to go out and turn it off and then turn it back on," Ms. Mellaney said. "Or, I could run the risk of leaving it off and having it stolen."

Since January, when she got her 1989 Pontiac Gran Am, she claims the roar of the stopless than 50 yards from her house in either direction. A small parking lot is nearby, but Ms. Mellaney uses a cane and can only walk short distances.

"The buses are just so loud they ought to take some of them off the street and fix them," she said.

Hoping to keep complaints to a minimum, she occasionally does not use the alarm, instead attaching an anti-theft device ."

Anthony Brown, a Mass Transit Administration spokesman, has heard of other instances in which the radio frequency of buses and planes triggers car alarms.

"She might want to take it [the alarm] to a dealer and let them make an adjustment," Mr. Brown said, adding that the MTA will not reroute the bus line.

Higher MTA fares not 'fair at all'

While we're on the MTA (figuratively speaking), it's been four weeks since the folks who operate the light rail, bus and subway systems made fare and route adjustments.

And, from the correspondence we've received, many of you are not very happy about it.

For instance, Pamela Chester-Johnson, who rides the bus daily from her home near Memorial Stadium to St. Joseph's Hospital in Towson, said riders pay more money for the same service.

"It's too much money for the middle class, and sometimes you get less service," said Ms. Chester-Johnson, noting a $12 jump in the price of a monthly pass, from $38 to $50, is her main gripe.

The adjustments included raising the basic MTA fare from $1.25 to $1.35 a ride, introduction of a $3 pass that allows you to ride as many buses in one day as you wish, and the increased cost of weekly and monthly passes by $3 and $12, respectively.

MTA also reduced or altered the number of bus routes from 66 to 54 to make the transit system run more efficiently and improve the quality of transportation.

But for Virginia Smoot of West Baltimore, who has a family of four and lives on a fixed income, the increase for the MTA's monthly pass hurts. said: "You would expect something more for your buck. Maybe a smile would be enough."

Pub Date: 4/01/96

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