Ravens rail service proves mass transit in Baltimore is a...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

August 14, 1998

Ravens rail service proves mass transit in Baltimore is a joke

This letter is in response to the article "Traffic gridlock, where is the sting?" (Aug. 9) by Alec Klein. Perhaps Mr. Klein should have tried getting home via the light rail when the Ravens game and the concerts ended Saturday night. I did and it was a fiasco!

Once again, The Mass Transit Administration has proven that public transportation in Baltimore (and Maryland) is a joke.

If the light rail is to succeed, perhaps running express trains (or at least not stopping at every stop when the train is already full) would help. Having two tracks, one dedicated northbound and one southbound for the entire length of the system might also improve the situation.

As an evening shift employee, I would like to have the option of taking public transportation instead of driving into Baltimore and paying astronomical fees to park. However, the light rail rolls up its tracks after 11 p.m., and I can't get beyond North Avenue from the city on light rail after that time, except for nights when the Orioles are in town.

I haven't quite figured out how to adjust my work schedule to coincide with the O's schedule.

The PATCO high speed line connecting southern New Jersey with Philadelphia runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It has dedicated tracks in each direction and runs express trains during peak operating times.

MTA should get with the program and offer a commuter system that makes sense. Maybe then the problems encountered Saturday night would be avoided, or at least minimized.

How can we get nominated as a site for the Olympic Games when we can't even handle the commuter flow of the local population?

Lawrence E. Polansky

Cockeysville

More cameras are needed to catch red light runners

The tragic death of Diane Bredar ("Woman killed, 3 injured in Towson crash," Aug. 5) comes as Baltimore County is deciding whether it will install cameras at intersections where red light running is a chronic problem.

Excessive speed, aggressive driving and the blatant running of red lights are reaching epidemic proportions. To combat them, stiff measures are needed.

At intersections, installing boxes that may or may not have cameras would give drivers pause before flying through red lights, while reducing the number of cameras actually needed.

Similarly, unmarked, ordinary cars with radar and a camera, could generate thousands in revenue for localities. If drivers get tickets for speeding, along with a picture of their license plate, maybe, again, they will think twice before speeding.

Knowing that their chances of being caught are slim, drivers are routinely violating traffic laws designed for public safety. We need stricter enforcement, using technology available and already in use elsewhere.

We should not tolerate tragic deaths such as Ms. Bredar's when we have the means to reduce them.

Tim Eastman

Baltimore

Diligent Ravens staff puts fan in seat . . .

I would like to applaud Ravens officials for their handling of an impossible situation. Many critical articles have been written recently about the new football stadium. Several of these articles have listed complaints from permanent seat license owners and season ticket holders.

My situation is unique in that I purchased a PSL and season ticket in the upper deck along with four of my friends three years ago. However, when I trekked up to the seat location at the July 30 open house, the seat was nonexistent. It had disappeared.

That night, three stadium ushers, two officials of the Maryland Stadium Authority and a Ravens guest services agent assured me that there would be a quick solution to my problem.

Several days later, after numerous phone calls filled with understanding, cooperation and diligence, my group was reassigned to another set of seats in the same section.

After what could have been a disastrous ordeal for the Ravens and me, I found the Ravens' front office staff to be a first-class operation. I hope the team performs to a similar level on the field.

Adam M. Himelfarb

Owings Mills

. . . but it's a long climb to the upper deck

I suggest that Alice Hoffman, Art Modell, and Gov. Parris N. Glendening be required to walk up the six stories of ramps to the upper deck of the new football stadium while looking over at the privileged spectators using escalators.

I would like to remind the governor that when the state floated the bonds to build the stadium, they used the homes of all property taxpayers as collateral.

When I shop at a major department store, I can use the same elevators and escalators as the rich and famous, even if I can't buy the same merchandise.

R. A. Bacigalupa

Baltimore

Big difference between Linda Tripp and me

I recently saw Linda Tripp on the television reading a statement after she completed her grand jury testimony for independent counsel Kenneth Starr. She stated that she is "just like you," meaning that she is an average suburban American mother and wife.

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