Howard Business

BWI Digest

January 08, 2001

High-speed train making 2 stops daily at BWI station

America's first high-speed train is serving the Baltimore-Washington International Airport rail station twice a day with early-morning and late-night stops.

Amtrak's Acela Express stops at BWI at 5:20 a.m. and 11:19 p.m. The new 304-passenger, 150-mph trains provide service from Washington to New York with 19 weekday roundtrips and between New York and Boston with 10 weekday roundtrips. Weekends will feature fewer roundtrips.

Service times will change when all 20 trains are delivered to Amtrak from the manufacturer.

Once all track improvements are complete and new equipment is in place, trip times between Washington and New York will be two hours, 45 minutes. Trip times between New York and Boston will be about three hours.

Entries being accepted in aviation art contest

The Maryland Aviation Administration's Office of Regional Aviation Assistance is accepting entries for the 2001 National Aviation Art Contest.

The theme of the 2001 contest is "My Dream to Fly." The first-, second- and third-place winners from each state contest are entered into the national competition, and national winners advance to the international contest, which will be in Italy.

Last year, more than 14,000 students submitted work to 34 state-held art contests.

State winners advance to the national competition, which will be at the OSU Conference Center in Washington. The national awards ceremony will be held at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington on March 26. National winners advance to international judging in Italy from March 29-31.

The national art contest has been held for more than 10 years and is sponsored by the National Association of State Aviation Officials' Center for Aviation Research and Education, the National Aeronautic Association, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration, in cooperation with Federation Aeronautique Internationale.

Artists will compete in the age groups: 6-9, 10-13 and 14-17.

All artwork for the Maryland competition must be postmarked by Feb. 2 and mailed to the Maryland Aviation Administration, Office of Regional Aviation Assistance, P.O. Box 8766, BWI Airport 21240-0766.

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