Neighbors panel to hold meeting Thursday night The...

BWI DIGEST

March 04, 2002

Neighbors panel to hold meeting Thursday night

The Baltimore-Washington International Airport Neighbors Committee will discuss a traffic study, air service, security, construction and noise at its quarterly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Maryland Aviation Administration complex, 991 Corporate Blvd. in Linthicum.

The meeting will take place in the assembly room. Parking is free in front of the building.

Airport offers center for meetings, relaxation

BWI Airport travelers looking for a comfortable location to relax or conduct business meetings can visit the Friendship Centre at Concourse C near Starbucks.

The center is open to the public; admission is $10 and payable by credit card only. The fee includes refreshments and snacks such as soda, coffee, tea, juice, chips, pretzels and peanuts. Alcoholic beverages can be ordered for an additional cost.

The Friendship Centre, which overlooks the airfield, is open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., excluding major holidays (Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day). It has several rooms with sofas and cushioned chairs. One room has a large, closed-captioned television; a small conference area seats six.

Information: 410-859-7833.

Mass transit suggested during spring break

With spring break approaching, BWI is preparing for the annual rush of college students flying south. Officials are recommending an affordable and less stressful commute to the airport by using public transportation from the Baltimore and Washington metropolitan areas.

One option is the Howard Transit Red Express bus, which provides service between The Mall in Columbia and BWI. Bus schedules and information are available online at www.corridortransit. com/redx.htm.

Those traveling from Annapolis to BWI can use the Sky Blue Route, which departs from the Annapolis Spa Road Transfer Point.

Information: www.ci.annapolis. md.us.

The BWI Express Metrobus (B30) is available at the Greenbelt Metro Station. Buses depart from Greenbelt every 40 minutes from 6 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. on weekdays and from 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. on weekends. The B30 Express fare is $2 each way.

Information: www.wmata.com.

Baltimore's Central Light Rail Line reaches BWI's International Pier every 17 minutes from Baltimore and the northern suburbs.

Washington and Baltimore area travelers can ride Amtrak and MARC trains to the BWI rail station, with free shuttle service to the airport terminal. MARC trains do not operate on weekends or holidays.

Light rail and MARC schedules: Maryland Transit Administration, 410-539-5000 or 800-543- 9809. Rail information: www.mta maryland.com.

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