Harford Digest


August 07, 2005

Bill would provide funding for rail stop, roadwork near APG

Sens. Paul S. Sarbanes and Barbara A. Mikulski recently announced that an agreement had been reached on a six-year transportation bill that will include $1.5 million in upgrades for the train station in Edgewood, adjacent to Aberdeen Proving Ground, and $8 million for the construction of an interchange from eastbound U.S. 40 to northbound Route 715.

The projects will help to prepare Harford County and the state to support the Base Realignment and Closure Commission recommendations, including plans to create a large communications-electronics command at Aberdeen Proving Ground. The plan would add 5,000 new jobs at the base in the next four to six years.

The transportation bill would provide $2.9 billion in federal highway funds and more than $900 million in mass transit funding for Maryland.

Car-pooling promotion to begin in Harford

Harford Commuter Assistance is to initiate a new market campaign to promote car and van pooling. Its slogan will be "It's Cool to Pool."

The agency offers a free commuter matching service. Those who register with Harford Commuter Assistance are sent a personalized match list of commuters who travel in the same direction around the same time of day. Van pool service, carrying between seven and 15 people, can also be arranged.

There is also a Commuters Benefit Program for employers who encourage their employees to use van pools, buses, MARC trains and light rail.

Information: 1-800- 924-TOGO, or visit www .harfordcountymd.gov/commuter.

2 Harford women join breast cancer effort

Angela Straughn and Carolyn West of Abingdon will join other dedicated women and men at the Philadelphia Breast Cancer 3-Day, an event to benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund.

Participants will walk 60 miles over three days to raise breast cancer awareness and money for research and community outreach. The Philadelphia event is set for Sept. 23-25.

Straughn decided to participate because her grandmother died of the disease; West is a breast cancer survivor. Walkers commit themselves to raise at least $2,100. Donations can be made online at www.The3 Day.org. Information: 1-800-996-3DAY.

County asks cyclists to complete survey

The Harford County Planning and Zoning Department is asking local cyclists to take a survey to help department officials learn more about cyclists and cycling conditions in the county.

The survey, which takes less than 10 minutes, includes 17 questions about favorite and least favorite places to ride, what cyclists use their bikes for, and what factors influence the decision to cycle to work. Participants can remain anonymous.

Survey forms are available through Sept. 2 at all Harford County Public Library branches; at Bike Time, 5 Bel Air South Parkway, Bel Air; and at Black Cat Bicycle Company, 116 S. Main Street, Bel Air. Or online at http://www.harfordcounty md.gov/Commuter/Bicycle_survey.html.

Information: 410-638-3103, ext. 1386.

Board of Estimates postpones meeting

The Harford County Board of Estimates meeting set for Aug. 25 has been postponed. Board members are scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. Sept. 8 in the second-floor conference room at the Harford County Administrative Office Building, 220 S. Main St. in Bel Air.

The Harford County Environmental Advisory Board, which canceled its July 19 meeting, will meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 16 at the same location.

Information: 410-638-3103.

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