Digest

September 21, 2007

Baltimore officials seek transportation project funds

A panel of Baltimore officials told Maryland Transportation Secretary John D. Porcari yesterday that the city needs $3 billion over the next decade to catch up with deferred transportation projects, including road resurfacing and bridge rehabilitation.

City officials said 17 bridges in the city are eligible for complete replacement and that 118 should be rehabilitated, but they said the city does not have the money to complete those and other projects.

"Our annual dollars are so small that we can do only one bridge a year," said Margaret B. Martin, chief of the city's transportation engineering and construction division.

The Transportation Investment Commission meeting, held at City Hall, was part of an annual dance that local and state governments across Maryland take part in over transportation funding - an effort that officials have taken to calling "the road show."

Cities, including Baltimore, are lobbying the state for more transportation money before the department unveils a plan outlining which projects will receive state funds.

Porcari told the panel that the state is facing $40 billion in unmet transportation needs over the next two decades and that the state is struggling to keep transportation projects that are under way funded, let alone add new ones.

"Relatively modest" fare increases for the state's transit system are "on the horizon," he said, but he offered no specifics about when those increases might take effect or how much they would cost riders.

John Fritze

Little Italy

Car show Sunday to benefit nonprofit

Little Italy will be awash in exotic cars Sunday, when the Concorso Italia de Little Italy arrives. The car show benefits the Children's Guild, a nonprofit that helps children with emotional and behavioral problems.

The show will feature Ferraris, Maseratis and Lamborghinis, among others, as well as a photography exhibit, Celebrating the Art of the Automobile.

Admission to Concorso Italia de Little Italy, which will be held at Stiles and Albemarle streets, is free. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Information: 410-444-3804, Ext. 114, or childrensguild.org.

East side

Woman who died in fire is identified

The name of a woman who died this month after a fire at her East Baltimore home was released yesterday by a city Fire Department spokesman.

Chief Kevin Cartwright said Cathy Martin, 40, of the 1600 block of E. 29th St. suffered smoke inhalation and burns and was in cardiac arrest when firefighters removed her from the burning two-story rowhouse about 4 a.m. Sept. 8.

Cartwright said Martin died soon after being taken by ambulance to Union Memorial Hospital. He said the cause and origin of the fire remains under investigation.

Martin was the city's 32nd fire-related fatality this year. During all of last year, 23 people died in city fires, he said.

Baltimore County

: Towson

GBMC gets $3 million for research chair

A $3 million gift has enabled Greater Baltimore Medical Center to establish its first endowed chair for medical research, the Towson hospital announced yesterday.

The endowed chair in urological research is being filled by Dr. Ronald F. Tutrone, a Towson physician who conducts research in prostate, bladder and kidney cancers as well as overactive bladder and urinary incontinence. Tutrone heads GBMC's urology department.

The gift, one of the largest from a living donor in the hospital's history, was made by William E. Kahlert, a New Market resident who has served on GBMC boards and has been Tutrone's patient for a decade, officials said.

Lutherville

Crash involving motorcycle kills 1

One person was killed and at least one other was injured yesterday evening when a vehicle and a motorcycle collided at a busy intersection in Lutherville.

Baltimore County police said that shortly before 7 p.m., the vehicles collided at York and East Ridgely roads and that one person sustained a "significant injury to the head."

Police said another person was taken by a county ambulance to St. Joseph Medical Center.

No other details about the accident were available.

The accident is being investigated by the Baltimore County police crash team.

In another motorcycle accident yesterday, a 39-year-old Baltimore County man died in Montgomery County after he lost control of his 2000 Yamaha motorcycle in the 12200 block of Cherry Hill Road in Silver Spring while nearing U.S. 29. The driver struck a curb and a tree before tumbling back into the road, county police said.

His name was withheld pending notification of family members.

Richard Irwin

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