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April 24, 2012
Beverly Walenga is serving as interim chief executive officer for the Central Maryland Regional Transit Corporation, the corporation announced last week. Walenga has been at CMRT for 15 years and is currently the director of Finance and Administration. The former CEO, John W. Powell Jr., is the new Howard County administrator for the Office of Transportation. According to a statement released by CMRT, the transit company has a $15 million annual budget and carries close to 2 million riders on 17 routes in the city of Laurel and portions of Anne Arundel, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George's counties.
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July 2, 2014
The Downtown Columbia Partnership has named Gregory A. Fitchitt as president and chair of the board and appointed Barbara A. Nicklas executive director. Established in 2013, the Downtown Columbia Partnership is an independent nonprofit dedicated to marketing and promoting downtown Columbia. The partnership's seven-member board elected Fitchitt and confirmed Nicklas in June. Fitchitt, who also serves as vice president of development for The Howard Hughes Corp., said, "This is an exciting time for Downtown Columbia as it evolves with the welcome addition of new retailers and restaurant options, and later this year, some new places to live.
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By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2011
A $4.7 million plan to buy and use three electric buses for public transit in Columbia was rescued by Howard Community College officials, who agreed last week to host a recharging station for the vehicles after owners of The Mall in Columbia refused. The three 35-passenger vehicles would be the first of their kind used for public transit in the United States, said John W. Powell Jr., CEO of Central Maryland Regional Transit, a nonprofit group that administers the transit system covering Howard County, Laurel City and western Anne Arundel County.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | April 15, 2014
The Laurel City Council approved an ordinance this week that makes the city part of the new Regional Transit Agency aimed at replacing nonprofit Central Maryland Regional Transit. The council voted unanimously to join the new agency, spearheaded by Howard County government, making them the third government entity, behind Howard and Anne Arundel County, to leave CMRT for the new authority, which was announced by Howard County in March. Forming the new agency and cutting ties with CMRT - an independent nonprofit that buses 2 million riders annually between Laurel, College Park, Columbia, Arundel Mills and Odenton, as well as other paratransit, regional commuter and Howard's local Howard Transit routes - is being touted by advocates as a cost saving measure that will cut out the middle man. According to a Howard County news release, the new service will cut $2 million a year in costs for Howard and Anne Arundel Counties, which officials said can be used to improve the service.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2014
Howard County will move ahead with the launch of its new regional transit agency this summer despite a legislative decision in Annapolis to withhold state funding from the operation until it is studied further. David Nitkin , a county spokesman, said riders using Howard Transit and other local bus services "will keep getting the best service possible," even if that means the county has to temporarily foot the bill while waiting on the state. "We can and we will work to minimize the effects that this funding delay will have on customers," Nitkin said.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | April 15, 2014
The Laurel City Council approved an ordinance this week that makes the city part of the new Regional Transit Agency aimed at replacing nonprofit Central Maryland Regional Transit. The council voted unanimously to join the new agency, spearheaded by Howard County government, making them the third government entity, behind Howard and Anne Arundel County, to leave CMRT for the new authority, which was announced by Howard County in March. Forming the new agency and cutting ties with CMRT - an independent nonprofit that buses 2 million riders annually between Laurel, College Park, Columbia, Arundel Mills and Odenton, as well as other paratransit, regional commuter and Howard's local Howard Transit routes - is being touted by advocates as a cost saving measure that will cut out the middle man. According to a Howard County news release, the new service will cut $2 million a year in costs for Howard and Anne Arundel Counties, which officials said can be used to improve the service.
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By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | October 24, 2010
Getting around Howard County on a public bus has been slow since 41-year-old David Bittner was a kid. Back then, he knew that his bicycle was a faster way to get to the town's shopping mall from Owen Brown than the old Rouse Co. Columbus system. Suburbia, after all, wasn't designed for mass transit. Now Bittner, an advocate for an expanded transit bridge over Route 29, is urging a seven-member commission again trying to craft new approaches to suburban public transit to stretch for "new ideas, creative ideas.
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April 10, 2014
Easily overlooked in the waning days of the legislative session was a dust-up over how best to manage suburban transit in the Baltimore-Washington corridor. Howard County announced the creation of a Regional Transportation Agency, or RTA, to oversee bus services, and that raised the hackles of those who support the existing system run by a private nonprofit group, Central Maryland Regional Transit. The result was some hardball lobbying in Annapolis and a budget amendment inserted by Anne Arundel County Sen. James "Ed" DeGrange Sr. to withhold state funding for the RTA until a task force can report on the best future for the local bus system.
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July 2, 2014
The Downtown Columbia Partnership has named Gregory A. Fitchitt as president and chair of the board and appointed Barbara A. Nicklas executive director. Established in 2013, the Downtown Columbia Partnership is an independent nonprofit dedicated to marketing and promoting downtown Columbia. The partnership's seven-member board elected Fitchitt and confirmed Nicklas in June. Fitchitt, who also serves as vice president of development for The Howard Hughes Corp., said, "This is an exciting time for Downtown Columbia as it evolves with the welcome addition of new retailers and restaurant options, and later this year, some new places to live.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2014
Convinced it can spend less money yet provide better bus service, Howard County plans to cut out the organization that provides transportation to thousands of Central Marylanders each day and replace it with a new transit agency. Howard County officials are luring partners such as Prince George's County, Annapolis and Laurel to the new Regional Transportation Agency, promising lower costs and more control over operational decisions. On Thursday, Anne Arundel County joined Howard's venture.
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April 10, 2014
Easily overlooked in the waning days of the legislative session was a dust-up over how best to manage suburban transit in the Baltimore-Washington corridor. Howard County announced the creation of a Regional Transportation Agency, or RTA, to oversee bus services, and that raised the hackles of those who support the existing system run by a private nonprofit group, Central Maryland Regional Transit. The result was some hardball lobbying in Annapolis and a budget amendment inserted by Anne Arundel County Sen. James "Ed" DeGrange Sr. to withhold state funding for the RTA until a task force can report on the best future for the local bus system.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2014
Howard County will move ahead with the launch of its new regional transit agency this summer despite a legislative decision in Annapolis to withhold state funding from the operation until it is studied further. David Nitkin , a county spokesman, said riders using Howard Transit and other local bus services "will keep getting the best service possible," even if that means the county has to temporarily foot the bill while waiting on the state. "We can and we will work to minimize the effects that this funding delay will have on customers," Nitkin said.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2014
Convinced it can spend less money yet provide better bus service, Howard County plans to cut out the organization that provides transportation to thousands of Central Marylanders each day and replace it with a new transit agency. Howard County officials are luring partners such as Prince George's County, Annapolis and Laurel to the new Regional Transportation Agency, promising lower costs and more control over operational decisions. On Thursday, Anne Arundel County joined Howard's venture.
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April 24, 2012
Beverly Walenga is serving as interim chief executive officer for the Central Maryland Regional Transit Corporation, the corporation announced last week. Walenga has been at CMRT for 15 years and is currently the director of Finance and Administration. The former CEO, John W. Powell Jr., is the new Howard County administrator for the Office of Transportation. According to a statement released by CMRT, the transit company has a $15 million annual budget and carries close to 2 million riders on 17 routes in the city of Laurel and portions of Anne Arundel, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George's counties.
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By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2011
A $4.7 million plan to buy and use three electric buses for public transit in Columbia was rescued by Howard Community College officials, who agreed last week to host a recharging station for the vehicles after owners of The Mall in Columbia refused. The three 35-passenger vehicles would be the first of their kind used for public transit in the United States, said John W. Powell Jr., CEO of Central Maryland Regional Transit, a nonprofit group that administers the transit system covering Howard County, Laurel City and western Anne Arundel County.
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By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | October 24, 2010
Getting around Howard County on a public bus has been slow since 41-year-old David Bittner was a kid. Back then, he knew that his bicycle was a faster way to get to the town's shopping mall from Owen Brown than the old Rouse Co. Columbus system. Suburbia, after all, wasn't designed for mass transit. Now Bittner, an advocate for an expanded transit bridge over Route 29, is urging a seven-member commission again trying to craft new approaches to suburban public transit to stretch for "new ideas, creative ideas.
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August 30, 2013
On Monday, Sept. 2, the following schedule will be in effect in Howard County: Animal shelter: closed Banks: closed County buses: Howard Transit's Brown, Green, Orange, Red and Silver routes and Central Maryland Regional Transit Routes J and K will operate on a Sunday schedule; Howard Transit's Gold, Purple and Yellow routes and Central Maryland Regional Transit Routes A, B, C, E, G, H and M will not operate. For more information on Howard Transit, call 1-800-270-9553.  Courts: closed Federal/state/county offices : closed Landfill: closed Libraries: closed MARC: No service Parks/Community Centers: The Cedar Lane Activity Room, Gary J. Arthur Community Center, county historic sites, Kiwanis-Wallas Community Center, Meadowbrook Athletic Center, North Laurel Community Center, Robinson Nature Center and the Schooley Mill Activity Room will be closed; the Roger Carter Community Center and county parks will be open.  Parking: All parking regulations and fees will be in effect Post offices: closed Trash and recycling: There will be no trash, recycling or yard waste pick-up, and the county's holiday "slide" schedule will be in effect.
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July 14, 2011
Mary Ann Scully, chairman, president and CEO of Howard Bank, was elected to serve as the Maryland Bankers Association's 2011-2012 chairman. An active member of the association, Scully has also served as chairman of the Government Relations Council and Maryland BankPAC.  Scully, of West Friendship, was one of the founding officers of Howard Bank and headed its organizing committee before the bank opened in 2004. Scully chairs the Columbia Foundation's board of trustees and also serves on the board of trustees of Howard County General Hospital.
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