August 1, 2010
It's the bump in the road to paradise, the bottleneck between you and the beach. Before you get to the ocean, you have to get over the Bay Bridge. Before you can get to the Bay Bridge you have to get past someone like Arlene Roberts. She is in one of the toll booths, waiting to take your $2.50 if only you can get through the inevitable Route 50 crush of too many cars, engines and occupants overheating. Roberts, by contrast, is the happiest person for miles around. "I like working the summers because when the traffic backs up, I get a rush," she says, eyes glinting rather devilishly, hands miming how quickly she can take your money and give back change.
June 29, 2006
About 665,000 Marylanders are expected to join the nearly 41 million Americans who will travel more than 50 miles from their homes this extended July 4 holiday weekend. And according to AAA, four-fifths of these people will choose to head out to their destinations by automobile. That means that about 10 percent of the entire U.S. population may collectively experience firsthand the modern-day algorithm that while the distance between Point A and Point B may be the shortest, it's not always the fastest.
September 3, 2005
CAPE CHARLES, Va. -- Robert Wooster Jr. hauls lumber from North Carolina to Salisbury, so he's driven the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel dozens of times. He's seen the sea gulls perched on the bridge lampposts, the ships heading to sea and the way the blue-green water shimmers in the late afternoon sun. But he had never stopped, until one day last month. What took so long? "We're 68 feet long, so there's nowhere for us to stop," says Wooster, 31. His 7-year-old son Robbie helpfully adds, "That's with truck and trailer."
November 13, 2003
Raising tolls long overdue for Maryland I was pleased to read about the increase in tolls on some Maryland facilities ("Cost of using Key Bridge, tunnels to double beginning Saturday," Nov. 11). They are long overdue to fund much-needed transportation projects. Delaware, for example, charges almost $6 in tolls for approximately 20 miles of toll road and crossing to and then over the Delaware Memorial Bridge. Delaware, to its credit, also gives discounts for those who use EZ Pass, which lessens the need for expensive toll personnel and improves traffic flow.
May 6, 2000
Earlier this week, state transportation officials said they were considering activating a high-speed ferry route that would carry both passengers and vehicles from Southern Maryland across the Chesapeake Bay to the Lower Eastern Shore. With the opening of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in 1952, and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel in the 1960s, passenger and vehicular car ferries vanished from the bay. Currently, the only passenger ferries plying the bay are those that call at Smith Island and Tangier Island, Va. There were ferry boats on the bay as long ago as the 17th century, with one of the oldest and most heavily traveled routes being that from Rock Hall to Annapolis, 25 miles that in good weather could take two hours.
December 5, 1999
1950: Friendship Airport (later BWI) opens 1950: Theodore R. McKeldin elected governor 1954: Chesapeake Bay Bridge opens