May 17, 2005
Maryland commuter rail chief Phillip D. Bissett quit his state post yesterday after learning that his campaign for Anne Arundel County executive violated a federal law restricting political activities by government employees who handle federal funds. Bissett, 48, a former delegate who narrowly lost the 2002 county executive race, announced at an Annapolis news conference that he would continue running for county executive. He said he was quitting his state job because of a May 3 opinion from the U.S. Office of Special Counsel.
June 24, 2009
The deaths of nine people in the crash involving two Washington Metro subway trains Monday evening was, as more than one person on the scene described it, a horror. It seems all the more so because such an event is so uncommon on commuter rail systems, particularly compared to the automobile-related carnage that takes place on our nation's highways each day. While it will take some time for investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board to determine the exact cause of this tragedy, myriad troubling questions have already arisen.
April 4, 2006
Beginning today, all rush-hour riders at the MARC commuter rail station in Dorsey will have to walk through a 20-foot-long box to be scanned for explosives, part of a test of a mobile screening device that eventually could be deployed nationwide. Harried commuters will have to remove their coats, but not their shoes, during the pilot program that will run through April 28. The federal Transportation Security Administration, wary of promising there won't be lines, is urging commuters who take morning trains to arrive at the station 10 minutes earlier than they normally would.
September 29, 2011
Keolis can bid for the contract to run the Camden and Brunswick MARC commuter rail lines ("Holocaust rail fight moves to Congress," Sept. 25). The survivors and descendants of those herded into cattle cars destined for Nazi concentration camps by the French national railroad, the majority shareholder in Keolis, will gain access to the records of their fateful journeys. That's what the General Assembly accomplished with the passage of legislation we introduced this past session.
May 10, 1991
The joys of living in scenic Western Maryland already have proved alluring to thousands of long-distance commuters who make their way to work in Washington or Baltimore on a daily basis. But now there is a chance to take these commuters off the clogged interstates and put them on comfortable and relaxing rail trains instead.A state study shows large potential ridership for commuter-rail lines running from Frederick, Hagerstown and Cumberland to Washington, D.C. Simply starting a Frederick-to-Point of Rocks line would generate 2,300 riders a day, say transportation officials.
October 17, 1995
WASHINGTON -- Driving was a breeze. Parking was plentiful. Sidewalks were semi-deserted a half-dozen blocks from the Million Man March site. Thousands of Washington workers, heeding warnings to avoid traffic gridlock, took the day off or found another way to work. By some estimates, up to 40 percent of federal workers stayed home or attended the march.The surprising result was an uncommonly easy commute for those who drove to work. But those who came into the city by train or subway encountered congestion, delays and frustration.