October 16, 1990
When it comes to traffic gridlock, Baltimore still is light years away from becoming a Los Angeles or Washington. But the bottlenecks are multiplying and the confusion of commuters is mounting. It is harder and more time-consuming to get from home to work.Doug Birch's Oct. 7 Sunday Sun story on commuting pains, complete with a list of readers' worst traffic headaches, highlights the need for continuing action in Annapolis to find some answers before congestion harms this region's economic vitality.
April 13, 2012
Chances are many Baltimore commuters will spend the weekend poring over maps, checking out city byways and back streets, and dreaming of something that may not exist come Monday morning's rush hour: a clear shot into downtown. The Jones Falls Expressway as we know it disappeared Friday evening, with one lane closed in each direction near 29th Street by barrels and barriers, and marked with flashing signs and arrows. It may stay that way for up to two months while crews conduct emergency repairs to damaged drainage pipes and bolster the highway's underpinnings.
November 15, 2011
There are a couple things that make my daily commute a little worse. The first is what I call "ramp riders," motorists who take an exit ramp not to exit, but to bypass slower traffic by continuing onto the on-ramp to merge into traffic ahead of where they were when they exited. This is especially prevalent on Maryland Route 32 at U.S. Route 1 in the afternoons in the northbound directions. It's gotten worse in the last couple years with the influx of workers to the Fort Meade area. This also occurs in the afternoon on Route 95 North at Calverton (Route 212)
September 23, 1990
On the theory that you can still get there from here -- but just barely -- we'd like to hear from Baltimore-area commuters who have suffered and triumphed during their daily odyssey to the factory or office.The Sun is taking a look at the worst of the region's commuting problems and plans to recount some of the misadventures of motorists and Metro, train and bus riders who race to work by the dawn's early light.To tell your tale, park yourself at a Touch-tone phone and dial Sundial any time today or tomorrow.
October 10, 1990
WESTMINSTER - Commuters from the city won't be able to hop a train to Baltimore in the future since the existing lines cannot be used for high-speed passenger use, the president of Maryland Midland Railroad told the Train Station Committee at its first meeting.Although the tracks are good for freight, Paul Denton said, a trip to the Owings Mills metro station would take an hour or longer since speeds on the line reach only 35 or 40 miles an hour.Committee members then discussed other uses for the proposed train station which would be a replica of the one which stood in town at the turn of the century.
September 1, 1993
For long-frazzled rush-hour commuters, help may be on the way. But first, they've got to give up their stubborn streak of independence and recruit a friend or neighbor who wants to join in car-pooling it to work. Then all they will have to do is hop on the high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane and zip along the interstate, bypassing all those solo drivers tied up in endless traffic jams.That's the vision of highway planners who open their first HOV lane later this month in Montgomery County. If this experiment is as successful as expected, there will be HOV lanes for cars with two or more passengers along the Capital Beltway, the Baltimore Beltway, Interstate 95 north and south of Baltimore and U.S. 50 between Washington and Annapolis.