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By Newsday | January 8, 1995
Safety concerns have taken priority lately, but the U.S. Department of Transportation has also initiated a number of actions aimed at strengthening consumer protections for airline travelers.Here are some details:* Events packages. Tour operators no longer can accept payment for a package that includes an event ticket unless an actual ticket is available for the purchaser or the operator has a firm contract for the ticket. If operators can't deliver, they must refund the entire tour price within three days.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2013
Fear not, Baltimore. Death will not be coming to your city this weekend. At least not if the Baltimore City Department of Transportation has anything to say about it. Earlier this week, in preparation for this weekend's Maryland Deathfest -- an annual metal music festival now in its 11th year -- the department sent out notices about road closures for parts of Saratoga and Holliday streets. Much of the festival is being held on stages set up outside the former Sonar space, at 407 E. Saratoga St. There will also be performances at Baltimore Soundstage . The notices referred not to Deathfest, a name that admittedly sounds a little alarming, but to the far-less-intimidating Charm City Animal Rescue Sonar International Music Festival.
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NEWS
December 1, 1997
ONE WEEK after the federal government said it's OK to deactivate air bags with a cutoff switch, an informal poll conducted by automakers and dealers shows that relatively few Americans have expressed interest in switching off the devices.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it received 13,960 calls to its Washington-based consumer hot line (800-424-9393) last week, including about 7,000 from people who wanted the required permission form to install the cutoff switch.Ford Motor Co. had fewer calls than expected, spokesman Jim Cain reported.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | November 17, 2011
It was undoubtedly exciting news: Baltimore would become one of the few spots in the U.S. offering flights to Cuba, a Communist nation largely off-limits to American travelers. But one critical item had been overlooked: the paperwork. The Florida travel company that plans direct flights from Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport to Havana is being scrutinized by federal officials for promoting its plans before receiving the necessary approval for charter flights.
NEWS
October 23, 1991
The section of Hamburg Street between Leadenhall and Russell streets will be reopened to traffic at 3 p.m. today, according to the city Department of Transportation.Hamburg Street has been closed since May 1990.
NEWS
July 23, 1991
Maryland's Motor Vehicle Administration of the Department of Transportation recently has increased fees.The most significant increasewill be the renewal of a driver's license, which is good for a four-year period.The cost will be $16.
NEWS
February 6, 1998
An article in yesterday's editions of The Sun about renaming Washington National Airport for Ronald Reagan incorrectly identified the agency that operates Baltimore-Washington International Airport. The airport, owned by the state of Maryland, is operated by the Maryland Aviation Administration, which is part of the state Department of Transportation.The Sun regrets the error.Pub Date: 2/06/98
NEWS
May 4, 2004
On May 2, 2004 GLADYS G. STUMP of Danville, VA formerly of S. Hanover St, Brooklyn area. Most of her life was spent in the Brooklyn Area of Baltimore, MD. Her occupation was with Maryland Department of Transportation. A Memorial Service will be held in Salem, VA at a later time. Arrangements by Swicegood Funeral Home, Inc.
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By SUN STAFF | November 27, 2001
Maryland ranked third nationally in 1999 for safety belt usage. Over 82 percent of Maryland drivers wear safety belts, a Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study found. Only motorists in California and New Mexico used safety belts more frequently. On average, 67 percent of Americans use seat belts while driving. State...Rate of safety belt usage...Rank California...89.3 percent...1 New Mexico...88.4...2 Maryland...82.7...3 Oregon...82.7...3 Washington.
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By DAN BERGER | December 20, 1990
Whoever understands the administration's new policy on minority scholarships gets one.The Soviet Union is playing catch-up with the United States. We had our War Between the States 130 years ago, theirs is about to start.Fortunately, the City Charter prevents elected politicians from meddling in the operation of the schools.Why not merge the state Department of Transportation with MNC financial? MDOT would acquire deposits to turn into asphalt, and the bank would get the power to tax.
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The Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2011
As of 10 p.m., the following roads were closed due to high water, according to the Maryland Department of Transportation. Anne Arundel: East and westbound Route 450 between St. Stephens Church Road and Huntwood Drive. Northbound Route 176 at eastbound Route 648. Baltimore County: U.S. Route 1 past New Cut Road. Eastbound U.S. Route 40 at Route 43. Westbound U.S. Route 40 at Jones Road. Harford County: Route 7 between Route 136 and Route 543. Route 7 Edgewood Road and Fashion Way. U.S. Route 1 between Moore's Mill Road and Henderson Road.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | May 4, 2011
State officials are seeking a developer to build a mixed-use project on 12 waterfront acres in Cambridge on the Eastern Shore. The state's Department of Transportation, which owns the site off Route 50 on the shores of the Choptank River, issued a request for qualifications Wednesday, state Transportation Secretary Beverley K. Swaim-Staley said in a statement Wednesday. The Cambridge Marine Terminal/Sailwinds site, owned by the Maryland Port Administration and leased to the city of Cambridge, sits downriver from the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | April 27, 2011
Baltimore lawmakers agreed Wednesday night that the way the city handles contracts with a handful of towing companies needs to be reformed, and they want an outside consultant to study the issue. Officials are seeking to review an arcane system known as "medallion" towing, in which many of the 10 certified companies have been virtually locked into their contracts for the past three decades. Some kept their contracts despite having problems that led to the state decertifying their businesses.
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By Yeganeh June Torbati, The Baltimore Sun | October 15, 2010
Just more than 74 percent of flights departing this year from Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport have left on time, compared to over 79 percent in 2009, ranking the region's travel hub 26th out of 29 major airports across the country, according to statistics released this week by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Both Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Dulles International Airport in the Washington, D.C., area outperformed BWI in on-time departures through the first eight months of the year, with 81 percent and 80 percent, respectively.
NEWS
December 24, 2009
Holiday travelers who plan to reach their destinations by air this weekend can expect some delays due to weather. But no one should have to endure sitting in a cramped cabin aboard an aircraft stranded on the runway for hours before their flight even begins. That's why consumers should welcome federal regulations issued Monday by the Obama administration that limit the time planes can spend on the tarmac waiting to take off without providing passengers with adequate food, water, medical care and usable rest rooms.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,michael.dresser@baltsun.com | September 3, 2009
An influential civic group with strong ties to City Hall and Baltimore boardrooms is proposing a significant change in the region's long-term transit plans by urging policymakers to jump a proposed Lutherville-to-Columbia line ahead of one serving Northeast Baltimore and White Marsh. The Central Maryland Transportation Alliance made that recommendation as part of a report it released Wednesday promoting the concept of mixed-use development around existing transit hubs and future stations on the proposed east-west Red Line.
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By John Fritze | April 29, 2008
Baltimore's fee to remove immobilizing wheel boots from vehicles with multiple overdue parking tickets would increase from $24 to $100 under legislation introduced in the City Council yesterday. Baltimore Department of Transportation officials said the extra money would fund a proposal they are considering that would allow residents to have boots removed 24 hours a day. City officials said Baltimore's fee is among the lowest in the region.
BUSINESS
By John H. Gormley Jr. and John H. Gormley Jr.,Staff Writer | April 30, 1992
At ports from Virginia to Maine, a federal "strike force" is conducting three days of sweeping truck inspections in a search for violations of rules governing the transportation of hazardous materials.Virtually all of the loaded trailers leaving terminals at the port of Baltimore are being stopped and examined.The inspections began Tuesday and are to continue through today.The federal Department of Transportation, which is spearheading the inspections by an array of federal agencies assisted by state and port police, said the program was designed primarily to detect improper documentation and handling of hazardous materials.
BUSINESS
By Christi Parsons and Mark Silva and Christi Parsons and Mark Silva,Tribune Newspapers | August 21, 2009
WASHINGTON - -The popular "cash-for-clunkers" program in which the federal government put up $3 billion to reward car owners who traded in older vehicles for newer, more fuel-efficient models, will end Monday evening, according to the Obama administration. The program, which offered rebates of $3,500 or $4,500 to car buyers, proved wildly popular. The initial $1 billion in funding was snapped up so fast that Congress swiftly approved an added $2 billion before leaving for its August recess.
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