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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,michael.dresser@baltsun.com | January 23, 2009
Maryland transportation projects, already scheduled to absorb $1.1 billion in cuts over the next six years, will lose an added $1 billion because of slumping revenues, state officials said yesterday. The Maryland Department of Transportation delivered the bad news in the final version of its 2009-2014 capital spending plan. The cuts are even steeper than those projected in a draft last fall. State officials now predict a $350 million-per-year drop in money going to the Transportation Trust Fund.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2014
Maryland Transportation Authority officials are warning of an email phishing scam that asks E-ZPass holders to pay their toll debts online. The MdTA posted a sample of one of the phony emails, which claimed that the driver was "in arrears" and instructed the driver to "service your debt in the shortest possible time. " The MdTA says this is a scam email that seeks to obtain personal information and should be deleted. E-ZPass never asks for personal information in an email. Anyone receiving such an email can report it to the E-ZPass Maryland Customer Service Center at 888-321-6824.
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By MICHAEL DRESSER and MICHAEL DRESSER,getting.there@baltsun.com | January 5, 2009
Cheryl Sparks, the chief spokeswoman for the Maryland Transportation Authority, fights the same battle day after day after day. Who could blame her for turning to her favorite columnist for a little help? Sparks works for the agency that runs Maryland's toll facilities - the toll portion of Interstate 95, the Baltimore Harbor crossings, the Bay Bridge and a couple of other elderly bridges over the Susquehanna and the Potomac. Alas for her, a big part of Sparks' job description consists of explaining to folks that she doesn't work for the MTA. That acronym belongs to the Maryland Transit Administration, the agency that runs the Baltimore bus system, the light rail, the Metro subway (yes, Baltimore has one)
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | February 9, 2014
Frank J. "Gus" Vogel, an official of the Maryland Transportation Authority Police, died of cancer Wednesday at the University of Maryland Medical Center. The Chase resident was 60. Born in Baltimore, he was the son of Frank John Vogel and Margaret Vogel. He was a graduate of Parkville High School, where he played baseball and football. He earned an associate's degree at Essex Community College. Mr. Vogel was a statistician for an insurance business before joining the Maryland Transportation Authority Police in 1993.
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By Michael Dresser and Paul West and Michael Dresser and Paul West,michael.dresser@baltsun.com and paul.west@baltsun.com | April 11, 2009
President Barack Obama turned to Maryland for another high-level appointment Friday as the White House announced that he intends to name Maryland Transportation Secretary John D. Porcari to the No. 2 position in the U.S. Department of Transportation. In choosing Porcari, Obama has selected one of the few state transportation secretaries whose portfolio includes all the major modes of travel - highways, aviation, mass transit, maritime commerce and rail freight. If he clears the required background checks and is confirmed by the Senate, Porcari would serve as deputy to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, a former Illinois congressman and a Republican.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,Sun reporter | April 13, 2008
Gregory Anthony Bauer, a former truck driver who was enjoying his career as a Maryland Transportation Authority maintenance employee, died Wednesday after he was struck by a car while clearing debris along Interstate 95 near White Marsh. He was 38. In a tribute to Mr. Bauer, Gov. Martin O'Malley ordered the state flag to be flown at half-staff from Thursday to Monday. John T. Monk, chief of the facility maintenance office at the Harbor Tunnel, described Mr. Bauer as a close personal friend, whom he hired and trained.
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July 1, 1996
SOME DOINGS are under way in cyberspace this month at the Maryland Transportation Authority, the agency that oversees the state's seven toll facilities and the roughly $121 million collected at the booths each year.Just surf on over to the agency's World Wide Web page for the latest information on (yawn) toll-taking in Maryland. Among the offerings on the Internet, the MdTA is providing "descriptions of toll facilities, current toll rates and facts about the authority's police force," according to a two-page release detailing this new venture.
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By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | June 26, 2002
Police videotapes clearly show Josh T. Waterman driving north on Interstate 95, unfazed by blaring police sirens and flashing lights as Maryland Transportation Authority police cruisers give chase for a traffic violation. Fourteen minutes after Waterman first refused to pull over for speeding, two videotapes show gun-pointing police officers surrounding his slow-moving car at the Fort McHenry Tunnel toll plaza. In a brief but deadly salvo, they fire eight bullets that crash through the unarmed man's windows and kill him. The fatal result on that day in November 2000, vividly seen on videotape and in eyewitness accounts obtained by The Sun, is the focus of a multimillion-dollar lawsuit filed by the family of Waterman, a North Carolina man with a history of mental illness.
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By Karen Shih | July 9, 2008
A body discovered by a boater near Kent Island last week has been identified as a 17-year-old Severna Park High School student, Maryland Transportation Authority Police said. Emily Rose LeClare had been missing since Dec. 18, when her vehicle was found abandoned on the Bay Bridge. The police "don't know how she got in the water," said Cpl. Jonathan Green, a spokesman for the Maryland Transportation Authority Police. The boater who found the body first contacted the Maryland Natural Resources Police, who then contacted the MdTA police, Green said.
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September 18, 2000
Michael Desales Byrne Jr., 64, of Anne Arundel County has been identified by the Maryland Transportation Authority as the motorcyclist who was killed Thursday on Interstate 695 in Curtis Bay. Byrne, of the 7600 block of Briar Lane in Pasadena, was in the southbound slow lane about 7:40 p.m. when he lost control of his motorcycle, hit the barrier, re-entered the slow lane and was struck by a tractor-trailer. He died at the scene. Lori Vidil, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Transportation Authority, said yesterday that authority police are investigating the incident.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | December 7, 2013
Bruce Gartner served as acting executive secretary of the Maryland Transportation Authority for seven months before being named permanently to the position last month. That was probably a good thing because the Annapolis resident needs to hit the ground running. The independent state agency, which owns and operates all of the state's toll roads, bridges and tunnels, is in the midst of a six-year, multibillion-dollar capital program and is gearing up to introduce major changes to the state's highway system, including new express toll lanes on Interstate 95 north of Baltimore.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | November 18, 2013
The new express toll lanes set to open next year along Interstate 95 north of Baltimore are not popular among the residents who have shared their opinion with the Maryland Transportation Authority. Of the 73 public responses submitted, mostly online, to the authority since it released its proposed toll rates in September and asked for feedback, 80 percent were in opposition, according to a final summary of the public's responses released last week. Another 19 percent were considered "neutral" comments, and just 1 percent supported the project.
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By Judith F. ā€œJā€ Davis | April 29, 2013
Now that the 2013 Maryland General Assembly session is in the rear-view mirror, few who travel the roads in our state can deny that one of the most important accomplishments this past session was putting in place a long-term solution to the state's enormous transportation funding challenges. With the funding package approved, at least one part of a looming crisis was solved - providing new revenue for much-needed state transportation projects. However, as the voice of Maryland's cities and towns, the Maryland Municipal League is concerned that what has not yet been resolved is the need for a lasting, more permanent solution on funding future municipal transportation projects.
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March 31, 2013
Kudos to The Sun for supporting the Maryland Transportation and Infrastructure Act of 2013 ("Transit benefits us all," March 26). The measure would fund much-needed public transportation, as well as roads, bridges and highways. Despite the predictable moans from some of the state's rural legislators, public transit is in fact good for residents in rural areas as well as for those in urban areas. Each year, more than 5.5 million rural riders depend on transit to get to work, visit their doctor, go shopping or run their everyday errands efficiently - and with less pollution.
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January 25, 2013
Those things that make Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller a formidable adversary in Annapolis can sure come in handy sometimes. This week, he single-handedly restored to relevancy one of the most important issues facing Maryland - a looming shortfall in transportation funding - that others in his party seem to regard as radioactive. Call him irascible, call him egotistical, call him a bull in a china shop, but the real lesson here is to always call on the longest-serving Senate leader in Maryland history when it's time to pick up an unpopular cause like raising the gas tax. The veteran Prince George's County politician may often be wrong, but he's never in doubt.
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January 3, 2013
Here's a question for you Maryland taxpayers out there: Would you rather pay a higher tax on many items you purchase each day or on something you may buy perhaps once a week (a commodity that's actually decreased in price nearly 20 percent in recent months, by the way)? Surely, most people would choose the latter. But there's another way to look at it: Would you rather see the Maryland sales tax rise after enduring a similar increase a mere five years ago, or see the gas tax rise after a 20-year freeze?
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By Baltimore Sun staff reports | November 30, 2008
A checkpoint to examine truckers' identification is set to begin tomorrow for access to the Dundalk Marine Terminal, according to city transportation workers. To accommodate the checkpoint, the left lane of Keith Avenue will be closed from the bottom of the exit ramp off Interstate 95 southbound to Vail Street. The checkpoint, set to run from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, will enable Maryland Transportation Authority police to ensure truck drivers have identification cards. Truck drivers without cards will be directed to follow a detour to a lot on Broening Highway, where Maryland Transportation Authority Police will conduct a background check on drivers and issue temporary identification cards, according to city transportation officials.
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By Tim Craig and Tim Craig,SUN STAFF | November 24, 1999
Maryland Transportation Authority police were searching yesterday for a 79-year-old man who left his wife at Baltimore-Washington International Airport on Monday while he went to rent a car.Harley Freemont Burden Jr. of Freemont, Ind., and his wife flew into Dulles International Airport in Northern Virginia shortly after 7 p.m., said Cpl. Gregory Prioleau, spokesman for transportation authority police. The couple's Northwest Airlines flight had been diverted from BWI. They had planned to attend the wedding of their son, Ken Burden of Silver Spring, this weekend.
NEWS
November 25, 2012
The latest chart tracking Baltimore-area gasoline prices looks a bit like a sandwich cut in half diagonally, so steep is the decline. A gallon of unleaded has fallen about 28 cents per gallon (nearly 8 percent) since mid-October and is expected to fall further - despite the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, the busiest travel times of the year. That's substantial, but it's also little noticed by most Marylanders. Economists aren't forecasting a sudden upswing in the job market.
NEWS
May 15, 2012
Not long after the Maryland General Assembly last adjourned back in mid-April, gasoline prices were approaching $4 a gallon. Currently, a price-conscious shopper can purchase a gallon of regular unleaded in the Baltimore area for as little as $3.50. That's a 50-cent swing in prices, essentially a 12.5 percent discount from just one month ago. So, Mr. and Mrs. Average Maryland Consumer, has this drop in prices had a huge impact on your life? Has it revived the economy? Put the unemployed back to work?
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