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February 8, 2013
As I drove north on I-95 at 8:40 a.m. Tuesday and saw traffic come to a near stop at Caton Avenue, I exited and reversed course to park at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and take the light rail to the amazing Ravens stadium rally. That worked fine, but after the event ended at 1:30 p.m., I, along with hundreds of other Ravens fans, was stuck standing on a packed concrete ramp to the southbound light rail line for over two and a half hours with no trains and no information from the Maryland Transit Administration.
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NEWS
October 13, 2014
I was a Maryland Transit Administration employee when Larry Hogan was former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s appointments secretary, and in my judgment many of their appointments at the MTA were questionable at best and in some cases a disaster. For example, a professional ice dancer was hired for a high-paying position despite his lack of qualifications for a position in transit - but he did keep a Darth Vader figurine in his office. Maybe Mr. Hogan could explain his rationale for hiring that employee?
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NEWS
By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | June 8, 2014
A Maryland Transit Administration officer shot and killed a woman who attacked her at a light rail station in Glen Burnie Saturday night, according to Anne Arundel County police. Police identified the woman Sunday as Angela Beatrice Randolph, 38, of no fixed address. County police officers responded around 6:30 p.m. Saturday to the Cromwell Light Rail Station, where an MTA police officer had shot a female suspect once in the leg, killing her, according to a release sent by the county police department.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2014
An advisory group that advocates for MARC riders in Maryland has called on state officials and local transit operators to plan for special rail service between Baltimore and Washington in the event the Orioles make it to the World Series. The MARC Riders Advisory Council wrote a letter Thursday to Gov. Martin O'Malley — and sent copies to the Maryland Transit Administration, railroad CSX Transportation and several Maryland legislators — calling the lack of such planning unacceptable.
NEWS
December 24, 2011
I would like to make a suggestion to the Maryland Transit Administration in light of the agency's recent report on a possible fare increase ("MTA says fares may increase 65 cents," Dec. 20). My husband and I ride the light rail from Timonium frequently. We purchase tickets, but I can't tell you the large number of people we see ride for free. They never buy a ticket. Once or twice I have been on the train when someone comes and verifies if we have purchased a fare, but not often.
NEWS
By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2013
The Maryland Transit Administration has released schedules for upcoming weekend service on the MARC train between Baltimore and Washington, which starts Dec. 7. The train on the Penn Line will make nine round trips on Saturdays and six on Sundays. The MTA says tickets will cost the same on weekends as they do on weekdays - $7 between Baltimore and Washington; $6 between BWI Airport and Washington; and $5 between Odenton and Washington. Weekly and monthly passes will be honored. Southbound trains from Penn Station will depart on Saturdays between 7:35 a.m. and 9:15 p.m., and on Sundays between 9:15 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Northbound trains from Union Station will depart between 9:02 a.m. and 10:35 p.m. on Saturdays, and between 10:40 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Sundays.
NEWS
By James A. Dorn | April 13, 2011
The Maryland Transit Administration is a legally mandated monopoly over mass transit that politicizes pricing, caters to public employee union pressure for increased wages and benefits, and outlaws competition. It was created in 1970 when it took over the Baltimore Transit Company, a privately owned firm. Today, the MTA's costs far outpace its revenues, burdening Maryland taxpayers with a deficit of more than $600 million. The General Assembly, in its sessions that ended this week, pushed the MTA to increase bus and MARC train fares so that they cover 35 percent of operating costs rather than the current 28 percent to 30 percent, an increase the O'Malley administration opposes.
NEWS
By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | July 23, 2013
A Maryland Transit Administration police officer shot a man in the foot at the Mondawmin Mall subway stop Tuesday afternoon as he ran toward her while fleeing officers who had pulled over his vehicle, police said. The shooting was reported at about 3:30 p.m, at the subway station near the intersection of Liberty Heights Avenue and Reisterstown Road. Terry Owens, a spokesman for the MTA, said police saw a white Ford Taurus driving through the bus loop at the Mondawmin transit center, which Owens said is against the law. The driver stopped, but as officers spoke to him he jumped out and fled, Owens said.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2013
The Senate rejected a bill Monday night that would have prevented the Maryland Transit Administration from audio-taping passengers' conversations after a vigorous debate over the competing values of safety and privacy. The 23-22 vote to kill the measure was a victory for Baltimore senators, who were annoyed that they were not consulted in the development of a bill that disproportionately affects their constituents -- many of whom travel on buses through high-crime neighborhoods.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2013
Hundreds of fewer commuters have been taking MARC trains and transit buses from Maryland into Washington since the federal government shutdown Tuesday, according to the Maryland Transit Administration. On Wednesday morning, ridership numbers reflected a 10 to 25 percent decline on MARC trains and a 50 to 60 percent dip on buses, compared to earlier in the week, the MTA found. Ridership on the Brunswick line went from 3,489 riders on Tuesday morning to 3,172 riders on Wednesday morning, officials said - a 10 percent decline.
NEWS
Dan Rodricks | September 24, 2014
Tuesday morning in a coffee shop, I heard someone wonder why Brandon Finney, the Shock Trauma surgical technician who was shot to death Sunday night, had been standing near Lexington Market at such a late hour. What was he doing there at 11:30? The question suggested that anyone who ventured after hours near the city's historic market - notable for fresh fish and produce on the inside, and too many drug addicts on the outside - must be either up to no good or asking for trouble. But the answer, it turns out, was simple: Brandon Finney had been waiting for the bus. That's what most people do in Baltimore - the working, contributing, responsible people, that is, as opposed to the losers who degrade and debase the city with their guns and cowardice, with stupidity and recklessness.
NEWS
Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
The Maryland Transit Administration is seeking public input on changes to its bus system in Baltimore and the surrounding area, including two proposals that would link Dundalk with downtown and serve the new Amazon distribution center on Broening Highway. Under one proposal, a new route No. 31 would run between State Center Metro Station and the Dundalk campus of the Community College of Baltimore County through Harbor East, Fells Point and Canton. The line would run every 30 minutes on weekdays.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2014
The state ethics board is reviewing one of the firms bidding to build and operate the Purple Line after the engineering company was acquired by another MTA contractor. Engineering design firm AECOM, which in 2011 was awarded an 8-year, $60-million contract with the MTA to oversee the Purple Line and the proposed Red Line in Baltimore, among other projects, announced in July that it had reached an agreement to acquire engineering and construction firm URS Corp. URS Corp. is the lead design company for a group known as the Maryland Purple Line Partners, one of four groups that have been short-listed by the state to submit proposals for what will be a public-private partnership with the state to build the transit line linking Montgomery and Prince George's counties.
NEWS
August 29, 2014
As the Red Line's cost escalates yet again to near $3 billion, how much longer can the MTA keep saying these increases are "unexpected" ( "City, county agree to help pay for Red Line as cost rises to $2.9 billion," Aug. 26)? The Red Line started in 2002 as part of a three-project transit plan with a combined cost of $2.5 billion to be completed by 2014. By 2008, plans for the two other projects were dropped and the Red Line became an isolated system, unconnected to any other transit line at a projected cost of $1.6 billion.
NEWS
August 28, 2014
I live a short distance away from Wabash Discount Liquors in Baltimore's Ashburton neighborhood. If you drive down Sequoia Street to Wabash Avenue heading toward Liberty Heights Avenue you can see and feel a large and very visible dip in the road. The dip is inverted, which leads me to think that the ground underneath is corroded and sinking in. And similar to the street collapse on East 26th Street, the road runs parallel to both the MTA and CSX tracks. My house and the whole neighborhood rumble when the CSX trains go by. Is that a coincidence or is it related to the dip on Wabash Avenue?
NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2014
Users of the Maryland Transit Administration's bus system will be able to track buses in their area via their smartphones and other mobile devices starting this fall, one of many changes announced Monday as part of the agency's multiyear bus improvement plan. Riders will also see updated bus schedules, additional MTA supervisors showing up along bus routes and increased service to certain job centers, such as the rising Horseshoe Casino Baltimore on Russell Street. The changes are part of the agency's Bus Network Improvement Project, which was launched last summer with the goal of improving service using the input of local residents.
FEATURES
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2011
Christopher Fussell likes to take pictures of trains and buses. The 29-year-old Oregonian has shot photos and video of transit systems all over the United States. It wasn't until he came to Baltimore, he said Tuesday, that he was detained for committing photography. The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland put the Maryland Transit Administration on notice Tuesday that it intends to file suit over the conduct of transit police in ordering Fussell and another photographer to stop taking pictures.
NEWS
October 21, 2012
The unblinking eye of the camera is increasingly all around us. On the street corner, inside the convenience store, in office building lobbies - not to mention in the hands of everyone with a cellphone. So it's not surprising that the Maryland Transit Administration's plan to activate microphones on buses is raising concerns about privacy. But while there is a good conversation to be had about the slippery slope of lost privacy in Baltimore and elsewhere, this doesn't appear to be the place to draw the line.
NEWS
Dan Rodricks | July 1, 2014
For the first time in many years, I've been taking the bus on a regular basis again, and I have a few things to say about it. But first, a moment of awe: The drivers who work for the Maryland Transit Administration, at least those I've seen in action, do one thing, as a matter of routine, that I find awesome: They bring a 40-foot bus to rest within half an inch of the curb without touching it. I haven't seen the tires rub yet, and I'm always watching for...
NEWS
By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | June 8, 2014
A Maryland Transit Administration officer shot and killed a woman who attacked her at a light rail station in Glen Burnie Saturday night, according to Anne Arundel County police. Police identified the woman Sunday as Angela Beatrice Randolph, 38, of no fixed address. County police officers responded around 6:30 p.m. Saturday to the Cromwell Light Rail Station, where an MTA police officer had shot a female suspect once in the leg, killing her, according to a release sent by the county police department.
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