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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | February 14, 2011
The number of passengers flying through Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport rose 4.7 percent in 2010 to 21.9 million, setting an annual record, Gov. Martin O'Malley said Monday. BWI Marshall has seen consistent growth in numbers of passengers since spring 2009. The airport had set eight consecutive monthly records as of December. Last year's passenger count broke the previous annual record of 21 million passengers in 2007. Southwest Airlines, the airport's leading carrier, served more than 11.7 million passengers in 2010, a 7.4 percent increase over 2009.
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Allison Eatough and For The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2014
H elen Martinaitis patiently sits in the passenger seat of Jim Madachy's car as he drives away from her Columbia apartment complex. Martinaitis is on her way to an Ellicott City assisted-living center, where her husband of 63 years lives, battling dementia. “Do you have a preferred way to go?” Madachy asks Martinaitis. “No, you're driving,” Martinaitis says with a laugh. “Where'd you live before?” Madachy asks. “Connecticut,” she says.
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March 25, 2010
With great interest I read Frederick N. Rasnmussen's piece on "Chills at sight of United States' return" (March 12) I'd like to add a personal comment. Not only were I and my young wife privileged to be on that maiden voyage from New York to LeHavre, France -- it was our honeymoon trip -- but a substantial number of young German students shared that privilege. Just a few years after the conclusion of World War II, the U.S. Congress passed a law according to which young Germans and Japanese, members of the major defeated nations in World War II, were invited to spend a year at U.S. colleges and universities, essentially to learn about the American way of life, about American democracy, all of this at the expense of the American tax payer.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2014
One of the principal security gates at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport is being closed in the mornings because of congestion around the adjacent Southwest Airlines ticketing counters, according to airport, airline and Transportation Security Administration officials. The shift started last week after officials found lines at the ticketing counters were blurring into lines at the security gate for Concourse B, particularly during busy morning hours. "It has to do with the safety and commingling of passengers," said TSA spokesman Ross Feinstein, who said entering and exiting through the gate had become a concern.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2011
A man was killed and his passengers injured when his vehicle slammed into a telephone pole early Sunday in eastern Baltimore County, police said. Baltimore County police said the single-vehicle crash happened around 1:30 a.m. at Earls and Ebenezer roads, in Middle River. The two passengers, also male, were taken to local hospitals with what police believe are non-life-threatening injuries. Police are withholding names until family members are notified. jhopkins@baltsun.com twitter.com/realestatewonk
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2012
More than 4.9 million commercial passengers flew through Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport in the first three months of the year, a first-quarter record, the airport said Thursday. The number of passengers increased 2.6 percent compared with a year earlier. Traffic increased 5.6 percent for Southwest Airlines, the carrier that accounts for more than half the commercial passengers flying through BWI, according to the airport. Cargo shipments also increased during the first quarter, up 3.2 percent from a year earlier.
BUSINESS
January 29, 2010
BWI Marshall Airport reported this week that passenger traffic grew six straight months last year to post a 13 percent gain in November over the same month a year earlier. According to BWI officials, the airport served 1.7 million commercial passengers in November alone. Southwest Airlines led the airlines serving BWI with more than 896,000 passengers in November - a 17 percent increase over the previous year. AirTran Airways brought 270,000 passengers through BWI that month to post a 20.1 percent increase.
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Allison Eatough and For The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2014
H elen Martinaitis patiently sits in the passenger seat of Jim Madachy's car as he drives away from her Columbia apartment complex. Martinaitis is on her way to an Ellicott City assisted-living center, where her husband of 63 years lives, battling dementia. “Do you have a preferred way to go?” Madachy asks Martinaitis. “No, you're driving,” Martinaitis says with a laugh. “Where'd you live before?” Madachy asks. “Connecticut,” she says.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2010
Baltimore's newest train doesn't actually take anyone anywhere and doesn't have any schedule to keep. Adults may find the going a little slow (even though, at a top speed of about 6 mph, it goes faster than some MARC trains nowadays) and the quarters a little cramped. None of that matters. Kids should love the Maryland Zoo at Baltimore's Jones Falls Zephyr, a miniature train built just to their size and speed. And if that isn't enough, where else around here are they going to ride a train that goes past swinging chimpanzees, one where that bird watching closely as you chug by isn't a common everyday pigeon, but an African hornbill?
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By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | April 30, 2013
The future of BWI Marshall Airport can be seen in the new sweeping terminal roofline that hints of something big, the panorama of glass that gives street-side passengers a view of arriving jets and a cavernous security checkpoint with nine stations and the latest detection equipment. The first phase of a $100 million upgrade opened before dawn Tuesday and served its first bleary-eyed customers on their way to Chicago. The new Concourse C replaces a dark, funnel-like portal in the oldest part of the building, when it was known as Friendship Airport.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2014
A caterpillar species never before seen in the Baltimore area and considered a potential threat to local agriculture production was intercepted at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol said Friday. The discovery of the Chrysauginae caterpillar was confirmed July 24 after a review of the caterpillar by an entomologist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The caterpillar was first discovered in soursop leaves being carried by a passenger who had arrived at BWI on a flight from Jamaica on Nov. 14, customs officials said.
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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...
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | June 24, 2014
A Maryland man is suing British Airways over an intended flight to Spain that ended up taking him to the West Indies. In court documents, Edward Gamson said he booked a first-class flight from Washington Dulles International Airport to Granada, Spain, via London last September for him and his partner. But he said British Airways instead put the two on a flight to Grenada, an island in the Caribbean, some 4,000 miles from his intended destination. Gamson said he did not realize the error until the flight had departed London and was already over the Atlantic en route to the West Indies.
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May 12, 2014
No doubt there were some lumps in throats at Amtrak headquarters last month when they heard the words "collapse" and "rail line" in Baltimore. As it happens, it was a CSX freight line that was affected by the loss of a 120-year-old retaining wall in Charles Village that sent tons of dirt, pavement and cars spilling onto the tracks below. But it might have been the Baltimore and Potomac Tunnel, Amtrak's only passage through West Baltimore. It's 140 years old and can't accommodate more than two tracks, double-stacked trains or speeds above 30 miles per hour.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2014
A man was killed when he was struck by an Amtrak train in Baltimore Monday night, authorities said. The victim was found dead on the tracks near a MARC station in the 400 block of N. Smallwood St. after being struck by the train around 9:30 p.m., police said. Peter Corbett, a passenger, said Amtrak Train 55 had been traveling south and was expected to arrive in Washington, D.C. around 10 p.m. The conductor stopped the train and told passengers it fatally struck a "trespasser" on the tracks.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2014
Traffic backed up on I-95 near Havre de Grace Friday afternoon after a Megabus bus carrying 68 passengers struck a guardrail and temporarily closed all northbound lanes, Maryland State Police said. Five passengers were taken to Harford Memorial Hospital as a precaution, but police said there appeared to be no visible injuries, MSP spokesman Greg Shipley said. Two of northbound lanes reopened by 5 p.m., and all were open about an hour later, although traffic remained slow during the time investigators remained on the scene, police said.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | December 5, 2013
Baltimore bus riders can look for a little extra holiday cheer to liven up their travels. The Maryland Transit Administration recently launched its Holiday Bus, a free service that will run on different routes Monday through Friday during the month of December. The bus will be decorated to mark the holiday season and passengers will be greeted by Santa and two elves, who will offer free candy canes, according to a news release from the MTA. It will be out at varying times throughout the month to accommodate the most number of customers.
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By Justin George and Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | April 12, 2014
Passengers boarding the Grandeur of the Seas arrived Saturday at the port of Baltimore carrying their luggage, hopes for a relaxing vacation and, in some cases, extra vitamins to ward off illnesses that have plagued the ship's last two voyages. "We're very concerned, especially because it's been onboard twice," said Gwen Rivera of Millersville, Pa., who planned to make her 13-year-old son, Brock, swallow some Vitamin C as soon as they boarded the Royal Caribbean cruiseliner. Her apprehension was shared by many passengers after learning that the Grandeur of the Seas had been struck by a second outbreak of a gastrointestinal illness in the past two voyages.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | April 8, 2014
A man was arrested at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport on Sunday after a loaded hand gun was located inside his carry-on bag at a security checkpoint, according to the Transportation Security Administration. The gun with seven rounds in it, one of them in the chamber, was spotted by a TSA agent in the man's carry-on luggage as it passed through a security X-ray machine, the TSA said. The agent called Maryland Transportation Authority police, who responded about 4:30 p.m., confiscated the gun and arrested the man - identified as Ryan Watson, 36, of Stafford, Va. - on a state weapons charge, according to 1st Sgt. Jonathan Green, a MdTA Police spokesman.
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