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By Larry Carson and Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | March 24, 2011
State transportation officials have narrowed their list of potential sites for a $150 million truck-to-rail CSX container transfer facility along the main Camden rail line from 12 to four finalists, including two in Howard, one in Anne Arundel and one in Prince George's counties. One of the four sites is stirring controversy because its location — at Hanover and Race roads in Elkridge — is near a potential site for a much-needed new elementary school. The school, if built, would sit next to Coca Cola Drive in a planned 1,000-apartment, mixed-use development called Oxford Square, on the north side of Route 100 near the Dorsey commuter train station.
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By Katherine Shaver, The Washington Post | January 12, 2011
Ed Dabolt hopes any Purple Line station near his Hyattsville neighborhood will be modern and inviting. Chevy Chase residents want a bridge to allow children, joggers and cyclists to safely cross new tracks, and the University of Maryland is pushing for a train tunnel beneath its College Park campus. As the Maryland Transit Administration analyzes a proposed light rail line between Bethesda and New Carrollton, the focus is narrowing from the larger vision to the nitty-gritty details: where stations should be, what kind of landscaping and sound walls are needed, and how pedestrians and vehicles should cross tracks.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | September 20, 2010
The O'Malley administration is proposing an infusion of almost $90 million for engineering of two new transit systems — including Baltimore's east-west Red Line — as part of an otherwise flat $9.4 billion transportation spending plan for the next six years. Unlike plans of the past two years, the 2011-2016 Consolidated Transportation Program is not a litany of recession-related deferrals of transportation expansion and maintenance projects. "The great news is we didn't have to cut. That's what I'd like to shout from the rooftops," Maryland Transportation Secretary Beverly Swaim-Staley said Monday.
BUSINESS
By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts , ed.gunts@baltsun.com | December 11, 2009
A $65 million retail and housing development proposed to replace the Anderson Automotive dealership at Howard and 25th streets in Baltimore would benefit the surrounding area more if its design were not so inward-oriented, neighboring property owners told city planners Thursday. During the first presentation of plans for the project to Baltimore's Urban Design and Architecture Review Panel, property owners from Remington and lower Charles Village said they would like the developers to consider saving a former church on 24th Street rather than razing it. City planning director Tom Stosur said he was excited about the project but urged the architects to do more to make the design as environmentally sensitive as possible.
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By Larry Carson and Lorraine Mirabella and Larry Carson and Lorraine Mirabella,larry.carson@baltsun.com and Lorraine.Mirabella@baltsun.com | November 16, 2009
A developer is planning Howard County's third urban-style mixed-use development along the MARC rail commuter line near Elkridge, a site long expected to be used for a Coca-Cola bottling plant. The 122-acre project, called Oxford Square, would include up to 1,400 apartments and condominiums, 1 million square feet of commercial space, retail stores, a hotel and possibly six acres for a school, mimicking similar proposals at the Savage and Laurel Park train stations farther south. The transit station projects have all been promoted as examples of Smart Growth - absorbing new residences and commercial development in areas already served by mass transit, roads, utilities and schools.
NEWS
April 29, 2009
Time to move ahead with light rail line Any time a worthy project comes along, there will be NIMBYs who oppose it, just as is now the case for the Red Line ("Canton organizing to oppose transit plan," April 26). But much of this opposition is based on ignorance. Some people don't want "trains" on Boston Street. But there is an enormous difference between a light rail vehicle and a 100-car coal train. People are also concerned about noise and vibration on the streets. Well, just stand at the corner of Howard and Lexington streets.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,michael.dresser@baltsun.com | April 26, 2009
Once a gritty neighborhood on Southeast Baltimore's industrial waterfront, Canton has transformed itself into a model of urban chic where million-dollar townhouses overlook the harbor and destination night spots surround O'Donnell Square. But many residents of the resurgent community worry that the city's preferred route for an east-west transit line would cut off Canton from the water, drag down property values and compound the area's already serious traffic and parking problems. They're organizing to oppose the plan known as Alternative 4-C - which has powerful support and could well be chosen when the Maryland Transit Administration decides this summer.
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By Ben Meyerson and Richard Simon and Ben Meyerson and Richard Simon,Tribune Washington Bureau | April 17, 2009
WASHINGTON -President Barack Obama promoted his plan for developing high-speed railways in America on Thursday, detailing how $13 billion in federal money would act as a "down payment" on creating speedier passenger train service. "High-speed rail is long overdue, and this plan lets American travelers know that they are not doomed to a future of long lines at the airports or jammed cars on the highways," Obama said. "There's no reason why we can't do this." The plan lists the long-planned rail corridor from Los Angeles to San Francisco as one that could receive funding, as well as a planned network featuring Chicago as the hub of a system reaching to Minneapolis, Detroit, Cleveland, Indianapolis and St. Louis.
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By John W. Frece | December 29, 2008
If you were paying attention on Election Day, you probably felt the jolt. The train has finally left the station. Actually, trains are beginning to leave the station all over the country. This month, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson will inaugurate the Rail Runner, a new commuter line linking Albuquerque and Santa Fe. California voters just approved $10 billion to start building a high-speed rail line that will stretch from San Diego to Sacramento. In Colorado, transportation planners are talking seriously about a "front range" line that would connect Colorado Springs, Denver, Fort Collins and other communities along the eastern edge of the Rockies.
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