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June 30, 2010
After reading "Transportation chief calls Amtrak lapses 'unacceptable'" (June 30) in Wednesday's Sun, I started wondering if other train systems are having the same problems we are. I mean, it gets just as hot in New Jersey as it does here, but I'm not hearing of their "hell train" incidents. Are they having any? How about the Long Island railroad? Or Metro North? Or any other system? Surely Baltimore can't be the only system with these problems. Or are we just not hearing about them?
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BUSINESS
Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2014
The circle of political power brokers and deep-pocketed investors hatched their plan more than three years ago, seeing promise in a project deemed wildly unrealistic by some and stubbornly unattainable by others. With billions in backing from the Japanese government, the Northeast Maglev group envisions building a futuristic magnetic levitation or "maglev" train capable of transporting Baltimore homeowners to Washington jobs in 15 minutes, at speeds above 300 mph. Plenty in Maryland think it will never happen or shouldn't, given the price tag in excess of $10 billion.
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NEWS
August 22, 2012
This week, we mourn for the loss of Elizabeth Nass and Rose Mayr, the 19-year-old college students who died on a downtown Ellicott City train trestle, victims of a coal train derailment late Monday night. Theirs were promising lives cut short in a truly senseless tragedy. By all accounts, the Mount Hebron High School graduates were outstanding young women, studious, outgoing, personable, funny, attractive. That they were killed seconds after posting their thoughts and a photograph on Twitter while dangling their bare feet over Main Street in a last end-of-summer get-together as the fall term at college beckoned makes the awful incident seem all the more surreal.
NEWS
By Justin Fenton and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
A two-alarm blaze at an adjacent building caused damage to the historic Mayfair Theatre in downtown Baltimore and shut down light rail operations Wednesday afternoon. The fire was reported at about 12:20 p.m. in the rear of a vacant building in the 300 block of W. Franklin St., and fire department spokesman Ian Brennan said that the neighboring theater suffered external damage. "The extent of the internal damage is not known as far as the Mayfair building itself," Brennan said.
NEWS
By MARTIN D. TULLAI | February 13, 1995
Most everyone is familiar with the role played by Madison Avenue in today's glamorous electoral process. Candidates are packaged and merchandised shiny images of knightly virtue, bold leadership and down-home simplicity. But the most successful publicity stunt ever staged for a political candidate came not from one of today's spin doctors, but occurred 135 years ago.Folks in Illinois were preparing for the Republican nominating convention of 1860. Abraham Lincoln was the favorite son of the Illinois party.
NEWS
By Knight-Ridder Newspapers | May 13, 1993
BRAINERD, Minn. -- When the "Sacramento Kid" decided to hop a freight train to the hobo convention here in early May, he donned his overalls and red T-shirt and lit out for the airport.The airport? Well, there was just no way the 29-year-old computer chip engineer had the time to travel the full distance by boxcar from his California home.A quick flight to Minneapolis, a warm car ride to the rail yards and there was the Kid --ing alongside a monstrous black train, reaching for a steel ladder above his head.
NEWS
By Walter F. Naedale and Walter F. Naedale,KNIGHT-RIDDER/TRIBUNE | September 26, 2000
PENNSBURG, Pa. -- Betty Moylan, 58, sat on the steps of her motor home the other day and recalled how, while working at the national headquarters of an insurance firm in Connecticut, she became a hobo. "I took my first freight-train ride. From Dunsmuir, California, to Roseville, California, roughly 350 miles," she said, recalling a vacation in 1993. She went back to work as senior administrator for accounting operations at the insurance firm. Quit in 1995. Sold her home. Her sister in upstate New York sold hers, too. Together, they bought the motor home.
NEWS
By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | November 27, 2000
WASHINGTON - Amtrak has begun to police its tracks from the skies with a helicopter leased with money forfeited by drug dealers. The Amtrak police put a sergeant and a hired pilot aboard the helicopter, the Bell Jet Ranger, to ride above the rails from Boston to Washington. While the helicopter's primary mission will be policing this stretch, which is Amtrak's busiest, the helicopter could be called upon by Amtrak police in other regions, said Ron Frazier, chief of the railroad's police department.
BUSINESS
By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | November 12, 2012
Infrastructure could be the least sexy word in the English language, former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell acknowledged to his audience Monday morning, but "it is essential to everything we do. " While roads, rails and the electric grid — just to name a few — made the United States the greatest economic power in the world, those systems are no longer robust, Rendell said. Paltry amounts of money have been targeted for improvements to shipping channels and rail lines. Massive water main breaks have become a common occurrence as maintenance backlogs grow.
NEWS
By DAN BERGER | July 19, 1995
The Baltimore Metro is the nation's best transportation system as long as the rails don't melt.Congress is going to investigate absolutely everything, up to Election Day and not a day after.
FEATURES
By Kim Fernandez, For The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
Make plans to spend Sunday at the B&O Railroad Museum in downtown Baltimore for a great day of trains, history, and adoptable dogs. Bella's Bully Buddies dog rescue, which finds homes for pit bulls in need, will hold its Rails & Trails event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and all are invited for family fun and maybe the chance to add to that family. The rescue will host Choo Choo Blue, the museum's mascot, along with family and pet-friendly vendors, a dog-training demonstration, carnival games and prizes, a coloring and stamping station, live entertainment, a moon bounce, and a chalk and bubble fun station, too. Admission is just $1 and includes parking and museum admission.
NEWS
By Rebecca Ruggles | September 17, 2014
The shelving of a plan to build a new CSX rail facility in the West Baltimore residential neighborhood of Morrell Park was decried recently as a setback for regional job growth and a sign of failed leadership by CSX. But articles in The Baltimore Sun and the Baltimore Business Journal omitted mention of the successful leadership of health advocates and community members who insisted that specific health consequences of the planned facility be addressed....
NEWS
September 2, 2014
The demise of the proposed inter-modal transportation hub in Morrell Park is a sad day for the Port of Baltimore and the many folks whose living depends on it. (I'm sure other East Coast ports are cheering.) Where was the leadership in Annapolis on this issue? The governor clearly wasn't interested - he was out campaigning somewhere for something. Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown? Obviously not interested either. Now, about Maryland being business-friendly? Help me to understand this.
NEWS
August 29, 2014
While this week's decision to abandon the proposed $95 million intermodal rail facility at the Mount Clare yard in Southwest Baltimore may be regarded as a big victory for neighbors in Morrell Park and elsewhere who strongly opposed it, the decision is a genuine setback for efforts to expand business at the Port of Baltimore. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been invested in recent years to make the port more competitive and reduce shipping costs; the loss of the planned intermodal facility is likely to have the opposite effect.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
Baltimore may lose hundreds of jobs, tens of millions of dollars in economic activity and half of the port's containerized cargo following the state's decision not to build a new rail cargo transfer facility in Morrell Park. State and port officials scrambled Friday to outline alternatives to shoring up Baltimore's place in the international shipping industry ahead of the widening of the Panama Canal and the anticipated growth in Asian container traffic on the East Coast. The rail facility was meant to bring Baltimore's limited freight capacity up to par with other East Coast ports by allowing CSX Transportation to stack truck-sized shipping containers two high on trains for more efficient transportation inland.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2014
State officials have abandoned plans for a rail cargo facility in an economically depressed corner of West Baltimore, amid vocal opposition from residents and diminishing political will. With the state withdrawing more than $30 million in funding, the CSX Transportation facility envisioned for the city's Morrell Park neighborhood will not be built, Maryland Transportation Secretary James T. Smith said Thursday. CSX and the port of Baltimore had been counting on using the facility to help move additional cargo.
BUSINESS
By Ross Hetrick and Ross Hetrick,Staff Writer | May 2, 1992
Bethlehem Steel Corp. and CF&I Steel Corp. of Pueblo, Colo., have filed an anti-dumping petition with the U.S. Department of Commerce against producers of train rails in Japan, Britain and Luxembourg.It was the second action claiming unfair trade that Bethlehem Steel has filed with the Commerce Department since the expiration of steel quotas at the end of March, and it probably will not be the last, since the company says it continues to study other steel products and companies for possible actions.
NEWS
August 27, 2014
Baltimore's proposed Red Line passed a significant milestone this week with mixed results. The good news is that officials in Baltimore and Baltimore County pledged a combined $280 million to help build the 14-mile light rail project, less enthralling is that the total cost has risen a quarter-billion dollars to $2.9 billion. Critics will no doubt seize on the higher cost as a sign of incompetence, waste, poor planning or the usual brickbats thrown at taxpayer-financed projects of all kinds.
NEWS
By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2014
Anne Arundel County Police arrested a man who they said stabbed another man during a fight at a Glen Burnie light rail station Tuesday night. An officer patrolling near the Cromwell station saw two men fighting shortly after 10 p.m., police said. By the time the officer got to the scene of the fight, a 22-year-old man who had been stabbed told the officer that the other man had hopped on a train. Police officers stopped the train and arrested 29-year-old Joshua Lakieth Craft of the 700 block of Fallsway in Baltimore on charges of first-degree assault, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment.
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