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By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2011
Most of the state's transportation grid was back on line Sunday, but commuters can expect some delays as the work week begins. Down trees and wires along the Light Rail's north end, at Falls Road near Cold Spring Lane, continued to block service late Sunday. Terry Owens, a spokesman for the Maryland Transit Administration, warned that the rail's north end could still be shut down for Monday morning commute. Buses will continue to ferry passengers to stops between North Avenue and Hunt Valley, he said.
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By Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
Industry growth and a tide of employee retirements in Baltimore's transportation sector will create or leave open thousands of jobs by 2020, but local job seekers aren't prepared to fill them, according to a study released Monday by the Opportunity Collaborative. Low-income residents lack the needed technical training or have criminal records that make them ineligible for the jobs, according to the study by the coalition of state agencies, local governments, universities and nonprofits tasked with plotting a course toward sustainable economic growth for the Baltimore region.
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By Thomas W. Waldron and Thomas W. Waldron,SUN STAFF | October 15, 1997
Maryland will likely have to boost its tax on gasoline soon to keep the state's transportation system in good shape, the General Assembly's presiding officers said yesterday.But bowing to political concerns, the lawmakers said any increase in the state's 23.5-cents-per-gallon tax on gasoline will have to wait until the legislature convenes after the 1998 elections."The money for these projects doesn't come out of the sky," Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said during an Ocean City forum sponsored by the Maryland Chamber of Commerce.
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June 10, 2014
I was puzzled to read that Maryland Office of Sports Marketing Director Terry Hasseltine considers Orioles Park at Camden Yards to be connected to a "world-class transportation system" ( "Hosting baseball's All-Star Game in 2016 would boost the Orioles, city of Baltimore," June 3). I believe many citizens of Baltimore would disagree with that position. I am O's fan who lives to cheer on the team because I live within walking distance of the Yard and my route is short, safe and stress free.
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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.
NEWS
September 22, 2012
The controversy over a proposed parking lot in Baltimore City's Patterson Park shows once again that there is something profoundly wrong with our collective dependency on cars ("Residents irate at proposal to pave over green," Sept. 19). The alleged need for additional parking is a consequence of past decisions to destroy a viable public transportation system. While that decision was made long ago, we are doing little to change its continuing legacy. Building more parking capacity only sustains the problem, in addition to the environmental damage it will bring about.
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By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,Staff Writer | September 29, 1992
The county's public transportation system will roll to a stop on Oct. 15 unless the board of directors can find a way to remain solvent in the face of massive budget cuts, said executive director Linda Boyer.Agency vans provide subsidized rides for those who request them.Seniors pay $1 each way and are often taken to local senior centers.A fare of $2 within one town and more for cross-county travel is part of the public service."We'll be here until the last dollar," said Mrs. Boyer, who is starting a button-selling campaign.
NEWS
September 20, 1993
Carroll County's commissioners are undertaking a survey to see what residents think about public transportation and if they would support a county bus system. It's a worthwhile poll, but the ultimate decisions on creating a county public transportation system must be based on more than the public's hope or wish.As so many public transit systems in Maryland and elsewhere have found, the operating costs are enormous. Finding a balance between an acceptable fare that generates enough revenue to cover even half the operating expenses of a bus system continues to be a formidable challenge.
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June 10, 2014
I was puzzled to read that Maryland Office of Sports Marketing Director Terry Hasseltine considers Orioles Park at Camden Yards to be connected to a "world-class transportation system" ( "Hosting baseball's All-Star Game in 2016 would boost the Orioles, city of Baltimore," June 3). I believe many citizens of Baltimore would disagree with that position. I am O's fan who lives to cheer on the team because I live within walking distance of the Yard and my route is short, safe and stress free.
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,Staff Writer | August 9, 1993
County and Columbia Association officials are downplaying an apparent spat over transportation issues.It was a misunderstanding, they say, which should not obscure the larger issue -- that the time for Howard County government to become a provider of public transportation is fast approaching."
NEWS
January 18, 2014
As I've followed the news about the scandal surrounding New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, I am probably not alone in being moved by one of the stories that emerged from the release of emails among his staff. A woman had complained to The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey that her husband, who had been out of work for more than a year, was 40 minutes late to his first day at a new job because he was caught in the traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge. I wince thinking about that man watching the minutes tick by and knowing that his chances of making a positive impression on a long sought-after job were diminished.
NEWS
December 8, 2013
Our government has touted more fuel efficient autos and trucks, built roads and bridges to nowhere, provided pork to many legislators and generally robbed the transportation fund for other projects ("The toll on America," Dec. 6). Now comes the unintended consequences of our action. Here in Maryland, we have poached our transportation funds for decades with a pledge to restore those funds. We have by greatly increasing our state gas tax. We all want better roads and bridges but we also want enough money to buy gas to enjoy them.
NEWS
December 5, 2013
Ah, to be in the U.S. economy of 1990s, a decade when the gross domestic product grew by about one-third and unemployment dropped from 7.5 percent to 4 percent. In 1993, the federal government raised the tax on gasoline to 18.4 cents per gallon, an increase of more than 30 percent from the previous year, and business boomed. Since then, the cost of a gallon of unleaded gasoline has more than doubled, yet the per-gallon federal excise tax has remained unchanged. States have raised their fuel taxes to keep up as best they can with local transportation needs, but the federal government's source of revenue has stagnated, a problem worsened by the fact that people are driving less and using more fuel efficient vehicles.
NEWS
July 10, 2013
Gov. Martin O'Malley's announcement of $650 million for transportation projects in the Washington suburbs is welcome news for some Marylanders, but it also highlights serious concerns about how new gas tax money is allocated ("O'Malley announces nearly $650M for county transportation improvements," July 9). Every major state transportation project since the mid-1990s has gone to the Washington region. Just the four largest projects in that period - the Inter-County Connector, the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and completion of the Metro system's Blue and Green lines - total over $5 billion.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | February 5, 2013
The Maryland Transit Administration is experiencing "massive delays" on local bus lines and the light rail system, a result of thousands of football fans attending the Baltimore Ravens parade and breaking through barricades controlling their routes through the city. "We put every available resource we had out on the system today, and the crowds were simply larger than the system could accommodate in the short time frame in which people were attempting to ride," said Terry Owens, a MTA spokesman.
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By Michael Dresser and Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | January 24, 2013
Baltimore and Maryland's counties could impose their own 5-cents-a-gallon tax on gas to pay for local roads and buses under a proposal by Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller. Miller also proposed Thursday leasing a state toll highway to a private operator to raise money for mass-transit projects in Baltimore and the Washington suburbs. His proposal comes as lawmakers in Annapolis are struggling to find ways to raise money for transportation projects they say are long overdue.
NEWS
July 20, 2012
Several readers have taken President Barack Obama to task for suggesting that business successes are due in part to government investments ("Obama fails Business 101," July 19). As a business owner and engineer-scientist, I agree with President Obama. Our business entrepreneurs thrive because of an environment protected and nurtured by government activities. Our legal system enforces contracts and protects patents, our military assures national security, firemen and policemen help create a safe environment, our transportation system assures timely delivery of goods and services, and most importantly our schools and public universities assure a steady supply of dedicated well trained workers.
NEWS
October 30, 2001
NOW IT'S SERIOUS. Baltimore's joint bid with Washington has made the short list for the 2012 Olympic Games. The multitude of athletes, spectators and media representatives must have a way to get around, but the Baltimore area's not ready for the crush. So it's time for the region to accelerate plans to build a top-notch transportation system. Doing so not only would solidify the region's Olympic bid but also would benefit commuters long after the games. The region's long-term regional transportation plan promises three rail projects, but just one - a downtown Baltimore loop - would be on line before 2012.
NEWS
September 22, 2012
The controversy over a proposed parking lot in Baltimore City's Patterson Park shows once again that there is something profoundly wrong with our collective dependency on cars ("Residents irate at proposal to pave over green," Sept. 19). The alleged need for additional parking is a consequence of past decisions to destroy a viable public transportation system. While that decision was made long ago, we are doing little to change its continuing legacy. Building more parking capacity only sustains the problem, in addition to the environmental damage it will bring about.
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Erica L. Green and Erica L. Green | August 21, 2012
Baltimore city school officials rolled out last week, the system's annual school readiness plan that includes a vast reduction in the number of bell schedules to alleviate pressure on its transportation system, as well as a sharp uptick in 'managing' school leaders. The update--the PowerPoint can be found here --also included 14 facility renovation projects all due to be completed by Monday when schools open to students; and a new, multilingual communications campaign that will distribute the system's literature in English and Spanish.
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