Baltimore’s Penn Station – beyond the restrooms, a vision emerges

  By Donald C. Fry For Baltimore’s deteriorating 102-year-old Penn Station, a chronic sore subject for city leaders and for the region’s business executives who travel the railroad’s northeast corridor, a long-sought revitalization is underway, according to the top Amtrak executive for the railroad’s northeast corridor. Amtrak will make more...

Donald Fry: CSX intermodal facility: Mayor, Governor to the rescue

  By Donald C. Fry Just when it was beginning to look like CSX’s efforts to locate a critically-needed intermodal rail freight facility in Maryland would be interminably delayed, if not blocked altogether, by citizen and elected official opposition in Howard County, Governor Martin O’Malley and Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake came to the rescue. At a time when it’s in vogue to characterize government as an inhibitor of private-sector … Continue reading

Donald Fry: It’s time to seriously consider maglev in NE rail planning

  By Donald C. Fry Two current developments at the Federal Railroad Administration and at Amtrak could have profound long-term impacts on the future of high-speed passenger transportation in our nation’s congested Northeast Corridor. In February, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) launched a comprehensive planning effort to define, evaluate and prioritize future investments in the Northeast Corridor. Its purpose is to develop a framework for rail passenger capacity and service … Continue reading

GBC-supported tax credits gain passage in 2010 Assembly session

In a 2010 General Assembly session punctuated by more fiscal shuffling to close yet another budget deficit, lawmakers managed to pass a number of bills, including several key tax credits, that could favorably impact the state’s business competitiveness. GBC-supported measures that passed the General Assembly included bills to continue and broaden an incentive program for historic building rehabilitation, to fund tax credits for bioscience investment, to extend tax credits for … Continue reading

Traffic congestion costs Baltimore-DC region $3 billion per year, says new study for GBC

Roadway congestion in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. region costs Maryland more than $3 billion per year — $1 billion in the Baltimore area and more than $2 billion in the D.C. area, according to findings of a Texas Transportation Institute study for Maryland’s three largest business advocacy organizations. The cost of congestion in Maryland has increased almost 1,200 percent since 1982. The volume of the state’s rush-hour traffic has increased 135 … Continue reading

GBC’s Fry: Reinforcing America’s competitive foundation

Don Fry Commentary on WYPR Philip Adams, former chairman of the Australian Film Commission once said: “A country that makes a film like ‘Star Wars’ deserves to rule the world.” While some might say that ruling the world is a bit much, there is a general consensus, at least in this country, that we should be the most competitive. But now there are cracks in the United States’ competitive foundation, … Continue reading