June 30 GBC seminar to focus on transit-oriented development

The Baltimore region’s untapped potential for transit-oriented development (TOD) will be the topic of a GBC-sponsored public policy seminar on June 30. Panelists will explore opportunities provided by existing and planned rapid transit stations as well as the regulatory and market environment that attracts or deters potential investors. The...

New Law Requires Study of Transit Needs; Funding Sources

Among the bills enacted this year is SB 850 which requires the Maryland Department of Transportation to study transit needs in Maryland and how transit in funded elsewhere in the country. The study will be overseen by a steering committee comprised of six legislators and the secretaries of Transportation and Budget. The department must then issue a report in December, presumably in time to influence budget decisions in the 2007 … Continue reading

Red Line workshops begin May 11

The Maryland Transit Administration will conduct five community workshops between May 11 and May 23 on the planned east-west Red Line. The workshops, scheduled for five locations along the 10-mile alignment between Woodlawn and Fells Point, will follow up on concerns raised during the last round of meetings in November 2005. The workshops will include presentations showing proposed alternatives for The Red Line, followed by roundtable discussions of station locations … Continue reading

Baltimore’s double-decker tourist bus launches 2006 service

Baltimore’s open-top, double-decker bus service will launch its 2006 operations on April 8, providing tourists with transportation to key attractions in the city and marketing those attractions to visitors. Running every day, the modified double-decker buses, previously used for mass transit in the United Kingdom, will serve Baltimore visitors with the tops modified to create open-air upper decks. The buses will also feature tour guides to inform passengers about Baltimore’s … Continue reading

GBC’s Fry: How Transit Fared in the 06 Session

Don Fry Commentary on WYPR In a legislative session characterized more by partisan and procedural maneuvering than policymaking, the General Assembly’s theme for transit seemed to be “look before you leap.” Here are some of the highlights. Of the nearly two dozens bills affecting transit this year, only a handful made it to the Governor’s desk for signature. First, the Maryland Transit Administration’s most high profile project in the Baltimore … Continue reading

Light rail double track project marks its completion with reopening to Hunt Valley

On February 26 the Maryland Transit Administration celebrated the completion of the Light Rail Double Track project by re-opening the last few miles of the line to Hunt Valley. The event marked the first time in more than two years that the entire 30-mile line has been open. Riders will benefit from 10-minute service frequencies between Timonium and North Linthicum during peak hours. The development of a fast, easy and … Continue reading

GBC praises state’s increase in planned capital spending for Baltimore-area transit

Greater Baltimore Committee President Donald C. Fry and the Baltimore Transit Alliance have commended Maryland Transportation Secretary Robert L. Flanagan and Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., for significantly strengthening planned capital spending for Baltimore-area mass transit during the next six years. The changes were part of Maryland’s final version of its Consolidated Transportation Program (CTP) released last week by Governor Ehrlich. The Greater Baltimore Committee and the Baltimore Transit Alliance … Continue reading