MTA’s Kevin Quinn addresses transit system challenges at GBC’s Transportation Summit

Baltimore Business Journal: Why MTA’s chief says Baltimore employers should stop subsidizing parking By Holden Wilen Sept. 9, 2019 Developers need to take transit into account when building new projects and employers should stop subsidizing parking, the head of the Maryland Transit Administration told business leaders at an event...

GBC’s Don Fry talks On the Record about regional transportation with WYPR 88.1 FM

Donald C. Fry, President and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee, went on air on WYPR 88.1 FM on Sept. 5 to discuss what’s needed in state transportation funding when it comes to the Baltimore region. During the On the Record episode with host Sheilah Kast, Fry also highlighted the GBC’s 2019 Transportation Summit, which will feature top experts in the field and a session for attendees to ask questions … Continue reading

GBC announces speakers for 2015 Transportation Summit

United States Senator Ben Cardin, who serves on the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, both of which are critical authorizing committees, is the keynote speaker for the Greater Baltimore Committee’s 2015 Transportation Summit on September 28. In addition to Senator Cardin, the event will feature panelists Jack Schenendorf, former chief of staff for the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of … Continue reading

New report measures economic benefits of Red and Purple lines

If the Red Line becomes a reality, it would generate more than 15,000 jobs and increase household earnings in the Baltimore region by $539.7 million, according to a report released on May 5 by Transportation for America. “The Red Line is a jobs line,” said Donald C. Fry, president and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee. “It (the Red Line) is a critical piece for our economic growth.” The Greater … Continue reading

Transportation funding bill clears committee, sent to House floor

Governor Martin O’Malley’s legislation to increase funding for Maryland’s transportation infrastructure cleared the House Ways and Means Committee on March 18, receiving a 16-4 favorable vote with amendments. This is the first time in decades that a comprehensive bill to address the state’s growing transportation funding crisis — a top priority of the GBC — has reached the floor of a General Assembly chamber. A vote in the House is … Continue reading

Unmet county priority lists frame the need for transportation funding bill

  By Donald C. Fry Lawmakers today will begin to consider the transportation funding package proposed jointly by Governor O’Malley, House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Mike Miller as the House Ways and Means Committee holds the first hearing on the proposal. Transportation advocates, myself included, who are voicing strong support for this consensus proposal can expect to address one simple question: why does the state have to raise … Continue reading

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 than $850,000 worth of short-term improvements to the station this year, including renovating its restrooms, creating an outdoor plaza on … Continue reading

Business, labor leaders voice support for governor’s transportation bill

Leaders from Maryland’s business and labor sectors voiced unified support for transportation funding legislation proposed by Governor Martin O’Malley and the state’s two top legislative leaders. At a morning news conference on March 15, leaders from the Greater Baltimore Committee, the Greater Washington Board of Trade, the Maryland Transportation Builders and Materials Association and two representatives of construction-trade labor unions urged lawmakers to pass the proposed measure to raise $800 … Continue reading

Federal agency moves Baltimore Red Line a step closer to reality

  The proposed light rail Red Line for the Baltimore region took a step closer to becoming a reality on February 28 when the Federal Transit Administration issued a “record of decision” that signals the federal agency’s approval of the project’s preliminary engineering plans and environmental impact statement. The 14-mile east-west Red Line, which would run from Woodlawn through Baltimore City to Bayview and connect with north-south light rail and … Continue reading

Lessons from the port’s record year

  By Donald C. Fry It’s official. The Port of Baltimore had a record year in 2012. The 9.59 million tons of general cargo handled by the port’s public terminals in 2012 was the most ever, eclipsing the port’s previous record of 8.96 million tons handled in 2008, Governor Martin O’Malley announced this week. The port’s public marine terminals saw their best year in key cargo commodities, including autos, containers … Continue reading