Daily Record, GBC publish special section on Baltimore’s port

  The Daily Record and the Greater Baltimore Committee have published a special report on the Port of Baltimore detailing its current business surge that positions it as a major economic engine and job generator for decades to come. The publication, which was inserted into the March 22 edition of the Daily Record, features reports on key factors that have driven the port’s surge and offers readers a look at … Continue reading

Transit comes under attack again

  By Donald C. Fry While virtually everyone under the State House dome acknowledges quality transportation infrastructure is critical to Maryland’s business climate, lawmakers have been consistently challenged to achieve a consensus on how to increase revenues to the state’s stagnant Transportation Trust Fund. The major impediment has been a years-long reluctance to pass a gas tax increase. That reluctance is driven by two key issues that have framed the … Continue reading

Maryland funding for new roads approaching zero

  By Donald C. Fry On November 13 when Warren Deschenaux, Maryland’s top government policy and budget analyst, told lawmakers the state was running out of money for new transportation projects, it might have seemed like an overly dire warning to some. But to anyone who has been paying close attention to our state’s escalating transportation funding crisis, it was hardly a surprise.  Deschenaux’s warning to members of the Maryland … Continue reading

Rendell to America: �Give Congress permission slip for infrastructure investment’

  Ed Rendell is putting out a call to the American people: give the government a “permission slip” for investment in infrastructure because the cost of inaction is greater than the cost of action. “Infrastructure probably is the least sexy word in the English language,” Rendell told Greater Baltimore Committee members on November 12. But the fact is the United States’ inattention to maintaining and improving roads, bridges and other … Continue reading

A significant step forward looms for Red Line

  By Donald C. Fry Later this month, Maryland transportation officials and advocates are in a position to take a significant step in the development of the Baltimore region’s top-priority transit project – the Red Line. On November 27, the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BTRB) will vote on the Maryland Transit Administration’s request to formally make the proposed 14-mile east-west light rail Red Line from Woodlawn to Bayview eligible for … Continue reading

Donald Fry: Transportation budget process: a tale of backlog and irony

  By Donald C. Fry Last month, state transportation officials began their annual series of meetings to explain to elected leaders in Baltimore City and the state’s 23 counties what projects for their jurisdictions are included in the newly-drafted six-year capital budget for transportation. This is a yearly exercise that must be increasingly frustrating for both Maryland Department of Transportation officials and local leaders. It’s also a process that produces … Continue reading

Yellow Cab named Taxi Operator of the Year for service, safety and success

  Yellow Cab of Baltimore has been named 2012 Large Fleet Taxicab Operator of the Year by the Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association (TLPA), the trade association of and for the private passenger transportation industry. Founded in Baltimore in 1909, Yellow cab is Baltimore’s oldest and largest taxicab company — serving approximately five million people annually with a fleet of more than 500 vehicles — and one of the olfest … Continue reading

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: Don’t treat Penn Station like whistle-stop

  By Donald C. Fry If you’re looking for a study in contrasts, there are few more compelling than to examine the activity related to two historic train stations – one in Washington and the other in Baltimore. Both Washington’s Union Station and Baltimore’s Penn Station are more than 100 years old, were designed by celebrated architects of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and today handle major amounts … Continue reading