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...

BWI Marshall Airport reports new all-time monthly record

  Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley announced Sept. 4 a record number of passengers flew through Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport in July 2012. In total, 2,222,329 commercial passengers used the airport, a 0.8 percent increase over the previous monthly record set in July 2011 with 2,205,035 passengers. “This new record represents the steady growth and success that BWI Marshall has experienced,” said Governor O’Malley. “The Airport is an important resource … Continue reading

Donald Fry: Maryland dabbles, but mostly shirks infrastructure funding solution

  By Donald C. Fry Maryland isn’t the only state struggling with an infrastructure funding crisis, but some states are opting to address infrastructure issues more aggressively than others, according to a May 9 report issued by the Urban Land Institute and Ernst & Young LLP. The report, “Infrastructure 2012,” notes that stalled federal funding – the traditional driver of state programs for transportation facilities and other capital projects – … Continue reading

Daily Record: Feds pass two-year transportation funding bill

  by Lizzy McLellan Published: July 3, 2012 Highway and transit projects that are underway in Maryland will be able to proceed with the U.S. Congress’ passage of a two-year transportation bill. And while it was the first long-term transportation measure passed by Congress since 2005, the bill will do little more than maintain the current level of federal funding for transportation projects. “It provides us that security to continue … Continue reading

GBC’s Fry details potential Baltimore ‘game changers’

  Potential game-changers for Baltimore City and the region during the next few decades could range from Inner Harbor revitalization to strengthening the city’s rail transit and rail connections between Baltimore and Washington, D.C., according to Greater Baltimore Committee president and CEO Donald C. Fry. Before the recession, downtown Baltimore City was in the early stages of a strong surge of economic development, particularly around its waterfront, and must position … Continue reading

Donald Fry: In D.C. and Annapolis, lawmakers still sidestepping transportation funding

  By Donald C. Fry In Washington, D.C., Democrats are blaming Republican politics for the fact that our nation still does not have a federal multi-year funding program for transportation infrastructure. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said as much last week when he charged that House Republican leaders in Congress would like to “make the economy worse” rather than pass a transportation funding bill that would create hundreds of thousands … Continue reading

Donald Fry: We can’t throw transit under the fiscal bus

  By Donald C. Fry Opponents of proposals to raise Maryland’s gas tax rate, or find other ways to increase revenue to address our state’s crisis in funding transportation infrastructure, aim particularly vitriolic derision at one element of that infrastructure – transit. It’s largely the fault of costly transit that our state doesn’t have enough money to fund its highway infrastructure, argue lawmakers and advocates who weigh in against raising … Continue reading

Donald Fry: Port surge shows value of transportation infrastructure

  By Donald C. Fry While the Inner Harbor gets much of the glory when people think of Baltimore’s waterfront, our working port continues to be a major driver of our regional and statewide economies. This was decisively underscored by Governor Martin O’Malley’s recent announcement that cargo business at the Port of Baltimore is surging in a big way – an economic outcome that, in order to continue nurturing, touches … Continue reading

Port of Baltimore saw largest growth among major U.S. ports

  Governor Martin O’Malley announced April 23 the Port of Baltimore saw a 15 percent increase in the amount of cargo it handled in 2011, marking the greatest increase of growth by any major U.S. port last year. The Port’s public and private marine terminals saw 37.8 million tons of cargo cross their docks in 2011, up from 32.8 million tons in 2010. The total dollar value amount of that … Continue reading

Donald Fry: Transportation: Lawmakers’ ready to adjourn leaving project priority lists unaddressed … again

  By Donald C. Fry Twenty-four projects in the highly-congested Baltimore-Washington corridor are among the 40 top transportation infrastructure projects cited as “most needed” to support Maryland’s economic growth, according to a report released this week by TRIP, a national transportation research organization. The report supports a concern I have repeatedly expressed for years – the failure to invest in our transportation infrastructure is the most significant economic growth challenge … Continue reading