Severna Park bus riders give MTA an earful
Severna Park bus riders complained to state Mass Transit Administration (MTA) representatives last night about wet seats, windows that won't close and late buses.
The MTA officials attended the monthly meeting of the Greater Severna Park Council where commuters discussed cuts in the No. 210 service from Severna Park to Baltimore.
"The windows won't stay closed. I carry two rubber bands to hold them," said Reg Quilter, a bus rider for 15 years. "I even know which windows not to sit by," he said.
Another rider complained that on many mornings seats on the bus are wet because the "windows were left open all night.
"I take towels to dry them off. It's the same thing over and over," she said.
Other riders complained that a bus scheduled to arrive in Baltimore at 7:10 a.m. rarely makes it on time, forcing them to take a bus filled with schoolchildren through Highlandtown.
"That's a bad, bad bus," said a man. "Let me tell you, it's an education riding with those kids."
MTA Planning Director Morris Wilson told the commuters that he hopes the problems will be corrected.
Students win essay contest
Two Anne Arundel County high school students placed first and second in the annual Essay Contest conducted by the Maryland-South Delaware District of Optimist International.
The contest drew 97 entrants from Maryland and Southern Delaware, all writing on the theme "Freedom, Our Responsibility to Preserve."
First-place winner, Traci Leigh McPate, representing the Severna Park Optimist Club, will compete for international honors with 52 other district winners from the United States and Canada. She will attend a four-day seminar at the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, Pa.
If she is among the top three finalists at the international level, Traci, a senior at the Severn School, will receive a scholarship to the college or university of her choice. She hopes to enter Duke University in the fall.
First runner-up in the contest was Jennifer S. Finkelstein, also representing county Optimists. She is a senior at Annapolis High School and plans to attend the University of Virginia in the fall.
The Optimist Club is a service organization that sponsors contests and activities for the public good, said Ray Robertson, president of the Severna Park club.