No right turns from wrong lanes Common sense: Drivers pose danger by taking a left turn from right lane on St. Paul Street.


YOUR INTREPID one may be wrong, but we've always thought that you make a right turn from the right lane and a left turn from the left lane. Correct?

So why do motorists who travel in the lane next to the right lane or in the lane next to the left lane on St. Paul Street feel it perfectly legit to turn from those lanes at North Avenue?

We realize that it's easier to make a turn when you're farther from the curb, but, fellow motorists, cars do travel in the right and left lanes.

Jackie Cummings, who lives in Charles Village and works downtown, brought the matter to our attention. Seems a car turning right from the lane next to the right lane nearly hit her car as she kept straight in the right lane on St. Paul Street toward downtown during morning rush.

"He gave his signal and presumed he could just turn from his lane," Ms. Cummings said. "He never realized that other cars could be traveling in the farthest right lane."

Michael Psenicska, a Perry Hall driving instructor, said motorists who turn from any lane other than the right or left turn lanes are wrong and chance an accident.

"A right turn is made from the right lane, it's that simple," he said. "The person in the right lane has the option of going straight."

Some intersections have two turning lanes, but not at St. Paul Street and North Avenue.

"Before, that was one of the least of my worries," Ms. Cummings said. "Why would anyone think they could turn from anywhere but the farthest right lane?"

Fare increase

When the Mass Transit Administration announced three weeks ago its intention to raise fares for buses, light rail and Metro transit systems, we all groaned. Although the increase only amounts to a dime more a ride, the feeling is, why pay more for something we're getting at a lower price?

Leroy Friedman of Mount Washington, a longtime long-time light rail commuter, said the new prices are unfair because the new cost to purchase a weekly pass ($15) would be more than if he were to pay daily for a round-trip ($13.50).

"Essentially, what they're saying is everyone should buy a daily ticket," Mr. Freidman said, "and I don't want to stand in line and buy a daily pass."

A weekly MTA pass currently costs $11. If a rider were to pay for a daily round-trip, the cost would be $12.50. The new price system begins Feb. 11.

MTA spokesman Anthony Brown said Mr. Freidman is not the average MTA rider because he takes only 10 trips a week.

"Our studies show that the average person uses the [weekly] pass for 20 separate trips," Mr. Brown said, with the average holder of a monthly pass taking 86 separate trips.

Bus stop woes

And while we're taking on the MTA (figuratively, that is), Sarah Connelly, a senior citizen who lives in Northeast Baltimore and rides the buses regularly, wonders why buses don't stop in the bus stops in front of bus stop benches.

"The benches are usually right at the corner. Sometimes the driver stops five yards before the bench, and sometimes five yards after the bench. Why can't he just stop at the bench where I'm sitting?" Ms. Connelly asked.

Your Intrepid Bus Watcher rides occasionally, and it seems many drivers get some twisted strange pleasure in making us trek a few yards to their door.

Morris Wilson, manager of operations, planning and scheduling for the MTA, said benches are placed by the city or county and aren't always part of the bus stop.

"The bus stop is not necessarily the place where it's most convenient to stop," Mr. Wilson said.

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