Environmental effects of Maglev transport planned for...


Environmental effects of Maglev transport planned for discussion

A public meeting on the environmental impacts of the proposed Maglev system - advanced transportation technology that could speed travel between Baltimore, Washington and New York - will take place Aug. 1 at Baltimore City Hall.

An open house will begin in the Curran Room at 4:30 p.m., followed by presentations at 6 p.m.

Maglev is a system in which vehicles are lifted and propelled on guideways at speeds up to 240 mph, enabling travel between Baltimore and Washington in less than 20 minutes and between Baltimore and New York in less than 1 1/2 hours.

The state's Mass Transit Administration and Department of Transportation, in cooperation with Baltimore City, Baltimore County and the District of Columbia, are studying the feasibility of connecting downtown Baltimore, BWI Airport and downtown Washington with other major cities along the eastern seaboard by using Maglev.

Information: Project Manager Suhair Alkhatib, 410-767-3751.

Work is set to begin on BWI recreation trail

The Maryland Conservation Corps will begin work today on Baltimore-Washington International Airport's 12.5-mile recreational trail.

Participants will work for four days to bolster the natural environment, redressing strawberry beds, applying mulch and grading the area.

Founded in 1984, the corps offers educational programs and job training for people ages 17 to 25. It hires young people for conservation projects in every county.

Information: Patrick Bright of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, 410-741-9063 or pjbright@dnr.state.md.us.

Police Plane Pull planned for Air Cargo Complex

The third annual Maryland Transportation Authority Police Plane Pull is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 16 at BWI Airport's Air Cargo Complex on Aviation Boulevard in Linthicum. Last year's event raised $80,000 for Maryland Special Olympics and attracted an estimated 5,000 spectators.

Businesses and law enforcement agencies around the state can compete in two events - the Fast Pull and Lightweight Pull - that involve a team of people pulling a 145,000-pound Fed Ex 727 aircraft. Teams are required to raise $1,000 in donations in order to participate.

All participants receive a customized event T-shirt and a team photo.

Custom Fed Ex trophies are awarded to the top three teams in both contests. Information: 410-290-7611, Ext. 3010.

Northwest offers hot line for people flying with pets

Northwest Airlines has set up a Priority Pet Center Information Line to assist passengers planning to travel with pets.

The new line, 888-NWA-4PET (888-692-4738), which provides travelers with pricing and travel rules as well as tracking capability for an unaccompanied pet, will be staffed from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

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