As an unprecedented wave of development gets under way in Towson, a close examination is necessary of the transportation infrastructure that must be in place to accommodate the boom in residents and visitors. The formation of a committee by 5th District Councilman David Marks to study a bus circulator is an important step in that direction.
Fifth District Baltimore County Councilman David Marks last week formed a committee to consider a transportation system, free to riders, in downtown Towson. The Greater Towson Committee's transportation and placemaking subcommittee is spearheading the seven-member committee. The committee intends to make recommendations about a Towson circulator by the end of September.
If we are serious about adding 10,000 new families to the city, then it is time to recognize that there is a lot between the suburbs and downtown. A lot of residents, a lot of houses, a lot of businesses — a whole lot of potential. High-speed through traffic damages this potential. It devalues the neighborhood as a destination, a place we go to and from, a place where bicyclists do not fear for their lives and engines do not roar so loud you can't have a conversation on your stoop.
Boston-based Zipcar announced Monday the opening of a new office in Harbor East, next to a new on-street city bike corral. The company has more than doubled its workforce to seven employees, said spokeswoman Lindsay Wester,
The Baltimore Department of Transportation has been awarded a federal grant of more than $850,000 to purchase and operate an electric boat as part of its Harbor Connector water taxi service in the Inner Harbor.
Snow was tapering off by late morning in Baltimore and points north and west, expected to end with 3-6 inches of accumulation around the region. A blast of cold air was meanwhile moving in behind the storm.
Started in the late 1970s but rooted in a much older Baltimore tradition, the city's water taxis are shedding their reputation as a summertime option solely for tourists, becoming a viable year-round option for city residents and downtown commuters as well.
The city is expanding the Purple Route of the Charm City Circulator bus line to University Parkway in north Baltimore in 2014, because of the efforts of the Charles Village Civic Association. The only downside is that people wanted it this year, but city officials say funding isn't available until fiscal 2015.