On Aug. 20, during a town hall meeting at Laurel Municipal Center, Laurel City Council President Ed Ricks said ongoing discussions between the city, MDOT and Laurel Park Station developers have led to three possible options.
The state's top legislative analyst said Tuesday that hundreds of millions of Maryland transportation funds are sitting unused after the cancellation of the $2.9 million Red Line — prompting Baltimore lawmakers to call on the Hogan administration to earmark the funding for the city.
Gov. Larry Hogan's top transportation officials will meet with elected leaders representing Baltimore Monday to discuss the city's mass transit needs in the aftermath of the governor's decision to scuttle the $2.9 billion Red Line.
The state's "One Maryland" philosophy of the 1990s was based upon the principle that the allocation of state resources should be balanced geographically in urban, suburban and rural parts of the state. It underscored the premise that the policies of state government should respect and respond to the needs of all citizens throughout Maryland. Unfortunately, "One Maryland" seems to have gone by the wayside.
David Craig served a record nine years and four-plus months as Harford County's chief executive and when he left office last December, very few of those who had served as his top advisors stayed behind with the county.
Pushing forward to save the Laurel MARC train station, Laurel city and state officials hit a speed bump after City Council President Ed Ricks said Laurel Park Station developers "never followed through" with signing a memorandum of understanding that the station would not move.
A letter outlining Carroll government's transportation infrastructure priorities — including the late addition of a section of Md. 97 — should hopefully send a clear message Carroll is intent on developing its economic base for years to come, the Carroll County Board of Commissioners say.
The Maryland Department of Transportation is in the midst of a regional analysis in Howard and Anne Arundel counties and Laurel city to study any impacts of the redevelopment at the Laurel Park racetrack and discuss the future of the Laurel MARC train station.
Carroll government is hoping to fare better at convincing the state to allocate more funding for county infrastructure projects in the future. In an effort to do so, the Carroll County Board of Commissioners have directed to staff to adopt language changes and the prioritization of Md. 97 in a letter which will be sent to the state for inclusion in a long-range plan.
Although the Maryland Department of Transportation said no plans are set in stone, Maryland state representatives are working with residents to save the historic Laurel train station from closing following Laurel Park station developers' proposal to move the stop closer to the racetrack.
The owners of Laurel Park are requesting a commuter train stop closer to the race track. Such a shift would serve a transit-oriented development with retail and residential space being built near the track. The proposed new location, in Howard County about a half mile up the track, is currently a flag MARC station with limited service. Laurel city officials are reacting with alarm, and rightly so.
Led by Laurel City Council President Ed Ricks, dozens of residents gathered in the parking lot of the Laurel MARC train station Wednesday morning, chanting "save our stop" in unison and hoisting signs to protest the Maryland Department of Transportation potentially closing the MARC stop and moving it closer to the racetrack.
Laurel City Council members and residents have expressed concern with the Maryland Department of Transportation's consideration of closing the stop at the city's historic station and, at the request of Laurel Park's owners, creating a commuter train stop closer to the racetrack.
Building a sensible, time-efficient and user-friendly pedestrian bridge across U.S. Route 29, connecting Columbia's Town Center to the Village of Oakland Mills, has been in talks for roughly four years and continued to spark questions of funding during County Executive Allan Kittleman's roundtable discussion on Tuesday.
Riders of Maryland's MARC trains urged Gov. Larry Hogan Monday to delay fare increases announced by the Maryland Transit Administration and to order the agency to hold public hearings on hikes of as much as 67 percent for weekly ticket purchasers.
With an aim to enhance traffic operations and improve safety for the 41,000 motorists who use the intersection daily, the Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration will add an acceleration lane on eastbound Md. 140 at the Kays Mill Road intersection in Finksburg.
CSX Transportation and its partners at the port of Baltimore and the state have turned their focus on the Baltimore & Potomac Tunnel — which is already being studied for replacement by Amtrak, which owns it, and the state and federal government.
In theory, the Red Line could one day ease Baltimore's traffic woes; however, to sustain the growth trends that certain neighborhoods have experienced in the past decade, we need to implement effective and efficient methods for moving people around the city now. Having read the "Southeast Baltimore Complete Streets Plan," I see an excellent vision of Baltimore that we can implement immediately, creating a more functional and accessible city, complete with modern mass transit, more biking options
State Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn is expected to name Paul Comfort as the new head of the Maryland Transit Administration on Friday, a day after the resignation of Melinda B. Peters as the head of the State Highway Administration.
Bit by bit, the project to replace Amtrak's century-old Susquehanna River Rail Bridge between Havre de Grace and Perryville is taking shape, although it could be at least five more years until construction begins, according to community leaders and railroad officials involved in the project.
Fewer travelers in Maryland chose public buses and trains last fiscal year than in each of the three years prior, adding pressure to the already beleaguered Maryland Transit Administration just as it prepares to saddle frustrated riders with a fare increase.
A decision by Gov. Larry Hogan to scuttle the Red Line or Purple Line, the long-planned light rail projects in Baltimore and the Washington suburbs that his administration is now reviewing, would be extremely unusual.
Snow began to fall in parts of Baltimore County early Thursday morning, part of a winter storm moving from Canada and the Midwest, predicted by the National Weather Service to drop 4 to 8 inches of snow on the region by 6 p.m. Thursday night.
There are about 80 structurally deficient bridges in Maryland maintained by the state. You'd think fixing them would be the top priority for state highway funds. But the Maryland Department of Transportation too often invests taxpayer money on extravagant highway expansion projects.
The Baltimore area is in store for another bitterly cold weather system, one that will keep temperatures below freezing throughout Monday and will likely bring up to five inches of snow from Monday night into Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.