Thursday, July 30, 2009
So long Fells Point, hello Downtown.
I will be back up and running in the next few days with new highlights, news, and thoughts when I'm settled in my new digs.
Until then, enjoy it out there Baltimore.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Now who knows what will happen to it now!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Posted using ShareThis
Loyola College is looking to be a bidder for the Senator when it does go to auction. What the university plans to do with the Senator is yet to be seen, but if they take a page from Gettysburg College, there is a lot of potential.
Loyola would be able to draw a wide variety of talent to a performance center like the Senator. It's close proximity to Belvedere Square, where Loyola has it's Clinical Center, would be another strengthening point of the York Road corridor up in Govans.
Whatever keeps the Senator alive, in one way or another, is a good thing for Baltimore.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Hopefully someone from MTA actually reads this blog!
MTA considers single track for part of Red Line - baltimoresun.com
Posted using ShareThis
Friday, July 17, 2009
Here are some things to expect:
1.) Crowded conditions if the weather is nice, which it surely will be.
2.) Street Closures
3.) Bands you've probably never heard of, but play some great music.
4.) Free concert at the BSO, 3pm Saturday.
5.) Arts and craft tents for the kids, so bring the little ones!
6.) Lots of people riding the Light Rail. It may get crowded, but it' seriously the only way to go.
7.) People with an eclectic sense of style and dress.
Thursday, July 16 at 10am through Monday, July 20 at 6am - Impact begins on Charles Street. Plan Ahead!
Get yourselves up to the action this weekend. If you haven't been before check it out, it's wild.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
I like the point he makes about don't just replicate suburbia in the urban area. Anyways it's a good read.
Downtown doesn’t need to recover – it’s got to reincarnate.
Posted using ShareThis
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
You have been forewarned! Don't blame me, I'm letting all of you know on this blog. If you don't read it, well that's your fault. Resurfacing and partial reconstruction of the downtown portions of Lombard Street begins today! My suggestion, don't drive down there for the foreseeable future! I wouldn't even recommend taking Fayette St to get across the CBD. The light sequence is even worse than Lombard, and it's a narrower street.
Complicating things this week is ArtScape, which will be sure to snarl traffic in the MICA/UB/Station North area of the city.
Use the Metro, Light Rail, or Buses.
Take the Fort McHenry Tunnel around the downtown area.
Take Streets north of Lombard to get across the CBD.
From the East, use Baltimore St. or Fayette St. to get to the JFX. (Lombard generally backs up into Little Italy on normal rush hours anyway)
If you find a better way to get around, by all means, let us know, and we'll spread the word!
For more information go to the project's website: www.lombardproject.com
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Blog post from Michael Dresser at the Baltimore Sun.
MTA falls in line with WMATA cell/text policy
SUN EXCLUSIVE: The Maryland Transit Administration has adopted a zero-tolerance policy under which any bus, light rail or Metro subway operator found to have been using a cell phone or text-messaging device on the job will be fired even if its is a first offense.
The MTA took the action about an hour after the Washington Metro system announced a similar change in which it scrapped a three-strikes-and-you’re-out policy and said it would fire violators outright.
The decision by Administrator Paul J. Wiedefeld came just minutes after The Sun inquired about the MTA's policy in light of WMATA's announcement.
MTA spokeswoman Jawauna Greene said the agency will inform its operators' union of the change but will not bargain over it.
"There is no negotiation when it comes to public safety," she said.
Monday, July 6, 2009
It's been over a day since two teens were found in the middle of the southbound tracks of the Light Rail near the Lutherville Station. One died yesterday, the other died today, but why does MTA Maryland not update its riders of the situation?
Within minutes of the accident on the DC Metro, Metro's website had information regarding the situation, delays, and news updates. I would question the immediacy of a response with our counterparts.
Why is it that every time I hear news from MTA Maryland, I get it from the Sun, or WBAL or WJZ or somebody else besides MTA Maryland? This incident is just another one of those non-stories from our Public Transit folks. No press release on the website, nothing. Press Releases are few and far between on mtamaryland.com, yet you can find almost daily news updates from transportation departments in other cities (MTA, MBTA, WMATA, SEPTA, etc). Why, then, do we get nothing?
It's not to say that there isn't news in Baltimore transit. The Light Rail is getting new signage downtown, any news or updates? No. The SmartCard system is supposed to go live in October, any updates for riders who might be interested in getting one? No. Bus, Light Rail, and Metro Subway schedules changed on June 14th, any news release on the main page? No, and even then, there was no press release about what was changing. The Metro Subway is getting brand new PA/AV systems at all stations with Federal Stimulus money. You guessed it, No news there either. What about updates on the Red Line? Nothing, Green Line, Nope, Purple Line, Nada.
How do you expect to encourage ridership growth, if you don't tell your current or potential riders anything?
Shared via AddThis
MTA Maryland is still trying to figure this one out. A northbound train Fare Inspector saw two bodies lying in the southbound tracks, Sunday afternoon, so the train stopped and medical personnel were called. Jawauna Greene, spokeswoman for MTA Maryland said an investigation is going on, but no train operator reported hitting anything.
This is really odd.