Friday, April 30, 2010

Changes to MARC Station Hours

Starting Monday, Camden Station on the Camden Line and Aberdeen Station on the Penn Line will be closed midday. Since most trains don't stop at either stations during the middle of the day, it makes sense to close them down as a cost cutting measure when riders wont be there. Camden Station will be closed from 8:30am till 3:00pm and Aberdeen from 9:30am till 2:30pm. Unfortunately, during this time riders won't have access to the Self Service Ticket kiosks. This means if anyone wants to buy a ticket for the 3:30pm Camden Line train to D.C. they have 30 minutes to do so, and that's if the station is reopened right at 3pm. The TVMS for the light rail at Camden Station will still be accessible.

In the continued effort for cost cutting will this be a continued trend? If so, I think it would be prutend to make sure the SST kiosks are accessible when the stations are not staffed.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Weekend Wrapup

Quick recap of some of the Baltimore news and events from this weekend. (I apologize for the lack of posts lately, but I just came back from a long work trip out west.)
  • Charm City Circulator restructures Orange Route. The Pier 5 stop will now be located at Pratt and President Streets, I can only assume due to the insanely slow ride (5 MPH) down Pier 5.
  • Sunday, May 2nd marks the return of the Baltimore Farmers Market underneath the JFX. Finally fresh fruits and veggies! Also, will begin opening 7:30am-1pm on Sundays when the Farmers Market is open.
  • Southbeach Sandwicherie is now open on the 1st floor at 222 E. Saratoga St. Specializing in breakfast and lunch. I stopped by there this morning, place looks great.
  • Stopped in at Dog Pub in Federal Hill on Friday night, jammed packed! Their new seasonal on tap is the Belgian Golden, a Belgian strong ale. Will be quite refreshing when the tempatures hit 80 later this week.
  • O's won yesterday! This is only news because we haven't seen many of these this season. Orioles are back at Camden Yards tomorrow at 7:05pm against the Yankees.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Pretty Much Sums It Up

(photo credit, The Baltimore Sun)

It's going to be a long season for Birdland in 2010 if the Orioles continue playing the way that they are. This season, so far, Camden Yards has seen the all-time high attendance (49,841) on Opening Day, and the all-time lowest attendance (9,129) only three days later. Yikes.

It's only April, so Let's Go O's!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Metro Subway Single-Tracked This AM

I was riding the Metro Subway this morning eastbound, which i frequently do when running behind on getting to work, and noticed the subway was single-tracking. I was at Charles Center and running to get to the platform because I heard the train approaching, and was surprised when I saw the JHH bound train on the opposite track. My first thought was "looks like a less-clean London Underground".

This was around 8:15am. Does anyone out there know what was going on? When I got to work I checked the MTA website, and sure enough found nothing (typical).

Let me know if you heard anything out there, or talked to any MTA people.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

The West Side as a New Arts District?

I figured that I would pass this along to insterested readers who may have missed this. Sam Sessa from Midnight Sun explains his take on the city's plan to make part of the West Side a new Arts and Entertainment District. His argument, Baltimore already has two, and the city isn't large enough for a third. What the city really needs to do is enhance stability there (and force the riff-raff off the streets). The worst aspect of that section of town, is that with all what can be good along Howard and Eutaw Street, it's a ghost town and the vibrancy dies because many do not feel confortable walking on the streets. This is why plays like WOW Wings and Lucy's close.

Anyway, I like the points he makes, hope you enjoy!