Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy 2014, Baltimore

We had a lot of fun in 2013. The Ravens won the Super Bowl, Canton Crossing opened, old offices downtown started to be turned into apartments, weekend MARC service, and a whole lot more. 

With 2014 the Orioles will be soon back at Camden Yards, 10 Light Street will turn from offices to apartments, Harbor Point should break ground, the city will celebrate the bicentennial of the Star Spangled Banner, and hopefully be one year closer to construction of the Red Line.

As you can see there is a lot to look forward to. Here's to a great year for Baltimore and a continued renaissance in 2014. 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Too Many 7-Elevens?


Have you ever been downtown and left a 7-Eleven forgetting something that you needed to go to another 7-Eleven for and thought to yourself "This is an outrage, there really needs to be a 7-Eleven every couple of blocks." Well you're in luck! A new one is opening at 300 N Charles Street, only 3 blocks from a location at 100 West Lexington Street and 4 blocks from one at 529 N. Charles Street. Luckily there is that one on Lexington Street or you would have to walk all the way like a schmuck from the 7-Eleven at 301 N. Howard St. 6 whole blocks to the location at 300 E. Baltimore St, but that one is a midway point.

I know what you're thinking, three blocks that's a ridiculously long walk when you need to be at a 7-Eleven immediately. No fear, because if you happen to be at the 7-Eleven at 10. N Calvert St  you don't need to walk the 2/10's of a mile to the 7-Eleven at 22 Light Street, no buddy, you're only 580 feet away from the next closest 7-Eleven at 231 E. Baltimore St.

If you find yourself up by JHU, no worries there are 4 in the immediate vicinity. Things look bleaker in Federal Hill with only two: 1000 S Hanover St and 1111 Light St. (that's a lot of elevens). If you're in Locust Point you're screwed, with only one at Key Highway.

I hope this helps you navigate from one 7-Eleven to another. Thankfully, some are even in line-of-sight of one another, so you don't even need a map or an app! Happy travelling!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A Treatise on Raised Crosswalks

One of the major concerns I have noticed in many residential neighborhoods is the lack of awareness around intersections, especially in regards to obeying stop signs. Too often drivers view stop signs as a suggestion rather than traffic code. For instance, recently in Hampden, stop signs were added at 36th St. and Elm Ave. and at 34th St. and Chestnut Ave. While many looked at this as a great example of traffic calming, many resident complained because it interfered with long standing driving patterns. Clearly it's hard to win.

Now this brings me to my point: raised crosswalks. Baltimore has already invest in speed humps, which are effective at traffic calming, but can still be abused since one can run a car over them above the posted speed with little inconvenience.  However, as far as I know, Baltimore has not taken the next step of integrating this at crosswalks.

stepping stones in Pompeii 
The concept of these go as far back as Roman antiquity. Where stepping stones were placed in the thoroughfare so that pedestrians were able to safely cross the street without having to step down into the muck that frequently ran through Roman streets. The stones were spaced to allow the wheels of carts and chariots to pass around them.

photo from streetswiki
Raised crosswalks are a good idea not only because they slow traffic coming up to intersections or at a designated a pedestrian crossing, but also make pedestrians more visible since they are not stepping down into the street. For ADA purposes they can be easier to navigate than curb cuts and ramps. However they can have an impact on storm water drainage and emergency response vehicles so the placement and construction have to be thought through. Regardless this would be a great addition around city schools, parks, and other places where traffic can and should be slowed, to give pedestrians an easier opportunity to safely cross the street.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Swing and a Miss, Chase Brexton


When Chase Brexton moved to their new location, they added a nice flashy sign denoting their location. However they didn't exactly get it right. First it advertised "1111 Charles" forgetting that there is actually a difference between North and South Charles streets. 1111 South Charles is an empty lot in Federal Hill 2 miles away. Strike One. 

I guess they realized their error and got a new sign. This one now advertises the address of the former Monumental Life annex but says "1125 Charles North".  Now they are either trying to make a connection with the growing neighborhood above Penn Station, or they didn't hire a good sign company. Strike Two.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Skyline Roadtrip: Maine

Fryeburg Fair, in Fryeburg, ME since 1851.
In October we took a little road trip to Maine for some autumn action. First stop was Fryeburg, where their agricultural fair has been going strong since 1851, and is the largest in the state of Maine. This is a real fair folks, not what you get at the Timonium Fairgrounds in September. 
LL Bean, making boots Freeport, ME since 1912.

No trip to Maine would be complete without a stop at the LL Bean flagship store in Freeport. Making boots and other outdoor equipment since 1912, this store never closes. In fact there aren't even locks on the front doors. If you need a pair of bean boots or a canvas boat bag on Christmas morning for a last minute gift? They have you covered. When you leave the LL Bean store there are plenty of other outlet stores and shops all around Freeport; its a nice walk-able community. Plus Amtrak goes there now so you can ride the rails from Boston North Station all the way downeast. 

Friday, October 18, 2013

Green Lane Project

Alright Baltimore, let's jump on this. What better way to spur better bike infrastructure in the city. Check out The Green Lane Project for more information. In their pilot year six cities were granted funding, including DC.

DC seems to have it right when it comes to improving infrastructure, mode-share, and complete streets while Baltimore lags behind due to the lack of political will. Look at what DC is doing: streetcars, silver line extension, protected bike lanes and bike signals. Let's get serious here.


Thursday, September 26, 2013

Ruin Near The Block

photo by the blogger

The empty and city owned former Lobe Building at 15-17 S. Gay Street, just off The Block. Many of the windows are broken and has sat decaying for years. It serves as the northern end of a row of four vacant, but at one time beautiful thriving buildings on the east side of Gay Street that are city owned. 

On any other street near the Inner Harbor these might have been renovated years ago. especially do to its proximity to the Water Street condos across the street, and being two blocks from the Inner Harbor. Instead they are unfortunately situated around the corner from The Block, which needs no introduction. The seediness of which extends beyond the borders of the adult district to wither any development efforts in the immediate area (e.g. the 1st floor retail of One South Street has been empty since the building opened in 1991), or produce only low-brow retail. 

For a city that is all about improving its image, and at the same time striving for downtown development (see The Downtown Partnership's new video), why does it tolerate this? 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Broken Lights

photo by the blogger
I take it that these lights along the Pratt Street bridge over the Jones Falls don't work. Many of the glass panes are broken; I have driven past them and I cannot remember the last time I have seen these illuminated. It is seriously a lost opportunity for nice streetscaping along the major harbor thoroughfare.

Possible solution? Paint the light posts, replace the glass panes, and add new light fixtures (e.g. LEDs), to bring some light back to the Pratt Street bridge.


Saturday, September 21, 2013

Construction at 301 N Charles

Photo by the blogger 
301 N. Charles St. has been empty for years, but was purchased last year by PMC to be developed as apartments. Interior demolition began earlier this year, but not it looks like work is really getting underway. As you can see scaffolding is up to protect the sidewalk, and some of the metal balconies have been painted. Hopefully some more news will be forthcoming.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Photo of the Day: Top Gear


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Some say he commutes on 95, and that he works in the DC Metro area. All we know is...he's called The Stig! If you are unfamiliar with the British motoring show Top Gear on BBC America, you should check it out. Too bad traffic was crawling and the Stig couldn't get his Chevy Camaro up to speed. 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Photo of the Day: Mt. Vernon

Photo by the blogger.
Construction is ongoing at the corner of Calvert Street and E. Biddle Street at what used to be the Inn at Government House, and what will be the Ivy Hotel in 2014. The new luxury boutique hotel that should be opening in April will have rates potentially around $650/night according to the Baltimore Business Journal.

Whatever the cost to spend the night inside is, it's free to look at it from the outside, and what a magnificent restoration it will be when it is finished. 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Photo of the Day - Fort McHenry

Photo by the blogger
August 14: The Star Spangled Banner flies over Fort McHenry as it always does, every hour of every day. It was a great day for a stroll around the fort. It felt more like autumn than summer.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Photo of the Day: July 31

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Exterior work on 10 Light Street (Baltimore Trust Building) as the conversion to apartments continues. I really hope they restore the flag poles around the lower cornice and actually fly some flags.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Photo of the Day - Construction on the East Side


photo by the blogger
New five-story medical office building on North Washington Street at Orleans Street. Windows and wall panels are going in. 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Case for a Light Rail Station at Wyman Park Drive

We all know that the Light Rail misses a lot of potential places and neighborhoods as it makes it way north along the Jones Falls Valley; Ruxton and Towson are good examples. How they managed to design it without making a better connection to Penn Station or why they didn't plan a better Lexington Market Metro interchange is beyond my comprehension. However there is a lot of potential for infill stations to serve some of the city neighborhoods that the line now skips.

There is an approximately 2 mile stretch of track between the North Avenue and Woodberry stations. Woodberry serves as a great connection to its immediately neighborhood and places like Woodberry Kitchen, Meadow Mill, Artifact Coffee, and Union Craft Brewing. While only a little more than a half mile to the Avenue, this station sits at the bottom of the Jones Falls Valley, so it does not have the best accessibility.

However, adding a new station at Wyman Park Drive has some potential to open up Remington and the southern part of Hampden to the Light Rail. There is enough right of way for new platforms and a stairwell and elevator could be added to provide access to to Wyman Park Drive Bridge. From here a rider would be within a short walk to the Stieff Silver Building, the new apartments/offices at Mill No.1, Wyman Park, and about 3/4 of a mile to JHU. Going west across the bridge to the west riders would have access to Druid Hill Park and Druid Lake.

With all of the development going on in Remington these days, and the lack of good reliable transit in Hampden, a new station here would do a lot to attract new investment to these neighborhoods as well as new riders.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Skyline from Section 332

Camden Yards Section 332 on Wednesday, May 29th

A great day for skyline viewing. The Hilton Hotel blocking the Bromo Seltzer Tower, the B&O Warehouse looking great even after 114 years, the Baltimore Trust Building and the William Donald Schaefer Building making an appearance in the right corner. The old BGE Building straight away to center field.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Seriously Superblock?

http://www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/blog/morning-edition/2013/05/superblock-developers-ask-bdc-for.html

So this makes it the 6th time the developers of the Superblock are asking the city for an extension to secure financing and finishing plans for the massive project. The current extension, granted 6 months ago, is set to expire on June 30th.

Seriously, this project has languished for over a decade as the city wheels and deals with the developers to build something. They have already received millions of dollars in tax breaks and still cannot get anything done.  The Baltimore Development Corporation seem hesitant to grant another extension, and if they don't then this project will start all over, be bid out again, and we'll see no construction or improvement for another 5 year minimum.

Now if the city had instead parceled out the properties into smaller, more manageable, and more easily developed sections then maybe something could have been done by now. Better yet, they could have focused on rehabbing the larger, more architecturally significant buildings for adaptive reuse, and knocked down some of the smaller buildings that were either in poor shape or could not be effectively adapted to another purpose. If that route had been chosen, we probably would already have by now a more vibrant and healthy Howard Street corridor.

Let's see how this plays out, but I'm not too optimistic.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Thursday Links

There will not be a grocery store at the Charles Village site adjacent to JHU (Baltimore Sun)

Mount Vernon Mill No. 1 has 25 of its apartments rented. First tenets move in May 1st. (Baltimore Business Journal)

JHU Nursing graduate among the wounded in the April 15th bombings at the Boston Marathon (hub.jhu.edu)

Baltimore City might (finally) be (almost) cracking down on illegal dirt bikes, just send them an email! (Baltimore Fishbowl)

New Southbound platforms at Halethorpe MARC station will open on Monday. The Northbound platform and new overhead walkway and elevators will open in June. (MTA Maryland)

Pro-transit coalition in Canton wants streetcars instead of the Red Line on the east side, and wants those streetcars to go no where near Canton. (Baltimore Brew)

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Using Existing Infrastructure to Build a Streetcar

For the past several years, there has been a push to put a streetcar along Charles Street, but let's just say there has been some resistance from some of the communities along Charles Street who feel that it will cause more trouble than good. I am definitely in favor of creating a new streetcar line in Baltimore, but I am not fully sold on the route that is currently being proposed by the Baltimore Streetcar Campaign.

The proposed route goes up starts at the Inner Harbor, goes north on Calvert, turns west on Redwood, and then north on Charles until University Parkway, where it loops and turns south on St. Paul Street. It then turns west on Mt Royal and then South on Maryland Ave/Cathedral Street/Liberty Street/Hopkins Place/Sharp Street turns east on Conway and then north on Light Street back to the Inner Harbor.

In my opinion there are two issues with this route: 1.) Charles Street is narrow and congested through Mount Vernon until past Penn Station; and 2.) the route on the southern half is really close in proximity to the Light Rail and almost duplicates that service.

An easy solution would be to shift the northbound streetcar to Calvert Street until Mount Royal Ave and then continue up Charles Street, and have the southbound streetcar traverse St Paul Street/Light Street for the entire route. This essential solves the two problems stated above. Calvert Street does not get nearly as congested as Charles Street can, and this would help to increase service downtown while at the same time helping to encourage development further east.

The biggest hurdle with any of this is cost. Right now the city is deeply focused on the Red Line, that if it is funded will not be operational until 2021 at the earliest.

The other option would be to use the existing infrastructure of the Light Rail. A streetcar route could branch off of the light rail along Howard Street to serve many possible areas of the city:
  • Serve the Charles Street corridor in Mount Vernon/Station North/Charles Village/JHH
  • Serve Remington or even Hampden by way of Howard Street/Maryland Ave
  • Serve Bolton Hill and Reservoir Hill by way of Eutaw Place/Madison Ave.
For any of these options the Light Rail Station at Camden Yards could be a turnaround point.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Wednesday Links


Roland Park Water Tower, June 1911 (rolandpark.org)

City planning on giving funds to restore the Roland Park Water Tower (North Baltimore Patch)

Is former mayor Sheila Dixon considering a return to politics? (Baltimore Sun)

Baltimore plans on raising parking rates at city garages, but residents might catch a break (Baltimore Business Journal)

You will start to see ADA accessible taxis in the city. MTA also hopes to replace their Mobility fleet with the new MV-1 (Baltimore Sun)

Development pushes on in Remington despite the stalled 25th Street Station project. (Baltimore Brew)

Johns Hopkins continues its look into Station North, this time for space for its film and creative arts programs. (Bmore Media)

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Tuesday Links

Dogwood in Hampden closed Sunday. (Baltimore Sun)

Baltimore is still a city that bleeds. (Baltimore Sun)

The House of Delegates wants a quick vote on the Governor's transportation plan. The House plan keeps the gas tax the same but generates a sales tax on gas that would total 3 cents over 3 years.  (Washington Post).

Baltimore Brew suggests housing homeless in city vacants, but it may not be that easy. (Baltimore Brew)

Orioles and Ravens cannot compromise on scheduling for home games on September 5th. (Camden Chat)

Monday, March 11, 2013

Medical Office Building Under Construction Near JHH

photo by the blogger
A new medical office building that was first reported on back in 2011 is under construction on the 400 block of N.Washington Street just a block away from the Johns Hopkins Hospital. According to the BBJ article and the architectural rendition outside the construction zone, it will be five stories and 50,000 square feet. The Department of Public Works gives more detail saying the project will have parking, office space, and a lobby on the first floor, and 4 floors of office space. The project should be completed by the end of 2013.

Just around the corner from this project, Jefferson Apartment Group is in full construction mode with the first phase of apartments called Jefferson Square at Washington Hill. This 5 story project will include a CVS Phramacy and the first apartments should be available by Summer 2014.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

In Baltimore We Celebrate St Patrick's Day a Week Early!


If you see drunken hordes roaming around Federal Hill on Saturday wearing emerald, drinking green beer, and celebrating their Italian, German, English, "Irish" heritage don't be alarmed, because in Baltimore we like to celebrate St. Patrick's Day early!

Let's be honest here for a second. When St. Patrick's Day falls midweek, it makes sense to wear the green the weekend before. HOWEVER, St. Patrick's Day this year is a Sunday, so having all the festivities on Saturday, March 16th would be so much more sense, but not in our fair Charm City.

But wait there's more! The city's St. Patrick's Day Parade is this Sunday, March 10th. The parade is always held the Sunday before the holiday, but come on, this year it is a Sunday! Seriously how hard would that be? I still think it's wrong to not hold it on the day anyway like in New York or Dublin, but once again it's Baltimore and we do what we want.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Improving the Hampden Shuttle

Having moved to Hampden last summer from downtown Baltimore, I have come to enjoy the neighborhood feeling of the area: wider streets, bigger rowhomes, trees and grass, etc. But I have also realized just how car dependent Hampden and its immediate surroundings really are. It does not take long for the Avenue to get filled with cars in the morning or a busy evening, and traffic can get backed up along Falls Road because of the light signals at the Avenue, and at 41st Street.

Hampden is currently served by two local bus routes (22 and 27), the Hampden shuttle, and indirectly by the Woodberry Light Rail station. All of these options have problems that make it difficult for people to reliably use them to access Hampden. Let's explore.

The Route 22nd bus only runs along the northern edge of the neighborhood along 40th and 41st Streets. While it does run approximately every 10 minutes during the rush and about 20 minutes during the rest of the day, it does not serve the heart of Hampden. The Route 22 does not go anywhere near the business district of Baltimore, and so cannot be used directly for commuters.

The Route 27 is even worse, while it runs right down the Avenue and up Falls Road, and allows a rider to get downtown along the Howard Street corridor, it only runs every 40 minutes. This make it very difficult to use for commuting back and forth, or for the occasional rider.

The Woodberry Light Rail is generally the best option. It has the most direct service to downtown and has a higher frequency of service. The downside being that it is .5 miles from the heart of Hampden and at the bottom of a rather large hill. You can always catch the Route 98 Hampden Shuttle from here, but this brings me to the point of my post...the Hampden Shuttle is worthless!

I think I have been able to whittle down the issues with the Hampden shuttle to three main points.
  1. It only circulates around Hampden. It doesn't connect to anything else other than Remington and Woodberry, so you cannot ride the 98 to anywhere else, nor can you get to Hampden from anywhere else on the 98.
  2. It only runs every 40 minutes.
  3. It only runs in one direction. 
With that said, I would suggest a few improvements that would make the Hampden Shuttle a better mode of transportation to access the neighborhood.
  1. Connect the Hampden Shuttle to Penn Station. I would suggest routing the shuttle to continue down Howard Street, turn onto North Ave, and then SB on St. Paul to Penn Station, where it would loop back up Charles Street, and then continue back to Hampden. This routing would increase Penn Station's use as a multimodal station, and increase bus frequency along Howard Street. Riders heading further south could catch any of the MTA buses or the Charm City Circulator there.
  2. Increase the frequency of the Shuttle to every 15-20 minutes. 40 minutes is insufficient, and does not allow for any chance of increase ridership.
  3. Have the shuttle run in both directions. If someone wants to go back and forth between the Woodberry station from the Avenue, a rider has to go around the entire loop. For a good example look at SEPTA's LUCY shuttle which connects the University of Pennsylvania campus with 30th street station. It has two color coded routes; one runs clockwise and the other counterclockwise.
  4. Have the Shuttle run more like the Charm City Circulator, and have less frequent stops. Currently the Shuttle stops at nearly every block; instead this could be reduced to every other block or every 2nd block in some cases to allow for quicker travel between stops.
 These are not major changes, but seeing how popular the Charm City Circulator is, a branding for the Hampden Shuttle could have great impacts. The Hampden Shuttle is already only $1 a ride (less than the normal MTA service), so why not seriously think about how it can be a better alternative to driving.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Creating a Separate Yellow Line

The Baltimore Regional Rail System Plan that was drafted in 2002 included, besides the Red - which after 11 years has yet to begin construction - also envisioned a separate yellow line that ran parallel to the current light rail, but several blocks east that would connect the Inner Harbor with Mount Vernon and Station North; eventually going up York Rd to Towson before rejoining the current Light Rail right of way at Lutherville. This was a very ambitious plan which looks to be nowhere near feasible in the near (or long term) future given how expensive that would be to build.

However, what about building the line just to Penn Station? From Camden Yards to Penn Station would be roughly 2 miles of new tunnel, but would provide rail access to an extremely traffic heavy portion of the city. The 2002 Plan proposed a new station at the Inner Harbor (approx. Conway and Light), a transfer at Charles Center to connect directly to the Metro, a new station in Mount Vernon (approximately at Madison Street), and a transfer at Penn Station to connect to Amtrak and MARC.


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This new separate Yellow Line would run trains between Penn Station and BWI (or alternating to Glen Burnie), sharing stations between Linthicum and Camden Yards with the Blue Line. The Blue Line would continue to run trains between Hunt Valley and Glen Burnie, and potentially alternating to still serve BWI. The short Penn-Camden shuttle would be eliminated.

There are many advantages here that would drastically improve the interconnectivity of our transit system.
  1. A direct underground transfer connection at Charles Center for the Baltimore Metro, and ideally the Red Line.
  2. A new connection at Penn Station which would get riders to/from Penn Station faster and more frequently than the current light rail station.
  3. Serve more of the dense downtown neighborhoods which are currently the fastest growing in the city. including a station in the Inner Harbor. This would allow for
  4. Remove some traffic from Howard Street to allow for better headway frequencies along that ROW for Timonium/Hunt Valley trains.
  5. Potential for expansion north of Penn Station in the future, or a connection for southbound trains from Timonium/Hunt Valley to also access Penn Station.
There are also some disadvantages/problems that need to be addressed.
  1. This would be quite expensive. For two miles of track and new stations the cost would be in the hundreds of millions of dollars, if not more.
  2. Lack of funding. There are already questions about this with regards to the Red Line, so who knows what would be available 10+ years from now for a project like this.
  3. Station placement: There is not a lot of open space for station entrances along the alignment. Sidewalk bumpouts with enough room for an elevator on one corner and a stairwell on another would probably be sufficient.
There is a lot of potential for a separate Yellow Line, especially when it comes to make a more comprehensive and connective transit system in Baltimore. Let's hope some transportation planners will think about this seriously.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Where to Expand the Metro Subway

The last time the Metro Subway was expanded it grew from Charles Center to Shot Tower and Johns Hopkins; that was in 1994. Since then there has been talk about where it should go from there. Currently, the subway is one of the most underutilized, but best form of transportation we have, and it's principally because of where it goes.

Approximately 48,500 people ride it ever day, according to MTA's annual 2011 annual report. APTA's quarterly statistics have daily ridership averaging around the same for the last 10 years. This is roughly half of the initial anticipated ridership when the subway was originally constructed, so essentially there is plenty of room for expansion with the infrastructure that is currently there. Our subway, as constructed, works best for commuters, heading from the northwest of the city to downtown and JHH, and that's about it; roughly end-to-end travel. It's lack of easy connection to the Light Rail, and no connection at all to the MARC, makes it very hard to view the subway as a part of an interconnected transit system that would allow for better point to point travel within the MTA network.

Since the MTA is moving headlong into the final planning stages of the Red Line, which at best will have a pedestrian tunnel that will connect it with the subway at Charles Center; any expansion the the metro will be years in the future (the Red Line isn't projected to be open until 2020-21). At least in the meantime, we can get creative as to where to send it.

The first idea is an extension. According to the 2002 plan, eventually the metro would be extended North under Broadway. While it seems unlikely it will ever make it to Morgan State University, let alone White Marsh. The Metro could be extended as far as North Ave and have an impact. This would be an extension of about a mile and would include a station near Preston Street and then a new terminus at North Avenue where MTA could create a new intramodal transportation center. A station at Preston Street could serve a new MARC station that could be build as an additional transfer stop.


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The next two ideas would create spurs off the the metro to serve other downtown areas. One would be to have the line split after Shot Tower Station before it curves under Broadway and continue under Baltimore Street to serve the Patterson Park and Butcher's Hill neighborhoods. There could be potential new stations at Broadway, and then somewhere along Patterson Park. This proposal gets somewhat tricky when you have to decide where to end it, and how best to connect it with other bus routes like the 13, 20, or 40.


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Another branch alternative would be to swing the subway south into Federal Hill and South Baltimore. This area of the city is served by both the MTA (Routes 1 and 64) and the Charm City Circulator (Purple and Banner), but the area is one of the fasted growing and has constant parking problems. It was originally a part of the Metro plan, but was scrapped before construction due to pressure by the residents. In this scenario, the metro could spur between Lexington Market and Charles Center, turn south and have stops near Cross Street, Fort Avenue, and then end at a terminal in Port Covington. The alignment could be under Hanover, Charles, or Light Street. I chose a Charles Street alternative for the map. The Route 64 and the Route 27 would be able to serve this new terminal. While this last option would probably be the best, I can also foresee it being the most heavily fought over.


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All of these would be worth while to study to see what would be the most cost effective, have the most ridership, and serve the most purpose. Also, since this is an extension of an existing system it would be easier to get New Starts or Small Starts funding. What do you think?

Friday, January 11, 2013

Crane Lifting

N Charles Street will be closed tomorrow night and all day Sunday between Saratoga and Mulberry for a crane work on one of the buildings, but what building? We're going to have to check this out this weekend to see what's going on.

PMC should begin working on 301 N Charles for apartment conversion in the near future, but I can't imagine that this weekend is related to that project. There are a lot of exciting things going on in downtown.