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Sep 13, 2011

Airlines collect $783M in bag fees in 1st quarter

NEW YORK — U.S. airlines collected slightly more in baggage fees in the first three months of the year as the number of travelers increased. The nation’s largest airlines reported baggage fees of about $783.7 million in the first three months of the year. That’s up nearly 2 percent from the $768.5 million they collected […]

Sep 12, 2011

U.S. airlines improved on-time rates in July

NEW YORK — U.S. airlines curbed long delays in July and improved their overall on-time rates compared with both a month and year earlier, the Department of Transportation said Monday. Only one plane got stuck on the tarmac for more than three hours in July — a Continental flight from Miami to Newark, N.J. It […]

Sep 7, 2011

State Center foes seek to dismiss suit

Plaintiffs in a legal battle over the $1.5 billion State Center development have filed a motion to dismiss a countersuit filed last week by the state Department of Transportation and Department of General Services. The countersuit seeks $100 million in fees, interest and damages against the plaintiffs, a group of downtown property owners who say […]

Aug 21, 2011

Charging stations move electric cars out of city

Charging stations that can fill the batteries of an electric car in 30 minutes or less are moving from the city to the country. A $2 million federal stimulus grant will finance 22 fast-charging stations in smaller cities in the northwestern corner of the state, the Oregon Department of Transportation announced Thursday. After they are […]

Aug 15, 2011

Charm City Circulator to be expanded to Fort McHenry

Expansion of the 21-bus Charm City Circulator to include the Fort McHenry Monument and National Shrine will soon take place with the help of a $1.5 million federal transportation grant. The Circulator will expand its territory into the city’s southern reaches — just as the bicentennial celebration of the War of 1812 gets underway. The […]

Aug 7, 2011

Laslo Boyd: State Center — no guarantee but worth the risk

The problem is an out-of-date state office building complex in midtown Baltimore. The solution, championed by two governors who didn’t agree on anything else and now by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, is a $1.5 billion development called State Center. The project would provide for new state offices, retail and housing, the first serious opportunity for transit-related […]

Jul 29, 2011

UM researcher develops wireless bridge monitor

COLLEGE PARK — A University of Maryland researcher says he has developed a wireless bridge monitoring system to test for problems like those that brought down a Minneapolis bridge four years ago. University of Maryland electrical engineering researcher Mehdi Kalantari says because the system uses wireless devices it is cheaper to install and maintain. The […]

Jun 15, 2011

State Highway Administration chief Pedersen will retire

Neil J. Pedersen, who led the State Highway Administration for more than eight years, will step down from his post at the end of the month, the agency announced Wednesday. Pedersen will remain with the administration into the fall in a paid advisory position to assist with the transition and oversight of the construction of […]

Jun 1, 2011

Md. approves diverging diamond “concept”

The State Highway Administration has provided a little post-holiday clarity after Tuesday’s story on the wacky diverging diamond traffic pattern that some planners think will alleviate congestion at the interchange at Arundel Mills Boulevard and Maryland 295. SHA has approved the concept of the design, according to spokesman Charlie Gischaler. “SHA ‘s Office of Access […]

May 9, 2011

Amtrak, 15 states including Maryland get $2 billion that Florida lost

Amtrak and rail projects in 15 states — as well as a bridge replacement in Maryland — are being awarded the $2 billion that Florida lost after the governor canceled plans for high-speed train service, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Monday. The largest share of the money — nearly $800 million — will be used […]

Apr 24, 2011

William Donald Schaefer rites likely to snarl downtown traffic this week

Downtown traffic patterns will be complex this week as the cortege of former Gov. William Donald Schaefer passes through city neighborhoods for a final tipping of the wings Monday followed by Schaefer’s funeral on Wednesday. The city’s Department of Transportation said the following streets will be closed on Monday: -Saratoga Street between Gay and Holliday […]

Apr 4, 2011

AirTran No. 1 in performance, but travelers’ complaints rise

WASHINGTON — Low-cost carrier AirTran had the best overall performance of the 16 largest U.S. carriers last year in an annual study of airline quality released Monday, knocking the previous leader — Hawaiian Airlines — into second place. Regional air carrier American Eagle ranked last in the study, which is based on Department of Transportation […]

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