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Aug 29, 2013

MDOT: No major changes coming for Red Line

The Maryland Department of Transportation says it will listen to concerns about Baltimore's proposed light rail Red Line, but that major changes to the project aren't coming.

Jul 3, 2013

C. Fraser Smith: Could Paterakis reroute Red Line?

Baltimore’s hope for the $2.6 billion Red Line light rail project may be on the verge of approval, but it faces a welter of potential problems — any one of which might create a derailment.

May 9, 2013

City design panel reviews Red Line plans for Canton

Architects laid out plans for a section of the Red Line light rail project that runs through Boston Street in Canton, saying the train will not be a hindrance to commuting in the area.

Jan 15, 2013

MDOT possibly overestimating trust fund’s future balance by $2B, analysts say

The Maryland Department of Transportation may be overestimating the future balance of the Transportation Trust Fund by $2 billion.

Oct 30, 2012

MTA to resume bus service, reopen Baltimore subway

The Maryland Transit Administration plans to resume limited service after finding little damage from superstorm Sandy on its rail lines. Spokesman Terry Owens says Baltimore’s subway will resume operating at noon on Tuesday, along with limited local bus service and mobility paratransit service for disabled riders. Owens says there was no major flooding or damage […]

Jul 23, 2012

Feds give $40M for new Baltimore bus depot

Federal transportation officials say Maryland is getting $40 million to replace an aging Baltimore bus depot. The funding announced Monday by U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood is part of a $787 million package to repair and modernize transit infrastructure nationwide. The $40 million will be used by the Maryland Department of Transportation to replace a 65-year-old […]

Mar 2, 2012

Light rail train may cross Connecticut Ave. in Montgomery County

ROCKVILLE — Maryland transit planners are considering cutting Purple Line construction costs by running light rail trains across Connecticut Avenue rather than over a bridge as now planned, but critics say the change would further snarl traffic on the jammed commuter corridor. Michael Madden, the Maryland Transit Administration’s manager for the project, told Montgomery County […]

Nov 22, 2011

Montgomery County receives $260,000 bus grant

SILVER SPRING — Montgomery County officials say they will use a $260,000 grant toward the planning of a bus rapid transit system. Officials say the Rockefeller Foundation grant is part of an initiative to assist localities in planning and constructing bus rapid transit systems. The Washington Post reports that a county transit task force is […]

Jun 22, 2011

Record crowd possible for Baltimore U2 concert

The Maryland Transit Administration is warning that crowd estimates for the U2 concert in Baltimore could break records. The crowd estimate for Wednesday’s concert at M&T Bank Stadium is now 80,000. The capacity for Ravens games is 71,000, and the stadium’s previous record capacity was set at 75,000 in 1999 for a concert festival. The […]

Jun 7, 2011

MTA spending $500K to replace Metro signs

The Maryland Transit Administration is in the process of replacing signage at its subway stops as part of a renovation effort to make the system more user-friendly. The blue pylons bearing the name of each station have so far been placed at the Charles Center, Shot Tower/Market Place and Mondawmin stops with hopes of installing […]

May 12, 2011

Editorial: MTA numbers game needs to stop

One potato, two potato, three potato, four. Counting used to seem so simple. Then along came the Maryland Transit Administration and things got so complicated. Depending on whether the agency was reporting its fiscal 2009 numbers to the feds or to the state, MTA buses carried either 87.8 million riders (the federal number) or 69.8 […]

May 2, 2011

Audit finds discrepancies in MTA ridership numbers

The Maryland Transit Administration reported to federal officials carrying 18 million more bus riders than it did when submitting ridership data to the state in fiscal 2009. That discrepancy is revealed in a new state audit by the Department of Legislative Services. And that difference, along with difficulty in obtaining accurate counts of Metro and […]

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