Dec 27, 2011

Prince George’s Co. weighs options for land development in Bowie

BOWIE, Md. (AP) — A board weighing the fate of 200 acres of property near Bowie State University is expected to make a recommendation next year about what to do with the land. Among the options for the county-owned land are a mixed-use development and a training facility for the Washington Redskins. The Washington Post […]

Nov 25, 2011

Top 3: ‘It’s all about money’

Since we have an abbreviated week, we’ve also got an abbreviated top 5 (we’re calling it a “top 3”). Units at the Ritz-Carlton Residences are selling, and the Maryland Transit Administration isn’t saying who’s getting the bid for two MARC lines. 1. Prices lower, Ritz units are selling – by Melody Simmons Ownership of the […]

Nov 22, 2011

MARC bids closed until Board of Public Works

State procurement law prevents the Maryland Transit Administration from disclosing proposal details, dollar figures or any other facets of bids to run a pair of MARC lines now operated by CSX Transportation Inc. There’s no timetable set by MTA to get the deal to the Board of Public Works, where members of the public — […]

Nov 4, 2011

MARC to get 54 new multi-level rail cars in 2013

The Maryland Transit Administration is spending $153 million on 54 new multi-level passenger rail cars for the MARC commuter rail system. The cars are expected to begin arriving in spring of 2013. Many of them will replace old ones in the fleet, and overall the rail system will see 16 additional cars. The new cars […]

Nov 3, 2011

Week in review: 11/4/11

Mt. Washington tavern hit by fire Rob Frisch, the co-owner of the Mt. Washington Tavern, said Monday that he fully intends to rebuild and reopen the popular dining and bar spot. Once the damaged is assessed, he will know how long it will take to rebuild, but Frisch is confident the 32-year-old institution in Northwest Baltimore […]

Nov 2, 2011

State OKs $153M for 54 new MARC cars

Maryland will spend $153 million on double-decker train cars for the MARC system under a deal approved Wednesday by the Board of Public Works. The 54 new cars will replace 38 older cars in the MARC fleet. “Our goal is to double statewide transit ridership by 2020 in order to reduce highway congestion and improve […]

Oct 7, 2011

Purple Line gets federal OK for preliminary engineering

ANNAPOLIS — A 16-mile light rail proposal between Bethesda and New Carrollton has received federal approval to move into a preliminary engineering phase, Gov. Martin O’Malley announced Friday. The approval by the Federal Transit Administration means the project moves to preparation of more detailed plans, cost estimates and environmental studies. “It’s their concurrence that we[...]

Sep 16, 2011

State gets $22M for new Susquehanna rail bridge

WASHINGTON — Maryland’s two U.S. senators say the state will receive $22 million in federal stimulus funding to begin work on replacing a rail bridge over the Susquehanna River. Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin say replacing the 105-year-old bridge on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor is needed so the line can handle high-speed passenger trains. The […]

Sep 6, 2011

Lee’s remnants prompt Md. flooding concerns

HAGERSTOWN — The remnants of Tropical Storm Lee are beginning to affect Maryland travelers and businesses. The Maryland Transit Administration says MARC Brunswick Line trains Tuesday afternoon may run 10 to 20 minutes late as trains operate at reduced speeds due to flash flood warnings in the region. Allegany County officials have advised car dealerships […]

Aug 29, 2011

MTA: Expect Penn Line delays for morning commute

The Maryland Transit Administration is warning travelers to expect delays on MARC’s Penn Line train due to Hurricane Irene. The MTA says the Penn Line train is operating on an “S,” or limited schedule Monday. The agency says Amtrak, which operates the Penn Line, suffered extensive damage from Hurricane Irene. The Penn Line runs between […]

Aug 24, 2011

Earthquake: Baltimore shaken, but not stirred

A 5.8 magnitude earthquake sent office workers streaming out of high-rise buildings Tuesday afternoon and clogged Baltimore’s streets with an early rush hour as many decided to call it a day after the tremors began just before 2 p.m. The quake was centered in Virginia and appeared to cause little damage in Maryland, according to […]

Aug 23, 2011

MARC service suspended after earthquake

All MARC train service has been suspended because of an earthquake that hit the Baltimore-Washington region. Amtrak and CSX Transportation are inspecting tracks, tunnels and bridges.

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