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Light Rail And MARC Train Under Ehrlich

Light Rail And MARC Train Under Ehrlich

Michael Dresser, from the Baltimore Sun, has done some great sleuthing this week. First, we learned about about Robert Ehrlich’s intentions to scrap the Red and Purple Line if elected.  Dresser reported that, in a small business round table discussion in Montgomery County, Ehrlich explained that he planned to forgo planned light rail projects and instead spend money on the MARC commuter rail system.

Then, according to a post by Dresser today, “that got me to wondering about the relative levels of spending on MARC during the first Ehrlich term and the O’Malley years.”  -And what he discovered is indeed interesting.  In Ehrlich’s four years as Governor of Maryland he spent roughly half of what O’Malley will have spent on the MARC commuter rail system during his term in office.  For the post, CLICK HERE.

On a related note, Dresser also reported today that ridership on the MARC has set a new record.  “The Maryland Transit Administration says the commuter rail line recorded a new high in daily ridership in April with an average of 34,617 boardings a day — up 4.2 percent from the same month last year.”

The positive ridership report has many asking, -Isn’t it time to reinstate weekend communter rail service to the MARC train? -And who can really be relied upon to keep up the success of our commuter systems?


The Weekend’s Hottest Event: Chili Cookoff and Homebrew Competition

The Weekend’s Hottest Event: Chili Cookoff and Homebrew Competition at 2640 Space

This event aims to bring together some folks who get a kick out of sticking it to the commercial product pipeline and living more locally, whether that means brewing, bike-building, gardening, crafts… Even if you don’t do anything of the sort, come have a sip and a bite and meet some people who do. Not only will it be delicious, but it might be the start of a wonderful new hobby!

Attendees will be offered the opportunity to judge chili and homebrew to award the titles of “Charmin’ Chili Champion” and “Ruler of Brews,” with their accompanying prizes. And you’ll leave toting a lovely commemorative glass. Who wouldn’t want that?

See you there! [tweetmeme]

Ehrlich Wants To Scrap Red And Purple Line

Ehrlich To Scrap Red And Purple Line If Elected

According to an article in the Baltimore Sun today, Robert L. Ehrlich, former Maryland Governor and challenger to incumbent Governor Martin O’Malley, announced his intentions to scrap proposed light rail projects during a small business round table discussion in Montgomery County.

From the Baltimore Sun (excerpts):

Ehrlich told the group he would go back to his plan for high-speed buses on the Purple Line in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties and be “open to ideas” about Baltimore’s Red Line. He said he would prefer to spend the money on the MARC commuter rail system and the Washington Metro — not on these new light rail lines.

The state has applied to the federal government for funding of the two transit lines  as light rail projects. If approved, the federal share of the cost would likely be 50 percent — leaving Maryland to raise  the other half. The O’Malley administration has put off any decision on funding until its hears from the Federal Transit Administration on whether it will approve either project.

For the full article, CLICK HERE.

Bike To Work Day Friday May 21, 2010

Bike To Work Day Friday May 21, 2010

Bike to Work Day 2010, sponsored by the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, will be celebrated in the Baltimore region and across the nation on Friday May 21, 2010.

Baltimore Bike To Work Morning Rally:

Location: War Memorial Plaza at City Hall [View Map]
100 N. Holliday St.
Baltimore, MD 21202

Rally time and Agenda
7:00 – 8:30 a.m.

7:30 Welcome Address & Update on Biking in Baltimore: Al Foxx, Director of the Baltimore City Department of Transportation
7:35 Remarks: Baltimore City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke
7:40 Remarks: Leif Dormsjo, Deputy Director, Maryland Department of Transportation

Speaking portion of the program ends at 7:45 a.m., after which giveaways will begin. Food will be available until 8:30 or while supplies last.

For more information

Nate Evans,, 443-984-4094

Baltimore City Parks Photo Contest

Baltimore City Parks Photo Contest

Baltimore City Parks, Our Passion 2010

Deadline: May 31

The Friends of Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park is sponsoring a citywide photo contest!  Enter the contest with a photograph that captures the beauty and/or activity of any Baltimore City Park.  Entries will be accepted in the categories of “wildlife, including pets” “plants,” “landscapes and structures” and “people.”  Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st and 2nd place winners in each category, as well as a grand prize.  For details and the registration form, CLICK HERE.

Winning entries will be exhibited in the Orianda House in Leakin Park from June 13-­‐July 11, 2010. Cash prizes to be awarded.


Baltimore’s New Slogan And PR Flop

“Find Your Happy Place in Baltimore” Planned Stunt Has Environmentalists Frowning

Visit Baltimore, the official sales and marketing organization for Baltimore, released it’s new city slogan this weekend, “Find Your Happy Place in Baltimore”.   According to Visit Baltimore, the organization “is capitalizing on the national mood and trend with a comprehensive program that promotes those places and things in Baltimore that are certain to make visitors happy”.  They kicked off the campaign by creating the world’s largest human happy face on Thursday at the Inner Harbor.

-But that was not all they had originally planned.  Also scheduled for the slogan kick-off was the release of 228 non-native butterflies transported from California.

In an interview with the Baltimore Sun, Lisa Wathne, PETA’s captive exotic animal specialist said, “No animal should be treated like a living decoration… Butterflies are extremely delicate animals, and to be used for these releases, they’re stuffed into little envelopes or paper bags where they remain during shipping right through release.  The release is often a sad event because many of the butterflies struggle to take flight or are already dead in the packages and simply fall out onto the ground.”

Visit Baltimore apparently decided not to follow through with the PR stunt after all.  According to the Baltimore Sun, “Sara Hisamoto, the group’s director of public relations, said in an e-mail Wednesday afternoon that the decision had to do with the weather, not the issues PETA raised in a letter e-mailed to Visit Baltimore earlier in the day.”

For those who are have yet to experience a decorative butterfly “release”, don’t take PETA’s word on the sad state of the event.  One after another butterfly discharges can be viewed on YouTube: Wedding Butterfly Releases.  To see a video on how butterflies are packaged for shipping, CLICK HERE.

For the full article from the Baltimore Sun, CLICK HERE.