Dresser at the Sun reports that Gov. Martin O'Malley will ride the MARC from New Carrolton to West Baltimore tomorrow morning to announce the long proposed Red Line that's planned to cross the city from east to west and beef up Baltimore's pathetic excuse for a subway system.
O'Malley is scheduled to make the Red Line announcement in West Baltimore around 10:15 a.m. Unless the Gov. is taking a special train a la Barack Obama he'll probably be on train #414, departing New Carrolton at 9:41 a.m. and screeching into the W.B station one minute shy of his scheduled announcement time. I've never taken #414 but my guess is there are few riders reverse commuting at that hour. I'd love to know about any interactions O'Malley has with customers or conductors on that trip and if he'll address concerns about the performance of MARC while he's busy getting his hands dirty in a new transportation project.
The Gov's press conference also explains this notice sent to West Baltimore commuters on Friday...Mr. O'Malley must be expecting a crowd.
Attention, MARC passengers who use West Baltimore Station--
On Tuesday, August 4, the row of parking adjacent to westbound Franklin Street (Route 40) will not be available. This row will be roped off late Monday night after the last train has arrived.
Please do not park in this row on Tuesday, August 4. Any cars parked in this row will be towed.
In addition, two handicap parking spaces in the first row will be roped off. Temporary replacement handicap parking will be provided in one of the other rows; please look for signage.
This is only a one day restriction; all parking will be back to normal on Wednesday. We regret any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.
July 31, 2009 11:22 AM