A battle over signal interference flout The Rules – Commuter left a popular Atlanta station in dead air. Paul Ryan steps down, Speakership anyone? How did a teen die after being trapped in a Honda Odyssey?
Mukuta Mukuta’s last wish was to reunite with his family, ane he even put out a call to Batman. Despite the world-wide effort, though, time was working against it. Witnesses said the man was using a cane when he tried to cross the train tracks. Frank Wood was stationed on the USS Oklahoma on Dec. Is there such a thing as ADHD? One night changed everything for this young mother and wife. This is a love story between a mother and her only daughter.
But a mother’s love isn’t enough to solve her daughter’s murder—if it was, her killer would already be looking out from behind bars. Should pets be allowed in dorm rooms? 5billion plan to build new toll lanes on I-270, the Capital Beltway, and across the American Legion Bridge. Last September Governor Hogan announced his plan to build a 40 mile network of express toll lanes along I-270 and I-495. The plan’s stated purpose is to reduce traffic congestion.
More information about the plan is available on the I-495 and I-270 P3 Program Website. Toll roads have their place, and this project has the potential to alleviate the region’s crushing traffic congestion. However express toll lanes are not without costs for the public. They constitute an enormous use of eminent domain and public resources that could have been used for other purposes. The purpose of toll roads should be to reduce regional traffic congestion, not to spare only the extremely wealthy from the tax on their time which a lack of investment in our roads creates.
Drivers in Maryland were recently treated to a significant increase in the state gas tax, and we are entitled to see public funds spent building more non-tolled roads and road improvements. If new express toll lanes are to be built, it must be with the intention of reducing congestion on ALL roads, not just to maintain an arbitrary speed within the toll lanes. Ideally congestion pricing should NOT be used. Congestion pricing is generally a bad deal for motorists, because its purpose is literally to tax them off the road. If “congestion priced” tolls will nevertheless be used, then it should be set at a level which maximizes total traffic flow, not just flow within the toll lanes.
Motorists should insist that if congestion priced tolls are used they must always be CAPPED at a reasonable price per mile, such that motorists won’t be charged prices ordinary people cannot afford for a short trip. WTOP: Public gets chance to weigh in on Md. Two bills which aim to remedy longstanding complaints about photo enforcement and are currently before the Maryland General Assembly. House Bill 1151 would require that speed camera citations “provide an accurate visual record of a motor vehicle” and “an accurate representation of the distance traveled by the motor vehicle between each time-stamped image”. This is intended to address a long standing concern that many citations do not provide sufficient information to verify the speed of a vehicle. In addition, HB1151 would clarify the calibration requirements for speed cameras, including stating that calibration tests must include “A CHECK OF ALL KEY SYSTEMS RELEVANT TO THE ACCURACY OF THE SYSTEM”. This is in response to the fact that current law basically does not state what a speed camera must actually be tested for.
House Bill 1151 also requires that if an individual contests a speed camera citation, and requests the “operator” of the device appear, the actual individual who signed the camera logs or the actual officer who signed the citation must appear. Under current law, many cases jurisdictions substitute a “representative” to appear in court in place of the person that signed the camera logs. The bipartisan sponsors of the bill are Delegates Hill, Fisher, Jalisi, R. HB 1151 will be heard by the House Environment and Transportation Committee on March 1.