The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) is proposing three new Express BusLink routes as part of its new transit improvement plan for the Baltimore region. These suburb-to-suburb routes will connect BWI to Old Court Metro Subway Station; Owings Mills to Towson; and White Marsh to Towson without the need to travel through downtown Baltimore.
The proposed changes also eliminate Local Bus No. 99 between Old Court Metro Subway Station and BWI and add peak period trips to the Local Bus 77 line, which runs between Old Court Metro Subway Station and BWI.
These changes are planned to go into effect on June 19, 2016.
MTA is holding several public hearings on these changes. I encourage you to take part, learn about the changes, and voice any concerns or support you may have. The hearings closest to District 11 are below. For further information on the BaltimoreLink system, visit the website: www.mta.maryland.gov/baltimorelink.
Monday, March 21, 2016
Towson Room, Towson Library, 320 York Rd. Towson, MD 21204
Accessible via Local Bus Nos. 3, 8, 11, 12, and 48
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Woodlawn Library, 1811 Woodlawn Drive, Baltimore, MD 21207
Accessible via Local Bus Nos. 44 and 57
Monday, March 28, 2016
6 – 8 pm
Room A, Owings Mills Library, 10302 Grand Central Ave, Owings Mills, MD 21117
Accessible via Local Bus Nos. 56 and 59 and the Owings Mills Metro Subway Station
House Bill 373: Passenger Seat Belt Requirement – Primary Offense
Currently, the driver of a motor vehicle and a passenger in the outboard front seat (next to the passenger door) have to wear a seat belt. Their failure to wear a seatbelt is a primary offense. But if there is a passenger sitting in a middle front seat, there is no requirement to wear a seatbelt.
Passengers in the rear seats of a car who are age 16 or older must wear a seat belt, but violation of this provision is only a secondary offense.
My House Bill 373 remedies these loopholes by requiring seat belt usage in the passenger areas of a vehicle, front and rear, and making it all a primary offense.
Seat belt use is much more common than it used to be. However, many people still wrongly presume that wearing seat belts in the rear seats of vehicles is not necessary for safety. In the event of a car crash, unrestrained rear seat passengers become projectiles and pose significant risk not just to themselves, but to other passengers in the vehicle as well.
In Maryland, during the period 2010 – 2013, there were 123 rear-seat passenger fatalities; 60% of those individuals were unbelted. Unbelted rear seat passengers were 95% more likely to have moderate to severe injuries than rear seat passengers who were belted. Hopefully my House Bill 373 will reduce the number of injuries and fatalities from failure to wear a seat belt.
I enjoyed meeting with several constituents from NAMI Metropolitan Baltimore this past week. They came by to advocate for several pieces of legislation, particularly HB 495 – “Keep the Door Open Act”– and HB 682 -which would enhance Maryland’s Crisis Response System-both of which I plan to support.
I really enjoyed meeting these wonderful students from Stevenson University this week. They were great ambassadors for the many excellent programs Stevenson has to offer. Thank you to Maryland Independent College and University Association.
It was great to participate with Attorney General Frosh at an event hosted by the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition to discuss problems with for-profit colleges. I discussed my House Bill 741, which will require more transparency and accountability on the part of for-profit colleges in Maryland.
House Bill 741 will prohibit a private career school from enrolling a student in a program that is intended to lead to employment in a field that requires licensure in the State if successful completion of the educational course offerings in the program at the school will not meet the State educational requirements for licensure, the school does not hold appropriate accreditation, or the school is aware of any other characteristics that would lead to the ineligibility of the student.
I had the honor of meeting Israeli Lt. General Benjamin Gantz last night at the Baltimore Zionist District’s Brandeis Gala at Beth Tfiloh. BZD honored General Gantz with its Justice Louis D. Brandeis award and also honored Laurie and Kevin Luskin. Pictured in the photo with me is General Gantz and Cong. Chris Van Hollen, who also attended the event.
It was great to honor the winners of the Financial Education and Capability Awards in the House of Delegates. The awards are sponsored by Maryland CASH Campaign, Maryland Council on Economic Education, and Maryland State Department of Education.
Congratulations to the winners, who are outstanding teachers and community leaders who teach financial education.
In the photo below, left to right:
Delegate Dana Stein, Speaker Mike Busch, Florence Falatko (Cromwell Valley ES), Cheryl Crow (Severna Park MS), Susan Baudoin (Parkdale High School), MD State Delegate Alonzo T. Washington, and Steven Fennington (Frederick County Bank).
Here’s a spotlight WBAL ran on one of the recipients of the award.
I was very pleased to honor Central Scholarship (CS), a group that provides scholarships for post-secondary education, for their important work last night. Included in the photo are (L-R): Delegate Dan Morhaim; Dr. P. Chander Sharma; Mike Ward, immediate past chair of CS’s board; Jan Wagner, president of CS; Michele Johnson, vice president of CS; Senator Bobby Zirkin; and Democratic Delegate nominee Shelly Hettleman. Photo taken at my fundraiser at Quarry Lake.
|By Authority: Friends of Dana Stein, Sam Dansicker, Treasurer.|