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The Takeaway

In Seven States, Atheists Still Barred From Office

Monday, December 15, 2014

In seven states, atheists are still barred from holding public office. A law professor and Maryland state senator explains the effort to repeal the ban.

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Storycorps

StoryCorps 401: On the Home Front: Veteran's Day 2014

Friday, November 07, 2014

Retired Army Sgt 1st Class Max Voelz first recorded in 2011 to remember his wife, Staff Sgt Kim Voelz. They met on Valentine’s Day, while training to work in Explosive Ordinance Disposal–the Army’s elite bomb squad.

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Transportation Nation

What Does Maryland's New Governor Mean for the Future of the Purple Line?

Thursday, November 06, 2014

The Republican businessman who won Tuesday's Maryland gubernatorial election might not squash the transit project as many assume.
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Transportation Nation

Bus Rapid Transit Gets its Day at the County Fair

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

WAMU

Montgomery County (MD) politicians and transit advocates showed off what they hope will be a solution to the region's traffic congestion at the county agricultural fairgrounds on Monday: a bus.

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StoryCorps 385: Women at Work

Monday, August 04, 2014

Barbara Moore tells her daughter, Olivia Fite, about becoming a bricklayer in the early 1970s.

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Storycorps

StoryCorps 385: Moore

Monday, August 04, 2014

Barbara Moore tells her daughter, Olivia Fite, about becoming a bricklayer in the early 1970s.

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Transportation Nation

Safety Hazards Seen in Yet-To-Be Opened Maryland Transit Hub

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Chunks of concrete could break off and fall on commuters—unless the Silver Spring Transit Center's beams and girders are strengthened. That's one of the key findings in a report released Tuesday on the long-running problems with the transit facility.

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Transportation Nation

Federal Budget Uncertainty May Shortchange Maryland's Purple Line

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

A proposed 16-mile, years-in-the-making light rail line -- like many other transit projects -- is subject to the funding priorities of Congress. And these days, that's not so certain.

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Transportation Nation

How a Happy Crab Helped Reduce Pedestrian Fatalities by 56 Percent

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

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WAMU

Our friends at WAMU report on a safety success story from Ocean City Maryland. The beach town has embraced a new mascot: a traffic safety-obsessed crab dressed as a lifeguard. He's very effective. 

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Transportation Nation

Maryland Getting Ready for Capital Bikeshare Expansion

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

With Capital Bikeshare a month away from expanding into Maryland, county leaders are still trying to ready roads for an expected increase in bicyclists.

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Transportation Nation

Discord Plagues Maryland's Flawed Silver Spring Transit Center

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

WAMU

First it was cracked concrete, now it's a fiscal rift hindering the future of the Silver Spring Transit Center in Maryland. Montgomery County Officials and Metro leadership appear no closer to solving key problems plaguing a facility already years behind schedule and millions over budget.

 


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Transportation Nation

Repairs To Begin On Troubled Maryland Transit Hub

Friday, July 12, 2013

Repairs may begin next week on the Silver Spring Transit Center.

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Transportation Nation

Should Maryland's Higher Gas Tax Pay For Wider Highways?

Thursday, June 27, 2013

WAMU

In less than a week, the first round of gas tax increases takes effect in Maryland. Supporters claim the new revenue will help fund new mass transit, road and bridge projects, but advocates of one road-widening project in Montgomery County hope it's not getting lost in the shuffle.

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Transportation Nation

Maryland Officials Pitch Capital Bikeshare Expansion To Residents

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

All this week Montgomery County officials are speaking with residents about the upcoming expansion of the D.C.'s bike share program into the county later this summer.

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Transportation Nation

Maryland Gets In On Capital Bikeshare

Monday, June 10, 2013

Capital Bikeshare has been a huge hit for commuters and cyclists in D.C., Arlington and Alexandria, but up until now, the Maryland suburbs have largely been left out of the popular bike-sharing program.

By this summer, that will change.

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Transportation Nation

Virginia and Maryland Set Up For Gasoline Border War

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

WAMU

How far would you go for cheaper gas? Starting this July, Maryland drivers will be heading for the border.

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The Cicadas Are Coming!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Lurking in the ground beneath our feet, waiting in their burrows for the first signs of spring are tens of millions of cicadas.

After 17 years, cicadas are expected to emerge and overwhelm a large swath of land from Virginia to Connecticut — climbing up trees, flying in swarms and blanketing grassy areas so they crunch underfoot.

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Transportation Nation

Maryland Expanding Audio Recording On Buses Over Privacy Objections

Friday, October 19, 2012

Half the MTA Maryland fleet of buses will be equipped with audio recording equipment by the end of the year. (MTA photo)

(Elliott Francis and Marti Johnson - Washington, D.C., WAMU) The Maryland Transit Administration is recording conversations between bus drivers and passengers, which is prompting critics to peg the audio recordings as violations of privacy.

The MTA began recording audio on 10 buses in Baltimore this week, with plans to expand to half the fleet by next summer. The agency runs local buses in the Baltimore-Washington area with commuter routes serving outlying communities. The buses are already equipped with video cameras that sport microphones — they just have to be switched on.

The state attorney general's office says the addition of audio doesn't violate Maryland's wiretapping law, but attorneys with the American Civil Liberties Union say bus riders shouldn't have to sacrifice their privacy rights.

The audio recordings are an attempt to increase commuter safety, says MTA information officer Terry Owens.

"We were convinced that this additional tool would help us better safeguard our system, so we have this system in place on ten of our buses, testing the technology to make sure it's effective," he says.

There are signs on the buses letting riders know they're being recorded. But the American Civil Liberties Union staff attorney David Rocah says recording the conversations violates riders privacy rights.

"I don't think public transit riders should have to give their legitimate expectation of privacy and their ability to have a private conversation as a condition of riding a bus," Rocah says.

MTA says the state attorney general's office says that there is no legal expectation of privacy on public buses, but some state legislators are ready to take up the issue in the next general Assembly, the ACLU says. State Sen. Brian Frosh says the General Assembly will most likely set standards for oversight and accountability.

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Transportation Nation

Virginia County Approves $2.3B Tysons Corner Transportation Plan

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Metro Rail construction from Tyson's Corner to East Falls Church station on Route 267 in Northern Virginia. (Photo by Trevor Wrayton, VDOT)

The Fairfax Board of Supervisors has given final approval to a massive transportation funding plan for the future Tysons Corner.

The Tysons Plan looks 40 years into the future, anticipating 113 million square feet of new development by 2050 in a modern city rising west of Washington. The board on Tuesday approved $2.3 billion to build a new transportation network for the future Tysons Corner, which includes a grid designed for buses, pedestrians, and cars -- as well as four new Metro Stations. It will be paid for in part by commercial and residential taxes.

Fairfax County Board chairman Sharon Bulova heralded the move, calling it "a major step in the right direction" for the area. “Investing in Tysons is an investment in the future of Fairfax County," she said. "Never before has such a long range, comprehensive plan been developed to support a major redevelopment initiative."

But the vision of high-rise condos and gleaming corporate offices doesn't mean much to Lucille Weiner, a senior citizen who lives in a condo in Tysons and who spoke at a public hearing Tuesday before the board approved the plan. She said the tax increases on residential properties in Tysons Corner would make her life more difficult.

"As I read the reasoning around taxing the neighborhood that is Tysons Corner, I read the phrase 'the folks that will benefit the most,'" said Weiner. "It sure isn't me who will have to move if this happens. I appeal to my elected representatives to help stop this frivolous idea on the extra tax on the people who live in Tysons."

Michael Bogasky, the president of the residents association in Weiner's condominium, agreed with that assessment. "Let's create a new tax district so that we can pay more in taxes than anyone else in Fairfax County," he said.

Weiner believes the new taxes should not be on homeowners at all.

"When the Metro reached Greenbelt [Maryland], residents of Greenbelt did not get taxed, nor did residents of Vienna [Virginia]. when the Metro reached Vienna," she said.

Developers stand to gain the most from Tysons' future growth. One of them, CityLine Developers, supports the tax plan.

"If I ever thought there was a day that I would come and ask you to approve $13 a square foot in transportation proffers and ask you for a 7- to 9- cent tax on top of that, I probably should have retired," said Thomas Fleury a CityLine vice president, with a laugh. "That's what it takes to get the job done."

Other critics argue there is a risk to predicting tax revenues over 40 years and if the county's projections don't work out, the plan will fall apart.

But lawmakers say the plan is flexible enough to adjust to swings in the economy and the real estate market.

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The Takeaway

Gay Marriage Debate Heats Up in Maryland

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

As Americans around the country prepare to cast their vote for the next president in a few weeks, voters in Maryland will be faced with another monumental decision: whether to become the first state to affirm same-sex marriage through a popular vote.

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