Rachel Baye

Gov. Larry Hogan announced Friday that he is vetoing five bills the General Assembly passed this spring.

One of the more controversial measures would create an advisory board to direct planning at the Maryland Transit Administration.

Hogan avoids signing or vetoing 22 bills

Apr 5, 2016
Rachel Baye

Gov. Larry Hogan plans to let nearly two dozen bills become law without his signature, he announced at a news conference Tuesday.

Hogan called the General Assembly’s decision to send the bills to him before Sine Die political gamesmanship.

Hogan promises veto for transportation bill

Apr 1, 2016
Rachel Baye

The General Assembly and Gov. Larry Hogan are at odds over how the state should pick which transportation projects to build.

On Thursday, the legislature passed a bill that ranks projects based on priorities such as safety, cost, economic development and environmental concerns. But Hogan has said he will veto it when it reaches his desk.  

Cross-over frenzy

Mar 22, 2016
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Monday was “Cross Over Day” in Annapolis — the day by which bills must "cross over" from one chamber of the General Assembly to the other to have the greatest chance of becoming law at the end of the session. WYPR's Rachel Baye joined Morning Edition Host Nathan Sterner the morning after  to discuss which legislation survived the hurdle.  

A tiny break in the partisan wrangling

Mar 7, 2016
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State lawmakers put aside their partisan battles to apparently reach accord over criminal justice reform last week. But they went right back at it over a transportation bill. WYPR’s Rachel Baye joins news director Joel McCord to wrap up the week in Annapolis.

Rachel Baye

A political fight is brewing in Annapolis over how the state decides which transportation projects to build.

Democrats have proposed ranking projects based on how well they reduce congestion or increase development. But the governor’s office says the system would hurt rural areas.  

Rachel Baye

When Gov. Larry Hogan canceled Baltimore's Red Line light rail project and altered the plans for the Purple Line light rail in the Washington suburbs last summer, he didn't give legislators a chance to weigh in first, House Speaker Michael Busch said Tuesday.

Baltimore County's Transit Plans

Oct 30, 2015

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz says the Baltimore region has the fifth worst traffic congestion in the nation.  On Thursday, Kamenetz told state officials that a comprehensive transit system needs to be developed.  WYPR's John Lee gives Nathan Sterner a closer look at what Kamenetz had to say.

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The Maryland Transit Administration authority has unveiled a less costly MARC pass that can be used on week days only after riders complained about a hefty increase in the fares for seven-day passes.

The MTA announced the new plan Thursday at the monthly meeting of the MARC Riders Advisory Council in Washington.  The original plan would have raised the cost of a seven-day pass to travel between Baltimore and Washington from $52.50 to $80. The new passes will cost $60 for five days.

To Fill A Pothole

Apr 3, 2015
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For highway maintenance crews throughout the region, March is pothole month. Frozen roads begin to thaw and expand as daytime temperatures rise, then freeze and constrict again at night. Pretty soon, yawning chasms open up in the streets, waiting to claim the front end alignment or suspension of any car that hits it wrong. And road crews are out making repairs.