Could a circulator called the “Towson T” be coming to Baltimore County in the next couple of years?
A report is due from state transportation officials in the upcoming weeks and could recommend a T-shaped shuttle route in the county seat that could start free service in 2018, County Councilman David Marks said on Thursday.
In the meantime, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz on Thursday continued to be skeptical about the proposed circulator, questioning whether it would help with traffic in Towson. He said there was currently no funding for a circulator in Baltimore County’s suburbs.
Marks, who represents the county’s Fifth District that encompasses Towson and Loch Raven, said the bus system would be modeled on the city’s Charm City Circulator. It would have smaller, energy efficient buses, though, and is estimated to cost between $1.5 and $2 million.
Source: Towson circulator could start up in 2018, councilman says – Baltimore Business Journal
Towson’s Patriot Plaza will likely not get an ice rink after all.
The Baltimore County Council on Monday approved a contract to redesign the underused plaza, but officials said the renovated plaza won’t include expensive details that were previously considered — one idea that might be nixed is a seasonal ice rink.
The county will pay nearly $400,000 to ESDA Inc., a landscape architecture firm with an office in Baltimore, to draw up designs for turning Patriot Plaza into a more welcoming park.
The plaza is a two-acre expanse of stone and concrete between the Baltimore County Circuit Courthouse and the Historic Courthouse. The plaza’s focal point is a non-functioning water fountain and it also has a pair of memorials to fallen firefighters and police officers.
The Patriot Plaza redesign was announced one year ago as a $3 million project, but the cost grew to $4.25 million as officials realized the cost of improvements and needed infrastructure fixes would be more than they expected.
Source: Redesign of Towson’s Patriot Plaza moves forward, likely without an ice rink – Baltimore Sun
President of the GTCCA Mike Ertel and Damian O’Doherty discuss the relationship between Towson University and the community. Towson is unique in having a large university with a lot of resources, and the university brings vibrancy to the community. Programs like the Big Event, a community service collaboration between the GTCCA, university, and Chamber of Commerce, benefit both students and Towson residents. According to Ertel, the open dialogue between the GTCCA and Towson management is critical.
Source: Towson University Celebrating 150 Years: Mike Ertel of the Greater Towson Council of Community Associations (GTCCA), Part 2 – Center Maryland Blog
Mike Ertel, President of the Greater Towson Council of Community Associations (GTCCA), speaks with Damian O’Doherty about attracting current Towson residents, as well as young families moving to the area, with unique businesses and restaurants. The GTCCA is excited to see restaurants like Canton’s Nacho Mama’s open locations in the Towson area. Another attraction for young families are the high-quality public schools in Towson, but according to Ertel, the Recreation Council requires more spaces for youth sports and activities to satisfy families.
Source: Towson University Celebrating 150 Years: Mike Ertel, President of the Greater Towson Council of Community Associations (GTCCA) – Center Maryland Blog
A message from the Office of the President, Towson University:
Due to a system modification, the Towson University Office of Public Safety will be conducting a test of the university’s external (outdoor) voice emergency system on Friday, March 18, 2016 at approximately 11:00 a.m. The test should last no more than a few minutes. The test will consist of multiple alert tones as well as messages that indicate this is only a test and the test is complete.
Any individual who has a question about the test should contact Environmental Health & Safety at 410-704-2949.