20 percent drop seen in passengers at Salisbury airport

The Lower Shore’s air center set a traffic record last year with 150,000 commercial passengers flying in and out. Then, one of its two airlines left town. After Allegiant Airlines’ permanent departure, no one expected the Salisbury-Ocean City: Wicomico Regional Airport to approach 2012’s feat this year. But airlines’ efforts to reduce costs nationwide have squeezed smaller airports, such as Salisbury’s, deepening the gulf between the two years. (Daily Times)

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Foulger-Pratt: County fixes for Silver Spring transit center ‘ill-advised, ill-conceived’

Plans to fix the cracking Silver Spring Transit Center with a specialty concrete won’t work and will push the Metro hub’s opening past summer 2014, according to a letter released Tuesday from the project’s general contractor, Foulger-Pratt. (Gazette)

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McDonald's taps Joe Flacco to star in national TV commercial

Joe Flacco, who made headlines in March when he stopped at a McDonald's hours after signing the biggest contract in NFL history, will again show his support for the fast-food giant. But this time the star quarterback of the Baltimore Ravens will be getting paid to do it. The Super Bowl XLVII MVP will appear in a national television ad for McDonald's set to debut some time over the next 10 days, said Tom Kleine, a vice president at JL Sports, which represents Flacco. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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2013 Grand Prix attendance up from last year, organizers say

The Grand Prix of Baltimore exceeded 2012’s combined attendance of 131,000, the race’s general manager said Tuesday. “We’re pleased,” Tim Mayer, the Grand Prix’s general manager said. “It’s certainly going to be an increase.” Mayer declined to give attendance figures, but said they will be included in an economic impact study race organizers expect to release within the next two weeks. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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New marina coming to Marley Creek

The Tanyard Cove community will soon get a new 40-slip marina on Marley Creek in Glen Burnie. The Department of Public Works approved a wetlands permit last month for Tanyard Cove Associates to build a private marina and more than 8,000 square feet of plant marsh vegetation for erosion control, said Steve Horne, vice president of Elm Street Development. (Capital)

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Downtown Baltimore skywalk over Pratt Street to come down

The city plans to remove a skywalk between the Baltimore Convention Center and Bank of America at 100 S. Charles St. in the next few weeks, according to the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, a nonprofit. The goal is to increase pedestrian traffic for retail establishments, said Kirby Fowler, president of the nonprofit. Another skywalk was recently removed at Gay and Pratt streets to boost foot traffic, he said. (Balt. Sun)

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Bowie bus riders likely to see shorter trips

Bowie residents used to wait up to 40 minutes to catch a bus to the New Carrollton Metro Station, but they won’t wait more than 15 minutes if a recommended express line is approved, according to Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority officials. The recommendation would transform the Bowie Park and Ride into a “bus hub” — a meeting point for Bowie bus lines as well as the sole entry point from Bowie to New Carrollton. (Gazette)

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Rockville says it needs more BRT analysis from the county

City of Rockville staff say they do not have enough information from the county to determine the best way to run bus rapid transit through the city. (Gazette)

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