Recent stories by Candus Thomson

Virginia proposal complicates Maryland's gas tax debate

The governor of Virginia has thrown a new wrinkle into a Maryland debate by calling for abolition of the commonwealth's gas tax and increasing the sales tax to pay for roads and transit – a move that would alter the competitive balance between the two states.

Thanksgiving airfare bargain hunters must look even earlier this year

Thanksgiving airfare bargain hunters will have to begin looking especially early this year.

Motorists urged to avoid Falls Road emergency utility work

Motorists who use Falls Road in Mount Washington are being advised by city transportation officials to take alternate roads Thursday and Friday to avoid emergency utility repair work.

Wilson Bridge, 34 others being checked for possible structural defects

Maryland and 21 other states check bridges after potential contamination found in grout that protects steel support cables

Baltimore company sees future in parking by smartphone

Pango, an app-driven parking payment system, could someday replace meters

Port reports record six months in cargo traffic

Port reports record six months in cargo traffic

The Interview: Champion auctioneer Lynne Zink

Q&A with auctioneer Lynne Zink, who recently won the International Auctioneer Championship.

Harbor Tunnel bridge project enters toughest phase for drivers

The most disruptive phase of the project to rebuild the bridge south of the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel toll plaza is expected to begin Saturday and continue for two weeks.

Man jumps from Bay Bridge, alive when rescuers reach him

A man jumped from the Bay Bridge early Monday afternoon and was pulled — alive — from the water by Natural Resources Police.

Bay Bridge gets weather alert upgrade after violent storm

The Maryland Transportation Authority is upgrading its early warning weather system for the Bay Bridge, allowing it to close the span more quickly when strong gusts hit instead of waiting for sustained winds.

A new, 99-foot Raven alights in the Inner Harbor

Annapolis-based company brings new sightseeing boat to Baltimore that offers history tours.

BWI has busiest June in history, 2nd-busiest month ever

A total of 2.18 million commercial passengers used Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport in June, an increase of 2.9 percent over June 2011, the state announced Monday.

Howard Co. lights its intersections — even in outages

Batteries and generators keep intersections functioning in Howard, Arundel counties.

What if Baltimore had landed the Olympics?

What if Baltimore-Washington area had landed the 2012 Summer Games?

Coast Guard grows its own tradespeople at repair yard

Coast Guard rejuvenates graying workforce with trades training program at Curtis Bay shipyard.

BWI gets $12 million federal grant to repave runway

BWI Marshall Airport has received a $12 million grant from the Department of Transportation to help pay for repaving of its longest runway, members of Maryland's congressional delegation announced Wednesday.

Bridge work to restrict Wilkens Ave. traffic at Beltway

Wilkens Avenue at the Baltimore Beltway will be subject to overnight lane closures and shutdowns this week as construction crews erect steel girders for the new interchange bridge.

StormCenter takes crisis managers to the eye of the action

StormCenter Communications puts emergency managers and government officials on the same page during times of crisis with cloud-based technology.

Invasive plant meets its match when weevils come calling

The State Highway Administration and Agriculture Department are using a tiny weevil to control outbreaks of a destructive, invasive plant

Baltimore gets $40 million federal grant to replace aging bus yard

The Maryland Transit Administration is receiving a $40 million grant to replace the aging Kirk bus depot in East Baltimore with a "green complex," U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced Monday morning

Coast Guard adds tug to Curtis Bay operation

The fleet of Coast Guard vessels that call Baltimore home port increased by one Wednesday morning when the 65-foot cutter Chock arrived from Virginia.

Southwest cutting three daily BWI flights to LaGuardia

A week after heralding the arrival of two airlines to the fold, BWI Marshall Airport is dealing with the loss of Southwest Airlines' three daily nonstop flights to New York's LaGuardia Airport.

State works quickly to patch U.S. 50; work continues tonight

Highway crews are scheduled to complete work Monday night on a temporary patch of eastbound U.S. 50 that was buckled by 11 days of intense heat.

BWI screener nabs woman with knife concealed in comb

Va. woman escorting her young daughter to BWI flight to Atlanta charged with carrying a concealed knife through checkpoint.

As Gunpowder tubing grows, so do the conflicts

Critics say businesses that cater to tubers on the Big Gunpowder Falls are creating "a super-highway of tubing," defiled by trash and noise that is ruining an area designated by the state as wild land and recognized by national fishing groups as a blue-ribbon trout stream.

As pedestrian accidents mount, Ocean City looks for answers

After twenty-two pedestrian accidents this summer, Ocean City leaders and the state try to create a safety zone on Coastal Highway

Spirit, Condor airlines announce new service from BWI

Spirit Airlines and Condor Airlines announce new service from BWI.

Bay Bridge closure policy criticized by those buffeted in storm

Motorists, advocates say Maryland officials must update Bay Bridge weather warning policy to prevent tragedy

The Interview: Outgoing state transportation chief looks ahead

Outgoing Maryland transportation secretary sees major accomplishments, some disappointments during her tenure

Virginia man's body found after boat capsized in storm

The body of a Virginia man thrown from a small boat on the Chesapeake Bay during last Friday's powerful storm was recovered Sunday evening off Calvert County by Maryland Natural Resources Police.

On Flag Day, inspiration abounds

Several hundred who marked Flag Day in Baltimore by gathering to marry a piece of the banner Pickersgill was commissioned to make by the U.S. Army for the War of 1812 with the National 9/11 Flag.

Giant cranes arrive in port, marking new era for cargo handling

After two months at sea, four giant cranes arrived at the port of Baltimore, ushering in a new era for cargo handling.

Southwest loses No. 1 customer rating to rival JetBlue Airways

For the first time in nearly two decades, Southwest Airlines, the biggest commercial carrier at BWI Marshall Airport, does not sit atop the annual American Customer Satisfaction Index.

Gigantic cargo to stop traffic Wednesday on Bay, Key bridges

State transportation officials will temporarily close two bridges as a precaution as a ship carrying large cranes passes beneath on its way to the port of Baltimore.

Baltimore Blue Angels show expected to draw huge crowds

Cars began lining up before 7 a.m. to get into the parking lots at M&T Bank Stadium for the shuttle bus ride to Fort McHenry and the Blue Angels air show.

Giant cranes clear Bay and Key bridges on way to port

A delicate maritime ballet in two acts will play out Wednesday afternoon in the Chesapeake Bay as tugboats muscle a cargo ship carrying four supersized cranes under the Bay Bridge and then the Key Bridge on the way to the port of Baltimore.

Little boats will vie for space during Sailabration

Planners hope to keep boaters happy and safe during the Star-Spangled Sailabration in Baltimore Harbor

Blue Angels add awe to Sailabration festivities

A dramatic air show by the Blue Angels marked the crescendo of festivities for the Star-Spangled Sailabration from Fort McHenry to Fells Point on Saturday.

Giant port cranes move from cargo ship to new berth

Workers move a 40-story-tall crane from a Chinese cargo ship to new home at Seagirt Marine Terminal.

Fleet hauls anchor, sets sails as Sailabration winds down

Ships depart from Baltimore's Inner Harbor as Star-Spangled Sailabration comes to an end

Sailors, Marines make 1812 county landmark shipshape

Sailors and Marines from visiting Sailabration ships work in the community to assist residents and improve landscape

Star-Spangled Sailabration kicks off at Inner Harbor

A welcoming wind and warm sunshine greeted the first ships arriving at Baltimore's Inner Harbor just after 8 a.m. for the weeklong commemoration of the War of 1812.

Planning Sailabration no breeze for region's police, emergency teams

Organizers expect as many as 1 million people will attend Maryland's commemoration of the War of 1812

BWI begins $100 million project to upgrade oldest part of terminal

Work has begun on a $100 million upgrade of the oldest portion of BWI to streamline security screening and allow passengers to move among the three busiest concourses without having to pass through security a second time.

I-895 bridge project to cause major delays

State transportation officials are warning motorists to avoid the Harbor Tunnel and Thruway this summer during major reconstruction

Regulators shut down 26 bus operations along I-95

A one-year investigation by a team of federal safety inspectors has closed 26 bus operations as "imminent hazards," including one that operated illegally in Maryland and another that ran 16 daily trips between Baltimore and New York City.

Maryland business helps top jockeys see their way clear

Savage-based Kroop's Goggles supplies racing eyewear for the world's top jockeys, including those riding at the Belmont Stakes this weekend.

Gigantic cranes for port of Baltimore are en route from China

Ship bringing massive cranes from China is expected in Baltimore by mid-June.

The Interview: Bentley on a maritime promise lost

Q&A with Helen Delich Bentley, who believes U.S. lost upper hand in merchant shipping by not pursuing nuclear-powered commercial vessels like the N/S Savannah.

Trucking company owner files for bankruptcy again

The owner of an Anne Arundel County trucking company put out of business last year by federal safety officials has filed for bankruptcy protection again, listing more than $3.3 million in debt.

Fundraiser, auto race expected to jam Bay Bridge this weekend

A benefit motorcycle ride and a NASCAR race in Dover, Del., are expected to create heavy traffic this weekend at the Bay Bridge.

'Major piece' of Inner Harbor promenade to be upgraded

City to begin work this fall on a section of the Inner Harbor promenade near the Four Seasons hotel; will give public waterfront access at Harbor East.

Maryland braces for Memorial Day travelers

The Bay Bridge is the largest potential bottleneck for the Memorial Day weekend, with more than 1.8 million motorists expected to swarm Maryland toll facilities from Friday to Monday as part of the unofficial start of summer.

Preakness saddle cloths on their way to Pimlico

For eight years, the job of embroidering the Preakness Stakes saddle cloths for horses like I'll Have Another has belonged to CDK Embroidery, a small shop in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

JFX repairs may be finished first week in June

JFX repairs continue

State Police run truck-safety dragnet at FedEx Field

State Police and other Maryland law enforcement agencies conducted a truck safety dragnet, pulling hundreds of tractor-trailers off the Capital Beltway for inspection in a parking lot at FedEx Field.

Stun gun found in woman's carry-on luggage at BWI

Stun gun found at BWI in carry-on luggage of Ohio woman.

Maryland-built riverboat is bound for the Mississippi

Salisbury-built paddle-wheel steamer to ferry tourists up and down the Mississippi.

Shuttle buses to replace trains during light rail upgrades

Light rail work will mean shuttle buses instead of trains at five stations north of Timonium

Beltway lanes reopened after truck overturns

Just 2 1/2 hours after accident on the inner loop of Interstate 695 near U.S. 1, state highway crews clear and reopen all four lanes after a tractor-trailer truck overturned, dumping its load of lumber across the highway.

Mount Vernon streets to be closed for Flowermart

Mount Vernon streets to be closed from 3 p.m. to midnight Thursday-Saturday to accommodate the 95

High traffic volume expected at Bay Bridge this weekend

Thousands headed to Ocean City's Springfest 2012.

The Interview: Sally Brice-O'Hara

On the eve of her retirement, Vice Admiral Sally Brice-O'Hara steps into the No. 1 spot at the Coast Guard.

Reward offered in death of two bald eagles in Talbot County

Federal agents seek information in death of two bald eagles

Mayor urges CSX to find site in city for freight yard

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake urges CSX to find a site in Baltimore for its planned cargo transfer center.

JFX lanes to close overnight as crews begin $2M project

JFX lanes to close overnight to gauge extent of damage

SWAT team targets cargo ship in safety exercise

NRP squad practices search-and-secure tactics onboard the USNS Gilliland.

BWI ranks sixth out of 22 largest U.S. airports

BWI ranking: BWI ranks sixth out of 22 largest U.S. airports in magazine survey

Port of Baltimore has robust year

Cargo traffic at the Port of Baltimore grew 15 percent last year, the greatest increase of any major U.S. port. The public and private terminals moved 37.8 million tons valued at more than $51.4 billion, a 24 percent increase over 2010.

Southwest takes off with new jet

Southwest rolls out its new Boeing 737-800 series jet with fanfare at BWI.

Attention, JFX commuters: Make plans for Monday

Make plans for commuting downtown during JFX lane closures

Highway agency readies for warm-weather projects

State Highway Administration gets ready for warm-weather construction work.

Lanes to close for up to a month on Jones Falls

One lane in each direction of the Jones Falls Expressway near 29th Street will be shut down on Friday evening while crews make emergency repairs to clogged and collapsed drainage pipes.

BWI powers up, saves money with new solar panels

BWI Marshall and Pepco Energy Services tout the airport's new solar photovoltaic system on the top level of the daily parking garage.

Cleaner and safer: Tunnels glisten after year's first wash

From spring through Thanksgiving, the McHenry and Baltimore Harbor tunnels are cleaned every six weeks

TSA often seizes weapons at BWI

TSA displays contraband seized at BWI security checkpoints

Sunrise services mark Easter Sunday across the region

Congregants celebrate Easter with sunrise service at Beachmont Christian Camp in Kingsville.

100 evacuate as four-alarm brush fire burns in Harford County

Some 100 Joppa residents were evacuated from their homes Sunday afternoon as a brush fire burned just over 18 acres in the area of Dembytown and Trimble roads.

Judge awards whistle-blower $462,500 in high-seas pollution case

A federal judge in Baltimore has awarded $462,500 to a low-level merchant officer who alerted Coast Guard inspectors that his cargo ship was intentionally polluting the high seas.

Fells Point tackle shop survives the big-box stores

The third-generation owner of Maryland's oldest tackle shop (96 years and counting) talks about survival in a world of big-box stores, how the business has changed and how long he can keep the doors open on his family's Fells Point store.

Revolutionary War re-enactors begin season in Western Md.

Members of the recreated 4th Legionary Corp will garrison at Fort Frederick and demonstrate the life of Continental soldiers during the American War of Independence.

Industry group ranks Maryland transportation priorities

TRIP, a national transportation research group, ranks Maryland's 40 most-needed transportation projects

Car maker hits pedals for bikes

Tim Johnson's Ride on Washington is a grueling five-day, 500-mile bicycling event from Boston to Washington, D.C., that raises funds for the Bikes Belong, a group that advocates bicycle safety and bike programs for children. Johnson hopes to raise $100,000 for the group.

State studies increasing speed limit on ICC

State transportation officials are conducting a study, with preliminary results due next month, on whether it would be safe to raise the 55 mph limit on the Inter-County Connector between Gaithersburg and Laurel.

Port again gets top security rating from Coast Guard

For fourth year in a row, Port of Baltimore gets an "excellent" security rating from the Coast Guard.

'Frozen chosen': U.Md. grad competes for Israel in skeleton

University of Maryland graduate and bobsledder aims to represent Israel in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Southwest to launch new, and improved, jets this month

BWI will be one of the first airports to get new jets from Southwest.

CSX plans to hire over 140 in Maryland this year

CSX Corp. announced plans Thursday to recruit employees for more than 140 positions in Maryland in 2012. The new employees will be based primarily in Baltimore and Cumberland.

State looks at all-electronic toll collection

A preliminary report by the Maryland Transportation Authority has concluded that converting seven toll plazas to all-electronic toll collection is feasible but would cost as much as $180 million to implement.

Judge clears way for I-95 travel plaza construction

Contractor wants to rebuild and operate Chesapeake House in Cecil County and Maryland House in Harford County

Boaters rescued from Middle River

Three boaters were rescued Monday evening from Middle River by Natural Resources Police after their small boat capsized in choppy, wind-swept water, the agency reported.

Work starts this spring on last part of Intercounty Connector

Construction of the final segment of the Intercounty Connector, the state's first all-electronic toll road, is scheduled to begin this spring.

Construction begins on I-95 at White Marsh Blvd. interchange

Construction crews have begun widening White Marsh Boulevard at Interstate 95 as part of the $1.03 billion express toll lanes project.

Bill would drastically increase boat registration fee in Maryland

To pay for waterway improvements and maritime safety efforts, state natural resources officials are proposing to increase boating registration fees for the first time in nearly three decades.

State panel awards travel plaza contract

Board of Public Works approves half-billion-dollar, 35-year contract to rebuild two travel plazas in I-95 north of Baltimore.

I-95 plaza bidder prompts questions

Fla. work reported late; losing Md. competitors complain

Under Armour bets on bobsled to fuel global growth

When the U.S. bobsled and skeleton program looked to rebound from a disastrous 2006 Winter Olympics, help came from an unusual place not known for cold weather: Baltimore