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PORT OF BALTIMORE

The Port of Baltimore has a vital role in Maryland's
economic development, generating almost $13
billion in economic benefits and supporting 87,000
jobs. Closer to the Midwest than any other East
Coast port, the Port is within an overnight drive of
one-third of the nation's population. It serves over
50 ocean carriers making nearly 2,100 annual visits.
The Port's container capacity increased by 50% with
the opening in 1990 of Seagirt Marine Terminal, a
260-acre center for automated cargo handling.
General cargo moving through the State's five
marine terminals in 1994 increased dramatically to
6,329,079 short tons, up 16.9 % from 1993.

In 1994, all major cargo categories—containers,
automobiles, steel, farm and construction equip-
ment, wood pulp, and other breakbulk commodi-
ties, and project cargoes such as prefabricated
buildings—recorded strong growth. Containerized
cargo exports totaled 2.4 million short tons, and
imports totaled 2.3 million short tons.

The center of international commerce for the re-
gion is the World Trade Center—Baltimore. It
houses the Maryland Port Administration and U.S.
headquarters for several major shipping lines.

Chief Exports coal, corn, soybeans, lignite, coal
coke, petroleum, and fuel oils.

Chief Imports automobiles and small trucks, iron
ore, petroleum products, gypsum, sugar, cement,
bauxite, salt, crude mineral substances, fertilizer
and fertilizer materials, and ferroalloys. Baltimore
also continues to grow as a major distributor of
imported wood pulp and paper.

RIVERS

Principal Rivers: Back, Bush, Chester, Choptank,
Elk, Great Bohemia, Gunpowder, Magothy, Mid-
dle, Miles, Nanticoke, Northeast, Patapsco,
Patuxent, Pocomoke, Potomac, Sassafras, Severn,
South, Susquehanna, Tred Avon, Wicomico, Wye

SEAFOOD PRODUCTION

A prominent producer and processor of seafood,
Maryland is a national leader in producing blue
crabs and soft clams

1994 Landings Deskside Value
Crabs 43,537,000 lbs $40,443,000
Finfish 10,319,000 lbs $ 6,888,000
Oysters 128,000 bu $ 2,630,000
Soft Clams 37,000 bu $ 3,008,000
Total $52,969,000

SPORTS

Maryland is home to four professional sports teams.
The Baltimore Orioles baseball team plays in one
of the nation's most hospitable stadiums, Oriole
Park at Camden Yards. Maryland's USAir Arena in
Lanham holds Bullets basketball and Capitals ice
hockey In the 1996 season, Baltimore will host the
Ravens of the National Football League at Memo-
rial Stadium. Run at Pimlico Race Course, the
Preakness (one of three thoroughbred horse races
in the world famous Triple Crown) contributes to
Maryland's reputation as "horse country".

STATEHOOD

Maryland, on April 28, 1788, became the seventh
state to ratify the federal Constitution

TRANSPORTATION

Baltimore Metro, Bus, Light Rail
& MARC (410) 539-5000
toll free 1-800-543-9809
TDD (410) 333-2872
Bus Call-A-Lift (410) 682-5438
Bus—Montgomery County (301) 217-RIDE
Bus—Prince George's County (301) 883-5683
Certification for seniors & people
with disabilities (410) 333-3568
Comments, complaints,
commendations (410) 333-2354
Lost & Found (410) W 2387
MARC (rail commuter) 1 800-325 RAIL
Monthly Passes, MTA
(MasterCard, VISA) (410) 767-8775
Paratransit Service/ Mobility (410) 333-3535
Washington Metrorail (202) 637-7000

Bus Bus transportation is provided by the Mass Transit
Administration (MTA), the Washington Metropolitan
Area Transit Authority (WMATA), and local buses.
Statewide, MTA operates commuter bus routes linking
metropolitan areas, funds general bus transportation
for elderly and disabled persons, and supports local
public transportation funding in many counties and
small cities. MTA provides privately contracted com-
muter bus service from Annapolis, Charlotte Hall,
Columbia, Crofton, Frederick, Hagerstown, Hunt-
ingtown, Kent Island, North Beach, Silver Spring, and
Waldorf to Washington, DC, or to a Metrorail station.
MTA also operates over 60 bus routes in the Baltimore
area. With suburban service from Annapolis, Bel Air,
Columbia, Havre de Grace, Laurel, and White Marsh
to downtown Baltimore, 860 buses serve more than
250,000 passengers daily. Passengers with disabilities
may use regularly scheduled lift equipped service; Call-
A-Lift on bus routes without regularly scheduled ac-
cessible buses, and Mobility, a van and taxi service for
those who cannot use MTA buses. In winter, MTA
Shelter Shuttle transports homeless individuals and
families to city-run shelters nightly. In Montgomery

 

 



 
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