Monday, April 28, 2014
Maryland House in spring
The new Maryland House rest stop is beginning to look cheerier now that we actually seem to have a spring in the Northeast. The new facility has a lot to be said for it (as it should for $30 million). This is reputedly the busiest rest stop in the entire US, so it’s important to get it right.
Just a few thoughts:
· The traffic pattern needs work. Although it may have made sense on paper, I found myself having a difficult time finding the pathway back to I-95. Lots of possibilities for conflicts.
· The traffic info panel is good, but still not doing what I think technology can do for us. We need to get to real multimedia, interactive displays with more information and more razz-ma-tazz.
· Why is the tourist information area so much smaller than the old one was?
· Interesting to see that the landscaped strip leading to the front door (which looks like it was designed just as a partition in the parking field) has been converted by the traveling public into a green pedestrian pathway!
All in all, Maryland has done a good job with the new facility. I just miss the old Maryland House, a rather picturesque and sentimental landmark for many of us for many years.