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Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Transit Administration Returns to Regular Service After Winter Storm Stella

MTA MARC Train, Commuter Bus and Metro Subway Expect Return to Full Service Despite Storm

BALTIMORE, MD (MARCH 14, 2017) – As the region recovers from the snow and ice brought by Winter Storm Stella, the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) is preparing for a return to regular service on its travel modes tomorrow. All three lines on MTA’s MARC Train, Commuter Bus and Metro Subway are expected to be operating at full capacity Wednesday. MTA Local Bus will operate with some street diversions put in place to avoid steep hills and sharp turns on roadways.

MTA will start all Mobility/Paratransit service Wednesday at 6 a.m. but for the safety of drivers and our customers, Mobility service will be provided only where snow and ice have been removed from sidewalks and stairways in front of customer’s homes.

MTA Light Rail will start service at 7 a.m. and will run 15 minute headways as opposed to the normal 10 or 5 minute intervals at most stops during peak periods.

“We are proud we are getting back up to speed so swiftly after a challenging storm,” said MTA Administrator and CEO Paul Comfort. “The safety of our employees and riders is our top priority, and the fact that we had no accidents or crimes during this storm is a testament to the dedication and professionalism of our MTA employees.”

For the most up-to-date information on any weather-related changes to MTA services, please visit us at mta.maryland.gov, check us out on Facebook at facebook.com/mtamarylan(link is external)d and follow us on Twitter @mtamaryland. (link is external)Also, tune in to MTA’s Transit Team reports airing on various TV and radio stations in the Baltimore area, including MTA’s radio station, WTTZ-93.5 FM – “The Maryland Transportation Channel.”

Local Bus

·     Regular service scheduled with possible diversions on Wednesday, March 15. Check mta.maryland.gov for specific diversion information.

Metro Subway

·     Regular service scheduled.

Light Rail

·     Ice trains will run throughout this evening and Wednesday, March 15, to keep ice from forming on overhead catenary wires. Service will start at 7 a.m. and will operate on 15 minute headways.

Mobility/Paratransit

·     Regular Mobility/Paratransit service starting at 6 a.m. Wednesday, March 15.

MARC Train

·     Regular service on all three lines Wednesday, March 15.

Commuter Bus

·     Regular service Wednesday, March 15.

The Maryland Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) is one of the largest multi-modal transit systems in the United States. MTA operates Local and Commuter buses, Light Rail, Metro Subway, Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) Train service, and a comprehensive Paratransit (Mobility) system. MTA also manages the Taxi Access system, and directs funding and statewide assistance to Locally Operated Transit Systems (LOTS) in each of Maryland’s 23 counties, Annapolis, Baltimore City and Ocean City. MDOT is a customer-driven leader that delivers safe, sustainable, intelligent and exceptional transportation solutions in order to connect our customers to life’s opportunities. MTA’s goal is to provide safe, efficient and reliable transit across Maryland with world-class customer service. To learn more, visit mdot.maryland.gov or mta.maryland.gov, check us out on Facebook at facebook.com/mtamaryland and follow us on Twitter @mtamaryland.

Media Contacts: 
Sandy Arnette               Paul Shepard
Office: 410-767-8367    Office: 410-767-3935
Cell: 443-835-7984       Cell: 443-622-4181
                                                                                        

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