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Maryland Department of Transportation's MTA Celebrates the Holiday Season With Annual Holiday Bus and Train Garden

Friday, December 9, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Santa to Appear on Holiday Bus that Will Provide Free Rides 

BALTIMORE, MD (DECEMBER 9, 2016) – The Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) will be spreading holiday cheer in the form of free bus rides and through its annual Holiday Train Garden, which is on display at the Mondawmin Metro Subway Station until New Year’s Day.

As a thank you to MTA riders and to wish everyone a happy holiday season, the MTA Holiday Bus is on the road again, spreading holiday cheer with free rides for MTA bus patrons.  The specially-decorated bus will operate on different Local Bus routes weekdays until December 20. Customers will receive candy canes and greetings from Santa, who will be on the bus with his elves. The inside of the MTA Holiday Bus also is decorated for the holidays and will play festive music for passengers. 

“This is our way of thanking our customers and wishing them a happy and joyous holiday season,” said MTA Administrator and CEO Paul Comfort.  “The MTA cares about our passengers, and we are dedicated to providing them with world-class customer service.  I personally look forward to meeting and speaking with many of our customers along some of the MTA Holiday Bus routes.”

Meanwhile, the MTA invites children of all ages to the Holiday Train Garden at the Mondawmin Metro Subway Station the entire month of December.

The interactive train garden features a subway train that travels through a cityscape, neighborhoods, a zoo, a park, and a construction site.  Visitors are encouraged to take part in the fun by pushing interactive buttons that make objects inside the train garden come to life.

The display is on the Mezzanine Level of the Mondawmin Metro Subway Station and is available for public viewing during the Metro Subway system’s normal operating hours.

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
sarnette@mta.maryland.gov             pshepard@mta.maryland.gov

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