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MDOT’s MTA Light Rail to Temporarily Close in Downtown Baltimore for Track Work

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Bus Bridge will be in place February 3-5 to get MTA customers around closed Light Rail stations in the City’s Central Business District

BALTIMORE, MD (FEBRUARY 1, 2017) – The Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) will halt Light Rail service from February 3-5 along Howard and Pratt Streets in Baltimore City’s Central Business District for needed track repairs.

The shutdown will begin on Friday, February 3, at 6:00 p.m. and last through the weekend, with service resuming as usual at 5 a.m. on the morning of Monday, February 6.

Light Rail stations that will be closed include Penn Station, University of Baltimore/Mount Royal, Cultural Center/State Center, Centre Street, Lexington Market, University Center and Convention Center.

To minimize the inconvenience to customers, MTA will provide a free shuttle bus service in both directions for passengers from the Camden Yards Light Rail station to the North Avenue station.  The bus will stop at each of the closed stations during normal hours.

“The safety of our customers is our number one priority,” said MTA Deputy Administrator Suhair Al Khatib. “Not only will this track work help to increase safety for the transit riding public, it will enhance the efficiency and reliability of the entire Light Rail system.”

Al Khatib asked that customers plan ahead and allow extra time when using MTA Light Rail service this weekend.

If inclement weather forces a postponement of the project, it will be moved to the following weekend, starting February 10 and ending February 12.

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 Call-a-Ride 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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