MTA to Temporarily Suspend Weekend Transit Services
As the region braces for Snow Storm Jonas, which is expected to drop nearly three feet of snow with winds gusting at up to 45 miles per hour, the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) will operate with reduced service and schedule changes on Friday, Jan. 22. In addition, all transit services will be suspended prior to midnight tonight, depending on weather conditions, and will continue to be suspended throughout the weekend. Customers are urged to get to their destinations as soon as possible to help ensure their safety.
"A major storm is about to hit our region and we, at the MTA, care about our customers and want them to be prepared, safe and well-informed,” said MTA Administrator and CEO Paul Comfort. “To make that happen, we’re telling people our plans for transit in advance; however, these plans may change depending on the severity of the storm. We encourage the public to get to their destinations quickly as transit schedules are based upon weather conditions. MTA is working in collaboration with WMATA, our regional transit partner in D.C., to provide information as quickly and as early as possible so our transit riders can plan accordingly. The steps we are taking today are to protect the safety of our customers and operators, allow first responders and snow removal equipment unimpeded access to the roads, and allow the MTA to return more quickly to normal operations after the storm.”
The treacherous weather conditions will impact Commuter Bus, Light Rail, Local Bus, MARC Train, Metro Subway and Mobility/Paratransit services. Service reductions will be phased in today beginning at 7 p.m. – sooner depending on weather conditions. The MTA will monitor weather conditions through the weekend to determine when services may resume on Monday, Jan. 25. Below is more specific information about how each service is affected by the storm. The schedules may change and service may be suspended earlier due to the storm’s severity:
- At 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, reduction of service begins.
- Phased recovery of service is expected to begin at 3 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 25, based on road conditions.
- Metro Subway service will be temporarily suspended beginning at 11 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, or earlier, depending on weather conditions.
- All Light Rail service will be reduced on Friday, Jan. 22.
- Customers will be notified that all reservations after 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22, will be cancelled.
- The Reservations Department will be closed on Saturday, Jan. 23.
- Reservations will resume operations at noon on Sunday, Jan. 25, and remain open until 6 p.m., an extra hour.
- “S” schedule on all three lines for Friday, Jan. 22, with reduced service.
- Will operate on a modified schedule on Friday, Jan. 22.
- The AM schedule will operate as normal.
- The PM Schedule: Midday trips will operate as scheduled.
- All other routes will begin operating three hours early, except Route 305 trip 23, which will operate four hours early.
MTA’s Transit store will close on Friday, Jan. 22, at 1 p.m. with the MTA Transit Information Contact Center closing at 11 p.m.
For the latest information on MTA service, passengers are urged to check the MTA website at www.mta.maryland.gov. Please visit MTA’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/mtamaryland and follow us on Twitter @mtamaryland. And, tune into MTA’s Transit Team reports airing on various TV and radio stations in the Baltimore area. To sign up for email notifications about service delays and modifications go to www.mta.maryland.gov/enotifications.