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February 1, 2017
The engineers and conductors that operate MARC Trains are not employees of the MTA, rather, they work for Amtrak (Penn Line) or Bombardier Transportation Services (Brunswick and Camden Lines).  While they are not MTA employees, we consider our Amtrak and Bombardier partners part of the MTA family.  I am sad to report that we have lost one of our family members. MARC Penn Line Conductor Barry Durm passed away on Saturday after a brief second battle with cancer; the relapse was diagnosed before Christmas.  Barry worked a number of MARC Penn Line trains, most recently trains 419 and 414 in... more
February 1, 2017
  In recognition of African American History Month, MTA encourages everyone to take a ride through history on MTA Local Bus, Metro Subway and Light Rail. Baltimore’s own Camden Station, now a major transit hub for Light Rail and MARC Train, was used by Harriet Tubman’s Underground Railroad between 1850 and 1860 as part of a network of secret routes and safe houses used by slaves wishing to escape to free states and Canada. Continuing north, next to the Battle Monument at the corner of Calvert and Lexington streets, is the Black Soldier Memorial Statue, a 13-foot bronze statue sculpted by... more
January 19, 2017
On January 19, 1987, MTA opened the “new” Northwest Bus Facility and Maintenance Division on 4410 Mt. Hope Drive, off Wabash Avenue in northwest Baltimore. This facility replaced the Harford Bus Division off North Avenue. Harford started out as a trolley car house for United Railways and Electric (UR&E, MTA’s first predecessor) after Harford Avenue sub-station opened in 1907. Baltimore Transit Company (BTC, MTA’s immediate predecessor) closed Harford as a rail facility on June 19, 1956 and reopened it as a bus facility a year later. Today, the only physical remains of Harford Bus... more
January 3, 2017
The MTA will hold 14 public hearings this month to gather more comments from the community about the BaltimoreLink transit improvement plan that will launch in June 2017 with CityLink and LocalLink. The first public hearing will be tomorrow, Wednesday, January 4 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the North Point Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library (1716 Merritt Blvd., Dundalk, MD 21222) and is accessible by taking MTA Local Bus No. 4. MTA values customer feedback and utilizes comments to help guide future modifications and improvements. “Through our public outreach process, we have... more
November 29, 2016
Once again, in a neighborhood near you, the annual MTA “Holiday Bus” will be rolling through the streets of Baltimore from Thursday, December 1 through Tuesday, December 20 to offer good vibes, free rides, and the sweetest part of all - free candy! Santa himself has taken time out of his busy schedule at the North Pole to drive MTA’s specially-decorated bus, a Baltimore tradition for over 40 years. So c’mon and take a free ride! Keep both festive eyes open and be on the lookout for Santa and his very merry #1 elf. He will be driving different Local Bus routes each morning and afternoon,... more
November 17, 2016
MTA opened three new electric vehicle (EV) recharging stations as a convenience for commuters who use electric vehicles to get to the train station. The new EV stations are at Germantown and Point of Rocks MARC Train stations on the Brunswick Line, and at Martin State Airport MARC Station on the Penn Line. Recharging is also available for Penn Line riders at Penn Station in Baltimore. That means you can park your electric vehicle at an MTA stop or station, and when you return at the end of the workday, your vehicle will be fully charged and ready to go. These first/last mile and money-... more
November 10, 2016
On October 31, at a ribbon-cutting event for the four-mile Anacostia Riverwalk Trail project that connects nearly 70 miles of trails in Maryland and the District of Columbia, Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn announced the Hogan Administration’s commitment to provide $5.2 million in grants for transportation alternatives and improvements to bicycle and pedestrian safety and connectivity across the state. Continuing its commitment to making connections statewide, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is awarding a total of 71 grants to transportation agencies, local... more
November 2, 2016
To hear her co-workers and supervisors tell it, Ebonee Baker wore many hats – and she wore them well. A Maryland Transit Administration full-time bus operator and alternate secretary since 2005. A devoted, church-going mother of four. Proud purple-wearing Ravens fan on fall Sundays. Ebonee was among the six souls lost and ten people injured in a tragic bus crash on Frederick Avenue the first day of November. The accident is under investigation. But Baltimore City Police representatives have said it appears the Number 10 bus Ebonee was driving that Tuesday morning was simply in the wrong... more
September 25, 2016
The Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) has been actively seeking feedback on its transformative transit plan, BaltimoreLink. BaltimoreLink is MTA’s complete transformation of Baltimore’s half a century old and outdated bus network, implementation of bus-only dedicated lanes, installation of transit signal prioritization, construction of a transfer hub network, rebranding and replacement of more than 6,500 transit signs, expanded commuter bus service, and new bicycle amenities. Since the plan was unveiled by Governor Larry Hogan in October 2015, the... more
September 23, 2016
BaltimoreLink is MTA’s complete transformation of Baltimore’s half-century old and outdated bus network, implementation of bus-only dedicated lanes, installation of transit signal prioritization, construction of a transfer hub network, rebranding and replacement of more than 6,500 transit signs, expanded commuter bus service, and new bicycle amenities. The project was recently recognized by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and the White House as a project that will provide economic revitalization for key areas of Baltimore. The USDOT further bolstered the project with a recent... more