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Living the Transit Lifestyle

March 8, 2011
With warmer weather finally on the way, it seemed like a good time to talk about taking your bike onto public transportation. Following through on its commitment to be a “green” agency, MTA makes it easy to take your bicycle throughout the Baltimore region. Almost any standard-size pedal powered bicycle is welcome on MTA Local Bus, Light Rail and Metro Subway vehicles. (Keep in mind, though, that MARC Trains can only handle folding bikes, and Commuter Bus vehicles aren’t equipped to handle any bicycles at this time.) We asked regular MTA rider and bicyclist Gerry Hanlon about his bicycle/bus... more
March 1, 2011
We honor the service of Mr. Percy Brown, who recently passed away after having left to the MTA and its customers a legacy of dedication and innovation that will be long remembered. Mr. Brown helped shape history in 1952 as one of Baltimore’s first African American bus operators, a position he earned only after overcoming numerous hurdles. He spoke about some of those hurdles in an article that appeared about him over a decade ago. “Although black operators could be hired, the union decided it was going to keep the colored out of those jobs was by not training them. Well, they didn’t know... more
February 9, 2011 recently published an essay by Tom Vanderbilt entitled The Most Stressful Job on the Planet? about the challenges of working as a bus operator. It was a gratifying read for everyone at MTA who navigates the streets and highways for our customers on a daily basis.  Without listing all the “shenanigans” our bus drivers deal with every shift – you can read the article for that – suffice it to know that high blood pressure, back problems and stress-related health conditions are far higher for bus operators than for the general population. Of course, passenger safety is the number one... more