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Living the Transit Lifestyle

June 24, 2016
In this fast-paced environment, it seems we’re always hopping from one place to another – and usually trying to get there fast. To help make life a little easier, the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Transit Administration rolled out its new Express BusLink service this week that will virtually cut travel time in half on some routes. In addition, Baltimore-area residents will be better linked to regional job centers, other transit modes and life’s opportunities. Express BusLink is a major new service offered as part of BaltimoreLink, the $135 million transit improvement plan... more
June 10, 2016
Big hair, bigger boas and even bigger laughs will be on tap again for the 23rd annual HONfest, an ode to the working women or "honeys" of Baltimore.  The June 11-12 festival will feature all-things Baltimore including Best Hon and Little Miss Hon contests, a Best Mustache contest, an oyster shucking contest, and lots of crafts, food and live music. And the best way to get to all that hair and hilarity is with the MTA. MTA Local Buses 22, 27, and 98 take you quickly and conveniently to Baltimore’s Hampden neighborhood, the home of HONfest. Getting out to HONfest is a fun way to spend an... more
June 3, 2016
At the MTA, our most important mission is the safety of the people who use our service and the people we employ. In celebration of June as National Safety Month, the MTA reminds customers to stay safe while riding Local Bus, Light Rail, Metro Subway, MARC Train, Commuter Bus and Mobility/Paratransit.  Some key safety tips include:  • Wait at the designated area. You only can board buses and trains at designated MTA stops or stations.  • Walk. Do not run for the bus or train. Allow enough time to get to the appropriate stop or train station before the scheduled arrival time. Once the bus or... more
May 28, 2016
The MTA racked up at this year’s APTA conference being recognized as one of North America’s top public transit systems in safety, security and customer service.    The MTA captured both the prestigious Gold Award for Safety and the Gold Award for Security, which were given to agencies with the best overall bus safety or bus security programs at APTA’s Bus & Paratransit Conference in Charlotte, N.C., May 15-18.    The MTA won in the highly-competitive large transit system category for systems with 20 million or more bus passenger trips annually.   APTA also crowned MTA Bus Operator Bennie... more
May 25, 2016
In keeping with the promise to provide safe, efficient and reliable transit with world-class customer service, the MTA will kick off a project to overhaul the Light Rail tracks along Howard Street in Baltimore’s Central Business District. Work will begin May 27 at 10 p.m. and end May 30 at 3:30 a.m. During this time, regular Light Rail service will be shut down in the area. To accommodate our MTA customers, shuttle bus service will be provided between the North Avenue Station and the Camden Yards Station. Service north of the North Avenue Station and south of the Camden Yards Station will not... more
May 18, 2016
Last year, American Pharoah glided over a rain-dampened Pimlico Race Course track to win the Preakness - his second stop on the way to making history as the 12th Triple Crown winner in American horseracing This Saturday, Nyquist will get his shot at the history books when he takes on a field of 3 year-olds at the 141st Preakness. And whether Nyquist is good enough to win each leg of the Triple Crown, the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes, and become a racing Triple immortal, one thing is certain. MTA is a best bet to get you there. The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) will... more
May 13, 2016
Ok, let’s be brutally honest. The past few weeks (or is it months?) of rainy, cloudy, energy-sapping weather doesn’t exactly make you think about our national pastime – baseball.   But at least fans of the Baltimore Orioles can take pride in the fact they are cheering for a first-place club.   Despite preseason predictions of doom and gloom for our local team (the starting pitching is too weak, who is going to steal bases, etc), at this early point of the baseball season, the O’s are showing off muscle at the plate (leading the American League in homers) and surprisingly stingy pitching.  ... more
April 13, 2016
In the 19th century, America’s engineers created infrastructure to last. But even the most optimistic builders of the time would have been amazed that the Baltimore & Potomac (B&P) Tunnel, dedicated in 1873, would still be on the job 143 years later. As the oldest element of railroad infrastructure in the entire Northeast Corridor (NEC), the B&P Tunnel sees about 140 passenger and freight trains pass through its portals on just two tracks every weekday. The B&P is located between Baltimore’s Penn Station and the West Baltimore MARC Station. Owned by Amtrak, it’s a major NEC... more
March 25, 2016
At the corner of Baltimore and Holliday streets in Downtown Baltimore stands a living, functioning monument to creativity and ingenuity that's about to celebrate its 200th birthday. It's a streetlamp powered by gas, and it was about two centuries ago when Baltimore became the first American city to light its streets with gas lamps. The beacons would soon spread throughout the city, spreading cheer and lighting the way for cities across the nation to take back the night.  Starting Monday, March 28 thru Sunday, April 3, 2016, Baltimore revives that first-of-its-kind tradition in a fabulously... more
March 10, 2016
Last week’s ticket checks at Union Station left some of our MARC riders concerned about missing their train or just having to stand in line before boarding. No riders missed their connection because of the process, and the trains left on time. However, we wanted to respond to some of our customers who questioned the value of checking tickets in this way.  Increased police presence on its own has been shown to augment safety and security in a wide variety of situations simply by encouraging those with ill intent to move on. The effectiveness of making police more visible in various places on a... more