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February 24, 2016
With relatively mild temperatures and no rain in the forecast for the final Saturday and Sunday in February, this could be an ideal weekend to bring your bike onto the MARC Train Weekend Service on the Penn Line. With Black History Month coming to a close, we're ready to welcome March and Women's History Month. And Rosa Parks is the perfect symbol for both months. Start with a visit to the Rosa Parks statue in Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol, within walking distance of Union Station. According to the Architect of the Capitol website, “the statue of Rosa Parks is historically significant as... more
February 23, 2016
The Maryland Transit Administration’s Director of Mobility Carl Parr is justly proud of his latest purchase on behalf of MTA. With 147 new Ford Taurus “Police Interceptor” vehicles replacing nearly one-third of the current fleet, Mobility can now offer its customers a smooth, comfortable ride to rival that of luxury vehicles costing much more. The purchase represents a new way of thinking for MTA, based on Administrator Paul Comfort’s vision of a transit agency that is “safe, efficient, reliable and offering world-class customer service.” In this case, the focus on efficiency enabled the... more
February 4, 2016
While the snow has faded faster than we could have imagined possible that weekend of January 23-24, the blizzard known as Jonas will not fade from our memories at MTA any time soon. It was the largest East Coast winter storm on record, having dumped more than two feet of snow over an unprecedented contiguous stretch from Washington D.C. to New York City. To give you an idea of how seriously this “Snowzilla” affected Maryland, the highest sustained winds of the entire storm – 57 MPH – were recorded right here in our state at Assateague Island, which also recorded gusts of 85 MPH. Fortunately,... more
January 29, 2016
This past weekend – just two weeks shy of six years ago – Marylanders were again reminded that “life is what happens while we’re making other plans.”  The blizzard Jonas presented challenges to the MTA and our passengers like we haven’t seen since since the February 5-6, 2010blizzard called "Snowmagedden.” Also known as “Snowpocalypse” and "snOMG," the 2010 storm, unlike Jonas, was the second of three major snowstorms in just a 12-day period. Maryland and our mid-Atlantic neighboring states were among the hardest hit, with record snowfall totals from 20 to 35 inches. The highest officially... more
January 19, 2016
Until now, it’s been an unusually mild winter in Maryland. But with Friday’s forecast calling for several inches of snow, we want you to know that we’re ready to roll no matter what Mother Nature brings. Here’s a look at what MTA does to prepare for a winter weather event. • MTA puts additional service and support personnel on standby for Local Bus, Light Rail and Metro Subway operations. • As weather conditions develop, MTA monitors the condition of roads – hills, curves and the like – that are particularly challenging and advises of any needed diversions, speed restrictions or service... more
December 29, 2015
This has been a year of new beginnings for the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA). With our newly energized focus on safe, efficient and reliable transit across Maryland with world-class customer service as the foundation of major improvements on the way, the MTA is poised to deliver a virtually brand new transit system to our customers over the next 18 months. The introduction of #BaltimoreLink will transform transit throughout the Baltimore  region. The comprehensive draft plan includes redesigning the entire local and express bus systems throughout Baltimore and adding 12 new high-... more
December 16, 2015
Guy Henderson         It’s not every day that a television show gets to celebrate its 200th episode.  The Maryland Transit Administration’s Commuter Connections began life as a television show in 1999 with the name In Touch With the MTA. The program began airing on the Baltimore City Government Channel (Comcast Channel 25), and has since expanded to station affiliates throughout Central Maryland and the Eastern Shore. Sharing important information on transit projects and initiatives as well as promoting public transit throughout the Baltimore-Washington region, Commuter Connections now... more
December 10, 2015
Jon Berle       The current round of public workshops being offered to introduce the new #BaltimoreLink program are part of a long tradition at MTA of engaging our customers and gathering their feedback before embarking on a significant addition to or change in service. MTA has always valued our customers’ opinions, and their suggestions are taken seriously and incorporated into final plans whenever possible and practical. That’s the way it was 20 years ago when MTA proposed introducing the kind of railcar our riders hadn’t seen in Maryland before – a “new” bi-level rail car that offered... more
December 3, 2015
Guy Henderson         In addition to being one of the highest yielding fossil hunting areas in the nation, Southern Maryland has earned the distinction of being the state’s fastest growing region. The decision made over two decades ago to consolidate defense activities at Patuxent River Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division by the federal Base Realignment and Closure Commission is still shaping burgeoning growth in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties today, and will continue to do so for years to come.   Economic opportunity within the counties is an important factor in their... more
November 18, 2015
Guy HendersonWith about 800 buses traveling through downtown Baltimore every weekday, the scene above is typical of what happens when too many buses are all routed in the same direction, with a system based on getting riders to where the primary job center was 50 years ago - downtown.The draft transit improvement plan known as #BaltimoreLink was designed to connect Baltimore residents to today's jobs. The plan was developed at least partially to reflect today’s reality that many jobs have moved to the suburbs.With each new public workshop to help shape a final BaltimoreLink system that works... more