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March 22, 2017
From tokens to smart cards, modern technology means a more convenient way to ride MTA As a token of our appreciation for supporting MTA and for using public transportation to help keep our environment healthier, we’d like to share a little history with you about how fare media has changed in the past 156 years. Also, we thought you’d enjoy a first look at our brand-new CharmCard coming your way soon. When public transit started here in July 1859, fares on the Baltimore City Passenger Railway, Baltimore’s first public rail service, were three cents and transfers were an additional three cents... more
March 21, 2017
We don’t know exactly what day Governor William Donald Schaefer sat at the controls of a Light Rail vehicle for this photo, but we do know that he took his first trip after boarding a test train at Woodberry Stop on November 20, 1991. This trip was taken 27 years after the Metropolitan Transit Authority conducted a study in 1964 over a combined bus, light rail and subway system vs. an all-bus system. At that time, Schaefer was on the Baltimore City Council. Schaefer became Mayor in 1971 and Governor in 1986. Schaefer stepped down from his position as governor on January 18, 1995 after... more
February 21, 2017
March 17 marks the one-year anniversary of the launch of MTA’s new radio station WTTZ-FM 93.5, which joins MTA’s other station WMVK-FM 107.3 in Perryville. WTTZ-FM 93.5, already playing in all Metro and Light Rail stations, can now be heard in all Maryland MARC Train stations as well.  WTTZ-FM 93.5 FM and WMVK-FM 107.3, both featuring smooth jazz formats, are the only area stations in the market that provides frequent transit and traffic reports that include buses, trains and BWI delays. “Now all MARC Train riders waiting in stations can now hear important news affecting their commute in... more
February 15, 2017
Written comments concerning BaltimoreLink and the proposed changes to MTA bus service that begin June 18, 2017 will continue to be accepted until Tuesday, February 21, 2017. You can view the full text that details the proposed changes on the MTA website, or pick a copy up in person in the lobby of the William Donald Schaefer Tower at 6 Saint Paul Street on the corner of Baltimore and St. Paul streets in downtown Baltimore. A hardcopy can also be requested by calling the MTA Contact Center at 410-539-5000 or 866-RIDE-MTA (743-3682). Written comments can be submitted online or mailed to MTA... more
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