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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 BaltimoreLink is MTA’s complete transformation of Baltimore’s half a century old and outdated bus network, implementation of bus-only dedicated lanes, installation of transit signal prioritization, construction of a transfer hub network, rebranding and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BaltimoreLink is MTA’s complete transformation of Baltimore’s half-century old and outdated bus network, implementation of bus-only dedicated lanes, installation of transit signal prioritization, construction of a transfer hub network, rebranding and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
September 15, 2016
The Maryland Transit Administration has a long history of community involvement and striving to improve the neighborhoods it serves.   Our new Adopt-a-Stop initiative continues that tradition. The program, by which people and organizations take a hand in bus stop maintenance, has its roots in the Adopt-a-Shelter program that started in November 1990. (While the MTA designates appropriate areas for its bus stops, it does not own them, and must rely on our community's civic pride to help maintain the areas around them.)  Like the current effort, the Adopt-a-Shelter program encouraged local... more
September 9, 2016
It doesn’t take long for a person with drive and dedication to be recognized on the Maryland Transit Administration Police Force. Three-year MTA Police Force veteran Anthony Bossalina knows that personally. Bossalina was recently presented with the Officer of the Year award by MTA Police Chief John E. Gavrilis. MTA Administrator Paul Comfort was among those citing Bossalina for “bravery, diligence, selflessness and exhibiting all the finest attributes of a Maryland Transit Administration Police Force Officer.” The MTA is looking for the next Officer Bossalina to join the ranks of its police... more
September 7, 2016
Few workplace stories warm the heart like those of a youthful scrappy underling working his hardest and smartest every day in a big organization, gaining the reins of leadership of through talent, hard work and persistence. Sounds like a story fit for Hollywood tale, but it was story born at the Maryland Transit Administration’s Bush Bus Division in Baltimore when a one-time bus mechanic named Dave Varner rose through the ranks until he finally become Director of Bus Maintenance in 2008. Now Varner, a 25-year MTA veteran, is looking for a just-as-ambitious version of himself to come through... more
August 31, 2016
You might not know it, but Baltimore is home to a winning team of highly trained professionals and they’d like you to consider joining the squad. This invite isn’t from the Ravens or the Orioles. It’s from the Maryland Transit Administration Police Force, which is looking to fill openings in its award-winning department. Highly competitive pay, good benefits and the opportunity to bring meaningful change to their communities drives most of our MTA officers to this first-rate department. But that’s just the foundation. Working with the MTA Police Force provides the opportunity to experience... more
August 26, 2016
A look at the American League baseball standings tell any local baseball fan why they should consider themselves lucky to be in Baltimore this summer. Just four of the 15 teams in the American League currently sport a better record than our hometown Orioles sporting a 70-57 record. With the top five teams in the league being eligible for the playoffs, the chances are pretty good that some meaningful baseball games are going to be played at Camden Yards in the coming weeks. Chicago (White Sox) can’t claim that. Neither can Anaheim (Angels), Minnesota (Twins) nor Oakland (A’s). Right here in... more
August 15, 2016
#EVRecharging  Good news for electric vehicle enthusiasts! For MARC Train customers, there is now an Electric Vehicle Recharging Point at the Germantown and Point of Rocks stations on the Brunswick Line, and for Penn Line riders, there is one at Martin State Airport MARC Station. (Recharging points are already available for MARC Penn Line riders at West Baltimore, BWI Rail Station, Halethorpe and Odenton, as well as one at Penn Station that is managed by Baltimore City.) For Commuter Bus riders, there’s a new one at Belcamp Park and Ride, as well as the existing recharging points at Dunkirk... more