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Living the Transit Lifestyle

July 28, 2016
Lots of things are important when you move millions of people around the region on a public transit system. But nothing is more important than doing that job safely. That is why the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Transit Administration is rightly proud in winning a national award for safety and security for both its Light Rail and Metro Subway operations. When the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) gave its 2016 Gold Awards for Heavy Rail Security and Light Rail Safety to the MTA earlier this year, it was telling the MTA that is was doing a great job on job... more
July 22, 2016
Have you heard about the new dance craze that will be sweeping Baltimore for the next month or so? It’s called the “Shuttle Bus Shuffle.” And while it might not help you break in the new shoes you just purchased, it will help you navigate around the 24-day partial closing of MTA’s Metro Subway service. Due to some urgently needed track repairs and upgrades for safety, the MTA is closing the Reisterstown Plaza, Rogers Avenue and West Cold Spring stations for three weeks.  That's where the Shuttle Bus Shuffle comes in. MTA will provide two shuttle bus bridges – a local and an express - linking... more
July 13, 2016
The Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) is absolutely committed to providing safe, efficient and reliable transit with world-class customer service. As part of our commitment to safety, MTA will shut down Baltimore’s Metro Subway service from the Milford Mill to Mondawmin stations for 23 days – July 22 to August 14 – for necessary maintenance of major rail components.   Service will continue between the following stations: Owings Mills to Milford Mill and Mondawmin to Johns Hopkins Hospital. During the shutdown, there will be no train service to... more
June 30, 2016
The Maryland Transit Administration wants to hear from you – again – on how we did with the re-work of the BaltimoreLink plan to improve public transit.  You might recall that when the MTA, a business unit of the Maryland Department of Transportation, rolled out BaltimoreLink in October, we asked for your feedback on the plan.  And did Baltimore ever deliver. The MTA gathered more than 1,280 comments from 67 key events held to gauge public opinion on the design. Now we're seeking your input again at a series of BaltimoreLink Network Redesign workshops to be held from July through September.... more
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 27, 2016
Got plans this Memorial Day weekend? Let the MTA be your designated driver – connecting you to your destination quickly, safely and responsibly. By letting the MTA get you where you want to go, you can arrive hassle-free without worrying about traffic, high gas prices or trying to find safe and affordable parking. MTA offers a range of travel options, including Commuter Bus, Light Rail, Local Bus, MARC Train, Metro Subway and Mobility services.   In addition to being convenient, public transportation is also affordable. The cost is just $1.70 each way or $4 for an all-day pass. Riders simply... 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