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Living the Transit Lifestyle

October 27, 2015
You'll find plenty of other maps covering other areas of Baltimore at Guy HendersonSince the BaltimoreLink plan to transform Baltimore’s transit system was unveiled on Thursday, October 22, scores of questions have already come our way by phone, email and the Internet. But we know that the most important question we can address for each one of our riders is this:“How does this affect me?”MTA transports over 376,000 riders every day. With a plan as bold and ambitious as BaltimoreLink, that means some of our riders will need to make some... more
October 23, 2015
Guy Henderson   MTA is set to deliver a comprehensive new transit plan that demonstrates how serious we are about listening to our customers and delivering a system that connects all of Baltimore's transit options with each other, and connects Baltimore's citizens to jobs. On Thursday, October 22, MTA Administrator Paul Comfort joined Governor Larry Hogan, Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn, Baltimore City leaders and transit advocates for the announcement of $135 million in targeted investments to transform and improve transit throughout the metropolitan area. The plan will create an... more
October 15, 2015
Guy Henderson On the streets of early 20th Century America, nothing moved faster than 10 miles per hour. That may be the greatest lesson from this archival footage taken in 1905 and 1906 from the front of a moving San Francisco streetcar, and we're betting it's the reason that hanging onto the outside of a streetcar was considered "safe."In 1910, the automobile had begun changing American life significantly, with over 500,000 cars on the streets. With that increase came an upsurge in fatalities from people who had been used to walking casually among moving vehicles. (Look at that footage... more
October 7, 2015
Guy Henderson We like to think it makes a sound like a sigh of relief, because the leaves still rustle when the wind blows. Which is just the way the Maryland Transit Administration likes it. That’s why MTA continues to put in a Herculean effort to maintain and increase our single stream recycling program throughout our operations division. In 2014, MTA recycled more than 321 tons of materials that would have otherwise gone into a landfill. The result? Last year, MTA saved: • 1,202,491 kW-hr of electricity - enough to power 98 households for a year• 2,399 mature trees – enough to produce 70,... more
October 2, 2015
Opening Day at Charles Center Metro Subway Station. Average daily ridership that first month of operation was 21,000, which has more than doubled since 1983. Jon Berle Next month Metro Subway turns 32 on November 21. When the MTA opened Metro Subway in 1983, and again when it was extended to the suburbs (completed in 1987), artists were commissioned to design and install artwork in each of the 14 stations. The materials used varied from concrete and steel to colored glass and stencils, and ranged in price from $40,000 to $127,200. Many were by local artists, but two of them were done... more
September 29, 2015
Guy Henderson No matter how often we say it, we're reminded far too often that tragedy around train tracks can occur all too easily. Please give that train the respect it deserves, whether it's an intercity express, a freight train, MARC Commuter Train, Metro Subway or Light Rail, Like life itself, it really is moving faster than you think. You've heard the tips below about train tracks before. This time, instead of just reading them, how about passing them along to a young person, like a teenager? We know many teens feel like they're invulnerable. By passing these tips along, you just... more
September 24, 2015
Jon Berle Pope John Paul II helped the Maryland Transit Administration set a new ridership record during his historic visit to Baltimore on Sunday, October 8, 1995. More than 35,000 riders, (many of them first-timers) took trips on Metro Subway, Light Rail, MARC Train and Commuter Bus services. Light Rail alone carried 20,000 passengers, breaking the 16,000 one-day, special event ridership record that was set during the 1993 All Star Game. Light Rail lots were packed to capacity and the special train on MARC’s Camden Line sold out all 1,300 seats. In addition, hundreds of citizens purchased... more
September 23, 2015
Guy Henderson This is Try Transit Week, and MTA riders offer plenty of reasons why they’d recommend to their car-bound friends that they try transit too. While convenience and affordability are typically at the top of that list of reasons, there are plenty of other reasons that make sense too. For everyone. Here’s what we learned from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). It’s good for society.  Public transportation use in the United States saves 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline every year Public transit reduces our nation’s carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons... more
September 17, 2015
Jon Berle The routes of the MARC Penn Line have their roots on the same grounds that trains have traveled since the mid-1800s. Passenger service along the MARC Camden route began even earlier, in 1830, when the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (B&O) offered service from Mt. Claire Station in Baltimore to Ellicott City. During the mid-1800s, B&O passenger service was extended to Washington, DC and over the current MARC Brunswick Line to Martinsburg, West Virginia. Service on the current MARC Penn Line originated during this same period, operated by Pennsylvania Railroad, and later, Penn... more
September 16, 2015
Guy Henderson MTA’s installation of the 17th electric vehicle (EV) charging station bring to eight the number of Light Rail, Metro Subway and MARC Train stations that allow drivers of electric vehicles to plug in and charge up while they commute. Funded by a $1 million grant from the Maryland Energy Administration, the EV stations draw into focus MTA’s commitment to the environment by combining driving green with the inherently green nature of taking public transit. Electric vehicles have grown way beyond the experimental stage - global annual sales are expected in the hundreds of millions... more