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For Immediate Release:

MTA REPAIR PROJECTS SET TO BEGIN

May 3, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD (MAY 3, 2012) – The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) will begin planned repair projects on the Light Rail and Metro Subway systems this weekend.   Metro customers should experience minimal delays as a result of the system maintenance. Light Rail service to five stations north of Timonium will be replaced with shuttle bus service from May 5 to about June 30. 

Light Rail Work

MTA crews will be replacing four grade crossings on the Light Rail line in the Hunt Valley area.  The five affected Light Rail stations are Warren Road, Gilroy Road, McCormick Road, Pepper Road, and Hunt Valley.    To accommodate riders, shuttle bus service will run near all five stations to the Timonium Road station.  Shuttle buses will operate during regular Light Rail service hours.  Signs informing patrons of the service interruption will be placed at affected stations, and MTA customer service employees will be positioned at key locations.  Riders may also bypass these stations and utilize the 850-space parking lot at the Timonium Road station.  Riders are asked to plan ahead and adjust schedules accordingly during this project. 

MTA crews will replace worn rails and install improved rail foundations.  This work is needed to maintain safe, reliable operation of the line in the future.  This section of the Light Rail opened in 1997 and the upcoming project is the first major work since the system opened.

Affected intersections

·         A segment of Schilling Circle (South) from the intersection of Gilroy Road to McCormick Road will be closed to traffic for the duration of the project.  This will accommodate construction of two crossings, a driveway entrance crossing and the Schilling Circle crossing.   The detour for this location will utilize the remaining open portion of Schilling Circle (North) between Gilroy Road and McCormick Road.

·         The crossing on McCormick Road will be constructed in two stages while maintaining two lanes of traffic (one each north and southbound).

·         The crossing on Schilling Road (‘Pepper Rd crossing’) will be constructed in two stages while maintaining two lanes of traffic (one each east and west).

·         Hunt Valley Station adjacent to Shawan Road in front of the Hunt Valley Town Center.  The rail replacement work at the Hunt Valley station will not impact vehicle traffic along Shawan Road.

Metro Subway Improvements

On the Metro Subway, MTA will replace interlockings on the track between Reisterstown Plaza and Rogers Avenue stations. The project is expected to last from May 3 to about July 3.

The project includes replacing the switch machines and mechanics, rails and the replacement of wooden rail ties with concrete ties and corresponding foundation.  During the repair work Metro trains will share a single track through the work area, but passengers should experience minimal delays.

For more information on MTA service, visit the MTA website at www.mta.maryland.gov.  Customers can also call the MTA Transit Information Contact Center Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. at 410-539-5000. (TTY 410-539-3497) To sign-up for e-mail about service modifications and delays, click “e-mail notification” at www.mta.maryland.gov.

 

CONTACTS:
Terry Owens                               Joe Sviatko
Office: 410-767-3936                   Office: 410-767-3935
Cellular: 443-804-8522                Cellular: 443-418-5732

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