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Have an Un-FAIR-gettable Experience at the 135th Maryland State Fair
Let MDOT’s MTA Be Your Ride to the State’s Annual Funfest

Fairgoers Urged to Take Inexpensive,
Convenient Light Rail to the Fair – August 25 to September 5

August 22, 2016

 
BALTIMORE, MD – The Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) is ready to help you reach all of the fun, food and festivities at the 135th annual Maryland State Fair. From cotton candy and whack-a-mole to funnel cakes and the Ferris wheel, the MTA is your direct connection to the fairgrounds, and visitors are encouraged to leave their cars at home and take convenient, inexpensive public transit to the fair.
 
With the Timonium Light Rail stop just a short walk from the entrance, Light Rail remains the best transit option to the fairgrounds. Additionally, MTA’s Local Bus Nos. 8 and 9 also offer great connections.
 
Light Rail
Attendees can take Light Rail to the Timonium Light Rail stop for direct access to the fairgrounds entrance.
 
PLEASE NOTE:  The last north and southbound Light Rail trains will leave Timonium Fairgrounds at 11 p.m. each day of the fair. On Sunday, August 28; Sunday, September 4; and Monday, September 5, northbound trains to Hunt Valley and southbound trains to Cromwell Station/BWI Stations will depart from Timonium Fairgrounds on the hour beginning at 8 p.m. until 11 p.m. These trains will make all station stops.
 
Local Bus Lines
Fairgoers can take Local Bus No. 8 with service between University of Maryland Transit Center – at Baltimore and Green streets – and the Lutherville Light Rail stop. From Lutherville, passengers can transfer to Light Rail or the No. 9 bus line. Travelers from the north can take Light Rail from Hunt Valley or the No. 9 line, which originates at International Circle in Hunt Valley. 
 
Metro Subway
Customers can take Metro Subway to the State Center/Cultural Center Station, walk about one block to the Cultural Center Light Rail stop, and take Light Rail northbound directly to the Timonium Fairgrounds.
 
The Maryland State Fair & Agricultural Society Inc. has instituted a new policy for the protection of patrons. Fairgoers are prohibited to bring the following items to the fairgrounds: hover boards; drones; alcoholic beverages; fireworks; weapons (including guns, knives, scissors, stun guns, tasers, lasers, brass knuckles); selfie-sticks; duffle bags; and mace/pepper spray dispensers.
 
Permissible items include: bags/backpacks (not exceeding 18 x 18 inches); coolers (not exceeding 15 x 15 x 15 inches); child/diaper bags (clear bags, if possible); medical equipment (e.g., oxygen tanks); and medical devices. The Maryland State Fair reserves the right to confiscate any such item(s). All persons entering the fairgrounds and their camera bags, purses and containers are subject to search. Non- permissible items can be returned to the fair-goer’s vehicle or they can dispose of the items at the gate. 
 
Please visit the Maryland State Fair website at marylandstatefair.com/state-fair for further details.
 
The Maryland Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) is one of the largest multi-modal transit systems in the United States. MTA operates Local and Commuter buses, Light Rail, Metro Subway, Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) Train service, and a comprehensive Paratransit (Mobility) system. MTA also manages the Taxi Access system, and directs funding and statewide assistance to Locally Operated Transit Systems (LOTS) in each of Maryland’s 23 counties, Annapolis, Baltimore City and Ocean City. MDOT is a customer-driven leader that delivers safe, sustainable, intelligent, and exceptional transportation solutions in order to connect our customers to life’s opportunities. MTA’s goal is to provide safe, efficient and reliable transit across Maryland with world-class customer service. To learn more, visit mdot.maryland.gov  or mta.maryland.gov, check us out on Facebook at facebook.com/mtamaryland and follow us on Twitter @mtamaryland.
 
MEDIA CONTACTS:
Sandy Arnette
Office: 410-767-8367/Cell: 443-835-7984 sarnette@mta.maryland.gov
Paul Shepard
Office: 410-767-3935/Cell: 443-622-4181 pshepard@mta.maryland.gov

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