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Maryland Department of Transportation’s MTA to Partially Shut Down Metro Subway Service July 22 to August 14 for Safety Repairs

Shuttle Buses to Transport Customers Between Affected Stops

July 12, 2016

BALTIMORE, MD – The Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) is preparing for critical maintenance work that will partially shut down the Metro Subway system for 24 days this summer, and officials are urging riders to plan ahead and use free shuttle bus service to help get them where they need to go.

From July 22 to August 14, the Reisterstown Plaza, Rogers Avenue and West Cold Spring Metro Subway stations will be completely closed for maintenance of critical components of the rail system. Full service will resume on August 15. Service will continue between the following stations: Owings Mills to Milford Mill and Mondawmin to Johns Hopkins Hospital. Maintenance work will largely include reconstructing three interlockings – a rail component that allows trains to cross from one track to another. During the partial shutdown, the MTA also will perform additional rail replacement, track maintenance, station improvements and cleaning.

“MTA is doing everything it can to minimize the inconvenience our customers will experience during these necessary repairs,” said MTA Deputy Administrator Suhair Al Khatib. “Nothing is more important than our customers’ safety, so we ask our riders to plan ahead while we complete this critical rail work that will enhance the safety, efficiency and reliability of our service.”

From 8 p.m. Friday, July 22, to midnight Sunday, August 14, MTA will provide local and express shuttle buses linking the Metro Subway service from Milford Mill Station south to Mondawmin Station.

Local shuttle buses will stop at each of the affected stations in both directions from Milford Mill station to Mondawmin. Express shuttle service will run directly from Milford Mill to Mondawmin without making any other station stops.

MTA asks customers to plan for up to an additional hour of travel time in both directions. The free shuttle bus service will run at 10-, 20- and 30-minute intervals based on the time of day.

 Customers traveling to the Milford Mill or Mondawmin stations should exit the Metro Subway station and proceed to the street level, where a team of transit ambassadors will help them locate the local and express bus boarding areas.

About the MTA
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                          Paul Shepard
410-767-8367                           410-767-3935
sarnette@mta.maryland.gov      pshepard@mta.maryland.gov

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