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June 4, 2009

Bad day for the MTA

The Maryland Transit Administration has faced a triple-whammy today as trouble struck on three of its modes of travel.

 The biggest disruption was on the light rail line, where bad weather and downed trees shut down the soouthern end of the line. Here's the update from the MTA:

 Last updated: June 04, 6:00 PM Due to downed wires, Light Rail is experiencing major delays on the southern end between Camden Yards and North Linthicum. MTA is in the process of implementing shuttle bus service between locations. We ask for your patience and cooperation.

Meanwhile, the MTA warned commuters on the Camden Line of potential flooding at the Laurel station.

Then, there are preliminary reports that a car hit a bus on the No. 20 route at Baltimore and Carey streets, sending at least 24 people to the hospital.

After weeks of relative quiet at the MTA, it's getting ugly out there.

Posted by Michael Dresser at 6:46 PM | | Comments (1)


By 5:30PM or so there was a line of about 5 MTA buses making their way into Camden Yards to pick up the large group of stranded passengers and taking them southbound. Took them an hour and a half to get them out there but at least they tried to move a much people out at the same time as possible. Any word on when the line will be open again or are we looking at shuttle buses for tomorrow as well?

COMMENT: No word now, but it sounded like the kind of thing that gets resolved overnight.

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About Michael Dresser
Michael Dresser has been an editor, reporter and columnist with The Sun longer than Baltimore's had a subway. He's covered retailing, telecommunications, state politics and wine. Since 2004, he's been The Sun's transportation writer. He lives in Ellicott City with his wife and travel companion, Cindy.

His Getting There column appears on Mondays. Mike's blog will be a forum for all who are interested in highways, transit and other transportation issues affecting Baltimore, Maryland and the region.

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