MTA to upgrade Falls Road light rail station
It looks like the Maryland Transit Administration is getting the state's share of federal stimulus money out on the street. The latest of several MTA station upgrades being funded by the feds is an expansion of the undersized parking lot and other improvements at the Falls Road light rais station.
The cost of the project is $2.3 million. The project will expand the lot from 97 spaces to 197. Construction is expected to be completed next spring.
Click below to read what the MTA had top say about the project:
BALTIMORE, MD (June 5, 2009) Today, the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA)
announced the start of $2.3 million dollars in upgrades at the Falls Road Light Rail Stop.
These important transit improvements were funded by President Barack Obama’s
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The improvements to the Falls
Road facility follow the completion of conceptual engineering designs that were
developed and approved with community input received during a series of public
workshop meetings conducted by the MTA.
“These transit investment projects also help put local people to work and further
Maryland’s economic recovery,” said Governor O’Malley. “The public process leading
to this point has kept the local community engaged, so citizens have a direct say on
transit development projects that impact their communities. These improvements will
allow more of those citizens to choose transit as a smart, environmentally-friendly way to
travel throughout their neighborhoods.”
The Falls Road project has been designed to meet the increased need for parking at the
station. The $2.3 million project design elements and station improvements include:
• Increasing parking capacity from 97 spaces to 197 spaces
• New lighted pedestrian path from Old Falls Road.
• New lighting, landscaping and signs
• New fencing between the station and Railroad Avenue
• New bike racks.
• Upgraded stormwater management facilities that reduce run-off to the Jones Falls• Bus access improvements
“This project represents real and immediate progress as we continue to identify ways
MTA can accommodate increased ridership,” said MTA Administrator Paul Wiedefeld.
“The existing parking lot has been over capacity for several years, resulting in Light Rail
riders being forced to parking along access roads and on unpaved surfaces,” he added.
Construction is expected to be complete in spring 2010. The MTA is assuring customers
that commuter vehicle parking and the station’s walkup access will be maintained at all
times during construction.
Average daily ridership at the Falls Road stop is 381. Total daily Light Rail ridership is
Since ARRA funding became available earlier this spring, Governor O’Malley has
announced a series of transit improvement projects made possible with ARRA dollars.
These include: the purchase of new hybrid replacement buses for the MTA; the purchase
of buses for locally operated transit systems around the state; customer information
system improvements at Baltimore Metro Subway and MARC stations, and infrastructure
improvements at a variety of MARC stations. All totaled, Maryland will receive
$135 million in ARRA funding for transit improvements.
For general information on MTA service, visit the MTA website at
www.mtamaryland.com. Customers can also call the MTA Transit Information Center
Monday through Friday from 6 A.M. to 7 P.M. at 410-539-5000 (TTY 410-539-3497) or
866-RIDE-MTA. To sign-up to receive email about service modifications and delays, go
to www.mtamaryland.com and click “Email Notification.”
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