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February 7, 2010

Transit services coming up slowly (updated)

Mass transit service in Maryland is making a slow recovery from the weekend's snowstorm. with light rail offering service to a limited number of stations this afteroon and about 20 percent of  local buses operating on primary routes only.

Maryland Transportation Secretary Beverly Swaim-Staley said Baltimore's Metro is continuing to run on the underground part between Mondawmin Mall and Johns Hopkins Hospital -- as it did Saturday -- but she said the aboveground stretch to Owings Mills would be closed all day and into tomorrow. She said a bus shuttle may be in place between Mondawmin and Owings Mills until above-ground service can resume.

Swaim-Staley said the Washington Metro is continuing to operate underground and is working to bring back service on the above-ground rails. Washington Metrobuses were not running Sunday.

Officials were awaiting a decision from the federal government on whether most of its workers will be required to report Monday. But Swaim-Staley said she expects MARC commuter trains to be operating on a holiday schedule, though some of the parking lots may have limited parking because snow hasn't been cleared.

Ahe advised MARC riders to check the Maryland Transit Administration web site,, before leaving for a station tomorrow. Riders of other services can find information there as well.


Posted by Michael Dresser at 1:14 PM | | Comments (4)


Are there any light rail trains running from timioum to the city.

That site redirects to now. It's also loading very slowly; it must be being hit very hard for updates.

My wife reported this morning that Metro was not only running 40 minutes late this morning, but was running on only one track--and that was between Mondawmin and Charles Center.

MTA says light rail is running on a 30-minute timetable, but do they provide us with the approx. arrival times at each station? Would be very helpful information. Thanks.

COMMENT: For information, try

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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.

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