The Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Transit Administration is preparing for the threat of heavy rainfall, high winds and possible flooding as Hurricane Joaquin approaches the mid-Atlantic area. MTA officials expect no disruption in transit services, but will continue to monitor weather conditions throughout the weekend.
“MTA will continue to operate full service this weekend as long as weather conditions permit, but customers should be aware that some services or routes may be adjusted or scaled back if conditions warrant for public and employee safety,” said MTA Administrator Paul Comfort, who heads one of the largest multi-modal transit agencies in the nation that includes Commuter Bus, Local Bus, Light Rail, MARC Train and Metro Subway. “Should any service disruptions occur, the public will be notified and MTA crews will make any necessary repairs as soon as possible.”
Although the current track of Hurricane Joaquin keeps the storm off the Maryland shore, forecasters are calling for possible flooding that could affect transit services. MTA operators are being instructed to use caution and reduce speeds where necessary this weekend to ensure safe travel.
High winds are another serious concern for the MTA because they can topple trees onto rail lines and overhead catenary wires, which provide power to Light Rail trains. MTA technicians will monitor the system for power outages and debris on the tracks.
Key personnel in charge of all MTA modes will closely monitor weather conditions throughout the weekend and make necessary changes to services as conditions warrant. For the latest information on MTA service, passengers are urged to check the MTA website at www.mta.maryland.gov. Customers also can call MTA’s Transit Information Contact Center Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 410-539-5000 or 410-539-3497 (TTY). Please visit MTA’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/mtamaryland and follow us on Twitter @mtamaryland. MTA reminds passengers to report unattended bags and unusual behavior to police or transit personnel. If you see something, say something. Visit www.securetransit.org for more information.
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