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Track work and service interruptions coming for Baltimore Metro Subway, Light Rail starting next month

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Photo by Elvert Barnes, via Flickr

Baltimore’s Metro Subway and Light Rail riders have a couple weeks to prepare for some service interruptions coming next month, as the state plots track maintenance or replacements for the transit systems.

Pedestrian dies after being hit by light rail

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An MTA Light Rail train fatally struck a man this morning in the Howard Street corridor, police said.

Stretch of Light Rail System to Shut Down for 18 Days of Repairs After Artscape

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The inside of an MTA light rail car. Photo by Payton Chung, via Wikimedia Commons.

State transportation officials are preparing to close down seven light rail stops in the city starting next Tuesday in order to make some major repairs.

CityLab: West Baltimore Needs Transportation, Not Demolition

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Red Line Station (rendering)
Red Line Station (rendering)

CityLab blasted Gov. Larry Hogan for trumpeting a $700 million investment in ridding West Baltimore of blighted vacants after killing the $1.235 billion Red Line.

Light Rail, Bus, Car Collide Downtown

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lightraBaltimore’s recent transit crash was no longer figurative on Monday. A train, a bus and a car all collided on Howard Street.

Baltimore Public Transit Gets a Little Worse as 3 Light Rail Stations Close

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Photo via Wikipedia
Photo via Wikipedia

If you rely on the Mount Washington, Cold Spring, or Woodberry light rail stations to get around town, consider this your fair warning — the city has decided to close all three stations for emergency repairs starting on Friday.

The culprit? Erosion. Which, as you may remember, caused a leetle transit problem last month, as an entire city block collapsed. Heavy rains in the Baltimore area have made already-existing erosion problems even worse, and the city determined that it was better to deal with the problem now rather than wait for another disaster. To put things in perspective: The 26th Street collapse will cost around $18.5 million to repair, while these preemptive light rail fixes will add up to only about $1.5 million. That’s why we fix things before they fall apart.

Purple Line Could Be Jeopardized by Bill Demanding Holocaust Reparations

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Photo by Phil Scott.
Photo by Phil Scott.

What do you do when a French rail company that transported 76,000 Holocaust victims to concentration camp — and has never paid reparations — bids on a $6 billion contract to operate Maryland’s light rail Purple Line? Del. Kirill Reznik (D-Montgomery) sponsored a bill that would force Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Français (SNCF), the majority owner of Keolis North America, to pay reparations before being considered for the contract.

Unfortunately, that bill could violate the Federal Transit Administration’s rule “against imposing conditions on a single bidder.” That means federal funding for the project (up to $900 million) could be lost.

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I’m Walking Here! 12 Ideas to Improve Public Transit in Baltimore

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Photo by Sheena Callage.
Photo by Sheena Callage.

This was originally posted on Facebook. Many thanks to Eric Hatch for letting Baltimore Fishbowl repost it!

Relying on public transit in Baltimore makes me feel like Don Quixote, Ignatius Reilly, and “Ratso”  Rizzo all rolled into one. As a rare “choice” rider in this city—someone who could afford a car (albeit a crappy one) but chooses to walk and ride instead—I’m accustomed to ruling out activities in whole chunks of the city. I go out most nights, but this means allocating extra time in each trip for buses that never come, trains that creep at half the speed they could, and long walks to destinations that should have service but don’t.

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