The Maryland Transit Administration will partially shut down Baltimore’s Metro Subway system from the Milford Mill to Mondawmin stations for 24 days this summer for necessary maintenance work.
Parts of Baltimore’s Metro Subway system will be shut down for repairs starting on July 22. (Courtesy image)
From July 22 to Aug. 14, there will be no train service to the Reisterstown Plaza, Rogers Avenue and West Cold Spring Metro Subway stations. Service will continue between the following stations: Owings Mills to Milford Mill and Mondawmin to Johns Hopkins Hospital. Full Metro Subway service will resume Aug. 15.
“By reconstructing the Metro Subway interlockings at the Reisterstown Plaza, Rogers Avenue and West Cold Spring stations and replacing the rails on this section of track, we will enhance the safety and reliability of the system – allowing it to operate more efficiently and at its full capacity – for many years to come,” said MTA Deputy Administrator Suhair Al Khatib in a statement. “This necessary and critical rail work will allow trains to move faster through this corridor of the Metro track. Customers will have an enhanced experience as a result of this essential rail work.”
During the no-Metro service period, MTA will use two forms of shuttle buses to provide connections between the Milford Mill and Mondawmin stations:
-Express Service buses will transport rail riders from Milford Mill to Mondawmin in one direction and Mondawmin to Milford Mill in the other direction with no stops in between. This shuttle service will serve rail riders who must travel further along the Metro Subway system.
-Local Service shuttle buses will stop at each of the closed stations, to serve rail riders needing to make stops within the construction zone.
The shuttle bus service will operate at 10-, 20- and 30-minute intervals to handle the capacities anticipated based on daily ridership numbers. About 45,000 passengers a day travel on Metro Subway. The travel time for the shuttle bus service will be longer than it would be on the Metro rail service, since the shuttle buses must travel on city streets.
“We have estimated that travel time for the Express Service bus from Milford Mill to Mondawmin will take 30 to 40 minutes,” Al Khatib said. “So, we advise our customers to plan ahead and give themselves extra time to get where they need to go.”
Shuttle buses will operate during regular Metro Subway service hours, seven days a week during the shutdown.