MTA prepares for ice, snow

BALTIMORE, Md. - As Baltimore gears up for the approaching wintry mix of snow, icy conditions, heavy rain and potential flooding today and Monday, December 8th and 9th, the Maryland Transit Administration’s goal is advising customers of its winter weather plan.

In anticipation of the wintry weather, the MTA has put the following into motion:

 

  • Backing up regular service and support service for buses, Light Rail and METRO operations with additional operators.
  • There will not be articulated coaches on the street today in case snow occurs.
  • MTA Service Delivery & Operations Control Center is patrolling the service areas to monitor road and track conditions to advise of any needed diversions, speed restrictions or service stoppage due to ice or snow.
  • Equipment such as dump trucks, manned salt trucks with plows and rail heaters will be ready to go to remove snow on Light Rail and Metro tracks and our Tree Trimming crews are on call.
  • All buses were put in a “ready-to-operate” mode with each Bus Maintenance Superintendent heading up their snow motion plan.
  • As always, Operations Management will inform the public of all service disruptions through our Transit Team Reports heard on various broadcast outlets, via announcements at our stations, custom email alerts and by updating information on our website, which is www.mta.maryland.gov.
  • Transit Information Services will be on standby monitoring conditions.  Additionally, they will open one hour early at 5a.m. and close by 7p.m. on Monday, December 9th.

MTA advises  passengers to allow extra time to travel today and Monday and to listen to MTA Transit Team Reports on local radio and TV stations, to visit  www.mta.maryland.gov or call information agents at 410-539-5000 for details on all transportation options.

For more information on MTA service, visit the MTA website at www.mta.maryland.gov.  Customers can also call the MTA Transit Information Center Monday through Friday from 6a.m. to 11p.m. at 410-539-5000. TTY 410-539-3947.  To sign up for e-mail about service modifications and delays, go to www.maryland.gov and click e-mail notifications.

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