Pugh calls on DOT to provide buses in wake of metro shut-down

BALTIMORE (WMAR) - Following the closure of portions of the Metro SubwayLink system due to safety concerns, Mayor Pugh has called on MD DOT to provide shuttles buses for interim transport. 

RELATED: Metro SubwayLink System shuts down for weekend

Pugh asked them to explore funding options to help those who rely on this mode of transportation for works, school, and leisure. 

“The issues that have closed down our Metro system further amplify our need to prioritize critical infrastructure investment to ensure that our transit system is not only dependable but regarded as vital to quality of life and economic growth in a 21st Century city,” said Mayor Catherine Pugh. “I am grateful to Maryland Transportation Administrator Quinn for putting the safety of our citizens first and foremost and for implementing extraordinary measures to mitigate the inconvenience that this situation places on those who depend on Baltimore’s Metro SubwayLink system day-in and day-out. While we urge the swift resolution of these issues to get the metro up and running, I am urging that the State of Maryland make available emergency funding to provide for dedicated bus transport for citizens who rely on the metro system during what could be a prolonged interruption of service.”

The Maryland Department of Transportation has provided the following resources while the MetroLink system is shut-down: 

  • MDOT MTA has expanded our Call Center hours to include weekend coverage from 6:00 am – 4:00 pm on both Saturday and Sunday.
  • MDOT MTA will provide Transit Ambassadors from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday at the following stations. These stations represent the highest ridership.
    • Mondawmin
    • Charles Center
    • Johns Hopkins
    • Lexington Market
  • MDOT MTA ‘s CityLink Lime and LocalLink 82 routes run parallel to the Metro Service.

    • Larger, articulated buses have been added to accommodate the increased rider capacity.

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