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MDOT MTA transitioning to more normal transit schedules beginning July 12

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Posted at 12:17 PM, Jun 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-30 12:17:30-04

BALTIMORE — Beginning on July 12, the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) will begin transitioning to more normal transit schedules.

With the gradual reopening of workplaces, businesses and personal services under Governor Larry Hogan’s Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery plan, MDOT MVA says resumption of service will continue to support essential workers and healthcare personnel in addition to those riders returning to work and normal activities.

To continue to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, MDOT MTA reminds all riders that face coverings are required when riding transit. To ensure riders have access to face coverings, MDOT MTA is distributing 89,000 cloth face coverings received from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration at transit locations throughout the Baltimore area.

In another effort to protect MDOT MTA frontline workers, bus operators will continue to deploy the driver shields to create an additional barrier between themselves and riders, and all operators will wear personal protective equipment including face coverings.

MDOT MTA also will continue enhanced disinfecting procedures of all vehicles and stations including high-passenger touchpoint areas.

In addition to cleaning, MDOT MTA is updating features to include retrofitting buses with plastic seats and air ionizers that will further clean the air inside the bus.

Beginning Sunday, July 12, the following service will be in effect:

  • Local Bus: Regular summer weekday/weekend schedule.
    • Express Bus service and LocalLinks 38 and 92 will remain suspended.
    • Boarding: Front-door boarding will resume.
    • Fare Collection: We encourage riders to utilize CharmPass and CharmCard for a contact-free payment option to further protect our customers and team members.
    • Seating will not be restricted; riders can do their part by maintaining social distance where possible.
    • Operators may bypass stops to limit crowding on buses.
  • Light Rail and Metro Subway – Regular weekday/weekend schedules.

Beginning Monday, July 13, the following service will be in effect:

  • MARC – Penn, Camden and Brunswick lines will operate regular scheduled service.
  • Commuter Bus – Enhanced “S” schedule service; regular service will resume July 27.

A complete list of service changes is available here.