With many area road closures and parking restrictions, not to mention to promote road safety, cut down on drunk driving, and lessen traffic, the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration is encouraging Preakness goers to take mass transit to the race Saturday.
Attendees of the 144th running of the Preakness Stakes can get to Pimlico Race Course using one of three transit systems. All are accessible through the MDOT MTA mobile ticketing app CharmPass, which allows free transfers within a 90-minute window. A single-trip fare is $1.80 one-way. A Day Pass is $4.20. The new Transit app also provides "real time" bus tracking information, though the system relies on MTA data for accuracy, which can be lacking at times.
Transit riders can utilize the LocalLink bus lines – 30, 31, 34, 85, 91, and 94 – that stop near the track.
The Light RailLink will run service to the Cold Spring Lane stop. From there, riders can take a connection shuttle bus to Pimlico. The shuttle bus will begin running at 8 a.m. and return service will end two hours after the Preakness Stakes ends.
The Metro SubwayLink will take riders to the Rogers Avenue Station. From there, a connecting shuttle bus will take you the rest of the way to the track. That shuttle service will begin at 8 a.m. and end two hours after the running of the Preakness Stakes.
For both the Light RailLink and Metro SubwayLink, the $4.20 Day Pass is required.