MDOT MTA Celebrates the Holiday Season With Annual Holiday Bus and Train Garden

Santa to Appear on Holiday Bus that Will Provide Free Rides for Bus Patrons

Free bus rides and an interactive train garden are two ways the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) already is spreading holiday cheer.

The specially-decorated, free Holiday Bus will operate on different CityLink and LocalLink bus routes weekdays until Dec. 20. Customers will receive candy canes and greetings from Santa, who will be on the bus with his elves. The inside of the Holiday Bus also is decorated for the holidays, and festive music will be played for passengers.

“The Holiday Bus is our way of thanking our riders and wishing them a happy and joyous holiday season,” said MDOT MTA Administrator Kevin B. Quinn, Jr. “MDOT MTA cares about our passengers, and we are dedicated to providing them with world-class customer service. I personally look forward to meeting and speaking with many of our customers along some of the Holiday Bus routes.”

The train garden is on display at the Mondawmin Metro SubwayLink Station until Jan. 2. The miniature interactive attraction features a subway train that travels through a cityscape, neighborhoods, a zoo, a park and a construction site. Children can take part in the fun by pushing buttons that make objects inside the train garden come to life.

The display is on the Mezzanine Level of the Mondawmin station and available for public viewing during the Metro SubwayLink system’s normal operating hours.

MDOT MTA is one of the largest multi-modal transit systems in the United States. MDOT MTA operates LocalLink and commuter buses, Light RailLink, Metro SubwayLink, Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) Train service and a comprehensive Mobility (paratransit) system. MDOT MTA also manages the Call-a-Ride system and directs funding and statewide assistance to Locally Operated Transit Systems (LOTS) in each of Maryland’s 23 counties, Annapolis, Baltimore City and Ocean City. MDOT is a customer-driven leader that delivers safe, sustainable, intelligent and exceptional transportation solutions in order to connect our customers to life’s opportunities. MDOT MTA’s goal is to provide safe, efficient and reliable transit across Maryland with world-class customer service. To learn more, visit or, check us out on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter @mtamaryland.