Last Updated: 04/02/2020 12:00 PM
*** In an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, PLEASE USE TRANSIT FOR ESSENTIAL TRAVEL ONLY. Essential travel means taking trips to work, hospitals, health care providers, pharmacies, grocery stores, banks, food distribution centers, schools, to provide care for family members, and other similar destinations. By reducing unnecessary travel, transit becomes safer for those who depend on it, especially essential healthcare workers, and for those who operate it. MDOT MTA encourages all employers to consider telework options where possible ***
MDOT MTA has proactively initiated an enhanced daily wipe-down of bus, rail, and paratransit vehicles to include disinfecting areas with high passenger touchpoints.
MDOT MTA will implement service reductions on all vehicle modes effective Wednesday, March 18.
**NEW** Local Bus - April 6, in order to more efficiently deploy resources to core bus service, MDOT MTA is temporarily discontinuing all nine Express BusLink routes (103, 104, 105, 115, 120, 150, 154, 160, 164) and LocalLink 38 and 92, which primarily serve schools that are now closed. This strategic modification ensures MDOT MTA is operating lifeline service for essential travel only during the COVID-19 emergency to protect employees, customers and the community. Many of the Express BusLink routes duplicate existing LocalLink service and we encourage riders to evaluate other route options at mta.maryland.gov/trip-planner. Riders needing assistance with trip planning can contact the Transit Information Contact Center from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday at 410-539-5000.
- Potential alternative service options include:
- Express BusLink 103 - LocalLink 53, CityLink Green
- Express BusLink 104 - CityLink Green
- Express BusLink 105 - CityLink Pink
- Express BusLink 115 - CityLink Brown
- Express BusLink 120 - LocalLink 56, CityLink Brown
- Express BusLink 150 - Commuter Bus 310, MARC Train
- Express BusLink 154 - LocalLink 54
- Express BusLink 160 - LocalLink 59, CityLink Orange
- Express BusLink 164 - LocalLink 67
- LocalLink 38 - LocalLink 94, CityLink Blue
- LocalLink 92 - LocalLink 34, 89
- To minimize operator contact with riders, MDOT MTA will implement rear-door boarding on all bus routes with riders encouraged to pay transit fares with the CharmPass mobile ticketing app, CharmCard® or paper ticket that will be visually validated
- Potential alternative service options include:
- Light Rail - on weekdays (Monday – Friday) Light Rail will operate on a Saturday schedule
- on weekdays (Monday – Friday) Metro Subway will operate on a Saturday schedule
- At the request of Johns Hopkins Hospital, the entrance to the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center from Johns Hopkins station is closed until further notice
- Commuter Bus - will operate on a "S" schedule only. Please check your route's schedule PDF for specific trips that will operate.
MARC Train - will begin operating on a "R" schedule on all three lines effective Tuesday, March 17. Only train with an "R" under the train number will operate, with the following additional service.
- Train 403 (4:45am departure from Penn Station) will operate
- Train 502 (6:10am departure from Washington) will operate and will make all stops
- Train 453 (9:37pm departure from Penn Station) will operate
- Train 452 (10:55pm departure from Washington) will operate
- Train 872 (5:00am departure from Martinsburg) will operate and will make all stops, except Monocacy and Frederick.
- Train 875 (4:25pm departure from Washington) will continue west of Brunswick to Harpers Ferry, Duffields and Martinsburg
- Train 877 (4:55pm departure from Washington) will operate.
- No additional trains. R schedule will operate as published.
Mobility - in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, please use transit for essential travel only. Mobility trip requests must be made by calling 410-764-8181. Essential travel means taking trips to work, hospitals, health care providers, pharmacies, grocery stores, banks, food distribution centers, schools, to provide care for family members, and other similar destinations.
- All in-person eligibility certification assessments and determinations are temporarily suspended and will be replaced with desk reviews and telephone interviews
Transit Store - State office buildings have been closed to the public. As a result, the Transit Store located at 6 St. Paul Street in Baltimore will be closed beginning Monday, March 16.
- Fare products may still be purchased through the CharmPass mobile fare app and by purchasing CharmCard and Mobility ticket books from the online Pass Store.
- Fare products may also be purchased at ticket vending machines located at Metro SubwayLink, Light RailLink, and MARC stations.
- CharmCard stored value and pass products may continue to be loaded via the WMATA web portal.
Reduced Fare Certification Office - State office buildings have been closed to the public. As a result, the Reduced Fare Certification Office located at 6 St. Paul Street in Baltimore will be closed beginning Monday, March 16.
- Senior/Disability Monthly Passes may still be purchased from the online Pass Store.
- Reduced fare certifications that expire during this time will be accepted as valid until the office reopens.
- Valid ID's as defined on the Senior Reduced Fare Program and Disability Reduced Fare Program pages will continued to be accepted.
- Disability Reduced Fare application forms may be downloaded on the Forms page of the website.
- Lost & Found - retrieval of lost & found items may be delayed unless they are related to safety and security, such as medical devices, cell phones, and personal identification.
Meal Sites - MDOT MTA will continue to provide service to the following student meal sites
Location Address City Serviced By Alexander Hamilton Elementary School 800 Poplar Grove St. Baltimore LocalLinks 29 and 80 Arlington Elementary School 3705 W Rogers Ave. Baltimore LocalLink 30 Beechfield Elementary/Middle School 301 S Beechfield Ave. Baltimore CityLink Purple The Historic Cherry Hill Elementary/Middle School 801 Bridgeview Rd. Baltimore LocalLink 26 Paul Laurence Dunbar High School 1400 Orleans St. Baltimore CityLink Lime and Pink, LocalLink 56 Sinclair Lane Elementary School 3880 Sinclair Ln. Baltimore CityLink Lime and Pink
COVID-19 Prevention Tips
More Ways to Protect Yourself and Others
The everyday preventive steps have proven effective at slowing the spread of respiratory illnesses like colds and flu:
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, your sleeve or your elbow
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using standard cleaning practices
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- If you are sick, stay home, except when seeking medical care
Stay informed by visiting the Maryland Department of Health Coronavirus Information Page or dialing 2-1-1
Additional information can also be found by visiting https://www.cdc.gov/COVID19
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