Pandemic or not, MDOT MTA is here to get you where you need to go. Here's what you need to know about safe travel during COVID-19.
How To Ride Transit Safely
We're working around the clock to make sure transit offers a safe way to get around. Be prepared before you leave your home. These few simple precautions will help you to stay healthy. Protect yourself and protect others.
Wear A Mask
For everyone's safety
Spread out on the vehicle when possible
Keep your hands clean
Looking After You
Keeping Vehicles and Surfaces Clean and Safe
- Every MDOT MTA bus in service is thoroughly disinfected daily
- Light Rail and Metro Subway vehicles receive multiple additional midday wipe-downs
- MARC Train interiors are disinfected daily
- High-touch surfaces like ticket vending machines and fare gate readers are disinfected daily
You Play a Critical Role in Keeping Travel Safe
- STAY CAUTIOUS! Don't let down your guard against COVID-19 in this uncertain time while vaccine administration is being implemented. are being between full pandemic and full immunization
- Wear a mask - or even better, two masks – before, during and after boarding any MDOT MTA vehicle. Masks are required to be on for the duration of your ride on transit.
- Use contact-free fare payment whenever possible: CharmPass, CharmCard, or paper tickets (cash fare is accepted)
- Minimize unnecessary travel
- If you are sick, stay home except when seeking medical care
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 70 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, your sleeve or your elbow
- Limit touching surfaces like seat backs, stanchion bars or handles
- Stay informed by visiting the Maryland Department of Health Coronavirus Information Page or by dialing 2-1-1
- Find additional information at https://www.cdc.gov/COVID19
- Click here for the Coronavirus Fact Sheet
Innovating Continuously to Keep Your Travel Safe
MDOT MTA continues to keep passengers safe by implementing recommended CDC protocols and evaluating new technologies from ultraviolet disinfectant equipment to the development of germ-resistant treatments to air ionizers. We've implemented enhanced shield protection for operators and are testing enhanced passenger seat partitions. In addition, we remind our riders at every to maintain social distancing when possible and to wear masks, which have been shown to offer the most effective protection of all until a majority of the population has been immunized.
Status of Transit Service
As MDOT MTA works to meet budgetary constraints amid the fiscal impact of COVID-19, the agency will continue to prioritize core transit service (Local Bus, Light Rail, Metro Subway) especially for transit dependent households. While employers continue to support telework options and customers limit their use of transit to essential travel, the latest statistics show that ridership on commuter services continues to rebound slower than expected.
Based on these trends, and to adjust service to meet demand, MDOT MTA has implemented temporary, strategic service reductions to MARC Train and Commuter Bus while continuing to operate core Local Bus on normal schedules. The MARC Train and Commuter Bus temporary changes include reducing service frequency while retaining the overall span of service on each route, as is implemented on holiday and snow schedules.
Core Service - Local Bus, Metro, Light Rail
All local bus, Metro Subway, and Light Rail service is running per schedule with the following exception: all Express Bus routes and LocalLinks 38 and 92 remain suspended.
MARC Train is operating on the published R schedules with limited supplemental service for the Penn and Brunswick Lines. MARC trains undergo daily disinfecting including high passenger touchpoint areas. Each train has at least one restroom with a sink and soap and water so that passengers can wash their hands.
Penn Line: in addition to the trains with an R under the train number in the timetable, the following trains will operate.
- Train 403 (4:45am departure from Penn Station)
- Train 502 (6:10am departure from Union Station)
- Train 440 (5:25pm departure from Union Station)
- Train 453 (9:35pm departure from Penn Station)
- Train 452 (10:55pm departure from Penn Station)
Penn Line Weekend - full service will remain in place.
Brunswick Line: in addition to the trains listed in the R schedule grid on the Brunswick Line timetable, the following trains will operate or extend service.
- Train 872 (5:00am departure from Martinsburg) will operate and will add stops at Dickerson, Boyds, and Garrett Park.
- Train 877 (4:55pm departure from Union Station) will operate
- Train 875 (4:25pm departure from Union Station) will extend service to Martinsburg and will make all stops between Washington and Martinsburg.
- Camden Line: No additional service. Only trains with an R under the train number in the timetable will operate.
Commuter Bus will return to operating on the published "S" schedule for all routes, except Route 320 which will operate regular service, and Route 201 which will operate odd number trips listed below.
- Route 201 Weekday - 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31, 33
- Route 201 Weekend - 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29
Commuter buses undergo regular disinfecting including high passenger touchpoint areas.
Serving The Community
MDOT MTA provides convenient service by Local Bus, Metro Subway or Light Rail to many COVID-19 vaccination sites in the Baltimore region.
For a complete list of hospital/clinics, pharmacies, local health departments, and mass vaccination sites please visit covidlink.maryland.gov. To find the best transit option, use the MDOT MTA trip planner.
Individuals should visit covidlink.maryland.gov to determine vaccination eligibility, locate a vaccination site and make an appointment. Vaccination sites are updated regularly. MDOT MTA does not guarantee appointment or vaccine availability.
As a resource to riders, several vaccination locations accessible by transit are listed below.
|M&T Bank Stadium||1101 Russell St
|LocalLink 73, Light Rail|
|Baltimore Convention Center||1 West Pratt St
|LocalLink: 51, 54, 56, 63, 65, 67, 71, 76,78, 94, 95
CityLink: Brown, Green, Navy, Orange, Purple, Red, Silver, Yellow
Metro Subway, Light Rail
|Baltimore City Commuity College||2901 Liberty Heights Ave
|LocalLink 22, CityLink Lime|
|Anne Arundel Community College||101 College Parkway
|Live Casino and Hotel Maryland||70012 Arundel Mills Circle
|Maryland State Fairgrounds||2200 York Rd
|LocalLink 93,Light Rail|
|Grace Medical (former Bon Secours)||2000 West Baltimore St
|LocalLink 26, 78|
|Greater Baltimore Med Center||6701 N. Charles St
|JH Bayview Medical Center||5505 Hopkins Bayview Circle
|LocalLink: 22, 59, 63
CityLink: Blue, Orange
|JH Hospital - Outpatient Center||601 N.Caroline St
|LocalLink 56, CityLink: Brown, Pink
|MedStar Franklin Square Med Center||9000 Franklin Square Dr
|LocalLink 36, 56, 62|
|MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital||5601 Loch Raven Blvd
|LocalLink 30, CityLink Green|
|MedStar Harbor Hospital||3001 S. Hanover St
|LocalLink 26, 67, 71, CityLink Silver|
|MedStar Union Memorial||201 East University Pkwy
|LocalLink 22, CityLink Silver|
|Mercy Medical Center||301 St. Paul St
|LocalLink 54, 56, 76, 78, 80, 95
CityLink Blue, Green, Orange, Red, Silver
|Sinai Hospital||2401 West Belvedre Ave
|LocalLink 30, 31, 94|
|U of MD Medical Center Midtown||830 Linden Ave
|LocalLink 53, 54, 73, 94
CityLink Lime, Yellow
Metro Subway, Light Rail
|UM Rehab||2200 Kernan Dr
|LocalLink 34, 79|
|UM Balt Wash Medical Center||301 Hospital Dr
Glen Burnie, MD
|LocalLink 69, 70|
|JH Hospital - Green Spring Station||10755 Falls Rd
|Northwest Hospital Center||5401 Old Court Rd
|LocalLink 37, 81, CityLink Lime|
|UM St Joseph Medical Center||7601 Osler Dr
Transit Store - Hours of operation for the Transit Store, located at 6 St. Paul Street in Baltimore, are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, with a one-hour closure between 11:30am and 12:30pm for mid-day cleaning. All customers are required to undergo a temperature check before entry. Transit Store capacity is limited to seven customers at all times. All other customers are encouraged to wait outside while adhering to six-foot social distancing guidelines.
- Fare products can be purchased through the CharmPass mobile fare app by purchasing CharmCard and Mobility ticket books from the online Pass Store.
- Fare products can be purchased at ticket vending machines located at Metro SubwayLink, Light RailLink, and MARC Train stations.
- CharmCard stored value and pass products may continue to be loaded via the WMATA web portal.
Reduced Fare Certification Office - Hours of operation for the Reduced Fare Certification Office located at 6 St. Paul Street in Baltimore are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, with a one-hour closure between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. for mid-day cleaning. An appointment is required for entry. The Reduced Fare Certification Office capacity is limited to ten customers at any given time. All other customers are encouraged to wait outside while adhering to six-foot social distancing guidelines.
- Senior/Disability Monthly Passes can be purchased from the online Pass Store.
- Customers whose Reduced fare certifications that have expired during the COVID-19 health emergency are encouraged to renew as soon as possible, but will be accepted as valid until 30-days after Governor Hogan's Executive Order has been lifted.
- Valid IDs as defined on the Senior Reduced Fare Program and Disability Reduced Fare Program pages will continue to be accepted.
- Disability Reduced Fare application forms may be downloaded on the Forms page of the website.
- Customers with additional questions may contact the Reduced Fare Certification Office at 410-767-3438 or the Transit Information Contact Center at 410-539-5000.
- Transit Information Contact Center - Call center hours of operation are 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can also access the interactive voice response system at 410-539-5000 and mta.maryland.gov for information.
- Mondawmin Customer Service Kiosk - Hours of operation 5:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- 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.
Last Updated: 3/4/2020 12:00 AM