On February 26 the Maryland Transit Administration celebrated the completion of the Light Rail Double Track project by re-opening the last few miles of the line to Hunt Valley.
The event marked the first time in more than two years that the entire 30-mile line has been open. Riders will benefit from 10-minute service frequencies between Timonium and North Linthicum during peak hours.
The development of a fast, easy and reliable regional transit system is a top priority for the Greater Baltimore Committee. The GBC leads a diverse coalition of business, community, higher education and environmental organizations called the Baltimore Transit Alliance. BTA advocates for implementation of a comprehensive rail system for the Baltimore region through engagement with the planning process, research, public outreach and education, and state and federal legislative initiatives.
The double-tracking project budget was $153.6 million, of which $120 million was provided through the Federal Transit Administration’s New Starts program. MTA also took the opportunity to replace the ticket vending machines and implement a $13.6 million upgrade of the track signals to a “cab code” system that includes automatic speed controls.
North end riders are finding more to see and do as residential and commercial projects are completed along the line, including Howard Street, on the campuses of the University of Baltimore and Maryland Institute College of Art, Struever Bros. Eccles & Rouse’s Clipper Mill, and a new Hunt Valley Town Center with a pedestrian promenade leading right to the station.