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Baltimore's subway system closed for emergency repairs

The system could remain closed for up to four weeks.
Photo – Maryland Transit Administration's YouTube account

The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) has shut down the entire subway system in Baltimore to make emergency repairs that could take up to four weeks to complete.

The agency announced the closure on Feb. 11 after performing a systemwide inspection. MTA determined that the system would remain closed through at least March 11 "to ensure the safety of all customers," agency officials said in a press release.

MTA already had closed the system between the Owings Mills and West Cold Spring stations for track replacement that originally was scheduled for summer 2018. Inspectors determined the repair project had to be done immediately.

To continue transit services during the rail closure, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has announced $2.2 million in emergency funding to operate shuttle buses along the entire subway route.

"With bus bridges, we will be able to do the necessary rail repairs to reopen our system as quickly as possible while still providing our customers with critical access to work, school, medical facilities and leisure activities," said MTA Administrator Kevin Quinn.

MTA's subway system serves more than 40,000 riders on an average weekday, according to American Public Transportation Association statistics.

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