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Baltimore airport light-rail service to resume Aug. 20

The agency's crews are installing a 36-inch drain pipe under the tracks to mitigate flooding.
Photo – MDOT MTA's Twitter account


The Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration's (MDOT MTA) light-rail service to Baltimore-Washington International Airport is expected to resume Aug. 20 following severe storms that eroded track.

The agency plans to wrap up repairs and restore service from its Patapsco and Cromwell stations to the airport.

MDOT MTA on July 22 halted service along that segment for repairs following flood damage. The work was expected to take two weeks, but the continued rainfall delayed the work, The Baltimore Sun reported.

To mitigate flooding and future erosion, the agency over the next two weeks will build a 36-inch drain pipe under tracks in the area of the Twin Oaks grade crossing. In addition, crews will cut and remove sections of track, gravel and soil.

For added stabilization, reinforcements will be constructed along the hillside next to the tracks.

"The men and women of MDOT MTA are working tirelessly to get our Light RailLink service back up and running as quickly as possible," said Chief Operations Officer Sean Adgerson in a press release. "Despite the heavy rain that's hammered the region, our crews are making progress and creating safe conditions for everyone who rides our system."

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