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Maryland Transit Administration obtains stimulus dollars for subway station, wheel improvements


Earlier this month, the Maryland Board of Public Works announced it will award $6 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment funds to the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) to install new public-address systems at MARC commuter-rail stations. Now, the public works department has provided MTA $20 million in additional stimulus dollars for Baltimore Metro Subway improvements.

MTA has used the proceeds to award a $15.2 million contract to TTA Systems L.L.C. to overhaul train wheel assemblies, and a $4.1 million contract to International Display Systems Inc. to replace public-address systems and signs at Metro stations. The new audio and visual signs will be used to alert passengers of approaching trains, as well as relay service updates and safety messages. Construction is set to begin in summer.

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