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11/24/2004



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Maryland Transit Administration to reopen south-end stops, begin final double-tracking phase


On Dec. 5, Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) will reopen light-rail service at five south-end stops that have been closed since February for a double-track project.

MTA will reopen the Linthicum, BWI Business District, Baltimore-Washington International Airport, Ferndale and Cromwell stations. In January, the agency will begin the final phase of the project — double-tracking the system’s north end. Light-rail service between North Avenue and Timonium will reopen in late summer; service between Timonium and Hunt Valley will reopen at 2005’s end.

MTA also is installing an advanced signal system along tracks to help control train speeds.

The project is designed to eliminate bottlenecks, reduce delays and provide MTA maintenance crews more access to tracks.

Once the project is complete in 2006, only 2.6 miles of MTA’s system will be single-tracked.


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