MTA cuts light rail schedule due to operator shortage and dwindling ridership – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Weekday light rail schedules will be reduced starting next month due to a shortage of rail operators and reduced ridership, the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration said.

From Sunday July 10, the agency will use modified Saturday schedule From Monday to Friday, with a scheduled service every 15 minutes “in the majority of stations”, the agency said. Weekend hours will not be affected.

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Southbound trains will continue to alternate between Glen Burnie and BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, with trains departing every 30 minutes to each destination.

“We recognize the essential role that light rail transit and public transit play in the lives of our riders,” said Holly Arnold, Administrator of MDOT MTA. “While we are disappointed to have had to take this step, these temporary adjustments will allow our passengers to be confident that their scheduled train will arrive on time. We are working diligently to return to our normal level of service.

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MTA will adjust light rail service for peak hours and special events. Officials will review the changes again in the fall.

The number of people using the light rail has not returned to pre-pandemic levels, the agency said.

In response to operator shortages, MTA said it was stepping up its outreach efforts at job fairs and through social media and advertising.

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Fares for city buses, light rail and subways increased by 10 cents at the start of this week.

Jose P. Rogers