The Baltimore metropolitan area, 14th largest urbanized region in the U.S., has a population of 1.8 million with 787,000 in Baltimore City. Two 1960 studies identified rapid transit as a major component of the region's total transportation system. Construction began in 1976 and the first 12.2 km route opened in 1983 with 6.8 km in subway, 3.8 km on aerial structures and 1.6 km on surface. There are 6 subway stations and 3 aerial stations. While stations have individual architectural features, they all comply with a basic systemwide arrangement. Automatic ticket vending is used for one-way and roundtrip rides; multiple-ride passes are sold at MTA offices and other outlets. The 72 stainless-steel rapid transit cars were built by Budd. Trains operate semi-automatically. Metro is fully integrated with the bus system, feeder buses being designated as the Metro Connection. At the end of the first year the line was being used by 37,000 riders daily. Now under construction is a 9.8 km surface extension further into the northwest suburbs which is due to open in 1987. Estimated cost has been about $200 million with 85 percent from Federal Interstate Transfer funds and 15% from the Maryland Transportation Trust Fund. At the end of the extension will be parking for 3500 cars, a planned community expected to house 17,000 and a major business center. Plans are being made to extend the downtown end of the line 2.5 km to Johns Hopkins Hospital, largest employer in Baltimore City.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Internation Union of Public Transport

    Avenue de l'Uruguay 19
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  • Authors:
    • Gottfeld, G M
  • Publication Date: 1985

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  • Pagination: p. 213-215
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  • Accession Number: 00451089
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 30 1985 12:00AM