Baltimore's light-rail system takes a step forward today as a 3.2-mile extension is added to the 14-mile stretch opened in the spring. When the full 29.5-mile electric trolley system is completed in 1995, passengers will be able to take the train from Baltimore-Washington International Airport all the way to Hunt Valley.
But Baltimoreans don't have to wait for another two years. For those who have not yet tested light rail, this week provides a splendid opportunity to ride this modern streetcar with a purpose. Its northern terminus happens to be right at the gate of the fairgrounds in Timonium, where the Maryland State Fair is in full swing. With the expansion, the southernmost terminus moves to near the Anne Arundel County line.
About 5,000 passengers a day have used the light rail since its opening a little more than three months ago. Additionally, between 3,000 and 4,000 fans have taken the streetcars to the new Camden Yards ballpark on Orioles baseball game nights, Mass Transit Administration officials say. They project 33,000 riders will patronize the system every day once the line is completed in 1995.