MTA adding stops, buses for future Ravens games Cockeysville, city lots may ease pressure on rail

August 15, 1998|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

After fumbling the ball and causing many football fans to miss the opening snap in last Saturday's preseason opener at the Ravens' new stadium, the Mass Transit Administration announced yesterday some service enhancements it hopes will reduce demand on the light-rail system and win back fans' confidence.

Beginning with the Ravens' third and final preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Aug. 24 and continuing throughout the regular season, the MTA will express bus park-and-ride services from two additional sites.

One will operate in Cockeysville, off Shawan Road near Hunt Valley Mall. The other will be in the city, at Poly-Western High School, Falls Road and Cold Spring Lane.

In addition to the new locations and 100 buses to service them, transit officials also are doubling the number of hand ticket sellers and "transit ambassadors" on the light-rail system, which failed in its effort to meet the demands of the more than 13,000 light-rail customers.

"We are hoping that the fans give us a second try," MTA Deputy Administrator Dianna Rosborough said. "For those who don't live along the light-rail line, we're hoping they will give the express buses a try.

"The express buses are non-stop. They pick up fans at their park-and-ride location and take them directly to the stadium. It's almost like having their own personal bus, and it presents us with much more flexibility."

Round-trip fare on the express buses is $6, and a season pass is $50. Round-trip on the light rail is $2.70; a season pass is $25.

Those who drive to Ravens' games are urged to "come early, stay late, park downtown and walk." For the next home game, against the Philadelphia Eagles Monday, Aug. 24, fans who work downtown are encouraged to stay in the city and walk to the stadium from their offices. For MTA information, call 800-543-9809.

Pub Date: 8/15/98

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