Light rail to double service from Penn Station to airport Trains scheduled to run every 17 minutes

December 12, 1998|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

In a bid to build ridership, the Mass Transit Administration will expand light rail service between Baltimore's Penn Station and Baltimore-Washington International Airport beginning tomorrow.

Trains will run every 17 minutes, halving the time passengers must wait, MTA officials said.

"One of the keys to growing ridership in light rail is to make transit more convenient to our citizens," Gov. Parris N. Glendening said.

The MTA has added 18 cars to its previous fleet of 35 cars in the past 18 months, enabling it to double service between the airport and train station to four trains per hour.

The BWI-Penn Station link opened a year ago. The airport station handles about 1,500 passengers daily, and the rail terminal has 400 riders a day.

Overall ridership on the Central Light Rail Line, which runs from Hunt Valley to Glen Burnie, has grown from 24,000 to 26,000 a day since March.

MTA officials attribute the increase to use of light rail to attend events downtown.

The opening of the Hamburg Street stop at the new Ravens football stadium helped set ridership records.

Pub Date: 12/12/98

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