Roads relatively quiet as city crews work on clearing main, secondary routes

MARC trains, city buses, Light Rail on limited schedules

February 08, 2010|By Brent Jones | brent.jones@baltsun.com | Baltimore Sun reporter

With most schools closed and many workers on liberal leave, it was a quiet morning on the roads, as trains and buses ran on limited schedules and city officials worked on clearing emergency routes and secondary streets.

Baltimore officials are allowing drivers to park for free in downtown city-owned garages Monday in order to keep snow emergency routes along some of city's busiest streets open.

Mayor Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake said the city wants to use its resources "to keep the city moving. We want to make it easy for our employees and employees of the downtown area to get to work."

Parking remains restricted along snow emergency routes, and cars parked on those streets will be towed, city officials said.

Rawlings-Blake said about 65 percent of all secondary roads in the city have been plowed. City workers had to remove more than 100 fallen trees.

With most schools closed for the day and many city and state workers on liberal leave, traffic moved at a steady pace along the Baltimore Beltway and Interstate 95 through the beginning of rush hour Monday morning, transportation officials said.

Meanwhile, the MARC train is running on the Penn line only today, and city buses are operating on a limited schedule. Light rail is running every 30 minutes between North Avenue and Hunt Valley, serving all stations except Coldspring Lane, according to the Maryland Transit Administration.

There is no light rail service south of North Linthicum to Cromwell Station or to the airport. Shuttle bus service will be provided on the No. 17 line from Camden Yards to North Linthicum and BWI Marshall Airport, MTA officials said.

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