New platform opens Monday at Halethorpe train station

The Maryland Transit Administration will put its new southbound train platform into service on Monday at the Halethorpe station, located along Southwestern Boulevard. The existing southbound platform and waiting shelters were closed after the last train departed Friday night, officials said.

Starting with the first train Monday morning, April 22, all southbound boarding and detraining will take place on the new, high-level platform.

The new station, located about a quarter-mile from the existing station, features handicap accessible elevator towers and a 700-foot raised platform.

"One of the major improvements of the station is these elevators that will make it easier for people to get from the north platform to the south platform," said Terry Owens, spokesman for the Maryland Transit Administration, during an interview earlier this year.

The northbound platforms, elevators and overhead walkway will open in late June. Until that time, the current platforms will be used for all northbound boarding and detraining.

The MTA is reminding passengers to use the staircases and walkway along Ridge Avenue to get from the northbound platform to the parking lot — and not to cross the tracks. Officials said trains operate in this area at speeds of up to 135 mph.

Reporter Julie Baughman contributed to this story.

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