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Traffic: Baltimore City travel restrictions lifted

Limited transit service to be restored at noon Tuesday

The Baltmore Sun

12:00 PM EDT, October 30, 2012

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Travel restrictions on Baltimore City roads were lifted at noon, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said.

Maryland State Police are urging people to stay off roads until highway crews are able to clear away fallen trees and other traffic hazards. They warn that downed power lines and wind-blown debris are blocking roads around the state. In addition, they say, power failures have caused traffic lights to go out around the region.

In Garrett County, portions of I-68 were closed due to blizzard conditions.

As of 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, downed trees and other debris were blocking traffic on I-83 near Timonium Road in Baltimore County, Annapolis Road near Gambrills Road in Anne Arundel County, Bayside Beach Road near Paradise Road in Anne Arundel County, and York Road near Bentley Road in Baltimore County.

Flooding conditions are blocking traffic on Md. 176 near Central Avenue in Anne Arundel County.

The Maryland Transit Administration advises patrons that there will be limited transit service Tuesday. Officials say there will be no MARC train, commuter bus or light rail service Tuesday due to the storm.

Beginning at noon Tuesday, officials say, MTA will operate "limited service" for local bus, Metro Subway and Mobility/Paratransit lines.

"MTA crews monitored road and track conditions, catenary wires and power supplies for possible damage the last 48 hours," said MTA Administrator Ralign T. Wells. "We are confident that MTA Local Bus, Metro Subway and Mobility equipment and facilities are ready to resume limited service today. Local Bus customers can expect some diversions as city crews work to clear the streets of storm related debris."

Light rail crews are monitoring the line for flooding and downed trees and reported no major issues as of 9:30 a.m. Due to the high winds, crews removed all at-grade crossing gate arms in order to protect the equipment and the public. Light rail service is expected to  resume Wednesday to allow time for the equipment to be reinstalled, according to the MTA.

MTA will disclose a timetable for restoration of MARC and Commuter Bus service later on Tuesday, officials say.

Most Amtrak Northeast Corridor service was suspended Tuesday due to the storm. Officials with Amtrak say they are assessing track conditions and hope to disclose decisions on restoring service later Tuesday.