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Baltimore's Metro system: the facts and figures

Baltimore’s entire Metro SubwayLink system will remain closed for a month for emergency repairs, the Maryland Transit Administration announced Sunday.

For those who are unfamiliar with the system, here are some facts and figures:

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» Origin: The Metro opened in 1983. A second phase, extending the line to what was then the Owings Mills Mall, opened in 1997. And the final phase took the line to Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1995.

» Western terminus: Owings Mills

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» Eastern terminus: Johns Hopkins Hospital

» Length: The Metro stretches 15.5 miles

» Number of stations: 14

» Fairs: $1.80 one-way, $4.20 for a day pass

» Ridership: About 40,000 riders on weekdays, 17,000 total on weekends

Although the Maryland Transit Administration arranged for free coach buses to run the metro’s route while it's shut down for repairs, riders had little information about where the buses would stop or how frequently they would arrive.

» How to get around during closure: A free shuttle bus, or “bus bridge,” as the MTA calls them — will begin at 5 a.m. and run until midnight on weekdays, and from 6 a.m. until midnight on weekends. An “express bus bridge” will make stops at Owings Mills, Milford Mill, Mondawmin, State Center, Charles Center and Johns Hopkins during weekday peak hours — from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Baltimore Sun reporters Colin Campbell and Michael Dresser contributed to this article.

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