The Maryland Transit Administration will increase its light rail service to Hunt Valley as part of a series of bus and rail changes, agency Administrator Paul J. Wiedefeld said yesterday.
Beginning Feb. 17, all light rail trains will continue past Timonium to the Hunt Valley station -- the system's northern terminus. Half of them now stop their run at Timonium.
Wiedefeld said the change was being made to reduce the system's complexity, especially for riders returning from downtown events.
The increase in service to Timonium is the second significant expansion of light rail service since the completion of double tracking in 2006. Last year, the MTA began running service from Penn Station to Camden Station rather than terminating at Mount Royal.
The light rail change will be implemented along with changes to local bus routes.
The Feb. 17 changes include the creation of one new route -- the No. 6 -- running from Cedonia to Edmondson Village at peak hours on weekdays. One route, the M-9, will be abolished and replaced with two new routes out of the Owings Mills Metro Station. The new No. 56 will serve Glyndon, while the No. 59 will go to the Reisterstown Road Metro Station.
Changes will also be made to nine existing routes: the Nos. 3, 11, 16, 27, 36, 55, 61, 77 and 98.
One of the most significant changes will occur on the No. 11 line, which has been reconfigured to run from Towson to Canton Crossing on a route that will allow one-bus service from the Charles Village-Johns Hopkins University area to Fells Point. The new No. 11 bus will drop branch lines serving Ruxton and Homeland. Also, the MTA has issued new timetables for the Nos. 5, 7, 10, 17, 20, 23 and 35 lines. Details of the changes can be found at www.mtamaryland.com.