Baltimore Metro Subway resumes operations following 23-day closure for track maintenance

After a 23-day partial shutdown for track maintenance, the Baltimore Metro Subway has resumed operations.

The Baltimore Metro Subway resumed full operation this weekend after a partial closure for track maintenance that lasted more than three weeks, officials said.

The nearly 33-year-old subway system closed for 23 days between the Milford Mill and Mondawmin stations for what the Maryland Transit Administration dubbed "critical maintenance work." The project involved restructuring three interlockings, the devices that allow trains to cross from one track to another, the MTA said.

"We are pleased to report that this critical maintenance work was completed ahead of schedule and under budget," said Paul Comfort, the MTA administrator and CEO. "I'd like to thank our customers for their patience during this important safety project. We are pleased they will have an enhanced experience as a result of this essential rail work."

The MTA did not respond to a request Sunday for the final cost. Repairs had been expected to cost $16 million.

Roughly 45,000 people ride the subway per day. The MTA provided shuttle buses to transport riders between the closed subway stops during the track repair work, but officials warned riders to plan for an extra two hours of travel time for a round trip.

The closure also came amid Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's plan to cut back the free Charm City Circulator bus and the MTA's proposal to restructure its bus system so fewer buses go all the way downtown as a means to reduce traffic congestion.

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