Three light rail stations to close for 10 days

Three light rail stations will be closed for 10 days later this month for repairs to a track crossing at the edge of Hampden, forcing riders to connect with stations north of the city by bus, according to the Maryland Transit Administration.

The system's Mt. Washington, Cold Spring and Woodberry stations will be closed from March 14 to March 24 to allow for track crossing improvements at the intersection of Union Avenue and Clipper Mill Road.

Buses will operate between the Falls Road and North Avenue stations, which are north and south of the effected area, respectively.

During the closure, trains north of Falls Road will operate every 15 minutes during peak periods. Schedules south of the North Avenue station will not be changed.

The work will involve the removal and replacement of 475 feet of ballasted track, the MTA said, including 70 tons of ballast and stone, 120 concrete rail ties and more than 950 feet of rail.

The infrastructure was part of the light rail system's original construction in 1991.

A new "Train Approaching" sign will also be installed on the south side of Union Avenue, which will increase safety and "make future repairs at the crossing less time consuming," the MTA said.

Robert Smith, the MTA's CEO, said in a statement that the project will bring "some short-term inconveniences," but the improvements will be "well worth it."

"Doing everything possible to enhance safety at MTA facilities is the highest priority we have at the agency," he said.

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