The Mondawmin Metro Station before it was closed for emergency repair.
The Mondawmin Metro Station before it was closed for emergency repair. (Kim Hairston / Baltimore Sun)

The emergency shutdown of the entire Baltimore MetroLink for at least the next month leaves riders with two questions (“Baltimore Metro shutdown leaves riders waiting in the rain: ‘It’s very confusing and frustrating,’” Feb. 12).

The first is: Why has the Metro subway been allowed to spiral into such disrepair over the past few years, so that a system-wide shut down is required to avoid “safety issues?” The second is: How close were riders to disaster before action was taken?

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In the past few years, the Metro has been “single tracking” so often that the entire length of track could have been replaced. Indeed, less than two years ago, almost the entire above-ground portion of the system was closed for three weeks. Now, the very same part of the system needs emergency repairs? Just a few months ago, a train mysteriously separated in two, midway between the Owings Mills and Old Court stations.

I would like to see the Maryland Department of Transportation publish the actual inspection report from Friday that precipitated the emergency shutdown. And to think, we almost flushed $3 billion away on the Red Line boondoggle. This reinforces the idea that we need to fix what we already have before considering any new rail projects.

Paul Woods, Reisterstown

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