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Residents encouraged to use public transportation to get to Baltimore Running Festival

Marathon will impact traffic and local bus routes

10/16/2015, 11:20 a.m.
Running 26 miles through the streets of Baltimore might be hard, but getting to the Baltimore Running Festival couldn’t be ...

— Running 26 miles through the streets of Baltimore might be hard, but getting to the Baltimore Running Festival couldn’t be easier. The Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) urges race fans to take mass transit to avoid downtown congestion and road closures on Saturday, October 17.

Fans are encouraged to use fast, convenient MTA Metro Subway and Light Rail to commute downtown. Metro Subway riders can exit at the Charles Center Station; Light Rail riders at the Camden Yards Station. The Camden Yards Station is a short walk to both the starting line at Russell and Camden streets and the finish line off Lee Street near the I-395/Martin Luther King Boulevard Overpass.

Fares for MTA Local Bus, Light Rail and Metro Subway are $1.70 one-way, $3.40 round-trip and $4 for a Day Pass. Day Passes are the best value and help riders avoid congestion and lines at transit stations.

Many Baltimore streets will be temporarily closed from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. on October 17 to accommodate the various races. MTA Local Bus passengers should plan ahead since the marathon course will impact bus service. Modified Local Bus routes include Nos. 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 29, 31, 35, 36, 40, 48, 64, 82, 91 and 98. For details on all Local Bus diversions, please visit www.mta.maryland.gov and click on the Baltimore Running Festival banner. MTA customers should allow extra time to travel via Local Bus.

For the latest information on MTA service, passengers are urged to check the MTA website at www.mta.maryland.gov. Customers also can call MTA’s Transit Information Contact Center Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 410-539-5000 or 410-539-3497 (TTY). Please visit MTA’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/mtamaryland and follow us on Twitter @mtamaryland. MTA reminds passengers to report unattended bags and unusual behavior to police or transit personnel. If you see something, say something. Visit www.securetransit.org for more information.