MTA Light Rail Double Track

Improved Service with Decreased Delays
Baltimore, Maryland
Maryland Transit Administration
Parsons Transportation Group
Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson
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Clark’s portion of MTA’s $150 million double track program included converting 1.8 miles of single track to double track and constructing a second platform at the Linthicum and Cromwell stations.

Baltimore’s 29-mile Light Rail System serves more than 30,000 travelers daily. It provides vital public transportation stops to business districts within the Baltimore Metro area, to MARC and AMTRAK train service at Penn Station, and to BWI Airport. Over 40 percent of the MTA's system was single-tracked, which presented operational constraints, causing trains to be delayed while waiting for passage of oncoming trains or during routine maintenance, rendering certain sections impassable. The double tracks provided commuters more frequent service, accommodated more passengers and improved the reliability, flexibility and safety of the system. The project also allowed for more efficient maintenance.