The Baltimore Metro Subway system, hereafter called the
Baltimore Metro system, is a simple system. It consists of a grand total
of 14 stations, nine of which were included when the system first opened
(Charles Center to Reisterstown Plaza).
The system opened for business in 1983. It was later
expanded northward to Owings Mills in 1987. The latest expansion, in 1994,
extended the downtown service to Johns Hopkins Hospital in East Baltimore.
It takes about a half an hour to traverse the route one way.
The system is 15.2 miles long, with 6.2 miles of it
underground. Of the remaining 9 miles, 2.2 miles of it are elevated, and
6.8 are at grade. Above Old Court Road and the Beltway, the line runs up
interstate 795, making it basically a commuter railroad, cause it certainly
isn't convenient to anything if you don't have a car. According to the
stats on Wikipedia, the cost of the total system ran 1.392 billion bucks.
The map below is of both the Light and Heavy Rail systems
in Baltimore, and illustrates the lack of a common station for the two systems,
thereby making transfers between the two a royal pain in bad weather.
What is above is a repeat of what is on the Metro main page, more info can be found on that page.
Owings Mills is the current north end of the line, and will probably remain that way
since there is much fuss over extending the line any further north, mostly because of
added value vs cost. Since all of the at or above ground stations are not really
located near much of anything useful, they all have parking facilities and bus lanes.
The station is on the left, and the double set of crossovers is on the right,
allowing inbound trains to switch over to the SB track if needed, and outbound
trains to crossover to the SB tracks if they came out of the NB station platform
side. This is normal practice for almost every Metro system at the end of a line unless
they have a loop.
The storage tracks in between the rush hours, the filled up parking lot gives it away.
Coming down on the southbound side of 795, you get these views of the stub tracks used for storage outside the rush hours. SEP2010
This NB train is getting ready to enter the Owings Mills station. Notice
the train has switched over to the SB track for entering the station, having just passed
the crossovers and a set of signals. SEP2010
It is doubtful that the MTA will ever extend the Metro north of here, but hey,
you never know if the population density get like that of NYC (New York City)
(Let's hope it doesn't! :-)
In order to put this station in, they had to
redesign Milford Mill Road, and gave it an overpass and a complicated series of
intersections to what was formerly a straight shot on a "country" road with only
the "Western Maryland" (CSX) to contend with. CSX's tracks are above the
Metro tracks in the above photo.
The Metro station is on the left, with the blue colored covering... at the other
end of the block, to the right, you can see the Light Rail line... this
is the closest the two come together, and the reason the light rail/metro system design sucks.
When I worked there and they were doing this "quality circles" improvement
idea thing - I had suggested turning this into a covered/temperature
controlled mall, but the idea was shot down. It would have made things
so much nicer for anyone traveling between the two
systems. The OCC is in the building at the top edge of the photo.
This station is located adjacent to the main post office, which is the building in the
upper right hand corner of the photo. The end of the Jones Falls
Expwy is in the upper left hand corner, and it turns into President St. The
shot tower is one of the few surviving examples of one that is from the Civil War...
they would melt lead up on the top floors of the tower, and let it drop, cooling
as it went down sand forming into balls. Once picked up off the floor at the
bottom, the shot could be graded to size, or re-melted. I'll have to see if I
can find my photos from the top of the tower, as very few people get the privilege
to go up there. The main PO is one of the few multi-level P&DC's
(processing and distribution center), where they sort your mail - a very cool operation!
Johns Hopkins Hospital continuously rates as the top hospital in the
U.S., and has a long and rich history in Baltimore. It is also slowly gobbling
up the land around it along with the Kennedy-Krieger Institute which is the tan
building on the left in the bottom photo. If you have the time, it is a most impressive
building to come out of the hole for and take a few pictures, especially at dusk.
The main entrance to the Metro is in the middle of Broadway, across from the
main domed building. I used to have rowhouse several blocks south of here,
built in 1845, and was on the first streetcar line in Baltimore City.
These two fellas come from the birds eye view on Bing Maps.
A train that just came out of the tunnel and is headed north towards W Cold Spring.
A train just leaving the W Cold Spring station.
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