In General
Getting Here


In General

Location / Name:
Baltimore MD, Howard Street and Pratt Street

What's Here:
Sinkhole at the Light Rail Station

GPS Coordinates: 39.286160, -76.619349
Phone A/C: 410 & 443
ZIP: 21201

Access by train/transit:
None at the time! :-)

The Scoop:

Another sinkhole in Baltimore, of which they seem to be occurring with almost some sort of regularity, but this time, it swallowed part of a light rail platform at the Convention Center stop, so the MTA has suspended operations between North Avenue and Camden Station.  I guess the suspended operations also includes the Penn Station shuttle since it comes off the main line at Mt Royal, and trains aren't going there for now.

To make matters worse, it happened about the same time as a CSX train derailment in the tunnel below the light rail, which runs under Howard Street.  It seems like we (Baltimore) can't get a break from these mishaps!  The last of which was CSX's derailment in March, where a number of cars derailed off the North Avenue bridge, and came down on the Streetcar Museum's power substation, putting the museum out of operation until last week when they ran their first car to the end of the line since the mishap.

This couldn't have happened in a worse place or at a worse time.  Thursday started a baseball series at Oriole Park, a block away, and of course people depend on the light rail to get to the game.  Pratt St, which runs east-west, is a major thoroughfare thru the downtown area.  And I-395, which comes in from I-95, dumps you off on Howard Street, which is what 395 turns into when it reaches Conway Street - cars coming into town via 395 now have to take a right at Conway Street, or go around via MLK Blvd.

I had to laugh when I saw this question on the MTA's FB info page..... Obviously clueless as to how long it takes to fix and repair things!

Elliott Plack
Channel 11 WBAL
Channel 13 WJZ
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Getting Here

It's in the center of downtown Baltimore at Howard and Pratt Streets, so it is easy to get to via I-395 from the south and I-95, or from the north via I-83 and almost any of the exits like Maryland Avenue, and taking it down to Lombard Street and going to the right, or west.



Below, they closed off more of Howard Street to put in temporary pumps in anticipation of the severe rain that hit on Thursday evening, July 11th, 2019.



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NEW 07/12/2019
Last Modified 12-Jul-2019