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History of MTA and Its Major Modes

  

 To view MTA Timeline, click [here] 

History of Bus  

Buses made their debut in Baltimore in 1909. Double-decker buses first appeared in 1921, first operating along Charles Street, and then on University Parkway in 1922, the same year trackless trolleys were introduced …[more]

 

 

 

History of Metro Subway

Although Metro Subway began operation on November 21, 1983, the actual conception of Metro began twenty years earlier, in 1963...  [more]

History of Light Rail

Light Rail’s history dates back to 1885, when America’s first electrical railway designed for passengers began service, making stops on the Hamden Line along 33rd and Remington Street. The current Light Rail line has 33 stops between Cromwell Station in Glen Burnie and Hunt Valley in northern Baltimore County. A recent Double Track project, completed on February 26, 2006, includes updated electronics for all 53 cars, grading work with underground utilities, and new track for all but three miles of the 29-mile long system…  [more]

 

 

 

History of MARC Train

 

The local rail passenger service now called MARC Train Service, has actually operated since the 1830s on the Camden Line, and since the mid to late 1800s on the Penn and Brunswick Lines… [more]

Where can I learn more about MTA's history?

View early photos and learn about MTA's (formerly The Baltimore Transit Company) history, by visiting http://www.btco.net or http://www.baltimoremd.com/streetcar/