Reporting Adam May
BALTIMORE (WJZ)– The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) has canceled all service for Monday due to severe weather conditions that will be caused by Hurricane Sandy.
Adam May has more.
The cancelations apply to buses, light rail, Amtrak and MARC train service. That’s because of winds predicted to gust up to 70 miles per hour.
The MTA said it will make a decision about continuing service for Tuesday late Monday and about canceling commuter bus service on Sunday evening.
Travelers using MTA transit can click here for the latest.
The MTA Mobility/Paratransit Program used by residents who cannot use the bus, Metro or light rail service will close after 3 p.m. on Monday. For more information, click here.
The State Highway Administration (SHA) warns drivers of hazardous conditions on Maryland roads, particularly in the Eastern Shore. The SHA urges motorists to avoid US 50 (Ocean Gateway) since only one westbound lane going towards US 301 is open near the outlet shopping center in Queenstown where construction is currently underway on a bridge replacement project.
The SHA advises that alternate routes to westbound US 50 are US 13 or US 113 going north through Delaware. If drivers use US 50 West, they can turn right onto MD 213 at Wye Mills, then left in US 301 leading to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.
“Remember, a new law enacted Oct. 1 mandates drivers must treat intersections with non-functioning traffic signals as four-way stops. Do not assume you or the other driver has the right-of-way; make eye contact if possible and proceed safely through the intersection,” said State Highway Administrator Melinda B. Peters.
Peters said drivers can expect downed trees and high water on the roads.
Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) has been delaying and canceling flights in the wake of the super storm. Travelers can check with their individual airlines on rescheduling their plans. For a list of contact numbers for various airlines, click here.
Express bus company Megabus has also canceled service to more than 20 cities from Sunday to Tuesday due to the hurricane. The company said that it would send an e-mail to customers who are booked on canceled routes.
The Washington D.C. – Baltimore – Philadelphia – Secaucus – Boston buses from Sunday 5 p.m. to Tuesday 1:15 a.m., and the Washington D.C. – Richmond – Hampton buses have been canceled, among others. For more detailed information on other cancelations, go to the Megabus website.
Customers booked between Sunday and Tuesday for other routes may reschedule their travel.