BWI Marshall Airport (Baltimore Light Rail station)

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BWI Airport 20 airtransportation.svg
Baltimore Light Rail
Baltimore light rail at BWI.agr.jpg
Light rail vehicle at BWI station
Location 7153 Elm Road
International Pier at BWI Terminal
Coordinates 39°10′52.47″N 76°40′6.44″W / 39.1812417°N 76.6684556°W / 39.1812417; -76.6684556Coordinates: 39°10′52.47″N 76°40′6.44″W / 39.1812417°N 76.6684556°W / 39.1812417; -76.6684556
Owned by MTA Maryland
Line(s)
  Light Rail
Hunt Valley – BWI Marshall
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Connections 17, 99, 201, HT Red Express
Construction
Parking A general-purpose paid garage, not specifically set aside for Light Rail riders, is adjacent to the stop
History
Opened 1997
Services
Preceding station   MTA Maryland   Following station
Terminus Light Rail
Hunt Valley – BWI Marshall
toward Hunt Valley

The BWI Marshall Airport station is one of the two southern terminals of the Baltimore Light Rail. As the name implies, the station serves Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport; the station platforms are just outside an entrance to the International Concourse on the lower level.

The station opened in 1997, with trains then serving the station every 34 minutes and operating to Penn Station. The system's routes and schedules have changed over the years; as of 2010, trains depart for Hunt Valley every twenty minutes during peak commuter hours and every half hour at other times.

The station and the airport are served by Maryland Transit Administration's bus routes 17, 99, and 201; 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Other local transit agencies also have buses serving the airport, including Howard Transit's Silver Route.[1]

Accidents at this station[edit]

In 2000, two separate accidents occurred in which a Light Rail train ran into the end bumpers and up into the roof of the station. In one case, the operator was under the influence of cocaine and oxycodone. He tested positive for cocaine, was fired four days after the accident, and charged with reckless endangerment. The other case the operator was under the influence of prescription medication that made him drowsy.

Since then, a trip-stop has been installed to the north-west of the station, requiring operators to stop before the station, reach out of the vehicle, and clear the trip-stop before moving at 10 mph into the station. A proper medical policy was instituted at FTA's insistence.[2] [3] [4]

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