Mount Washington (Baltimore Light Rail station)
|Baltimore Light Rail station|
A northbound LRV departs Mt. Washington station.
|Location||5701 Smith Avenue
|Owned by||Maryland Transit Administration|
Hunt Valley – BWI Marshall
Hunt Valley – Cromwell
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Connections||27, 58, 60|
|Parking||83 free spaces|
The Mt. Washington Light Rail Stop is one of 33 stops on the Baltimore Light Rail and is the northern-most stop inside the city of Baltimore. The stop is located in historic Mt. Washington Village, and is accessible to motor vehicles only along narrow, one way side streets.
When the current stop opened in 1992, it had only a single track for trains traveling in either direction. A second track was added when the Light Rail's double-tracking project for this station was completed in 2005.
|Side platform, doors open on right|
|← Southbound toward BWI Airport. Next stop: Cold Spring Ln.|
|← Southbound toward Cromwell/Glen Burnie. Next stop: Cold Spring Ln.|
|Northbound toward Hunt Valley. Next stop: Falls Road →|
|Side platform, doors open on left|
The stop has 83 parking spaces for commuters. Around the time this station opened in 1992, an article published in the Baltimore Sun brought up concern that these spaces would be used by shoppers in Mt. Washington Village who wished to skip out on metered parking provided by the city of Baltimore at an adjacent lot, and that the light rail could be used to reach Mt. Washington easily to commit various crimes, including auto theft. Reported crime at the station is very low. On a typical weekday, the lot is usually filled prior to the opening of the shops though parking scofflaws have used the lot after rush hour.
Three public bus lines, Routes 27, 58, and 60 operate within a close walk of the stop, but due to the narrow streets through which the station is accessed, do not actually enter the station's parking lot. There is a bus loop in Mt. Washington Village along Kelly Avenue where these buses stop to pick up and drop off passengers. The loop is not currently used for layover except by Route 60 on occasional trips. This loop is not a part of the light rail service, but was constructed in 1949 as a temporary layover for buses following the conversion from streetcars. The loop has been used for various bus routes in the years since.