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Commuter Services Cut In Latest Coronavirus Steps

Mar 17, 2020

Governor Larry Hogan with Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford

Governor Larry Hogan announced Tuesday several new measures to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus in Maryland.

Last week, Hogan ordered schools in Maryland closed. Monday, he ordered bars restaurants, movies and gyms to close and Tuesday he said he would cut MARC train commuter service by 50 percent and reduce local bus, light rail, Metro and commuter bus services.

He also said the state would switch to cashless tolls and that he has asked that the deadline for the federal real ID be extended.

And, he said, Maryland has reached a turning point in the outbreak. A few weeks ago, the only cases of the corona virus in the state were confined to people who had been traveling abroad. Now, most of the cases of the virus are being transmitted from people who haven’t been traveling, called “community transmission.”

“Travel from Europe has been shut down,” he said in a news conference. “There’s very little travel coming in from other places and I think most of our cases are now being passed from one person in our state to another person in our state.”

In addition, he said, because the Kentucky Derby, usually run the first Saturday in May, has been postponed until Labor Day weekend, he would postpone the Preakness until later in September.

To see a list of affected MTA routes, go here