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Next MSA Board of Directors Meeting

Tuesday, June 6th
3:00 PM

Executive Boardroom

Warehouse at Camden Yards
333 W. Camden St., Suite 500
Baltimore, MD  21201

 

 Meeting notice current as of 5/15/2017

 

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Public and Alternative Transportation

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As it has been for more than 150 years, Camden Yards is still a transit hub. Thousands of commuters and visitors travel into Baltimore each day via bus, light rail and MARC, significantly reducing automobile use.

The historic B&O Warehouse serves as a backdrop for the introduction of modern railroad technology. CSX unveiled its new energy‑saving, low‑emissions $1.4 million GenSet diesel locomotive.

Light rail is an important component of game day operations at Oriole Park and M&T Bank Stadium. It transports fans from the airport and suburban parking lots, significantly reducing traffic congestion.

Baltimore's very popular (FREE) shuttle service around downtown has sprouted another appendage.

The new "Banner Route" will be of particular interest to Camden Yards visitors because it is within easy walking distance of several points on our campus, and it provides transportation to Fort McHenry.

Fort McHenry merits attention because of the pivotal role it played in defending the young nation against British Naval Forces in 1814, and also the inspiration for the Star-Spangled Banner.

The State of Maryland completely renovated the Visitors Center at Fort McHenry for the Bicentennial. The new interpretive film relates the circumstances that led to the War, and the importance of Baltimore's stand after significant losses in Washington and other parts of Maryland.

With the opening of the Banner Route, Fort McHenry is now connected to the Inner Harbor and Federal Hill.

For Oriole Park visitors, that means just a short walk down Conway Street (by the light rail station) to Light Street, where the Banner stops at the intersection.


From the M&T Bank side of the complex, crossing either Hanover Street or the pedestrian bridge will take you to the Gwynns Falls Trail. Follow north to Henrietta, and east to Williams. The Banner Route stops a few blocks north at Key Highway.

 

As Camden Yards (and the nearby Convention Center and hotel) are magnets for out-of-town visitors, this convenient transportation option makes it much easier to add on a trip to Fort McHenry and pick up a valuable American history lesson in the process.

Locust Point has its very own stop on the Charm City Circulator route, too. Only it isn't by bus. The transportation system also includes two water taxi routes, and one of them connects the Maritime Park in Harbor East with Tide Point, home of Under Armour.

With the opening of the Banner Route and the seasonal water taxi routes, it is now possible to visit just about anywhere you want to go in Baltimore for free -- and from within walking distance of Camden Yards.

Bicycle Access

In 2008, the Camden Yards partners took steps to encourage greater use of alternative transportation to the complex.

In May, the Mass Transit Administration (MTA) and the Orioles participated in Baltimore's "Bike to Work Day," demonstrating how bus racks work on light rail trains and the accessibility of the park to cyclists.light rail

In June, a new bike trail map was posted on MSA's website with directions to the Camden Yards complex using designated trails in Baltimore and nearby counties. In addition to the Gwynns Falls Trail, bike‑friendly light rail service connects to the BWI Trail, Baltimore‑Annapolis Trail and the Jones Falls Trail.

MTA also added bike racks to many buses, facilitating bicycle travel with public transportation.

MSA reached an agreement with Maryland Department of Transportation and the City of Baltimore to open the pedestrian bridge at M&T Bank Stadium. This connected Camden Yards with the Gwynns Falls Trail, a 15 mile hiking/biking trail that extends from the I‑70 Park and Ride to the Inner Harbor. Approximately 30 neighborhoods in West and Southwest Baltimore are joined by the trail. The bridge was previously open for light rail access only on game days.

bicyclistThis Camden Yards regular commutes to work via the Gwynn Falls Trail.

Another Gwynns Falls Trail wayfaring kiosk was erected in 2010 where the trail enters the stadium at Warner and Ostend Streets. The maps give directions for walking or cycling downtown as well as connections to public transportation stops.

In 2012, the Jones Falls connection at the Inner Harbor was completed, extending bicycle access north through to city. It will eventually reach Mount Washington when all segments are complete by 2014.

Cycling to the stadium complex increased dramatically in the 2012 season.
MSA accommodated the pedaling fans by adding bicycle racks and putting them in more convenient (and secure) locations.


By the end of baseball season, more racks were needed outside the popular bullpen picnic area and Dempsey's restaurant.

To accommodate Ravens fans, MSA installed a bright purple, double-sided rack at the security station. Even in December, it was nearly full two hours before kick-off.

During the O's playoff run, this rack filled quickly on game day. An additional one was soon added.

Ravens Bike Parking