Connecting to Transit With Your Bike

Basic Information

Bicycles are permitted on Light Rail and Metro Subway, except on crowded trains. No bicycles are allowed onboard MTA Buses. Local Buses are equipped with bicycle racks above the front bumper to carry up to two bicycles. You must be 18 years of age or accompanied by an adult who is 18 years of age to bring a bicycle on MTA modes. No more than two bicycles are permitted per wheelchair-accessible transit vehicle. Only folded bicycles are permitted on MARC Trains. To get the most out of biking, stow your bicycle at an MTAprovided bicycle rack or locker located at stations and stops along the system.

Bike Rack & Storage

Most Light Rail stops and Metro Subway stations have bicycle racks, as well as many MARC Train stations. Racks are available at no cost. Bike lockers are also available throughout the MTA system at several Light Rail stops, Metro Subway stations and MARC Train stations. For locations where bike lockers are available and for information on renting a bicycle locker, call the MTA Office of Customer Information at 410-767-8749 (Direct number to man in charge is 410-767-0572). A $25.00 deposit for the locker is refundable. The yearly cost of renting a locker is $70.00.

MARC Train
A bicycle whose frame folds and the wheels come together is permitted on MARC Train. The preferred method of transporting a folded bicycle on MARC Train is in a case. Stow folded bicycles so that passenger aisles are kept unobstructed. Folded bicycles are not permitted to be stowed in overhead storage bins. Extreme care must be taken when entering or exiting MARC Train with a bicycle from or on to a low platform.

 

BIKES ON RAIL
Bicycles may be brought aboard the MTA's Light Rail and Metro Subway trains. When using these services be sure to:

·       Push or carry the bicycle when on the elevator, inside the station, on the platform or in the train.

·       If the train is crowded due to morning or afternoon rush hour, sporting events or special events, please wait for the next train.

·       Stay a safe distance from the loading platform edge at all times before boarding trains.

·       Be considerate of other passengers and wait until exiting and entering passengers have cleared the doorway before carrying the bicycle on to the train.

·       Follow any instructions given by transit staff regarding bicycle transport.

·       In the event a bicycle or other property falls into the track area of the Metro Subway system, DO NOT attempt to retrieve it personally. Immediately, approach the Station Attendant for assistance.

·       Place the bicycle in the area reserved for seniors and individuals with disabilities. Be prepared to move the bicycle to make way for seniors and individuals with disabilities who have priority over bicycles. Hold on to the bicycle and keep it out of the way of other passengers.

Bikes on Buses - RACK AND ROLL!
Tips for Loading and Unloading a Bicycle Using a Bus Front-Mounted Bike Rack:
Local Buses are equipped to carry two bicycles, although there may be an occasion when a bus in service does not have a bicycle rack. The bicycle racks are very easy to use, designed for cyclists to load and unload themselves. See the steps below for loading and unloading.
LOADING

·       To prepare your bike for loading prior to the arrival of the bus, take off loose items, water bottles, chain locks, or any other dangling objects.

·       Stay back as the bus approaches the stop and do not allow your body or bicycle to extend past the curb area.

·       Alert the operator that you will place a bicycle on the rack, and then go to the front of the bus to load the bicycle from the curb side. Please do not step into oncoming traffic to load your bike.

·       If the rack is in the upright position, using one hand, squeeze the handle to carefully lower the bicycle rack while holding your bike with the other hand.

·       Lift the bicycle, fitting wheels into the labeled slot closest to the bus. If it is the second bicycle on the rack it should face in the opposite direction of the first bicycle.

·       The front tire should be in the wheel slot with the padded hook.

·       Raise the padded hook up and over the front tire so the hook rests at the highest point on the front wheel. The hook adds lateral support for the loaded bicycle.

·       Board the bus, pay the fare and tell the operator at which stop you will depart with your bicycle.

·       Enjoy the ride!

UNLOADING

·       Don’t forget your bicycle is loaded on the bus!

·       Exitfromthefrontdoorandremindtheoperatoryouhaveabiketotakeofftherack.

·       Raise the padded hook off the tire by pulling up and away, and lower it around the tire to its original position on the rack.

·       Lift your bike off the rack.

·       If there are no other bicycles on the rack, return the rack to the upright position by squeezing the handle and folding up the rack until it snaps in to position.

·       Step away from the bus toward the curb and wait for the bus to pull away from the stop before safely beginning your bicycle journey.

 

NOW WHAT DO I DO IF I FORGET MY BIKE ON THE BUS?
Call the MTA Transit Information Line 6:00 am – 7:00 pm, Monday – Friday at 410-539-5000 or toll-free 866-RIDE-MTA (743-3682). Or, after business hours, weekdays and on weekends, call the MTA Police 24/7 at 410-454-7720. An MTA Information Agent or MTA Police Officer will ask for specific information about a cyclist’s bus ride such as: bus route number, bus vehicle number (if known), time of day of the bus ride, and where the cyclist exited the bus. Every effort will be made to locate the bicycle and arrange for its return.