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Baltimore County provides convenient access for travel
Baltimore County’s close proximity to major roads, airports and rail systems makes traveling easy.
Major highways and interstates, including the heavily traveled I-95 and I-70, run through Baltimore County, carrying commuters to and from Baltimore, D.C., Philadelphia and all points west as well.
I-83 runs through the center of the County and makes for an easy trip north to Harrisburg, Pa., and south to Baltimore City. Proximity to I-695, the Baltimore Beltway, allows access to other parts of the state as well.
I-795 and MD 43 (White Marsh Boulevard) — provide commuter access to Owings Mills in the northwest and White Marsh in the northeast, the County’s designated growth areas. These highways are also connected to I-695, which encircles Baltimore City and its nearest suburbs.
In all, Baltimore County has nearly 3,000 miles of state and county roads. Some of them, in the northern part of the County, become hilly, winding two-lane roads, and designated scenic byways twist through horse farms in the more rural areas.
Baltimore County residents who would rather leave the driving to someone else have many options — bus, subway, light rail and commuter and long-distance trains. The metro bus system, rebranded and overhauled in 2017 as BaltimoreLink,
has hundreds of miles of bus routes running through the city, Baltimore County and other nearby counties. BaltimoreLink has numerous high-frequency, color-coded routes designed to improve reliability and connect riders with other forms of transit, such as the commuter and Amtrak trains and light rail lines.
The Baltimore Light Rail line starts at
Hunt Valley Towne Centre and continues south for 30 miles and 32 stops to the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. The Baltimore Metro subway system follows a 15.5-mile, 14-station route from Metro Center at Owings Mills to Johns Hopkins Hospital, the city’s largest employer. CountyRide,
a public-private partnership, provides specialized transportation to medical appointments, grocery stores and other errands for County residents over 60 years of age, persons with disabilities between 18 and 59 and eligible residents of designated rural districts.
There are also several transportation choices for those going beyond the County and city. A daily express MegaBus to New York City arrives and departs from White Marsh. Parking is available.
The MARC train PENN Line offers commuter service from Harford County
to Baltimore and Washington, D.C. In Baltimore County, it stops in Halethorpe and at Martin State Airport (a state-owned
general aviation facility) in Middle River, connecting riders to Baltimore’s Penn Station, BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport and Union Station in Washington, D.C. Amtrak has a full schedule of trains that stop at Baltimore’s Penn Station, most to destinations along the East Coast.
Although not in Baltimore County, BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport is a convenient drive from most areas of the County and a stop for much of the public transportation.
The Port of Baltimore, which includes Dundalk Marine Terminal on the city/ county line, welcomes both cruise and cargo lines. As the closest cargo port to the Midwest, it is ideally positioned for truck traffic using I-95. CSX and Norfolk Southern both provide heavy rail service to the Port and thus create a complete network for cargo.
 Towson is the Baltimore County seat and is in close proximity to major metropolitan areas:
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