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Getting to Baltimore


Several major interstate highways will bring you to Baltimore, including north-south routes along I-83 and I-95, and east-west along I-70. All of the city’s major hotels have garage space or valet parking. The Convention Center itself has no parking facility, but there are several parking garages located nearby.

Baltimore Washington Airport
The Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) Airport is the closest major airport serving Baltimore and is conveniently located 10 miles south of the city. Several US and international airlines serve this airport. There are multiple transportation options between BWI and the city:


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Light Rail Service: Tram service from the BWI Airport directly to the Inner Harbor at Camden Yards is the least expensive option. This service takes approximately 15 minutes and will leave you 1-3 blocks from the hotels. For those choosing university dormitory housing, the closest stop is Baltimore/Penn Station (from there take a taxi or the Maryland Transit Authority bus - see the Lodging page for more details).

NOTICE: Effective 2/28/04, Light Rail service to and from BWI will discontinue through Fall 2004 while a double track project is completed. Replacement shuttle bus service will be offered during this time. Because there are several sections of track out of service, this will involve boarding a sequence of buses and shuttles. Travelers are advised to use another means of getting to downtown Baltimore.

Taxi Service: Taxis are available outside of the baggage claim area of the airport. Cost for a trip from BWI to downtown hotels is approximately $20.

SuperShuttle (door-to-door service from the airport). SuperShuttle is a shared-ride service that uses 15-passenger vans. Upon arrival at the airport, go to the lower level and follow signs to the SuperShuttle desk located between baggage claims 6 and 7. Reservations are not required, but they can be arranged on-line. The cost of a one-way trip from BWI to downtown Baltimore is currently $12 per person.

Amtrak (800-USA-RAIL). Amtrak offers regular train travel from the BWI Rail Station (take the free shuttles from the terminal to the station). The train line will leave you at the Baltimore Penn Station/Amtrak train station, which is relatively close to the university housing. Hotels are a short taxi ride away.

Amtrak Baltimore Station
1500 N. Charles Street
Baltimore. Maryland 21202

Alternate Airports

Two other airports serve the DC/Baltimore metropolitan area, but transportation from these airports is far from convenient and potentially costly depending on the desired transportation mode.

Ronald Reagan National Airport (42 miles from Baltimore). The airport is located just south of Washington, DC. The most economical transportation option is to take the Metro subway Yellow line to Gallery Place, transfer to the Red line at Gallery Place to Union Station and take Amtrak to Baltimore’s Penn Station or the MARC Camden Line to Camden Yards.

Dulles International Airport (61 miles from Baltimore). Take the Washington Flyer Coach to West Falls Church Metro station. Board the Orange line to Metro Center, and transfer to the Red line to Union Station and take Amtrak to Baltimore’s Penn Station or the MARC Camden Line to Camden Yards. Taxi fare from Dulles to Union Station is approximately $60.


MARC Train

For those attendees in the Washington, DC area or those staying in Washington, DC during the conference, transportation to the Baltimore Convention Center is available from Union Station via the MARC train - Camden Line. The cost is $7 one way and includes stops in Prince George's and Howard counties.


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