Getting to the MVA

I sold my car and wrote this story about the trip from Towson to the MVA in Northeast Baltimore to return my registration tags.

Slow Progress

I left work at around 1:30 pm so that I could get down to the MVA before it gets too crowded. Well, by 2:30 pm I was only on the corner of York and Northern Parkway. I could have walked down here in less time than it has required thus far.

The 8

My starting bus stop in Towson. As of 2016 this stop has been moved.

Route 8 is busy. It goes from Towson to downtown via York Road and then Greenmount, and then across one of the city arterials to University of Maryland Hospital. The bus I rode on was an articulated bus, aka bendy bus, which is a testament to the route’s popularity. It stops at practically every corner along the route, though, so it can take a while to get where you need to go.

The 44

Eventually, the 44 did come, around 2:45 pm. That bus was an older model and was full; standing room only. I stood near the rear doors until we got to Sinai Hospital, where many people got off. Besides being full, the drive was otherwise uneventful.


I arrived at the MVA and did what I needed to do. After returning the tags, I looked at options to get home. Maryland Department of Transportation built the newest MVA facility near the Baltimore Metro Subway, and I elected to take that home. The Metro is great. It took less than 20 minutes to get from Northwest Baltimore to the Johns Hopkins Hospital stop. I support any future expansions of this system!

The Metro

The Metro Subway is known for its exceptionally thoughtful station design. Here are some pictures I took during my trip.

Leaving the Johns Hopkins Metro station, I walked through the hospital campus to Wolfe Street and then boarded the 13 Fells Point home.

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