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Maryland mostly at a standstill as Sandy lingers

The morning after former Hurricane Sandy gave Maryland its worst, regional transportation systems, local governments and many businesses remained closed Tuesday as the north-moving superstorm lingered over the state.

Sandy downted tree

Workers move to ground wires caused by a downed tree Tuesday morning at Providence and Hart roads in Baltimore County. (Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)

The Maryland Transit Administration will resume limited service, with the subway, some local bus lines and mobility transit service starting up at noon. The Washington Metro will be reopen for limited service at 2 p.m.

The light rail, MARC trains and commuter bus lines remain closed, as does the Charm City Circulator in Baltimore.

Amtrak also kept its operations halted Tuesday.

The Maryland Port Administration chose to again close the Port of Baltimore’s public terminals to ship and vessel traffic Tuesday.

Courts from the Eastern Shore to Garrett County, where snow fell through the night, were also closed Tuesday.

Interstate 68 in Garrett County was closed overnight due to blizzard conditions in Western Maryland, caused by the convergence of Sandy and an easterly cold front. The Associated Press reported Tuesday morning that some eastbound lanes had reopened.

State government and many local jurisdictions are also closed Tuesday. Baltimore is under a mandatory travel restriction until at least noon, as ordered by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

Early voting Tuesday was canceled and was unlikely to be made up, according to Gov. Martin O’Malley.

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