The intersection of a road with a subway sign and a colorful mural on a brick exterior. The exterior of the Penn-North Metro SubwayLink Station, shown here, received upgrades to its lighting, sidewalks, and architectural appearance.

North Avenue Rising Penn-North Metro SubwayLink Station Improvements


Opened in 1983, the Penn-North Station along the Baltimore Metro SubwayLink line had sustained nearly 40 years of wear and tear and showed signs of declining efficiency and reliability. Elevators worked inconsistently, lighting was inadequate, and sidewalk cracks posed tripping hazards, all contributing to a frustrating rider experience.

As part of the $27 million North Avenue Rising revitalization project to improve the five-mile North Avenue corridor, station improvements were funded by:

The station received upgrades to the elevators, lighting, foundation, and exterior appearance to increase residents’ mobility and broaden access to economic opportunities throughout Baltimore.

What We Did

Gannett Fleming provided design for:

  • Two elevator replacements.
  • Station entryway upgrades.
  • Sidewalk repairs.
  • Structural repairs to elevator hoistways.
  • Site lighting upgrades.

Two hydraulic elevators were replaced to increase rider mobility: Elevator 1, which runs from street level to mezzanine level and is exposed to weather; and Elevator 2 on the paid side of the fare line that serves the platform and mezzanine levels. A new ceiling and lighting fixtures in the elevator machine room and new lighting in the elevator pits support maintenance efforts.

New copper feeds and electrical panel replacements power the elevators and new escalator lighting. Additional lighting adjacent to the elevator door brightens the mezzanine level. The removal of abandoned light fixtures improves aesthetics.

On the station’s exterior, a new concrete base and gutter system convey water around the street-level entrance and away from the elevator hoistway to prolong the renovated elevator’s life. A new concrete sidewalk adjoining the entrance to Elevator 1 provides smoother and safer access to the station. Structural repairs, including cracking and spalling repairs, addressed concrete issues within the hoistway and imminent spalling due to water damage.

A new architectural storefront system was installed around the existing street-level entrance headhouses to increase customer safety. Clear glazing replaced a metal security screen to provide increased visibility and surveillance capabilities and a refreshed architectural appearance. Victorian-style exterior lighting improves safety while matching the existing aesthetics of the neighborhood.

New conduits accommodate a power connection for a future bike-sharing installation that will offer additional mobility options to residents. An artwork installation, part of the North Avenue Rising revitalization project, showcases a mural painted by a Baltimore artist that celebrates local heritage.

Key Features

  • The station’s artwork, painted by a local artist, captures the spirit and rich history of the community.
  • New elevators offer reliable and safe mobility throughout the station.
  • Lighting upgrades and a new storefront increase rider safety and enhance the aesthetics of the neighborhood.

Awards & Recognition

  • 2022 Maryland Quality Initiative (MdQI) Award of Excellence for MdQI: MTA Modal for project under $5M


  • Monies received from the North Avenue Rising revitalization project fund station improvements that improve residents’ mobility within the Baltimore region.
  • Station artwork reflects the local community’s character and history.
  • Interior and exterior station improvements refresh the rider experience.
The intersection of a road with a subway sign and a colorful mural on a brick exterior. The exterior of the Penn-North Metro SubwayLink Station, shown here, received upgrades to its lighting, sidewalks, and architectural appearance.


Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration


Baltimore, Md.


Elevator Rehabilitation, Electrical, Structural

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