Maryland Route 140

Maryland Route 140

Maryland Route 140 marker

Maryland Route 140
Reisterstown Rd., Westminster Pike, Taneytown Pike
Route information
Maintained by MDSHA, Baltimore DOT
Length: 49.72 mi[1] (80.02 km)
Major junctions
South end: US 1.svg US 1 in Baltimore
  MD Route 26.svg MD 26
I-695.svg I-695
MD Route 30.svg MD 30
I-795.svg I-795
MD Route 27.svg MD 27
MD Route 97.svg MD 97
MD Route 31.svg MD 31
MD Route 32.svg MD 32
US 15.svg US 15
North end: PA-16.svg PA 16 in Liberty Township, PA
Highway system

Maryland highway system
Interstate • US • State • Minor • Former • Turnpikes

US 140 MD 142

Maryland Route 140 is a local 49-mile (79 km) long route in northern Maryland, United States.


Route description

MD 140 is known by various names depending on location; south of Reisterstown it is known as Reisterstown Road. Though Reisterstown itself is named after John Reister, the road is named after Jacob Reister[1]. Between north of Reisterstown and the Carroll/Baltimore County line it is known as Westminster Pike. Between the Carroll/Baltimore County line and Westminster it is known as Baltimore Boulevard. Between northwest of Westminster and Emmitsburg it is known as Taneytown Pike. Finally, between Emmitsburg and the Maryland/Pennsylvania state line, it is known as Waynesboro Road.

The route begins as an undivided suburban arterial, starting at U.S. Route 40 in downtown Baltimore. At this point, it is known as Pennsylvania Avenue, though this section is not officially a part of MD 140. Pennsylvania Avenue is known to many as historic "African-American Main Street" of Baltimore [2][3].

The MD 140 designation begins after intersecting US 1 (North Avenue) and nearby Fulton Avenue; MD 140 changes its name to Reistertown Road. After intersecting the eastern terminus of MD 26, it runs northwest out of Baltimore when passing Fallstaff Road through Pikesville and Owings Mills into Reisterstown. After it crosses the Baltimore Beltway, MD 140 is paralleled by Interstate 795, which is a freeway bypass of the road. It junctions MD 30 in historic Reisterstown and then turns west, meeting the northern terminus of I-795 and upgrading into a four-lane undivided highway. After intersecting MD 91 in Finksburg it upgrades into the Westminster Bypass, a four-lane divided expressway replacing the original two-lane rural road, which still largely exists as loops and frontage roads of the Bypass. The expressway runs northwest through Westminster, where MD 97 joins it. The two routes run together through Westminster as a heavily congested six-lane arterial; the route was originally constructed as a bypass of the heavily congested Main Street (now unsigned MD 32 for most of its length); the lack of access controls has resulted in overdevelopment.

The two routes split northwest of the central business district, at Pennsylvania Avenue, where MD 27 travels north on said road; MD 140 continues straight and downgrades to a two-lane road with shoulders for the remainder of the route, carrying the name Taneytown Pike. It intersects the northern terminus of both MD 31 and MD 32. It travels northwest to Taneytown and passes through it on Baltimore Street. Beyond expanses of farmland, it interchanges with US 15 and touches down in Emmitsburg on Main Street. Shortly after this, the road, now known as Waynesboro Pike, exits Maryland, becoming Pennsylvania Route 16.


US 140.svg

Until 1979, MD Route 140 was U.S. Route 140. Before U.S. Route 140 was deleted, it was where MD 140 is today. At the divergence of MD 140 and MD 97 northwest of Westminster, the two routes were swapped after the deletion of the U.S. route; MD 97 now follows US 140's old route to Pennsylvania, while MD 140 follows MD 97's original route to Taneytown and US 15. As a result, MD 140 follows the bypass of the original MD 32 between Westminster and Taneytown that was first designated as part of MD 97.

Junction list

County Location Mile Destinations Notes
Baltimore City 0.0 US 1 (W. North Avenue) southern terminus of MD 140
0.0 N Fulton Avenue MD 140 becomes Reisterstown Road
Gwynns Falls ParkwayDruid Hill Park
0.7 MD 26 north (Liberty Heights Avenue) – Randallstown, Eldersburg
MD 129 (McCulloh Street) MD 129 joins MD 140
1.0 MD 129 east (Druid Park Drive) – Worthington MD 129 separates from MD 140 here and goes to Park Heights Avenue
2.4 W. Cold Spring Lane
West Belvedere Avenue - to Pimlico Race Course
3.8 W. Rogers Avenue - to Pimlico Race Course
3.9 Northern Parkway
Patterson Avenue road intersects truncated northern terminus of Wabash Avenue
Baltimore Pikesville
6.7 MD 133 (Old Court Road)
7.3 I-695 (Baltimore Beltway) – Glen Burnie, Towson interchange is one of Maryland's few SPUIs
8.5 MD 130 (McDonogh Road) McDonogh Road overbridge at I-795 once designated MD 37
9.1 MD 130 east (Greenspring Valley Road) to MD 25
Owings Mills 10.6 MD 940 (Owings Mills Boulevard) to I-795 grade-separated interchange between routes
Reisterstown 13.4 I-795 (Franklin Boulevard) Reisterstown Road becomes Main Street north of this intersection
15.3 MD 30 north (Hanover Pike) – Hampstead, Manchester
15.7 I-795 south (Northwest Expressway) to I-695 – Owings Mills
Carroll Finksburg 19.0 MD 879 (Old Gamber Road) former route of MD 91
19.1 MD 91 (Gamber Road) – Gamber, Fowblesburg
Old Westminster Pike west former route of US 140
Westminster Old Baltimore Road / Market Street
25.8 MD 97 south (Malcolm Drive) – Olney MD 97 joins MD 140
26.7 Center Street
27.1 MD 27 (Railroad Avenue) – Manchester grade-separated interchange between three routes
28.1 MD 97 north (Littlestown Pike) – Littlestown, Pennsylvania former route of US 140

MD 97 runs north of MD 140 and separates from latter; MD 140 now follows former route of MD 97

28.5 MD 31 south (New Windsor Road) – New Windsor
29.1 Western Maryland College Drive – McDaniel College former northern terminus of MD 32
30.1 MD 832 west (Old Taneytown Road) southern terminus of former original route of MD 32
Taneytown 37.9 MD 832 east (Old Taneytown Road) traffic circle connects all roads; northern terminus of former original route of MD 32
Trevanion Road
39.3 MD 194 south (Frederick Street) – Frederick, Keymar
Frederick Emmitsburg 47.3 US 15 (Catoctin Mountain Highway) – Thurmont, Gettysburg, PA grade-separated interchange between routes
US 15 Bus. (Seton Avenue) former route of US 15 through Emmitsburg
49.7 PA 16 (Waynesboro Pike) – Liberty Township, PA northern terminus of MD 140

Public transportation

In Baltimore City and County, there is plenty of public transportation available on Reisterstown Road and Pennsylvania Avenue opererated by the Maryland Transit Administration.

Along Pennsylvania Avenue in Baltimore, service is provided by Route 7. This line operates between Mondawmin and Canton. It also passes the Penn-North and Upton Metro Subway Stations, located on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Between Mondawmin and Old Court Road, service is provided by Route 53. This line operates every 10–33 minutes, and it overlaps with Route 59 between Patterson Avenue and Old Court.

From Patterson Avenue to the end of Reisterstown Road in Glyndon, Maryland, service is provided by the Route M-9, which has a deviation to the Owings Mills Metro Subway Station and Town Center along Painters Mill Road. Route M-9 ultimately loops along Maryland Route 30, also known as Hanover Pike. Service on this line is provided every 20–45 minutes at most times.

The route of the Baltimore Metro Subway also operates near Reisterstown Road, with seven stations located directly on or within less than a mile of the route. In addition, several other bus lines either operate on small segments of or streets that cross Reisterstown Road.


Reisterstown Road is also marked by its unique landmarks. Besides the famous 7 Mile Lane, which is 7 miles (11 km) from the center of the city, there were once 5-mile (8.0 km), 10 mile, and 15-mile (24 km) houses that dotted the road respectively. Although each of these houses has been transformed into something else, all were thriving parts of Baltimore culture during the '40s through the '80s. The Fuddruckers near Cherry Hill Plaza is where the old 15-mile (24 km) house stood.

Related routes

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