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Md. MTA Opens Express Commuter Bus Routes; Part of Regional Plan

As part of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s BaltimoreLink plan to improve transportation connections throughout the Baltimore region, the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) unveiled two new commuter bus routes March 7 and 8, one connecting Kent Island with downtown Baltimore (a distance of about 37 miles) and the other connecting the downtown areas of Baltimore and Annapolis.

Regarding the route connecting Kent Island and Baltimore, MTA Administrator and Chief Executive Officer Paul Comfort said the new express Commuter Bus 210 is “a convenient and cost-effective way to connect the Eastern Shore and Annapolis to downtown Baltimore. With this new service, we’re keeping our promise to better link people to jobs, retail, healthcare and entertainment,” added Comfort, a member of the APTA Board of Directors.

“Once people who drive between Kent Island, Annapolis and Baltimore see the ease, convenience and low cost of riding Commuter Bus 210, we are confident many will choose to take transit instead,” Comfort added.

The new route features long and short runs. Buses on the longer route make morning trips starting on Kent Island, traveling through Annapolis and ending in Baltimore. Shorter runs travel only between Annapolis and Baltimore. Riders can make connections to local transit in Annapolis and to MTA’s light rail, subway and local bus routes. Comfort was joined at the ribbon-cutting event by local officials.

MTA also launched Commuter Bus 215 linking downtown Baltimore and Annapolis, with free trial rides during the first two weeks of service on both routes.

BaltimoreLink is a multi-phase plan to create an interconnected transit system by redesigning the entire local and express bus systems throughout Baltimore, including the addition of 12 new high-frequency bus routes that improve connections to jobs and to MARC commuter rail, Baltimore Metro Subway and light rail. Other elements include bus-only dedicated lanes, transit signal priority, construction of a transfer hub network, rebranding and replacement of more than 6,000 transit signs, new shared bicycle availability and access to car-sharing options.

MTA Administrator and CEO Paul Comfort introduced new express commuter bus service connecting Kent Island with downtown Baltimore—a distance of about 37 miles—with interim stops in Annapolis.

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