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Md. MTA Unveils BaltimoreLink

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, Maryland DOT Secretary Pete K. Rahn and Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) Acting Administrator Kevin Quinn recently joined Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh and other civic and business leaders to launch the BaltimoreLink system, an initiative that redesigned the regional bus network and added 12 new high-frequency routes to improve connections to jobs and other transit services.

“Just 19 months ago, our administration promised to fix Baltimore’s broken transit system, and today we are delivering on that promise,” Hogan said. “This comprehensive plan signifies the state’s long-term commitment to the future of Baltimore City by providing a more reliable transit experience that better connects people to the places they need to go. With the launch of BaltimoreLink, city residents and those in surrounding jurisdictions finally can travel conveniently, efficiently and affordably from where they live to where they work.”

The new system, which began June 18, strengthens the connections among MTA’s services (some of which were renamed with the “Link” title), including CityLink, LocalLink, Express BusLink, Light RailLink, and Metro SubwayLink and MARC trains. It also strengthens connections to Amtrak and other transit services in the region. Customers can ride for free until June 30.

“Rolling out BaltimoreLink is very exciting as we see the real-time transformation of transit into a true network that connects the entire Baltimore region to life’s opportunities,” said Rahn. “The transportation improvements linked to this project will help jumpstart economic growth for key areas of the Baltimore region.”

Quinn said, “The new BaltimoreLink services will link people to opportunities around the Baltimore area. … Baltimore-
Link provides better access to jobs, retail, healthcare and entertainment than ever before.”

The $135 million project also features expanded commuter bus service, dedicated bus lanes, signal priority, transit hubs, rebranding and replacement of more than 5,000 transit signs, shared bicycle availability and access to car-sharing options.

The agency has assigned transit ambassadors to staff key bus stops, select bus routes and various transit centers to answer questions and promote awareness of the service changes.
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