Maryland Transit Administration announces preservation of Commuter Bus service

Posted: 29 May 2024 | | No comments yet

The Maryland Transit Administration announced it will preserve service on all 36 Commuter Bus routes with reduced frequencies starting 1 July 2024, following extensive public feedback and legislative support.

Maryland Transit Administration announces preservation of Commuter Bus service

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The Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) has announced that it will preserve Commuter Bus service on all 36 routes with reduced frequencies. This decision ensures that riders from suburban areas will continue to have access to job centres in the Baltimore and Washington metropolitan regions. The new schedules are set to take effect on 1 July 2024.

MDOT MTA has conducted five public hearings and a 30-day comment period to solicit feedback on the initially proposed changes to the Commuter Bus service. The agency received nearly 830 comments from riders and stakeholders between 1 February and 29 April 2024.

“Due to overwhelming feedback from commuters, and a strong commitment to funding our transportation systems by the Moore-Miller Administration and the General Assembly, the Commuter Bus system will remain intact,” said Maryland Transit Administrator Holly Arnold. “Our updated schedule balances our riders’ need for reliable public transit with available funding levels.”

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The revised service plan includes a reduction in the number of Commuter Bus trips across all routes, while maintaining the current span of service hours and geographic coverage. These schedule adjustments are designed to align with updated commuting patterns and ridership, which currently stands at 43% of pre-pandemic levels. MDOT MTA will continue to monitor ridership and plans to adjust schedules as demand changes.

New schedules can be found on the MDOT MTA website. For additional information, riders can contact the Transit Information Contact Center at 410-539-5000.

The Maryland Transit Administration operates one of the largest multimodal transit systems in the U.S., offering Local Bus, Commuter Bus, Light Rail, Metro Subway, MARC Train Service, and a comprehensive Mobility paratransit system. The agency is dedicated to providing safe, efficient, and reliable transit services across Maryland with a focus on world-class customer service.