Maryland Transit Administration
|Founded||April 30, 1970|
|Fleet size|| 761 (bus)|
51 (light rail)
|Number of routes|| 55 (bus)|
2 (light rail)
Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) is the primary transit service provider in Baltimore, Maryland. It directly operates five transit services: local bus, metro subway, light rail, commuter bus, and mobility transit. MARC Train commuter rail service is administered by MTA Maryland but operated by CSX Transportation and Amtrak.
There are 80 bus routes in the system, 58 of the routes consisted within the Baltimore region (counties). There are 849 buses overall in the current fleet. Commuter buses are operated by motor coach contractors throughout central Maryland, so MCI buses may not appear in system fleet roster record. Private contractors operating commuter bus service use some of their own buses that could be seen used in charter service. This shortens the fleet to 786 buses in local service.
MTA Maryland plans to expand their fuel source to all-electric vehicles, but will await Chicago Transit Authority's grading report of their two New Flyer battery-electric "Xcelsior" buses which is on order for 2013 before they set a contract. They are more likely to begin pilot operation on Route 97 (Mondawmin Shuttle Bug).
- via Downtown - 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 15, 17X, 19, 20, 23, 27, 30, 35, 36, qb40, qb46, qb47, qb48, 61, 64,
- Crosstown - 13, 16, 21, 22, 33, 44, 51, 55, 58, 77, 99
- Outer-Downtown / Suburbs - 4, 9, 12, 14, 17, 24, 51, 52, 53, 54, 56, 57, 59, 60
- Shuttle - 29, 50, 97, 98
- School Supplement - 18, 38
- Express - 104, 120, 150, 160
- Commuter - 300s, 400s, 900s
- Inter-County Connector - 200s
- Local-Express - 3X, 5X, 10X, 15X, 19X, 64X
- 1 Sinai Hospital / Mondawmin (M) - Fort McHenry
- 3 Inner Harbor (TC) - Cromwell Bridge Road [P] / Sheppard Pratt Hospital
- 3X Inner Harbor - Taylor Avenue / Cromwell Bridge Road [P]
- 4 Turner's Station - C.C.B.C. Essex
- 5 Mondawmin (M) - Cedonia
- 5X Lexington Market (M) - Cedonia
- 7 Mondawmin (M) - Canton
- 8 Univ. of Md. (TC) - Lutherville (L)
- 9 Lutherville (L) - Hunt Valley (International Cir.)
- 10 Catonsville / Paradise - Dundalk / Dundalk (Bullneck Ct.)
- 10X Light Street - Paradise
- 11 Towson (TC) - Canton
- 12 Stella Maris - Kirk Division
- 13 Walbrook Jct. - Canton / Canton via Fells Point
- 14 Patapsco (L) - Jumper's Hole Road / Annapolis
- 15 Overlea / Gardenville - Security Sq. Mall (TC) / Westview Mall / Rutherford Bus. Pk.
- 15X Lexington Market (M) - Perry Hall
- 16 Mondawmin (M) - Brooklyn Homes
- 18 School Supplement service
- 19 State Center (M) - Taylor Avenue / Carney [P]
- 19X State Center (M) - Taylor Avenue / Carney [P]
- 20 Security Sq. Mall (TC) - Marine Terminal / C.C.B.C Dundalk
- 21 Mondawmin (M) - Fells Point
- 22 Mondawmin (M) - Highlandtown / Hopkins Bayview
- 23 Catonsville / Wildwood - Fox Ridge
- 24 Moravia - Whispering Woods
- 27 Reisterstown Plaza (M) - Port Covington
- 29 Cherry Hill Shuttle
- 30 Edmondson Village [P] - City Hall / Hopkins Bayview
- 33 Rogers Avenue (M) - Moravia
- 35 UMBC / Blind Industries - White Marsh Mall
- 36 Riverview / Bush Division - Cedarcroft (York Rd.)
- 38 School Supplement service
- 44 Security Sq. Mall (TC) / Social Security Admin. - Rosedale Industrial Park
- 50 Belair-Erdman Shuttle
- 51 Rogers Avenue (M) - Patapsco (L) / Patapsco (L) via Cherry Hill
- 52 Mondawmin (M) - Milford Mill (M)
- 53 Mondawmin (M) - Old Court (M)
- 54 Penn-North (M) - Milford Mill (M) / Randallstown
- 55 Towson (TC) - Fox Ridge
- 56 Owings Mills Mall (TC) - Glyndon
- 57 Rogers Avenue (M) - Security Sq. Mall (TC) / Social Security Admin.
- 58 Reisterstown Plaza (M) - Overlea / White Marsh Mall
- 59 Reisterstown Plaza (M) - Owings Mill Mall (TC) / Red Land Court
- 60 Reisterstown Plaza (M) - Greenspring Valley Station / Stevenson University
- 61 Inner Harbor (TC) - Roland Park
- 64 North Avenue (BCPSS Headquarters) / Redwood Street - Curtis Bay / Marley Neck / Riviera Beach
- 64X North Avenue - Riviera Beach
- 77 Patapsco (L) - Old Court (M)
- 97 Mondawmin (M) Shuttle - via Walbrook Jct. / via West Coldspring (M)
- 98 Hampden Shuttle
- 17 Patapsco (L) - Arundel Mills Mall (TC) / Parkway Center
- 17X BWI Marshall Airport (TC) - Univ. of Md. (TC) Late nights & Sundays only
- 99 BWI Marshall Airport (TC) - Old Court (M)
- qb40 C.M.S. - Middle River
- qb46 Paradise - Cedonia
- qb47 Walbrook Jct. - Overlea
- qb48 Univ. of Md. (TC) - Towson (TC)
- 104 Johns Hopkins Medical Center (M) - Cromwell Bridge Road [P]
- 120 Johns Hopkins Medical Center (M) - White Marsh [P]
- 150 City Hall (TC) - Columbia (Cedar Ln.)
- 160 Johns Hopkins Medical Center (M) - Essex [P] / Fox Ridge / Oliver Beach
- Inter-county Connector: 200s Range
- Baltimore (all points south): 300s Range
- Baltimore (all points north): 400s Range
- Washington, D.C.: 900s Range
- (L) = Light Rail
- (M) = Metro Subway
- [P] = Park & Ride Lot
- (TC) = Transit Center (Only displayed as transit hub and/or if no connecting rail service)
- 17X = Route designation is not displayed on buses, but as "17", followed by "EXPRESS". Not a "local-express" bus service.
|Base (No.)||Name||Route served||Address|
|1||Bush Street||1, 3, 3X, 8, 10, 10X, 14, 15, 16, 17, 17X, 20, 23, 27, 29, 30, 35, 36, 38, qb40, qb46, qb47, qb48, 51, 61, 64, 64X, 77, 99, 150||1515 Washington Boulevard|
|2||Eastern||4, 5, 5X, 7, 10, 13, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 30, 33, 35, qb40, qb46, 55, 160||201 South Oldham Street|
|3||Kirk Avenue||3, 3X, 8, 9, 11, 12, 15, 19, 19X, 36, 44, qb47, qb48, 50, 55, 104, 120||2226 Kirk Avenue|
|4||Northwest||5, 7, 13, 16, 18, 22, 27, 33, 44, 51, 52, 53, 54, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 77, 91, 97, 98, 99||4401 Mount Hope Drive|
Bus Fleet Roster
|Fleet Series||Thumbnail||Order Year||Manufacturer||Model||Powertrain
|10001-10041||2010||NFI||DE40LFR||5 units in service November 2010, balance of fleet expected in service January 2011. Cost per unit, $632,000|
- * = Fourteen New Flyer DE60LF buses were purchased in 2009 by Chicago Transit Authority. CTA ran out of funding to complete buses, so they were purchased by MTA for the price of a 40-footer 2010, but did not enter revenue service until November 2011. Order was split 12/2 with a suburban Detroit area transit system; known as SMART, receiving two buses.
- 60-foot "Articulated" buses are seen frequently on routes: 8, 16 (peak hours), 77, 91, 99
|12081-12090||2013||New Flyer||XDE60||10 units expected to be delivered in the second quarter of 2013. |
The "Central Light Rail" begin service just in-time for opening day at Oriole Park in 1992. The project in the 1960s rapid transit plan was to be a proposed subway line to Friendship Airport (now BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport). Unplanned, the city of Baltimore begin construction in the late-1980s while the first phase of the Metro Subway project was completed. Becoming the first streetcar-type service to run in Baltimore since the switch from rail to rubber-tire vehicles in the 1970s.
The rail have since been through restructuring phases, such as the double-tracking construction in 2004-05; Expansion to three separate rail lines and transit-oriented development of Hunt Valley Centre Mall.
The future light rail projects have been moving swiftly through Maryland State Legislation and gaining approval from the "FTA" for funding of the two projects. An overall estimated $4 billion project will be the biggest transit development construction since the Chesapeake Bay Bridge construction in the 1950s & 60s.
- The Red Line light rail is a proposed east-west line traveling 14.9 miles basically along U.S. Route 40. There will be two tunnels under "Cooks Lane" and "Downtown/Harbor East". With 19 stations connecting to all major rail lines, as well creating a new connection from metro subway to MARC.
- The Purple Line is a proposed east-west line traveling 20+ miles basically along the East-West Highway corridor through Prince George's and Montgomery counties just outside of Washington, D.C. The route will connect New Carrollton, Greenbelt, University of Maryland-College Park, Silver Spring and Bethesda areas respectfully for the first time ever on a one-seat service.
- Both projects will be funded separately, but possibly at the same time of construction though the "Purple Line" may begin later than the "Red Line" due to environmental placement of track layout in a natural society. Red Line is most likely of two to be chosen for funding first since it's more cost effective and more ridership to an inner-city in comparison to the "Purple Line" which is in a more rural vicinity.
- BLUE Line - BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport to Hunt Valley
- YELLOW Line - Cromwell Station/Glen Burnie to Timonium or Hunt Valley (non-peak hours & weekends)
- PENN-CAMDEN Line - Baltimore Penn Station to Camden Yards
- RED Line - C.M.S. to Johns Hopkins Bayview MARC (to begin service in 2018)
- PURPLE Line - Bethesda Metrorail Station to New Carrollton Metrorail Station (to begin service 2020 or later)
|5001-5035||1991-93||ABB||LRV||To be overhaul in 2014 or 2015 with new and modern features, including:
|5036-5053||1996||ABB||LRV||To be overhaul in 2014 or 2015|
Heavy Rail (Metro Subway)
The "Metro Subway" system to this day was not suppose to be unfulfilled or look like it does in the 1960s rapid transit plan. Baltimore's population was rapidly increasing and industrial businesses was booming since the 1950s after World War II. The load taken on buses throughout the city and surrounding counties unbearable and a different source was needed to maintain the increase in ridership over ten years or more.
The planned metro subway system was to be consisted not only in the Northwest corridor, but throughout each regional points of the city (ex.: north, northeast, south, southwest). While plan was a good source to solve congestion on bus travel, it was too expensive for tunneling and separate right-of-ways, also public outcry with heavy rail service traveling throughout well kept communities tarnished the chance to build heavily maintain transit mode. Nearly 10 years of discussion to build the system have pass and finally a break-through to construct what was planned to be city-wide rail system project that would've spanned for nearly 20 years. The system, to meet costs, was planned in three phrases. The first phase, with service between Reisterstown Plaza to Charles Center. Second phase, from Owings Mills to Reisterstown Plaza and the last phase from Charles Center to Johns Hopkins Medical Center that will be completed in 1995.
With 15+ miles of rail, the metro subway was far under it's expectations than planned 20 years before. Just sitting in the northwest corridor as a stub of what suppose to have been a thriving heavy rail network. This is where the discussion for the expansion of the subway system begins. The 2000 regional rail plan was shown to expand as far as White Marsh and Martin State Airport. Many believe at least having the rail route reach one of the biggest colleges in the city, Morgan State University, will give it a fulfilled experience a true service mode rather than hanging in a region with moderate ridership to/from downtown. There are plans that after the two proposed light rail projects are completed by the 2020s, the MTA Maryland and Maryland Congress will continue the original discussion to expand service to "Morgan State University" which will increase ridership to a more populated region of the city and connect the east and the west on the north side of the city.
- GREEN Line - Owings Mills to Johns Hopkins Medical Center
|1983||Budd||Universal Transit Vehicle|
|1986||Budd||Universal Transit Vehicle|
Commuter Rail (MARC)
Began operation in 1984 (prior known as Maryland Rail Commuter Service). Administered under the MTA Maryland and operated by contracts with CSX Transportation and Amtrak. Operating only on weekdays, this service is consider the fastest commuter railroad in the United States at average maximum speeds of 125 mph. Traveling throughout central Maryland on 187 miles of railroad tracks, the Brunswick Line is the longest line, Penn Line is the fastest commuter rail line in the United States and most busiest traveling along Amtrak's Northeast corridor and the Camden Line is the oldest commuter rail line still in operation in the United States, beginning operation as far back as 1835.
All lines terminate at Union Station in Washington, D.C.
- Penn Line (47 Trips) - Baltimore Penn Station or Perryville
- Camden Line (18 Trips)- Camden Yards
- Brunswick Line (19 Trips) - Frederick or Martinsburg, West Virginia
- Weekend service on the Penn Line
- Extension to L'Enfant Plaza and Northern Virginia along VRE commuter rail service to ease congestion on WMATA's Metrorail service
- Extension to Wilmington, Delaware to provide connection to SEPTA's regional rail lines
- New stations at Johns Hopkins Medical Center and Bayview campuses to provide connection to Metro Subway and the future Red Line light rail
- Extend the Camden Line through downtown Baltimore to provide a rapid transit-like service
Current Equipment Roster
|Still in delivery process with 20 in service since 2009-11|
|Sumitomo/Nippon Sharyo||MARC-II single-level cars||60 cars|
|Kawasaki||MARC-III bi-level cars||63 cars|
|Pullman||Gallery bi-level cars||12 cars||8 retired|
- All electrify canopy locomotive vehicles are on the Penn Line service
- ↑ 2009-2010 National Funding Assistance Awarded Projects, epa.gov, retrieved 09-11-2010
- ↑ TRANSITION TO ALL-HYBRID MTA BUS FLEET CONTINUES November 15, 2010, mta.maryland.gov, retrieved 4-12-2010
- ↑ Maryland Transit Administration goes with 18 MCI® Commuter Coaches for new ICC toll road, mcicoach.com, retrieved 2011-02-26
- ↑ MTA chief outlines priorities June 15, 2010,weblogs.baltimoresun.com, retrieved 09-11-2010
- ↑ www.mtamaryland.gov, retrieved 7-8-2012
- ↑ Maryland Transit Administration Exercises Option to Purchase ten 60-Foot Xcelsior Articulated Buses, www.newflyer.com, retrieved on 2013-01-20.
- Monumentalcity.net btco.net Forums: Maryland Transit Administration Bus Roster, monumentalcity.net, retrieved 2009-07-05