Maryland Transit Administration

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Maryland Transit Administration logo-a.jpg
Maryland Transit Administration 17002-a.jpg
Headquarters 6 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
Area served Baltimore Metropolitan Area
Founded April 30, 1970
Fleet size 761 (Bus)
53 (Light Rail)
100 (Heavy Rail)
Number of lines 103 (Bus)
3 (Light Rail)
1 (Heavy Rail)
Ridership ~130 million (FY2016)
Union ATU Local 1300
Website mta.maryland.gov
Facebook @mtamaryland
Instagram @mtamaryland
Twitter @mtamaryland
YouTube youtube.com/user/TheMTAMaryland

Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) is the primary transit service provider in Baltimore, Maryland. It directly operates six transit services: local bus, light rail, heavy rail, commuter bus, mobility paratransit, and MARC Train. MARC commuter rail service is administered by MTA Maryland but operated by CSX Transportation and Amtrak. A seventh mode of service in Maryland's Eastern Shore being freight transport is also administered by MTA but operated by a private contractor.

Bus

As of June 18, 2017, the entire bus system underwent a major overhaul. There are 103 bus routes in the system, 66 of those routes are consisted within the Baltimore region (and counties). There are more than 700 buses overall in the current fleet. Commuter BusLINK routes are operated by privately-owned motor coach contractors throughout central Maryland, so MCI buses may not appear in system's fleet roster record. Private contractors operating commuter bus service use some of their own buses that could be seen used in charter service.

Routing Key

This description gives you the meaning and purpose of the services below.

CityLINK service is provided by twelve high-frequency routes operating 24-hours per day along truncated corridors with high ridership throughout the Baltimore inner-city with some connecting to the surrounding suburbs. All routes are identify by colors [destination signs w/ two-letter acronyms -- to identify the color if spelled-out (13000 through 16000s feature a "colored box" with the letters inverted within)] as they are the only lines featuring letters. All lines link with each other throughout the region, rather it's within downtown or in the surrounding area. The LocalLINK routes are identified by two different types of services: Crosstown and Feeder service. Crosstown lines operate from one region to another rather within the city-limits or cross-county (primarily Baltimore county) without connecting through downtown Baltimore. These lines are numbered in the 20s and 30s. Feeder lines operate mostly off truncated corridors along whilst linking to either CityLINK, Metro SubwayLINK or Light RailLINK lines. Some crosstown and feeders routes operate 24-hours per day. These lines are numbered from the 50s through 90s. To better identify the lines, crosstown routes from south-to-north are numbered from lowest-to-highest; feeder routes from east-to-west are numbered from lowest-to-highest. Express BusLINK operates 'direct' route connections throughout the region. Most serve the downtown area to the surrounding suburbs, while three other lines (102, 106 and 107) utilize the Beltway (Interstate 695) to link White Marsh-to-Baynesville-to-Towson (102); Towson-to-Pikesville-to-Owings Mills (106); and Pikesville-to-Woodlawn-to-UMBC & BWI Airport (107). Each express line operates non-stop or limited-stops along their route. Commuter BusLINK service is similar to express service with routes operating to/from downtown Baltimore or downtown Washington, D.C. and/or Silver Spring, MD but provide direct non-stop service at longer distances while connecting to the surrounding suburbs or neighboring counties. One service in particular is the Inter-County Connector, which does not connect to Baltimore nor Washington, D.C. (one route does connect to downtown Silver Spring) but connects the suburbs to major points-of-interest using the Inter-County tollway of MD Route 200 (denoted as "200s").

Routing List

  • CityLINK → Navy NV, Orange OR, Green GR, Blue BL, Pink PK, Silver SV, Lime LM, Red RD, Yellow YW, Purple PR, Gold GD, Brown BR
  • LocalLINK (Crosstown) → 21, 22, 26, 28, 29, 30, 31, 33, 34, 36, 37, 38✝
  • LocalLINK (Feeder) → 51, 52✝, 53, 54, 56, 59, 62, 63, 65, 67, 69, 70, 71, 73, 75✈, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 85, 87, 89, 91, 92✝, 93, 94, 95✝
  • Express BusLINK → 103, 104, 105, 115, 120, 150, 154, 160, 164
  • Preakness ShuttleRogers Avenue Metro-Pimlico, Poly/Western-Pimlico
  • Commuter BusLINK (Inter-County Connector) → 201✈, 202, 203, 204
  • Commuter BusLINK (Anne Arundel County) - 210, 215
  • Commuter BusLINK (Anne Arundel / Queen Anne's Counties) → 220, 230, 240, 250, 260
  • Commuter BusLINK (Howard County) → 310, 315, 320, 325, 335, 345
  • Commuter BusLINK (Harford County) → 410, 411, 420, 425
  • Commuter BusLINK (Washington / Frederick / Montgomery Counties) → 505, 515
  • Commuter BusLINK (Charles / Prince George's Counties) → 610, 620, 630, 640, 650
  • Commuter BusLINK (Saint Mary's / Prince George's Counties) → 705, 715, 725, 735
  • Commuter BusLINK (Calvert County) → 810, 820, 830, 840, 850


Note:

  • ✝ = Routes operate limited service throughout the day. Some are supplemental lines during school hours or operate on adjusted trips.
  • ✈ = Routes that serve BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport terminals

Bus Divisions

Base (No.) Name Routes served Address
1 Bush Street NV, OR, GR, BL, SV, RD, YW, PR, BR, 26, 29, 37, 67, 69, 70, 71, 73, 75✈, 76, 77, 78, 94, 95, 103, 115, 150, 164 1515 Washington Boulevard
2 Eastern NV, OR, BL, LM, GD, 21, 22, 28, 36, 56, 59, 62, 65, 105, 120, 160 201 South Oldham Street
3 Kirk Avenue GR, PK, RD, PR, BR, 30, 33, 36, 51, 52, 53, 54, 57, 93, 103, 104, 115, 120, 154 2226 Kirk Avenue
4 Northwest LM, YW, GD, 21, 22, 26, 28, 29, 30, 31, 33, 34, 37, 38, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 85, 87, 89, 91, 92, 105 4401 Mount Hope Drive

Note:

  • Bus divisions does not include commuter bus lines. Commuter services are operated by private contractors and their division locations are withheld as they are not official properties of MTA Maryland.
  • CityLINK (colored-coded) routes are adjusted to their numbered codes within MTA's database.
    • NV = 1; OR = 2; GR = 3; BL = 4; PK = 5; SV = 6; LM = 7; RD = 8; YW = 9; PR = 10; GD = 13; BR = 15

Bus Fleet Roster

Current roster

Fleet
number(s)
Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes Service
9619 Maryland Transit Administration Comfort Bus-a.jpg

Maryland Transit Administration BaltimoreLINK Infobus-a.jpg Maryland Transit Administration BaltimoreLINK Infobus rear-a.jpg

1997 NABI 436.07 Cummins M11E Voith D864.3
  • Retired in 2008
  • Originally equipped with a ZF 5HP600 transmission.
  • Converted into a Comfort Zone bus.
  • In 2017, it became a BaltimoreLink InfoBus. Since April 3rd, it began operating on various routes with several transit ambassadors on-board to help people on the service changes that will occur on June 18, 2017 with the launch of the BaltimoreLink system., visit their Facebook, Instagram or Twitter page.
  • Currently used for BaltimoreLINK press conferences
  • Stored at Bush Street Division
Preserved
9919 1999 NABI 416.09 Cummins M11E Allison B400R
  • Retired in 2015
  • Used for special FREE Holiday service
    • Active during the month of December leading-up to Christmas Day
  • Stored at Northwest Division
Preserved
119C-143C Maryland Transit Administration 128-C-a.jpg

Maryland Transit Administration 121-C-a.jpg

2003 MCI D4500 Detroit Diesel Series 60 Allison B500
  • Operated by private contractors
  • In the process of being retired
Commuter BusLINK
144C-168C Maryland Transit Administration 149-C-a.jpg

Maryland Transit Administration 156-C-a.jpg

2004 MCI D4500 Detroit Diesel Series 60 EGR Allison B500
  • Operated by private contractors
  • 152-C preserved at Bush Street Division
Commuter BusLINK
04001-04125 Maryland Transit Administration 04089-a.jpg

Maryland Transit Administration 04098-a.jpg

2004 NFI D40LF Cummins ISM Allison B400R
  • All units originally delivered with Voith D864.3E transmission.
  • 04008 was fitted with a ZF 6-speed transmission in late 2010 as a test.
  • 04100 converted into Christmas Holiday Bus
  • 04050 & 04075 converted into Maryland State Police coaches
LocalLINK
05001-05094 Maryland Transit Administration 05065-a.jpg

Maryland Transit Administration 05061-a.jpg

2005 NFI D40LF Cummins ISM Allison B400R
  • All units originally delivered with Voith D864.3E transmission
  • 05090 retired in 2016 after being involved in a major collision[1]
LocalLINK
06001-06010 Maryland Transit Administration 06007-a.jpg

Maryland Transit Administration 06005-a.jpg

2006 NFI DE40LFR Cummins ISL Allison EP40
hybrid system
  • First Diesel-electric hybrids ever ordered by MTA
  • All ten coaches are based at Bush Street Division
  • Rear electronic signage removed on all coaches in 2016
LocalLINK
08001-08030 Maryland Transit Administration 08022-a.jpg

Maryland Transit Administration 08008-a.jpg

2008 NFI DE60LFR Cummins ISL Allison EP50
hybrid system
CityLINK
09001-09100 Maryland Transit Administration 09013-a.jpg

Maryland Transit Administration 09025-a.jpg

2009 NFI DE41LFR Cummins ISL Allison EP40
hybrid system
  • Ordered using funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
LocalLINK
10001-10041 Maryland Transit Administration 10016-a.jpg

Maryland Transit Administration 10011-a.jpg

2010 NFI DE40LFR Cummins ISL Allison EP40
hybrid system
  • All forty-one coaches are based at Bush Street Division
LocalLINK
11081-11092 Maryland Transit Administration 11090-a.jpg

Maryland Transit Administration 11086-a.jpg

2010 NFI DE60LF Cummins ISL Allison EP50
hybrid system
  • 12 of 14 units partially completed in 2009 on speculation of a Chicago Transit Authority order (CTA instead cut a deal to lease what became the CTA 4000-4149 series). The other two were bought by the SMART (suburban Detroit).
  • Acquired for roughly the price of a 40-foot bus[2]
  • Entered revenue service on November 2011.
CityLINK
169C-188C Maryland Transit Administration 179-C-a.jpg

Maryland Transit Administration 170-C-a.jpg

2011 MCI D4500CT Cummins ISX12 Allison B500
  • Operated by private contractors
  • Used on the Intercounty Connector. [3]
    • 169C-172C wrapped for primary use on ICC Route 201 (operated by Atlantic Coast Charters)
Commuter BusLINK
11001-11057 Maryland Transit Administration 11035-a.jpg

Maryland Transit Administration 11024-a.jpg

2011 NFI XDE40 Cummins ISL9 Allison H 40 EP
hybrid system
  • First buses in fleet to have disc brakes
CityLINK

LocalLINK

12001-12053 Maryland Transit Administration 12001-a.jpg

Maryland Transit Administration 12016-a.jpg

2012 NFI XDE40 Cummins ISL9 Allison H 40 EP
hybrid system
  • New charcoal black, extra-foamy cushioned seats
  • Test to have battery recharging unit, rather than an alternator featured on current hybrids[4]
CityLINK
12081-12090 Maryland Transit Administration 12084-a.jpg

Maryland Transit Administration 12083-a.jpg

2013 NFI XDE60 Cummins ISL9 Allison H 50 EP
hybrid system
  • Option order from 2012-2013 contract
CityLINK
13001-13050 Maryland Transit Administration 13022-a.jpg

Maryland Transit Administration 13037-a.jpg

2013 NFI XDE40 13001-13040:
Cummins ISL9
13041-13050:
Cummins ISB6.7
13001-13040:
Allison H 40 EP
hybrid system
13041-13050:
BAE Systems HDS 200
hybrid system
CityLINK
14001-14041 Maryland Transit Administration 14015-a.jpg

Maryland Transit Administration 14021-a.jpg

2014 NFI XDE40 Cummins ISL9 Allison H 40 EP hybrid system CityLINK
16001-17000 Maryland Transit Administration 16004-a.jpg

Maryland Transit Administration 16013-a.jpg

2016 NFI XD40 Cummins ISL9
Cummins L9
Allison B3400 xFE
  • Part of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan's BaltimoreLink transit plan.[5]
  • Latter numbered 16000s (unspecified) are equipped with Cummins L9 engines
CityLINK

LocalLINK

17001-17072 Maryland Transit Administration 17002-a.jpg

Maryland Transit Administration 17036-a.jpg

2017 NFI XD40 Cummins L9 Allison B3400 xFE
  • Part of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan's BaltimoreLink transit plan.[5]
  • 17053-17072 features:
    • USSC Gemini passenger seats with red cushions
    • Two LCD TV monitors installed (located at front and rear-door aisles)
    • Does not feature overhead information bar (replaced by two LCD TV monitors)
LocalLINK
Paratransit
28xx-33xx Maryland Transit Administration MobilityLINK 3370-a.jpg 2008-2015 Ford E450/Phoenix Ford Triton V10 gasoline
  • Some retired
  • Some to be converted into yard maintenance utility vehicles
MobilityLINK
3200-3229 Maryland Transit Administration MobilityLINK 3237-a.jpg 2013 VPG MV-1 Ford V6
  • Stock equipped with manual wheelchair ramp
MobilityLINK
1012016-2472016 2016 Ford Taurus Interceptor
  • Sedan service
MobilityLINK
3400-34xx Maryland Transit Administration MobilityLINK 3426-a.jpg 2017 Ford E350/Metro Lite Ford Triton gasoline
  • Slimmer passenger cabin
MobilityLINK
3600-36xx MTA Maryland 2018 Ford E-450.jpg 2018 Ford E450/Phoenix Ford Triton gasoline MobilityLINK

On order

Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
18001-18140 2018 New Flyer XD40 Cummins L9 Allison
  • Contract bid for a proposed 140 clean diesel buses[6]
  • Will retire the majority of 2004-05 New Flyer D40LFs
  • Note: Table above is updated when buses have been ordered but have yet to arrive for revenue operation.

Retired roster

Fleet
number(s)
Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
101C-118C 1990 Flxible Metro "B"
(40102-6T)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V731 Suburban config with single door.
900-902 1946 GMC TD-3609 Detroit Diesel 4-71
900-901 1960 GMC TDH-4517 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH Ex-Dundalk Bus Lines 1-2; acquired in 1973.
902 1963 GMC TDH-4519 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH Ex-Dundalk Bus Lines 3; acquired in 1973.
903-907 1947 GMC TDH-3610 Detroit Diesel 4-71
903 1964 GMC TDH-4519 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH Ex-Dundalk Bus Lines 4; acquired in 1973.
904-905 1965 GMC TDH-4519 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH Ex-Dundalk Bus Lines 12-13; acquired in 1973.
906-907 1967 GMC TDH-4519 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison Ex-Dundalk Bus Lines 14-15; acquired in 1973.
908 1969 GMC T6H-4521 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison Ex-Dundalk Bus Lines 16; acquired in 1973.
909 1970 GMC T6H-4521 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison Ex-Dundalk Bus Lines 17; acquired in 1973.
910-912 1960 GMC SDM-5301 Detroit Diesel 8V71N 4-speed Manual
913-920 1961 GMC SDM-5301 Detroit Diesel 8V71N 4-speed Manual
921-926 1964 GMC SDM-5302 Detroit Diesel 8V71N 4-speed Manual
927 1966 GMC TDH-3501 GMC Toro-Flow Ex-Baltimore and Annapolis Railroad 2001; acquired in 1973.
928-932 1968 GMC T6H-5306A Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison Ex-Baltimore and Annapolis Railroad 2002-2006; acquired in 1973.
933-934 1972 Dodge Van Ex-Suburban Transit Company; acquired in 1973.
950 1954 GMC PD-4104 Detroit Diesel 6-71 4-speed manual Ex-McMahon Transportation 401; acquired in 1973.
951, 955 1951 GMC PD-4103 Detroit Diesel 6-71 4-speed manual Ex-McMahon Transportation 403 & 407; acquired in 1973.
952-953 1953 GMC PD-4104 Detroit Diesel 6-71 4-speed manual Ex-McMahon Transportation 404-405; acquired in 1973.
954 1952 GMC PD-4103 Detroit Diesel 6-71 4-speed manual Ex-McMahon Transportation 406; acquired in 1973.
956-960 1950 GMC TDM-4509 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Manual
961-965 1951 GMC TDM-4509 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Manual
967 1952 GMC TDM-4509 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Manual
968 1953 GMC TDM-4509 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Manual
969-970 1972 GMC T8H-5308A Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison Ex-McMahon Transportation 606-607; acquired in 1973.
1034-1043 1946 GMC TD-4007
1096-1100,
1201-1212
1945 GMC TD-4506 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Spicer
1101-1200 1946 GMC TD-4506 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Spicer Ex-BTCo same numbers; acquired in 1970.
1300-1315 1947-1948 GMC TDH-4507 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Spicer
1400-1598 1947 GMC TDH-4507 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Spicer Ex-BTCo same numbers; acquired in 1970.
1599 1948 GMC TDH-4509 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Spicer Ex-BTCo 1599; acquired in 1970.
1600-1619 1951 GMC TDH-4509 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Allison VH Ex-BTCo same numbers; acquired in 1970.
1620-1624 1953 GMC TDH-4509 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Allison VH
1700-1710 1952 GMC TDH-5103 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Allison VH Ex-BTCo same numbers; acquired in 1970.
1711-1730 1953 GMC TDH-5103 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Allison VH Ex-BTCo same numbers; acquired in 1970.
1800-1814 1953 GMC TDH-5105 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Allison VH Ex-BTCo same numbers; acquired in 1970.
1815-1818 1954 GMC TDH-5105 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Allison VH Ex-BTCo same numbers; acquired in 1970.
1819-1863,
1919-1924
1955 GMC TDH-5105 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Allison VH
1864-1893 1956 GMC TDH-5105 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Allison VH Ex-BTCo same numbers; acquired in 1970.
1894-1918 1957 GMC TDH-5105 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Allison VH Ex-BTCo same numbers; acquired in 1970.
1925-1949 1959 GMC TDH-5105 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Allison VH Ex-BTCo same numbers; acquired in 1970.
1950-2074 1963 GMC TDH-5303 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH Ex-BTCo same numbers; acquired in 1970.
2100-2124 1965 GMC TDH-5304 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH Ex-BTCo same numbers; acquired in 1970.
2200-2214 1966 GMC TDH-5304 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison Ex-BTCo same numbers; acquired in 1970.
2215-2299 1967 GMC TDH-5304 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison Ex-BTCo same numbers; acquired in 1970.
2301-2484,
2501-2674,
2700-2709
1971 GMC T6H-5306A Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison 25 units rebuilt and renumbered 3601-3625 in 1985.
2801-2840 1973 Flxible 53096-8-1 Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison Semi-Suburban config.
2901-2960 1974 GMC T8H-5308A Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison
3001-3205 1975 Flxible 53096-8-1 Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison 25 units rebuilt and renumbered 3626-3650 in 1985.
3301-3360 1979 GMC RTS-03
(T8H-603)
Detroit Diesel 8V71T Allison V730
3361-3401 1980 GMC RTS-03
(T8H-603)
Detroit Diesel 8V71T Allison V730
3501-3581 1982 Grumman Flxible 870
(40102-6T)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V730
  • 3542-3581 had wheelchair lifts.
  • 3517 became a mobile command bus and is still active as of 2015.
3701-3710 1986 Neoplan USA AN440A Detroit Diesel 6V92TA 3701-3705: Allison HT-747
3706-3710: Voith D863.2
  • Retired in 2001; all units were scrapped.
  • 3708 was the last active unit.
7001-7055 1987 Flxible Metro "B"
(40102-6T)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V731 Originally had semi-suburban seats.
8301-8380 1983 Flxible Metro "A"
(40102-6T)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V730
8381 1974 Flxible ABR
(53102-8-1)
Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison VS2-8
8401-8480,
8501-8580
1984 Flxible Metro "A"
(40102-6T)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V731 8444 was sold to the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration as a mobile service center in 1997, then it was donated for preservation by the DMV Mass Transit Museum in 2014.
8581 1984 Flxible Metro "A"
(30096-6N)
Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison V730 Ex-Demo; bought in 1985?
8601-8680 1986 Flxible Metro "A"
(40102-6T)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V730
8701-8730 1987 Flxible Metro "B"
(40102-6T)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V731
8731-8740 1987 Flxible Metro "B"
(40102-6C)
Cummins L10
8741-8760 1987 Flxible Metro "B"
(30096-6T)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V731
8801-8880 1988 Flxible Metro "B"
(40102-6T)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V731
8901-8980 1989 Flxible Metro "B"
(40102-6T)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V731
9001-9080 MTA Maryland 9050-a.jpg 1990 Flxible Metro "B"
(40102-6T)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V731
9301-9304 1993 Flxible Metro "D" LNG
(40102-6CTG)
Cummins C8.3G Sold to Ride-On in 1995.
9201-9250 MTA Maryland 9227-a.jpg 1992 Flxible Metro "C"
(40102-6TL)
Detroit Diesel 6L71TA Allison V731
9401-9425 1994 Flxible Metro "D"
(40102-6M)
Cummins M11 ZF HP590
9426-9430 1994 Flxible Metro "D"
(40102-6M)
Cummins M11 Voith D863.3
9431-9435 1994 Flxible Metro "D"
(40102-4D)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 ZF HP590
9501-9510 1994 American Ikarus 436.05 Cummins M11 Voith D864.3
9521-9539 MTA Maryland 9523-a.jpg

Maryland Transit Administration 9526-a.jpg

1995 Flxible Metro "D"
(40102-4D)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 Allison VR731RH 9526 is preserved by a current MTA Maryland driver.
9601-9618, 9620 MTA Maryland 9618-a.jpg 1997 NABI 436.07 Cummins M11E Voith Originally equipped with ZF 5HP600 transmissions.
9701-9750 MTA Maryland 9725-a.jpg 1997 NABI 416.10 Cummins M11E Allison B400R 9719 is preserved by the DMV Mass Transit Museum.
9801-9865 MTA Maryland 9842-a.jpg 1998 NABI 416.10 Cummins M11E Allison B400R Retired by Spring 2014
9901-9967 MTA Maryland 9940-a.jpg 1999 NABI 416.10 Cummins M11E Allison B400R
  • Retired in 2015-2016
  • 9914, 9932 and two others leased to RTA Central Maryland; all four are now retired
0001-0080 MTA Maryland 0043-a.jpg 2000 NABI 416.10 Cummins M11E Allison B400R
  • Retired in 2015-2016
  • Units 0006, 0010, 0022, 0033, 0049, 0055, 0067, and 0069 leased to RTA Central Maryland
    • 0006, 0022, 0033, and 0067 sent back into retirement
  • 0022 is preserved at Bush Street Division
  • 0032 is equipped with a Caterpillar C9 engine
  • 0074 was an American Seating demonstrator unit
3001-3016 2001-02 Thomas Dennis SLF Cummins ISB Allison B300R
  • Sixteen 30-foot unit
    • 3001-3004 are 2000 units
    • 3005-3016 are 2001 units
  • Used primarily for the now defunct Mondawmin ShuttleBug and Hampden ShuttleBug services
  • Retired by MTA in 2004 due to maintenance issues; sold to The Bus in 2006
  • Retired in 2011
0200-0299 Maryland Transit Administration 0200-a.jpg 2002 Neoplan USA AN440LF Detroit Diesel Series 50
Cummins ISL
Allison B400R
  • About 30 buses are repowered with Cummins ISL engines. The remainder retain their original Detroit Diesel Series 50 engines.
  • 0298 was repowered with a Navistar engine. Due to engine failure and lack of available engine components for repairs, the bus was retired
  • One bus in this series was heavily damaged in April 2015 during riots in Baltimore
  • Retired in Spring 2017
06011-06013 Maryland Transit Administration 06011 and 06013-a.jpg 2006 Optima Bus Corporation Opus Cummins ISB Allison B300R
  • Three 30-foot "minibus" units used primarily for the now defunct Mondawmin ShuttleBug service.
  • Retired by MTA in 2010; leased to Annapolis Transit.
  • Retired in early 2016.

Light Rail (Light RailLINK)

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 1950's & 60's.

  • 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. This project was scrapped in 2016 by Governor Larry Hogan, in favor of the BaltimoreLINK plan (Effective June 18, 2017).
  • 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.
  • In June 2017, Sagamore Development Corporation introduced a proposal to extend the light rail east to Port Covington as part of their multi-billion dollar development plan that was approved by the Baltimore City Council in 2016. This new alignment will provide service to the newly-built Under Armour facility and City Garage, as well as, for the future housing & retail development that will take place within the next decade. The extension is to branch-off from the main line north of Westport station, just before the Middle Branch creek (Interstate 95/395 junction), across the currently defunct sway-bridge into Port Covington.

Rail Lines

  • BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport(to/from) Hunt Valley
  • Cromwell Station/Glen Burnie (to/from) Timonium Fairgrounds or Hunt Valley
  • Baltimore Penn Station (to/from) Camden Yards
  • PURPLE Line - Bethesda Metrorail Station (to/from) New Carrollton Metrorail Station
    • Proposed to begin service sometime in 2022 [3]

All-time roster

Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Motors Notes
5001-5035 Maryland Transit Administration Light RailLINK 5031-a.jpg 1991-93 ABB LRV
  • Undergoing overhaul process in 2017-19 by Alstom
5036-5053 Maryland Transit Administration Light RailLINK 5049-a.jpg 1996 ABB LRV
  • Undergoing overhaul process in 2017-19 by Alstom

Heavy Rail (Metro SubwayLINK)

The "Metro SubwayLINK" system to this day was not supposed to be unfulfilled or look like it does in the 1960s rapid transit plan. Baltimore's population was rapidly increasing and industrial businesses were booming since the 1950s after World War II. The load taken on buses throughout the city and surrounding counties was 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 consist not only in the Northwest corridor, but throughout all regional points of the city (ex.: north, northeast, south, southwest). While the plan was a good way to solve the congestion on bus travel, it was too expensive for tunneling and separate right-of-ways, also public outcry over heavy rail service traveling throughout communities tarnished the chance. Nearly 10 years of discussion to build the system had passed before a break-through to construct what was planned to be a city-wide rail system project that would have spanned nearly 20 years. The system, to meet costs, was planned in three phrases. The first phase, between Reisterstown Plaza to Charles Center, the Second phase, from Owings Mills to Reisterstown Plaza and the last phase from Charles Center to Johns Hopkins Medical Center that would be completed in 1995.

With 15+ miles of rail, the metro subway was far under what was planned 20 years before. The northwest corridor is a stub of what was supposed to have been a thriving heavy rail network. This is where the discussion for the expansion of the subway system began. The 2000 regional rail plan was to expand as far as White Marsh and Martin State Airport. Many believed at least having the rail route reach one of the biggest colleges in the city, Morgan State University, would give it a true service mode rather than hanging in a region with moderate ridership to/from downtown. MTA Maryland and Maryland Congress will continue to discuss the possible expansion of service through northeast Baltimore onward to "Morgan State University".

Rail Line

  • Owings Mills (to/from) Johns Hopkins Hospital

All-time roster

Fleet Series
(Quantity)
Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Motors Notes
100-171
(72)
Baltimore Metro Subway 1.jpg 1983 Budd Universal Transit Vehicle
172-199
(28)
Baltimore Metro Subway 2.jpg 1986 Budd Universal Transit Vehicle
  • Car 199 was unmarried from car 198 and is used for operator training
Future Order
TBD TBD Hitachi TBD
  • $400.5 million contract awarded in July 2017 includes 78 railcars and train control system.[7]
  • Will replace the majority of the Budd cars, which are past their service life expectancy.

Commuter Rail (MARC)

Began operation in 1984 (priviously 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 considered 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.

Rail Lines

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

Proposals

  • Extension to L'Enfant Plaza and Northern Virginia along Virginia Railway Express 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

Equipment roster

Fleet Series
(Quantity)
Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Motors Notes
Locomotives
10–35
(26)
MPI MP36PH-3C
51-69
(19)
GP40WH-2
  • Retired
  • Rebuilt from CSX 6590, 6518, 6786; KCS 793, 4754, 777, 766, 768; SOO 4602; KCS 771; SOO 4612; CSX 6679, 6682; KCS 790, 791; CSX 6637.
  • 68 is kept as a spare.
  • 69 sold to CSX.
60-62
(3)
E8A
63-69
(7)
E9A
  • Retired
  • Ex-BN 9902, 9905-9908, 9911.
  • 67-68 renumbered 91-92.
67-69
(3)
GP40
  • Retired
  • Ex 30-32.
  • Exx-CR 3198, 3205, 3051.
70-75
(6)
EMD GP39H-2
  • Rebuilt from CR 3062, 3066, 3243; B&O 3703, 3710; MILW 2050.
  • 75 is inactive.
81-85
(5)
E9A
  • Retired
  • Rebuilt from B&O 4580, 4582, 4566, 4472, 4557.
80-87
(8)
Siemens Charger
  • All units on property, but none have entered revenue service
4900-4903
(4)
EMD/ASEA AEM-7
  • Electric locomotives used only on the Penn Line.
  • Retired by 2017.
4910-4915
(6)
MARC 4913-a.JPG Bombardier-Alstom HHP-8
  • Electric locomotives used only on the Penn Line.
  • Some units being upgraded.
  • May be replaced by Siemens SC-44s in 2018.
7100
(1)
APCU Rebuilt from F7A B&O 4553.
Passenger Cars
100-108
(9)
1950 Budd MARC-I single-level coach cars
  • Ex 1401-1409; renumbered in 1990.
  • Exx-Penn Central (PRR) 1480-1488.
  • Retired
109-114
(6)
1950 Budd MARC-I single-level coach cars
  • Ex 1410-1415; renumbered in 1990.
  • Exx-Penn Central (PRR) 3231-3233, 3238, 3240-3241.
  • Exxx-PRR 1489-1491, 1496, 1498-1499.
  • Originally N&W.
  • Retired
130-131
(2)
1950 Budd MARC-I single-level coach cars
  • Ex 1501-1502; renumbered in 1990.
  • Exx-Penn Central (PRR) 1543, 3242.
  • Retired
132-134
(3)
1950 Budd MARC-I single-level coach cars
  • Ex-New Jersey Transit 5427-5428, 5433.
  • Originally Penn Central (PRR) 1525, 1544, 1518.
  • Retired
140-149
(9)
1950 Budd MARC-I single-level coach cars
  • Ex-SEMTA 110, 101, 112, 103-108, 111.
  • Originally PRR 1524, 1519, 1530, 1503-1504, 1500, 1516, 1513, 1508, 1528.
  • Retired
150-154
(5)
1950 Budd MARC-I single-level coach cars
  • Ex 1511-1515; renumbered in 1990.
  • Exx-Penn Central (PRR) 1526, 1539, 1542, 3243, 1546.
  • 150 converted to café-parlor car.
  • Retired
160-169
(9)
1950 Budd MARC-I single-level coach cars
  • Ex-New Jersey Transit 5411, 5422, 5414, 5433, 5424-5426, 5435, 5440.
  • Originally PRR 1509, 1529, 1521, 1507, 1533, 1510, 1540, 1502, 1536, 1534.
  • 160 converted to café-parlor car.
  • Retired
190-191
(2)
1950 Budd MARC-I single-level café-parlor cars
  • Ex 160 & 150.
  • Converted to café-parlor cars.
  • Retired
7700-7709
(10)
1985 Sumitomo/Nippon Sharyo MARC-IIA single-level coach cars Retired - Replaced by MARC-IV cars.
7710-7715
(6)
1987 Sumitomo/Nippon Sharyo MARC-IIA single-level coach cars Retired - Replaced by MARC-IV cars.
7716-7725
(9)
1991 Sumitomo/Nippon Sharyo MARC-IIB single-level coach cars
7726-7735
(10)
1993 Sumitomo/Nippon Sharyo MARC-IIB single-level coach cars
7745-7749
(5)
1985 Sumitomo/Nippon Sharyo MARC-IIA single-level cab cars Retired - Replaced by MARC-IV cars.
7750-7756
(7)
1987 Sumitomo/Nippon Sharyo MARC-IIA single-level cab cars Retired - Replaced by MARC-IV cars.
7757-7762
(6)
1991 Sumitomo/Nippon Sharyo MARC-IIB single-level cab cars
7791-7799
(9)
1991 Sumitomo/Nippon Sharyo MARC-IIB single-level coach cars Lavatory equipped.
7800-7825
(26)
1999 Kawasaki MARC-III bi-level coach cars
7826-7834
(9)
2000 Kawasaki MARC-III bi-level coach cars Ex-Virginia Rail Express V601-V609; bought in 2008.
7845-7854
(10)
1999 Kawasaki MARC-III bi-level cab cars
7855-7858
(4)
2000 Kawasaki MARC-III bi-level cab cars Ex-Virginia Rail Express V701-V704; bought in 2008.
7870-7876
(7)
1999 Kawasaki MARC-III bi-level coach cars Provision for snack bar.
7890-7896
(7)
1999 Kawasaki MARC-III bi-level coach cars Lavatory equipped.
7900-7911
(12)
1970s Pullman-Standard Gallery bi-level cars
  • Ex-Metra 7867-7871, 7881-7882, 7884-7885, 7847, 7862 & 7864; bought in 2004.
  • All retired. Some sold back to Metra.
8000-? (39) 2014-15 Bombardier MARC-IV bi-level coach cars
#? (15) 2014-15 Bombardier MARC-IV bi-level cab cars
RDC
1 Budd RDC-2
  • "Office Car"
  • Ex-B&O 9940.
  • Formerly numbered 9940.
3 Budd RDC-2
  • Ex-B&O 9932.
  • Formerly numbered 9822 and previously 9932.
8-9 Budd RDC-1
  • Ex-B&O 9911-9912.
  • Formerly numbered 9811-9812 and previously 9911-9912.
10 Budd RDC-B
  • Ex-AMT 29.
  • Formerly numbered 9800.
11-13 Budd RDC-1
  • Ex-B&O 9911-9912.
  • Formerly numbered 9803-9805 and previously 9915-9917.
20 Budd RDC-1
  • Ex-B&O 9920.
  • Formerly numbered 9820 and previously 9920.
22 Budd RDC-1
  • Ex-B&O 9922.
  • Formerly numbered 9922.
24-25 Budd RDC-1
  • Ex-AMT 16-17.
  • Formerly numbered 9801-9802.
9821-9822 Budd RDC-2
  • Ex-B&O 9931-9932.
  • 9822 renumbered 3.
9910-9913, 9915-9918,
9920-9922
Budd RDC-1
  • Ex-B&O same numbers.
  • 9911-9912 renumbered 9811-9812, then 8-9.
  • 9915-9917 renumbered 9803-9805, then 11-13.
  • 9920 renumbered 9820, then 20.
  • 9922 renumbered 22.
9931-9932, 9940-9942 Budd RDC-2
  • Ex-B&O same numbers.
  • 9931-9932 renumbered 9821-9822.
  • 9940 was converted to office car and renumbered 1.
Electric MU
631, 648-649, 651,
660, 663, 669,
671, 679, 681,
684, 690
MP54E3
  • Ex-Penn Central.
  • 651, 684 & 690 transferred from SEPTA.
  • 660 renumbered to 677.

References

  1. Police, NTSB investigate Baltimore school bus-MTA bus crash that killed both drivers, 4 passengers, Baltimoresun.com, retrieved November 1, 2016.
  2. MTA chief outlines priorities June 15, 2010, weblogs.baltimoresun.com, retrieved 09-11-2010
  3. Maryland Transit Administration goes with 18 MCI® Commuter Coaches for new ICC toll road, mcicoach.com, retrieved 2011-02-26
  4. [1]www.mtamaryland.gov, retrieved 7-8-2012
  5. [2]www.mdot.maryland.gov, retrieved 12-8-2017
  6. MDOT MTA Wins Approval for $400.5 Million Purchase of Metro SubwayLink Railcars and Train Control System. Press release. 28 July 2017.