Starting the week of May 15, construction is due to begin on Baltimore’s newest dedicated bus lane. Starting at the intersection of Baltimore and Arch streets on the west side, the lane will run eastbound to Gay Street. Construction will take place from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. so as not to impact morning or afternoon rush hour traffic. Construction is done on a block by block basis and is dependent upon the weather so the exact date of completion is not known at this time.
Once finished, construction will then move to Fayette Street where a dedicated bus lane running westbound will be added. Dedicated bus lanes are a cooperative effort between the Baltimore City Department of Transportation and the Maryland Department of Transport Maryland Transit Administration. These bus-only lanes greatly improve the on-time performance of MTA buses, one of the key goals of Governor Larry Hogan’s innovative BaltimoreLink program that’s designed to reinvent the city’s transit network. Lanes painted red first appeared in Baltimore in August of 2016 along Pratt and Lombard Streets. Transit buses, school buses, bicycles and emergency vehicles are allowed to use the lanes. All motorists may enter the dashed portions of the lane but ONLY in order to make a right turn at the next intersection of driveway. Violators are subject to a $90 fine and one point on their license. To learn more about Dedicated Bus Lanes visit BaltimoreLink.com or Transportation.BaltimoreCity.gov.