BaltimoreLink is a complete overhaul and rebranding of the core transit system operating within the city and throughout the greater Baltimore region. The bus network prior to BaltimoreLink had many routes that were antiquated, served outdated job locations and were too long to manage reliably, especially those that traversed downtown Baltimore and compounded congestion. Launched in June 2017, BaltimoreLink utilizes a more efficient and reliable bus network by spreading out the routes within the downtown core and creating a grid of high-frequency routes. To achieve MTA's overarching mission of providing safe, efficient, and reliable transit across Maryland, with world-class customer service, BaltimoreLink:
- Improves service quality and reliability;
- Maximizes access to high-frequency transit;
- Strengthens connections between MTA’s bus and rail routes;
- Aligns the network with existing and emerging job centers; and
- Engages riders, employees, communities, and elected officials in the planning process.
Types of Local Bus Service
CityLink: These color-coded, high-frequency routes offer frequent, 24-hour service, form a downtown grid, and radiate out from the city on major streets.
LocalLink: These operate on neighborhood streets between the CityLinks and form crosstown "rings".
Express BusLink: These offer limited-stop service from suburb-to-suburb, and suburb-to-downtown. In June 2016 an express beltway "ring" was created for the first time ever!
Commuter Bus Service
To supplement CityLink, LocalLink, and Express BusLink routes, BaltimoreLink adds and enhances several Commuter Bus routes to improve regional mobility. Whereas traditional Commuter Bus routes are designed to bring people from outlying regions into downtown Baltimore, many of the new and enhanced Commuter Bus routes are designed to make it easier to reverse-commute from central Baltimore out to growing regional job centers.
Transporting our children to and from school safely is one of the most important services the MTA provides. The BaltimoreLink plan ensures that 100% of the Baltimore City Public Schools that have transit service today will continue to have transit service.