MDOT MTA will be at selected locations on Belair Road in September 2022 to learn from you how we can improve your bus trips on the Belair Road/Gay Street Corridor.

Tell us your thoughts about transit in the Belair Road/Gay Street Corridor!
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About the Project

MDOT MTA, in partnership with Baltimore City Department of Transportation, is planning targeted investments to make bus service on Belair Road and Gay Street faster, more convenient, and safer between Moravia Road and Preston Street. MDOT MTA paused the project when the Covid pandemic began but has now restarted the study. In this project phase, MDOT MTA will be looking at feedback from the public on the concept design and preparing for final design of the proposed improvements.

What Improvements Is MDOT MTA Considering?

MDOT MTA has a Transit Priority Toolkit which describes a range of ways that bus service can be improved and our streets made safer for pedestrians and bicyclists. MDOT MTA has considered several of these tools to improve bus service along the Belair Road/Gay Street Corridor.

Possible improvements include:

Bus bulbs

Traffic signal adjustments

Additional bus shelters

Safer pedestrian crossings

Accessibility improvements

Belair Rd / Gay St corridor map
Public Feedback From 2019

Bus Reliability/Travel Time Variability
You told us that bus reliability was the most important improvement needed.

Better Bus Stop Amenities
You told us you want more shelters, benches, and lighting.

Walking to the Bus Stop
You told us that sidewalks and crosswalks need to be improved for the safety and convenience of bus riders.

MDOT MTA Is Also Analyzing

Average Bus Speed
How fast or slow is transit compared to other traffic? Traffic congestion and closely spaced stops can slow buses

Dwell Time
How long does it take buses to serve their stops? Re-entering travel lanes after passengers board and alight takes longer at some stops than others.

Ridership
How many people are using the bus? Which stops are most heavily used? Are there stops that people aren’t using at all?

What This Can Look Like
  • Moving specific bus stops to the far side of the intersection reduces the amount of time a bus waits at a light before picking up passengers
  • Making sure that the distance between bus stops isn't too long or short helps to maintain bus speed
  • Building out the curb so that riders can step directly from the sidewalk onto the bus
  • Installing new bus shelters at high-ridership locations
  • Installing curb ramps and maintaining unobstructed spaces makes bus stops accessible for all riders, including those using mobility devices
  • Brightening crosswalks and overhead lighting make everyone feel safer
Comment and Participate

We want to hear from you! MDOT MTA will be at select locations along Belair Road/Gay Street to hear your feedback and comments on the improvements proposed within the design concept. Come meet the project team and share your thoughts at one of the following times and locations.

  • Thursday, Sept 8, 2022, 6:30 AM to 8:30 AM: Belair Rd at Parkside Dr (SB)
  • Monday, Sept 12, 2022, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM: Belair Rd at North Ave (SB)
  • Monday, Sept 26, 2022, 6:30 AM to 8:30 AM: Belair Rd at Moravia Rd
  • Wednesday, Oct 12, 2022, 6:30 AM to 8:30 AM: Belair Rd at Erdman Ave (SB)
  • Tuesday, October 25, 2022, 6:00PM to 7:00 PM: Virtual Public Meeting

Times are weather-dependent and subject to change without notice.

If you want to share your opinions online, click here to take a quick 5-minute survey.

Contact the project team at transitpriority@mdot.maryland.gov with any additional comments or questions.

Project Schedule

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Project Schedule for Summer 2022
Spring/Summer 2019

MDOT MTA initiates the project with public outreach and creates a concept design. Click here to see the information presented at that meeting.

Spring 2022

MDOT MTA reintroduces the project to the public via a mailer, popup events, and a survey.

Summer 2022

MDOT MTA will develop concept designs for improvements at key locations.

Fall 2022

MDOT MTA will review and revise the concept plan based on comments from the public and begin to prepare final design of the corridor improvements.

Following the preparation of the final design, MDOT MTA will apply for funding to implement the improvements.

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