The Fall 2021 Annual Service Plan identifies service changes for Fall 2021 as the system recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Following a steep decline of ridership in Spring 2020, overall system ridership recovered to about 60% of pre-pandemic levels in Fall 2020 before declining again as COVID-19 cases surged throughout the region. As of March 2021, overall ridership has returned to about 50% of pre-pandemic highs, and is expected to continue rebounding throughout 2021 and 2022 as pandemic-related restrictions are lifted and more residents return to in-person work.
MDOT MTA is proposing adjustments to core bus routes in order to improve access and equity, reduce crowding, and improve reliability and travel time. MDOT MTA will continue to monitor service, traffic congestion, ridership, crowding and staffing availability, and will make small adjustments as the region emerges from the pandemic and ridership grows. The proposed changes would take effect on Sunday, August 29, 2021.
For a PDF of the full service change proposal, please click here. (18MB)
A full copy of the proposal is available for review in the lobby of the William Donald Schaefer Building at 6 Saint Paul Street in Baltimore, Maryland.
- LocalLink 63 & Express BusLink 163:
- The proposal would split LocalLink 63 into two routes to improve access and decrease travel times to Tradepoint Atlantic. Riders traveling from key areas to Tradepoint Atlantic could save up to 19 minutes per trip.
- Realigning and extending LocalLink 63 will provide new branch service to Gardenville and discontinue service between downtown Baltimore and Johns Hopkins Bayview. Three route options are being proposed.
- Adding an Express BusLink 163 route will provide fast, direct service from West Baltimore MARC to Tradepoint Atlantic. Two route options are proposed.
- LocalLink 93:
- The proposal would realign service in Cockeysville from the Warren Road area to York Road to improve access to essential jobs and retail businesses, including the Super Walmart and Home Depot.
- Express BusLink 164:
- The proposal would discontinue this route due to low pre-pandemic ridership. LocalLink 67 provides riders with an alternate service option; service to Riviera Beach would not have an alternative option.
- Pilot service to Relay - CityLink Yellow:
- The proposal would discontinue pilot service to Relay due to low ridership before and during the COVID-19 emergency. No other changes to CityLink Yellow are proposed.
Express BusLink Routes
- Service on all Express BusLink routes, except Express BusLink 164, would resume August 29.
- To prioritize equity in our fare structure and to encourage riders to return to transit, the current 60-cent fare upcharge for Express BusLink service is proposed to be discontinued and Express BusLink fares will align with Local Bus fares.
New Fare Products
- 3-day / 10-day fare pass:
- Two new fare products are proposed for Local Bus, Light Rail, Metro Subway, Commuter Bus and MARC Train, and would match riders commute and travel patterns.
- The 3-day and 10-day passes would be available through the CharmPass app, could be used on consecutive or non-consecutive days and would be valid for up to 12 months after the date of purchase.
- The new fare products will be discounted approximately 15% from a single day pass. Based on current fares for Core Service, the three-day pass will be $11.20 and the 10-day pass will be $37.40.
Proposed Route Modifications
Due to the financial impact created by the COVID-19 pandemic, MDOT MTA has proposed service changes that would enable the agency to maintain a high level of service while meeting the budgetary challenges faced by the state. The proposed changes would focus on connecting Baltimore City with major job centers and would have fewer suburban routes in Baltimore County and Anne Arundel County.
Resume Express BusLink Service
- Express BusLink service was temporarily suspended in April 2020 as commuter ridership declined significantly and efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 were put in place. MDOT MTA plans to resume service to most affected routes with the Fall 2021 service update.
- The following Express BusLink routes will be resumed in the Fall 2021 service plan update:
- Express BusLink 103
- Express BusLink 104
- Express BusLink 105
- Express BusLink 115
- Express BusLink 120
- Express BusLink 150
- Express BusLink 154
- Express BusLink 160
- Service on Express BusLink 164 will be permanently discontinued as part of the Fall 2021 service update due to low pre-pandemic ridership.
LocalLink 63 / Express BusLink 163
LocalLink 63 is proposed to be split into two routes to improve access and decrease travel times to Tradepoint Atlantic:
- LocalLink 63 would be realigned and extended to run between Gardenville, Johns Hopkins Bayview, and Tradepoint Atlantic, providing a new direct connection from Tradepoint Atlantic to Northeast Baltimore. The realigned LocalLink 63 would no longer serve Downtown Baltimore via Eastern Avenue.
- Express BusLink 163, a new express route, would run from West Baltimore MARC to Tradepoint Atlantic via US-40, I-395, I-95, the Fort McHenry Tunnel, Holabird Avenue, and/or Broening Highway.
Options are summarized below:
- 63A: Run new Gardenville branch via Armistead Gardens, Sinclair Lane, and Frankford Avenue to connect to routes serving Northeast Baltimore and provide a direct connection from Armistead Gardens to Tradepoint Atlantic.
- 63B: Run new Gardenville branch via Erdman Avenue, Sinclair Lane, and Frankford Avenue, bypassing Armistead Gardens while connecting to routes serving Northeast Baltimore.
- 63C: Run new Gardenville branch via Lombard Street, Highland Avenue, Edison Highway, Sinclair Lane, Moravia Road, and Belair Road to connect to routes serving Northeast Baltimore and directly connect residences along Edison Highway to Tradepoint Atlantic.
- 163A: Run new route from West Baltimore MARC to Tradepoint Atlantic using Broening Highway to travel through Dundalk, serving Amazon, Seagirt Marine Terminal, and Dundalk Marine Terminal.
- 163B: Run new route from West Baltimore MARC to Tradepoint Atlantic using Dundalk Avenue to travel through Dundalk, serving residences and businesses along Dundalk Avenue.
Eastern Avenue would not be served by either LocalLink 63 or the new Express BusLink 163 in any option, but CityLink Navy would continue to provide frequent service along most of the section.
LocalLink 63 Option A: via Armistead Gardens
Option A is to run the new Gardenville branch via Armistead Gardens, Sinclair Lane, and Frankford Avenue to connect to routes serving Northeast Baltimore and provide a direct connection from Armistead Gardens to Tradepoint Atlantic.
LocalLink 63 Option B: via Erdman Avenue
Option B is to run the new Gardenville branch via Erdman Avenue, Sinclair Lane, and Frankford Avenue, bypassing Armistead Gardens while connecting to routes serving Northeast Baltimore.
LocalLink 63 Option C: via Edison Highway
Option C is to run the new Gardenville branch via Lombard Street, Highland Avenue, Edison Highway, Sinclair Lane, Moravia Road, and Belair Road to connect to routes serving Northeast Baltimore and provide a direct connection to Tradepoint Atlantic for residents near Edison Highway.
Level of Service: LocalLink 63
In all three options, the new Gardenville branch of LocalLink 63 is proposed to run approximately once per hour, with trips coordinated to shift times of major employers at Tradepoint Atlantic as necessary. Level of service on trips between Tradepoint Atlantic and Johns Hopkins Bayview will remain the same. Level of service on trips to or from Gardenville will be monitored and adjusted based on demand.
|Existing LocalLink 63||Proposed LocalLink 63|
|Tradepoint Atlantic to Downtown||Tradepoint Atlantic to Bayview||Tradepoint Atlantic to Gardenville||Tradepoint Atlantic to Bayview|
|Service Hours||Weekdays||3:53 AM - 9:45 PM||24 hours||3:53 AM - 9:45 PM||24 hours|
|Saturdays||8:15 AM - 11:50 PM;
|4:40 AM - 12:20 AM;
|8:15 AM - 11:50 PM;
|4:40 AM - 12:20 AM;
|Sundays||8:15 AM - 11:30 PM;
|4:40 AM - 12:30 AM||8:15 AM - 11:30 PM;
|4:40 AM - 12:30 AM|
|Number Of Trips||Weekdays||28 trips||22 trips||15 trips||22 trips|
|Saturdays||28 trips||16 trips||19 trips||16 trips|
|Sundays||27 trips||13 trips||17 trips||15 trips|
Express BusLink 163 Option A:
via Broening Highway
Option A is to run the new route from West Baltimore MARC to Tradepoint Atlantic via US-40, Downtown, I-395, I-95, Holabird Avenue, Broening Highway, and Peninsula Expressway to travel through Dundalk, serving Amazon, Seagirt Marine Terminal, and Dundalk Marine Terminal.
Express BusLink 163 Option B:
via Dundalk Avenue
Option B is to run the new route from West Baltimore MARC to Tradepoint Atlantic via US-40, Downtown, I-395, I-95, Holabird Avenue, Dundalk Avenue, and Peninsula Expressway to travel through Dundalk, serving residences and businesses along Dundalk Avenue.
Level of Service: Express BusLink 163
In both options, the proposed Express BusLink 163 would provide the same number of trips as currently serve the existing LocalLink 63 branch to Downtown. Trips would be timed to coincide with shift times of major employers at Tradepoint Atlantic as necessary.
|Existing LocalLink 63 To Downtown||Proposed Express BusLink 163|
|Tradepoint Atlantic to Downtown||Tradepoint Atlantic to Bayview|
|Service Hours||Weekdays||3:53 AM - 9:45 PM||3:53 AM - 9:45 PM|
|Saturdays||8:15 AM - 11:50 PM; 2:40 AM||8:15 AM - 11:50 PM; 2:40 AM|
|Sundays||8:15 AM - 11:30 PM; 2:40 AM||8:15 AM - 11:30 PM; 2:40 AM|
|Number Of Trips||Weekdays||28 trips||28 trips|
|Saturdays||28 trips||28 trips|
|Sundays||27 trips||27 trips|
Travel Time Savings: LocalLink 63 / Express BusLink 163
The combination of a reconfigured LocalLink 63 and new Express BusLink 163 would provide faster connections to Tradepoint Atlantic for passengers throughout key neighborhoods in Northeast and West Baltimore identified as needing improved transit connections by the Baltimore City Transportation Equity Gap Analysis.
Residents of Belair-Edison, Harlem Park, Sandtown-Winchester, and Upton traveling to and from Tradepoint Atlantic would save an average of 2 - 6 minutes per trip, including transfers and walk time. A passenger making the trip five days per week would spend between 25 and 50 fewer hours per year on the bus.
Passengers riding to Tradepoint Atlantic from key transfer points at Gardenville Park-N-Ride and West Baltimore MARC would save up to 20 minutes per trip in each direction due to the reconfiguration.
|Average Travel Time Savings By Time Period From Tradepoint Atlantic To:|
(6AM to 9AM)
(9AM to 3PM)
(3PM to 7PM)
|Belair-Edison||3 minutes||6 minutes||2 minutes|
|Harlem Park||3 minutes||3 minutes||3 minutes|
|Sandtown-Winchester||3 minutes||4 minutes||4 minutes|
|Upton||6 minutes||5 minutes||5 minutes|
|Gardenville Park-N-Ride||11 minutes||18 minutes||9 minutes|
|West Baltimore MARC||19 minutes||9 minutes||18 minutes|
Access Improvements: LocalLink 63 / Express BusLink 163
The combination of the reconfigured LocalLink 63 and new Express BusLink 163 would significantly increase the number of residents with a one-seat ride to Tradepoint Atlantic.
In the highest-performing options combined (LocalLink 63 Option C and Express BusLink Option A), proposed changes would more than double the number of minority residents within a quarter mile of LocalLink 63 or Express BusLink 163 who have access to a one-seat ride to Tradepoint Atlantic compared to existing service, while also increasing the total population and the number of lowincome and zero-car households with access.
|Access Within A Quarter-Mile|
|LocalLink 63: Option C||48,210||32,256||17,997||9,584||4,877|
|Express BusLink 163: Option A||12,670||5,599||5,497||2,651||1,588|
|Combined vs. Baseline||+27%||+137%||+11%||+58%||+55%|
|Other Options (range)||2% to 3%||81% to 84%||-10% to -9%||28% to 31%||16% to 18%|
LocalLink 93 is proposed to be rerouted in the Warren Road area to improve access to essential retailers and jobs along York Road in Cockeysville.
The reconfigured route would use York Road, Industry Lane, and Beaver Dam Road to add access to major retail locations in Cockeysville instead of using Warren Road between York Road and Beaver Dam Road.
No change is proposed to either weekday or weekend service frequencies.
Exact locations of new stops on York Road and Industry Lane are yet to be finalized.
|Stop ID||Stop Name|
|TBD||YORK RD & FRANKEL WY sb|
|TBD||INDUSTRY LN & YORK RD wb|
|TBD||YORK RD & FRANKEL WY nb|
|TBD||INDUSTRY LN & YORK RD eb|
|1727||WARREN RD & YORK RD eb|
|1831||WARREN RD & YORK AVE wb|
|14059||WARREN RD & YORK RD wb fs|
Trips on the LocalLink 34 serving Greenspring Station are proposed to no longer pull into Falls Road Light Rail Station due to safety concerns for buses turning left from Falls Road into the Light Rail station. This change only affects five Weekday trips.
About one passenger per day who boards LocalLink 34 at Falls Road Light Rail Station in the northbound direction would be affected by the change, based on pre-pandemic ridership.
Greenspring Station trips would continue to connect to the Light Rail at Mount Washington.
LocalLink 34 trips terminating at Falls Road Light Rail Station will continue to serve the station.
LocalLink 54 / Express BusLink 154
LocalLink 54 and Express BusLink 154 service is proposed to be restored to Harford Road through Mayfield.
The detour via Argonne Drive, Hillen Road, and 32nd Street is no longer necessary due to the completion of bridge construction over Herring Run on Harford Road.
|Stop ID||Stop Name|
|3427||HARFORD RD & CHESTERFIELD AVE nb|
|3610||HARFORD RD & CHESTERFIELD AVE sb fs|
|14185||32ND ST & HARFORD RD wb fs|
|14187||32ND ST & HARFORD RD eb ns|
Southbound trips on the LocalLink 62 are proposed to no longer serve North Point Boulevard between Eastern Avenue and Merritt Boulevard to avoid hazardous turning maneuvers on Merritt Boulevard.
Southbound LocalLink 62 trips would use North Point Boulevard westbound, Kane Street, Eastern Avenue westbound, and North Point Road instead of North Point Boulevard eastbound. The northbound alignment to CCBC Essex is unchanged by the proposal.
This change would discontinue one stop along North Point Boulevard, while serving additional stops along Eastern Avenue eastbound and North Point Road eastbound.
Exact locations of new stops on North Point Road are yet to be finalized.
|Stop ID||Stop Name|
|TBD||NORTH POINT RD & HACKETT AVE nb|
|TBD||1050 NORTH POINT RD sb|
|12193||NORTH POINT BLVD &
Discontinued Pilot Service
CityLink Yellow to Relay
Pilot service to Relay on the CityLink Yellow, implemented in September 2019, is proposed to be discontinued due to very low pre- and post-pandemic ridership. The change would affect nine trips per day on weekdays and seven trips per day on weekends in each direction.
No change is proposed to either weekday or weekend service frequencies besides the removal of Relay trips from the schedule.
Approximately nine daily riders would be affected by the discontinuation of the bus stop at the Guinness Brewery based on prepandemic ridership.
|Stop ID||Stop Name|
Express BusLink 164
Express BusLink 164 is proposed to be discontinued due to very low pre-pandemic ridership. The change affects one trip per day in each direction.
LocalLink 67 would provide alternative service along the corridor as far south as Brandon Woods and Marley Neck, and CityLink Silver would continue to serve the corridor as far south as Curtis Bay.
Service to Riviera Beach would be discontinued with no alternative service, and bus stops on Fort Smallwood Road south of Energy Parkway would also be discontinued.
Pre-pandemic, about three passengers used the stops proposed to be discontinued with no nearby alternative service.
|Stop ID||Stop Name|
|6881||GREENWAY RD & RIVIERA DR|
|6883||FORT SMALLWOOD RD &
CARVEL BEACH RD nb
Proposed Fare Policy Updates
New Multi-Day Ticket Bundle Options
Two new fare products to match riders adopting more flexible commute and travel patterns are proposed. These passes will be available for Local Bus, Light Rail, Metro Subway, Commuter Bus, and MARC Train.
3-day and 10-day passes would be available through the CharmPass app, may be used on consecutive or non-consecutive days, and will be valid for up to 12 months after the date of purchase.
The new fare products will be discounted approximately 15 percent from a single day pass. Implementation of the new fare products may occur prior to August 29.
Eliminate Express BusLink Fare Upcharge
To prioritize equity in our fare structure and to encourage riders to return to transit, the 60 cent fare upcharge for Express BusLink service will be discontinued and fares will align with Local Bus fares.
Public Hearings, Comments, and Testimony
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