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Posted on: February 24, 2017

Free Trial Rides for First 2 Weeks on New Express Commuter Bus From Kent Island to Baltimore!

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BALTIMORE, MD (FEBRUARY 22, 2017) – As part of Governor Larry Hogan’s BaltimoreLink transformative transit plan to better connect Marylanders to life’s opportunities, the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) will roll out two new express Commuter Bus routes – 210 and 215 – on Wednesday, March 1, to connect Kent Island and Annapolis to Baltimore City. As an incentive to encourage riders to try this new express Commuter Bus service, the MTA will offer free rides for the first two weeks, from March 1 to 14.  After the free service period, the fares listed below will apply.


“This is a new commuter service designed to link people to opportunities in downtown Baltimore and Annapolis,” said MTA Administrator and CEO Paul Comfort. “These new BaltimoreLink enhancements will connect Annapolis, Baltimore City and the Eastern Shore. It’s yet another way we’re keeping our promise to better connect people to jobs, retail, healthcare and entertainment.”


Commuter Bus 210 will have three morning trips starting on Kent Island with stops in Annapolis. There also will be two morning trips starting in Annapolis with other stops in Anne Arundel County before arriving in Baltimore.  Drop-off locations in Baltimore include:  the University of Maryland at Baltimore campus, Charles Street Metro Station, City Hall and The Johns Hopkins Hospital.  For full details on the new commuter bus service, go to this link:  https://mta.maryland.gov/content/commuter-buslink-newly-proposed-routes-210-and-215.


The afternoon route on Commuter Bus 210 will be a reverse service to Annapolis and Kent Island, with five trips going to Annapolis and three continuing to Kent Island.


The new service will operate on non-holiday weekdays.  Fares are $6 between Kent Island and Baltimore; $5 between Annapolis and Baltimore; and $4 between Kent Island and Annapolis.


Commuter Bus 215 will consist of three morning roundtrips starting in Baltimore and terminating in Annapolis.  The afternoon route will provide reverse service to Baltimore.  Commuter Bus 215 will operate on non-holiday weekdays only.  The fare between Annapolis and Baltimore is $5.


Exact details of the routes can be found in the maps below or you can download the full details at this link:  https://mta.maryland.gov/content/commuter-buslink-newly-proposed-routes-210-and-215


“Once people, who drive between Kent Island, Annapolis and Baltimore, see the ease, convenience and low cost of riding Commuter Bus 210 and 215, we are confident many will choose to ride transit instead,” Administrator Comfort added.


Commuter Bus 210 and 215 will make numerous connections to local Annapolis Transit at the Annapolis Mall stop, along with connections to MTA’s Light Rail, Metro Subway and Local Bus routes in downtown Baltimore.


BaltimoreLink is the multi-phase plan to create an interconnected transit system by redesigning the entire local and express bus systems throughout Baltimore and adds 12 new high-frequency, color-coded bus routes that improve connections to jobs and to MARC Train, Metro Subway and Light Rail. BaltimoreLink transforms Baltimore’s half-a-century-old and outdated transit network with implementation of bus-only dedicated lanes, installation of transit signal priority, construction of a transfer hub network, rebranding and replacement of more than 6,000 transit signs, expanded commuter bus service, new shared bicycle availability, access to car-sharing options and more. New Express BusLink launched its suburb-to-suburb service in June 2016. As promised, expanded and new Commuter Bus service has seen launches in the summer and fall of 2016 with more coming this spring. High-frequency CityLink routes launch in the summer of 2017.


The Maryland Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) is one of the largest multi-modal transit systems in the United States. MTA operates Local and Commuter buses, Light Rail, Metro Subway, Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) Train service, and a comprehensive Paratransit (Mobility) system. MTA also manages the Taxi Access system, and directs funding and statewide assistance to Locally Operated Transit Systems (LOTS) in each of Maryland’s 23 counties, Annapolis, Baltimore City and Ocean City. MDOT is a customer-driven leader that delivers safe, sustainable, intelligent and exceptional transportation solutions in order to connect our customers to life’s opportunities. MTA’s goal is to provide safe, efficient and reliable transit across Maryland with world-class customer service. To learn more, visit mdot.maryland.gov  or mta.maryland.gov, check us out on Facebook at facebook.com/mtamaryland (link is external) and follow us on Twitter @mtamaryland.

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