On Sunday, June 18, the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) will implement BaltimoreLink — Gov. Larry Hogan’s multiphase plan to create an interconnected transit system by re-designing the entire local and express bus systems throughout Baltimore. Baltimore Link adds 12 new high-frequency, color-coded bus routes (called CityLink) that improve connections to jobs and to MARC Train, Metro Subway and Light Rail. BaltimoreLink transforms Baltimore’s half-century-old and outdated transit network with new bus-only dedicated lanes, transit signal priority and a new transfer hub network and rebrands and replaces more than 5,000 transit signs, expands commuter bus service, adds new shared bicycle availability and provides access to car-sharing options.
Every route in our system will change on June 18, and we are hard at work to make sure our current customers and potential new riders are aware of what’s happening. MDOT MTA is deploying the BaltimoreLink Info Bus on all our current routes, using a different route each day. The Info Bus picks up riders for free and takes them to the regular stops on the route. On board the bus, route experts talk with passengers about how BaltimoreLink will impact their trip, improve their commute and enable them to reach places they need to go.
When BaltimoreLink launches, MDOT MTA street teams — known as Baltimore Link Ambassadors — will be available at bus stops, on-board buses and at key transit centers to answer questions and promote awareness of the service changes.
MDOT MTA also is partnering with the Center for Mobility Equity to provide comprehensive training for senior riders, persons with disabilities and students on how to safely and independently use the new BaltimoreLink system. The Center for Mobility Equity will provide instruction for locations with vulnerable populations such as senior centers and health care facilities, hold community travel training sessions throughout the region and conduct one-on-one sessions with MDOT MTA Mobility customers. Learn more by visiting the Center for Mobility Equity’s website at cmrtransit.org/travel-training.
Finally, be sure to visit our Baltimore Link website at baltimorelink.com and see the exciting upcoming changes. It’s full of easy-to-use resources. You can see how your current route will change using our trip planner and get details on all the new routes on an interactive system map.
BaltimoreLink is the biggest, most comprehensive improvement to our region’s transit system in over a generation. It is MDOT MTA’s premier initiative to deliver safe, efficient, reliable transit with world-class customer service. If you haven’t ridden MDOT MTA in a while, join us as we rebuild our system and see how MDOT MTA can get you everywhere you need to go.