Partial service on M6 bus line is restored


With little fanfare or publicity, the Maryland Transit Administration restored some bus service to its abolished M6 line in Northwest Baltimore yesterday - a week earlier than state Transportation Secretary Robert L. Flanagan had indicated.

The M6, formerly an everyday bus that ran every 15 minutes at rush hour before it was eliminated in October in the first phase of a comprehensive route restructuring, now runs at hourly intervals at peak times on weekdays only.

Flanagan ordered limited restoration of service a little more than a week ago after vocal protests from affected communities and under pressure from local legislators. Flanagan had said it would take about two weeks to return the M6 to its route along Gwynn Oak Avenue.

Transit advocates estimate that the restored service amounts to about one-eighth of the bus runs that existed before the Greater Baltimore Bus Initiative.

Nate Payer, spokesman for the Transit Riders Action Council, said the limited restoration, which does not include weekend service, would not satisfy Northwest Baltimore riders. "The community's very upset that they're being thrown a bone, so to speak," Payer said.

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