MTA considers express routes on No. 8 and No. 3

March 08, 2009|By Michael Dresser | Michael Dresser,michael.dresser@baltsun.com

The Maryland Transit Administration is floating the idea of adding express buses to two of its busiest routes, a move that could could yield faster trips for some riders but longer waits for others.

The MTA announced three public workshops to seek reaction to the proposed limited-stop buses along the current No. 8 route between downtown and Towson and between the University of Maryland Medical Center and Cromwell Bridge Road along the No. 3 route.

The proposed routes would operate in a manner similar to the Quickbus 40 route introduced several years ago between Bayview and Security Square.

Under the proposal, some current No. 3 and No. 8 buses would make fewer stops than they do now - speeding the trip for riders traveling between the most popular destinations.

The downside is that riders getting off or on at in-between stops could wait longer as express buses passed them by.

MTA spokeswoman Jawauna Greene said the proposed change would not require additional revenue because it would use the same number of buses.

The public workshops will be held Wednesday from 6 -8 p.m. at the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Family Center at Stadium Place, 900 E. 33rd St; Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the Towson Library, 320 York Road; and noon- 2 p.m. March 17 at the War Memorial Building across from City Hall.

The MTA said the workshops will seek public input before final plans are developed and brought to a formal public hearing.

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