MTA seeks public input on new bus lines to Dundalk, Amazon distribution center

Series of hearings scheduled for next month

September 15, 2014|Kevin Rector | The Baltimore Sun

The Maryland Transit Administration is seeking public input on changes to its bus system in Baltimore and the surrounding area, including two proposals that would link Dundalk with downtown and serve the new Amazon distribution center on Broening Highway.

Under one proposal, a new route No. 31 would run between State Center Metro Station and the Dundalk campus of the Community College of Baltimore County through Harbor East, Fells Point and Canton.

The line would run every 30 minutes on weekdays. It would combine the downtown-to-Canton Crossing segment of the No. 11 with the Boston Street-to-Dundalk Avenue segment of the No. 20. Those two lines would become shorter as a result.

Under a second proposal, a new route No. 26 would replicate and expand the current No. 20 service to the Dundalk Marine Terminal, connecting downtown Baltimore with the terminal and the Amazon center at 45- to 60-minute intervals from 6 a.m. to midnight Monday through Saturday, with more limited service on Sundays.

The No. 20 currently provides only limited weekday service to the terminal.

The MTA is also proposing to discontinue the No. 30 line and transferring its service between Edmondson Village and City Hall to the revamped No. 20 line.

The MTA said the changes would "improve the reliability" of both the No. 20 and the No. 11.

The MTA detailed the changes and others Monday and announced a series of public hearings scheduled for next month. The changes are being rolled out as part of the first phase of the agency's multiyear Bus Network Improvement Project, which is aimed at improving reliability of a system that frequently falls off schedule and leaves commuters waiting.

The MTA first announced changes including a bus-tracking app for smartphones in July, months after its initial goal of rolling them out in April.

Public hearings on the changes have been scheduled:

•Noon to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 14 at the State Center Office Complex auditorium, 300 W. Preston St.

•6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Towson University Marriott Conference Hotel, 10 W. Burke Ave., Towson

•6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Edmondson-Westside High School Skill Center, 4501 Edmondson Avenue

•6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center's Carroll Auditorium "A" Building, 4942 Eastern Ave.

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