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For Immediate Release:

Maryland Department of Transportation’s MTA Begins New Round
of BaltimoreLink Public Workshops Starting July 5

20 Additional Workshops from July to September to Unveil Revisions
to Proposed Transit Improvement Plan Based on Public Input

June 22, 2016

The Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) will hold 20 public workshops in the next three months to release the revised BaltimoreLink transit improvement plan to the public and gather additional feedback to further refine the plan as the MTA approaches the June 2017 launch of CityLink and LocalLink.

CityLink are bus routes that will be color-coded, run 24 hours, offer frequent daytime service and connect Metro SubwayLink, Light RailLink, MARC Train, Commuter Bus, Amtrak and other services into one integrated network. LocalLink are local buses that will provide crosstown connections and fill in the gaps between larger roadways to provide full system access and connectively to neighborhoods and communities. 

When Governor Hogan first announced BaltimoreLink in October 2015, the MTA launched a robust outreach program to educate the public about the plan and get feedback. Outreach efforts included public workshops, pop-up events and scheduled meetings with community associations, elected officials and other stakeholders.   To date, MTA has held 64 briefings on BaltimoreLink since last fall.  Comments on BaltimoreLink also were collected online via SurveyMonkey and the mySidewalk crowdsourcing website. As a result, the MTA received a wealth of constructive and critical feedback that led to revisions in BaltimoreLink’s network design and service levels.

“Through our public outreach process, we received a wealth of information and invaluable ideas on how to make this transformative plan even better for our customers,” said MTA Administrator and CEO Paul Comfort. “Our customers spoke and we listened. And, we solicit more of their input as we move forward with this next round of BaltimoreLink public workshops to further refine our transit improvement plan.”

To achieve MTA’s goal of providing safe, efficient and reliable transit across Maryland with world-class customer service, BaltimoreLink will:

  • improve service quality and reliability;
  • maximize access to high-frequency transit;
  • strengthen connections between MTA’s bus and rail routes;
  • align the network with existing and emerging job centers; and
  • engage riders, employees, communities and elected officials in the planning process.

“The improved plan will allow us to deliver a service that better links people to jobs and to life’s opportunities,” said Kevin Quinn, MTA’s director of planning and programming. “Public input is vital to delivering quality products to users of our transit network.”

The public is encouraged to visit any BaltimoreLink workshop during the times and locations listed below. Each workshop will enable attendees to hear a formal BaltimoreLink presentation, view route information and information boards, discuss the transit plan with team members and provide feedback. MTA’s workshop information and displays will be posted at baltimorelink.com.  

JULY: 
 
State Center Office Complex, Room L3
201 West Preston Street Baltimore, MD 21201
Tuesday, July 5, 2016 
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
 
Arbutus Library 855 Sulphur Spring Road  
Arbutus, MD 21227
Wednesday, July 6, 2016  
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.  
 
White Marsh Library 8133 Sandpiper Circle 
Baltimore, MD 21236
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.  
 
Medstar Harbor Hospital, 
Baum Conference Center
3001 South Hanover Street 
Baltimore, MD 21225
Thursday, July 14, 2016 
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.  
 
Waverly Library 400 East 33rd Street 
Baltimore, MD 21218 Monday, July 18, 2016
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.  
 
War Memorial 
Memorial Hall 101 North Gay Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.  
 
Pimlico Race Course,
Triple Crown Room 5201 Park Heights Avenue Baltimore, MD 21215
Thursday, July 21, 2016
6 p.m. – 8 p.m. 
 
Baltimore Metropolitan Council
1500 Whetstone Way #300 Baltimore, MD 21230
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.  
 
Coppin University,
Talon Center
(Room 218A) 2500 West North Avenue Baltimore, MD 21216
Thursday, July 28, 2016
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.  
 
AUGUST:
 
Randallstown Library 8604 Liberty Road 
Randallstown, MD 21133
Wednesday, August 3, 2016    
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.  
 
Towson Library 320 York Road 
Towson, MD 21204
Thursday, August 4, 2016
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.  
 
North Point Library 
1716 Merritt Boulevard
Dundalk, MD 21222 Tuesday, August 9, 2016 
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.  
 
Northwood Library 4420 Loch Raven Boulevard Baltimore, MD 21218
Monday, August 15, 2016 
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.  
 
Humanim at the       American Brewery 
1701 North Gay Street 
Baltimore, MD 21213
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 
 
Brooklyn Park 
Community Library 1 East 11th Avenue 
Baltimore, MD 21225
Thursday, August 18, 2016 
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.  
 
Owings Mills Library, Meeting Room A 
10302 Grand Central Avenue 
Owings Mills, MD 21117 Monday, August 22, 2016 
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.  
 
Community College of Baltimore County,
Student Services Center
(Room 004) 800 South Rolling Road
Catonsville, MD 21228 Thursday, August 25, 2016 
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.  
 
 
SEPTEMBER:
 
Southeast Anchor Library
3601 Eastern Avenue 
Baltimore, MD 21224 Wednesday, September 7, 2016 
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
 
Hamilton Library 5910 Harford Road
Baltimore, MD 21214
Thursday, September 8, 2016
5 p.m. – 7 p.m. 
 
Perkins Square Baptist Church, Lower Sanctuary 2500 Edmondson Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21223   Monday, September 12, 2016
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.  
 
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 and follow us on Twitter @mtamaryland.
 
Media Contacts:
Sandy Arnette                                     Paul Shepard
Office: 410-767-8367                          Office: 410-767-3935
cell:     443-835-7984                          Cell: 443-622-4181
sarnette@mta.maryland.gov               pshepard@mta.maryland.gov

 

                         

 

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