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Old December 17th, 2015, 09:01 PM   #1
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Maryland Transit Administration | Buses

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Began Operation : April 30, 1970
Routes : 80
Daily Ridership : 277,600 (2015)

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Old December 19th, 2015, 05:57 AM   #2
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The bus line is complex, but it's convenience people to travel.
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Old January 8th, 2016, 03:32 AM   #3
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3rd Quarter 2015 Daily Ridership numbers for Baltimore

Baltimore / MTA Bus - 262,000 (2015) : 4.21%
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Old January 13th, 2016, 03:07 PM   #4
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MTA reported on its Facebook page yesterday that ridership on the QB40 is way up following service improvements made at the end of October. Something close to 2,000 additional riders each day - even on weekends.

I'm a daily rider of the QB40. The enhancements got off to a rocky start, but my experiences in recent weeks are that service has improved; although, it is still not improved to the extent that MDOT has been reporting. Additional investments will definitely be needed before the route is sufficiently reliable.

It is hard for me to gauge whether there has been a ridership increase since October. QB40 buses were over capacity before October and they're over capacity after October. The only time when you're likely to grab a seat on a QB40 bus is if you catch it before 7am. Any time after that and it is packed to the brim.
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Old January 14th, 2016, 02:22 AM   #5
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Where does the QB40 operate?
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Old January 14th, 2016, 01:15 PM   #6
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It is an east-west route through downtown. On the west side, it mirrors what would have been the Red Line. On the east side, it travels through East Baltimore (unlike the Red Line, which would have headed through Southeast Baltimore).

After Gov. Hogan cancelled the Red Line, he promised to roll out the QB40 Enhancements as a consolation prize. There have been some changes to the line, but by and large the promises never happened, and MTA has even now stopped referring to them in community meetings. It's as if they were never made.

That said, if the new ridership numbers are true, it's good news, but it also just underscores the new for a new plan for east-west transit. The QB40 does not have nearly enough capacity to serve the ridership on that route.
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MTA adding GPS tracking, mobile ticketing to Baltimore bus system
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They could've done this years ago with raspberry pi computers, each with a gps module and what-not.
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Hard Lessons From Baltimore’s Bus Redesign


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After losing a $2.9 billion light-rail project, the transit-dependent city got a rebooted bus system. But ridership and reliability has barely budged.
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Soon after he took office in 2015, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan nixed Baltimore’s Red Line project, a $2.9 billion light rail that would have served as a critical connector for the city’s east and west sides. But for the city’s beleaguered transit users, he also offered up a sort of consolation prize: a $135 million bus system reboot.
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Old January 23rd, 2019, 09:00 PM   #10
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That's a really thorough and well-researched take on the subject.

I've certainly been vocal about my disappointment over the Red Line decision. It mirrors my commute, so I would have used it everyday.

That said, I knew that the BaltimoreLink plan was the result of a lot of hard work by really dedicated transit planners. The fact that is was in place of, instead of in support of, the Red Line hindered it from the start, but I have always wanted to give it a fair shake.

I like some of the branding improvements to the system; though, I don't think they went far enough in that regard. I also think the technology improvements discussed in the article, such a real-time tracking, have been great additions.

But overall, it's hard to argue that BaltimoreLink has been transformative, and the fact that MTA has been really stingy with any data that could support that assertion is quite telling.

I think if you went back in time to voters to show them the final product, and you asked them, is this worth $135 million? You'd hear an unambiguous no.

It's unfortunate too, because as Klaus Phillipsen states in the article, BaltimoreLink offers a better "undercarriage" for the system. Disappointingly, MTA has no real plans to build atop that undercarriage.
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The concept is dangerous because it will be as if the buses are parallel parked and cars will attempt to go around something something they can't see around, leading to head-on collisions caused by dumb drivers who shouldn't have crossed a solid yellow line to pass a vehicle.

You'll have to put flashing red lights and cameras on transit buses like you do on school buses.
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Charm City Circulators are run by the city and aren't part of the MTA, which is a state agency.
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I stumbled across the MTA's "cornerstone plans" for the bus network, light rail, and the subway and thought I should share if anyone else hadn't seen them before.

Bus: https://s3.amazonaws.com/mta-website...ne/BCP_Bus.pdf

Highlights:
-Additional Transit Signal Priority on other main corridors
-"Next Stop" displays onboard vehicles
-Next bus arrival displays at more stops
-200 more bus shelters.

The new bus shelter designs are great!
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