- MTA Maryland former bus routes
The following is a list and description of
bus routesonce operated by the Maryland Transit Administrationin Baltimore, Maryland.
Catonsvilleto City Hall
*Years of Operation: 1982-2005
*Service currently provided by: Route 10
=Curtis Bay to
Roland Park/East Monument=
*Years of Operation: 1948-77 (previously a streetcar)
*Service currently provided by: Routes 35, 61, and 64
North Linthicum Light Rail Stop to Parkway Center
*Years of Operation: 1993-96
*Service currently provided by: Route 17
Westview and Essex to downtown
*Years of Operation: 1972-91
*Service currently provided by: Route 150 and Route 160
North Linthicum Light Rail Stopto Ft. Meade
Ft. Meade/ BWI Airportto downtown=
Cromwell Light Rail Stop to Old Mill
Years of Operation: 1993-96
Cromwell Light Rail Stopto Old Mill, and area south and east of Glen Burnie
*1993 - In conjunction with the opening of the last stretch of Phase II of the Central Light Rail, originated as feeder bus to/from a community previously not served by public transportation. Service operated on weekdays every 30 minutes during rush hour, and hourly at other times.
*1995 - Due to low ridership, service after 7 PM eliminated
*1996 - Line completely eliminated due to low ridership. Service on a portion of the route is still served by Route 14.
Timonium Light Rail Stop to Hunt Valley
Years of Operation: 1992-93
Timonium Light Rail Stop, at that time the most northern station, to Hunt Valley Mall
Communities Served: Cockeysville
*May 1992 - In conjunction with the opening of Phase I of the Central Light Rail, originated as shuttle bus through the communities directly north of light rail. Its designation replaced the Route 18 commuter bus that had operated between the Timonium Park-and-Ride (which became the Timonium Light Rail Stop) and downtown Baltimore until the day light rail started operating. The line, which served as a supplement to Route 9, operated along nearly the identical route.
*January 1993 - Eliminated, and service completely replaced by Route 9, which was increased in frequency at most times.
Timonium/ Cockeysville/Hereford to downtown
*May 1992 - In conjunction with the opening of Phase I of the Central Light Rail, all trips to downtown Baltimore were discontinued. Route 18 for the next 8 months was a shuttle between the
Timonium Light Rail Stopand Hunt Valley Mall.
see Route 105
Brooklyn to Curtis Bay
Pimlico Park-and-Ride shuttle
Providence Road Park-and-Ride to Downtown
parrows Point to downtown
Preston Street to Washington Boulevard
Randallstownto Cherry Hill=
Timonium to downtown
Westport Light Rail Stopto Patapsco Light Rail Stop
Charles & Clement to Scott & Carey
Halethorpe to Penn Station
Randallstown to Camden Station
Garrison Boulevard to
Morgan State University UMBCto Catonsville Community College
=Liberty Heights to Cherry Hill
White Marshto downtown=
See Route 66 below
Loch Raven Boulevard/Baynesville
Cheswoldeto Downtown Baltimore
Landsdowneto Morrell Park
Randallstownto Gwynn Oak Park
Murray Hill to Bedford Square
Greenmount Avenue & Gorsuch to Harford & Gorsuch
Reisterstown Road Plaza to Mt. Washington
Hollander Ridge to
Patapsco Light Rail Stopto Riviera Beach=
Patapsco Light Rail Stopto Wagner's Point
=Howardsville Station to Pleasant Street=
Walbrook Junction to Windsor Hills"'
Description: Walbrook Junction (the intersection of
North Avenue, Hilton Street, and Garrison Boulevard) in West Baltimore to the Windsor Hills community, providing shuttle service consistently every 30 minutes at all times
HistoryRoute 68 was never intended to be permanent. It started operating in 2003 as a temporary shuttle service while a bridge on Forest Park Avenue over the
Gwynns Fallswas closed for repairs. Its route was designed to cover a portion of the Route 15, which would be diverted to Windsor Mill Roadduring these repairs.
Planned OverhaulIn 2005, as part of the
Greater Baltimore Bus Initiative, a comprehensive overhaul plan for the region's transit system, MTA proposed that Route 68 would no longer operate along its initial route, but rather would become a longer route between Security Square Malland the Mondawmin Metro Subway Station, and it would Route 15 service west of Walbrook Junction while Route 15 would be rerouted to Sinai Hospital.
Due to public outcry, this change to Route 68 was not made. Protests included a 73-year-old man who complained that removing bus service from Forest Park Avenue and being forced to walk a greater distance to reach the nearest line could be life-threatening [http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/bal-te.md.bus14jun14,1,7730991.story??track=sto-relcon] . As a result, MTA initially delayed and later scrapped the plan to eliminate bus service in this area.
On April 5, 2007, the bridge on Forest Park Avenue reopened [http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/baltimore_city/bal-md.ci.bridge05apr06,1,1939933.story] . MTA responded by discontinuing Route 68 on June 10 of that year and returning Route 15 to its old route in the area. [http://www.mtamaryland.com/2007_Summer_Schedule_Changes.cfm] .
Fallsway Park-and-Ride shuttle
Charles Center Metro Subway Stationto Johns Hopkins Hospital
Penn Station Shuttle
=North&Milton to Social Security=
Route M-3 ran from the
Milford Mill Metro Subway Stationin Pikesville, Marylandto the intersection of Cumberland and Carey Streets near the Penn-North Metro Subway Station. The line served the communities of Park Heights, Pimlico, and Mondawmin.
The bus was the successor to the Route 5 bus (1948-1984) and the Park Heights Avenue
streetcar line, which was designated Route 5 1916-1948, and with other numberical designations 1892-1916. Route 5 buses continued to operate on Park Heights Avenueoutside of Metro's hours of operations until 2001, when Metro service and M-lines started operating on Sundays.
Route M-3 started operating in 1984 after the opening of the Baltimore Metro between the
Mondawmin Metro Subway Stationand the intersection of Park Heights Avenue and Slade Avenue, looping via Slade, Reisterstown Road, and Seven Mile Lane. At that time, it replaced a portion of Route 5 that served Park Heights Avenue on weekdays and Saturdays, and was branded as one of the Metro Connection Routes.
A year later, in 1985, the line was extended south to the Penn-North Metro Station.
In 1987, with the extension of the Metro to
Owings Mills, the line was extended to the Milford Mill Metro Subway Station. The line followed the exact routing since that day, with the exception of a few years during the 1990s, when selected trips served the Greenhill Apartments in Lower Park Heights. The Route 97 Mondawmin Shuttle has since taken over this function.
In 2006, as a part of
GBBIPhase II that was never implemented, MTA proposed to combine route M-3 with Route M-8 and extend alternating trips on the line to Randallstown. In 2008, this plan was implemented, and the new line was identified as Route 54.
Route M-8 ran from a bus loop in
Randallstownto the Reisterstown Plaza Metro Subway Station(1987-1988), Rogers Avenue Metro Subway Station(1988-2005), and the Milford Mill Metro Subway Station(2005-2008).
It was the successor to bus route nos. 54 and 28. Route 28 continued to operate on Liberty Road outside of Metro's hours of operation up until 2001, when Route M-8 started operating on Sundays.
Route M-8 started operating in 1987, originating from the
Rogers Avenue Metro Subway Station, but briefly originated from the Reisterstown Plaza Metro Subway Station.
In 1997, MTA proposed to extend this line about a mile west of Randallstown to the intersection of Deer Park and Winands Roads in Kings Point. This plan was in response to the many riders who are forced to walk beyond the current loop to reach the residential and commercial development not served by any public bus line. However, this plan was scrapped less than three weeks before it was scheduled to be implemented as a result of community opposition.
Sunday service was added in 2001, following a schedule identical to Saturday. Though the route was not extended beyond the Randallstown loop, the community expressed concern over the additional buses [ [http://news.mywebpal.com/news_tool_v2.cfm?pnpid=809&show=archivedetails&ArchiveID=656719&om=1 Owings Mills Times ] ] .
In 2005, as part of the
Greater Baltimore Bus Initiative, a comprehensive overhaul plan for the region's transit system, Route M-8 line was greatly modified. From Randallstown, buses were routed to Milford Mill rather than the Rogers Avenue Metro Subway Station. This change was controversial, and it faced with a lot of criticism.
Originally, the line was also going to be extended beyond the Randallstown loop to the
Owings Mills Metro Subway Stationalong McDonough Road. But this extension was opposed by the middle class communities along the narrow streets of Randallstown [ [http://news.mywebpal.com/news_tool_v2.cfm?pnpid=351&show=archivedetails&ArchiveID=1116691&om=1 Catonsville Times ] ] .
The new route of Route M-8 did not serve a portion of Liberty Road between
Milford Mill Roadand the city line served by the line's old route. Riders wishing to reach these areas must now transfer to Route M-1, which involves crossing the busy street while traveling eastbound. The route also lost its direct connection to many other bus lines found at its former Rogers Avenue terminus.
MTA has attempted to address some of these concerns. A plan was introduced in 2006 to combine Route M-8 line with Route M-3. This would provide single-seat service between Randallstown and northwest Baltimore's
Park Heightscommunity, and would re-establish a direct link between Randallstown and many lines found at Rogers Avenue. A minor routing change in the Milford Mill that would have eliminated the need to cross a busy street during transfer to Route M-1 was also proposed, but later dropped. In 2007, GBBI was canceled, and this change was delayed, but it was implemented in 2008, with the new line being identified as Route 54.
Reisterstown Plaza Metro Subway Stationto Glyndon=
Route M-9 operated from the
Reisterstown Plaza Metro Subway Stationin Northwest Baltimore to the Owings Mills Metro Subway Station(1987-1992), the Owings Mills Town Center(1992-1997), and a bus loop in Reisterstown, Marylandnear Glyndon (1997-2008). These buses during the latter years destined to this location were marked "Glyndon" in order to avoid confusion with those in the opposite direction marked "Reisterstown Plaza Station". The line operated primarily along Reisterstown Road with a deviation to serve the Owings Mills Metro Subway Stationand Town Center, also serving Pikesville, and Garrison along its route.
On February 17, 2008, the line was split into two new routes: nos. 56 and 59. These routes resemble the former Routes M-16 and original M-9, respectively.
The M-9 bus route was the successor to the bus routes P-1 and P-4 (1984 to 1987), 7 (1959-1984, operated on Sundays until 2001), M, and the Emory Grove streetcar line. Streetcars to Emory Grove (near Glyndon) began operating before 1900 as part of the
Baltimore and Northern Railway's never-completed interurbanline to Pennsylvania. They were eventually replaced with buses, including Route M (no relation to current M-lines).
Route M-9 started operating in 1987, terminating then in the north at the Owings Mills Metro Subway Station. At that time, only early morning trips served the
Owings Mills Town Center. Two other lines served the remaining portion of today's route. Route M-16 ran from Owings Mills to Reisterstown, and Route -17 shuttled passengers between the Owings Mills Metro Subway Station and Town Center. In addition, Sunday service was not provided on this line, but rather on Route 7.
In 1992, Route M-17 was discontinued, and its service was absorbed by Routes M-9 and M-16. All trips on Route M-9 were extended to the Owings Mills Town Center, except for selected rush hour trips, which operated to the Business Center at Owings Mills. This new branch was added because Route M-15, which previously served this area, was eliminated.
In 1997, Route M-9 was combined with Route M-16, and all trips were extended to Reisterstown, with selected trips to Chartley (then a branch of Route M-16). This provided single-seat service along all portions of Reisterstown Road in Baltimore County, as well as improved midday and Saturday service to Route M-16 and to the Owings Mills Town Center. A new Route M-17 was also formed that provided peak hour service to the Business Center at Owings Mills. Sunday service was added in 2001 that was identical to the Saturday schedule [ [http://news.mywebpal.com/news_tool_v2.cfm?pnpid=809&show=archivedetails&ArchiveID=656719&om=1 Owings Mills Times ] ] .
In 2007, it was proposed that the line would be split into two routes, numbered 56 and 59, that would be similar to the pre-1997 routes M-9 and M-16, but with higher frequencies. This change, which went into effect on February 17, 2008, was planned in order to improve
schedule adherenceon both routes [ [http://news.mywebpal.com/news_tool_v2.cfm?pnpid=809&show=archivedetails&ArchiveID=1304416&om=1 Owings Mills Times ] ] .
Route M-10 operated at various times from the Rogers Avenue and
Reisterstown Plaza Metro Subway Stations to the Mt. Washington Light Rail Stop(both in Northwest Baltimore), Greenspring Station, and Villa Julie College. The line served Upper Park Heights, Cheswolde, Fallstaff, Ranchleigh, Smith Avenue and Falls Road.
Route M-10 line started operating in 1987 as the successor to Route P-7, which was the successor to Route 58, though the routes of these lines varied at times. On its inaugural date, the line operated along a slightly different route that did not serve Cheswolde or Mt. Washington. In 1992, in conjunction with the opening of the Central Light Rail, Route M-10 was combined with Route M-5 (formerly Route R-2, and modified to serve portions of M-5's route and the
Rogers Avenue Metro Subway Station.
In 1998, two daily trips that operated via
Old Court Roadand Greenspring Avenue, were eliminated. Midday service was reduced, and Saturday service, which was eliminated in 1992, was reintroduced. Sunday service was introduced in 2001.
In 2005, as part of the
Greater Baltimore Bus Initiative, MTA proposed to eliminated all service on Old Pimlico and Falls Roads, and to shorten the route to the Reisterstown Plaza Metro Subway Station. As a result of public outcry, service to Greenspring Station was not eliminated, but was doubled in rush hour and tripled in midday frequency. Additionally, rush hour trips were extended to Villa Julie College to counter complaints from students and others about the elimination of the Route M-12 service to the campus [http://news.mywebpal.com/news_tool_v2.cfm?pnpid=809&show=archivedetails&ArchiveID=1125510&om=1 Owings Mills Times ] ] .
In 2008, Route M-10 was split into two new routes, covering all parts of the previous route plus some new areas, and both operating from the Reisterstown Plaza Metro Subway Station. The new Route 58 operates via the old M-10 route to Smith and Greenspring, the continues up Greenspring Avenue to
Quarry Lake. The new Route 60 also operates to Smith and Greenspring, but does not deviate from Clarks Lane, and continues on Smith Avenue to Mt. Washington, Greenspring Station, and Stevenson University (formerly Villa Julie College). This change was controversial because it eliminated the connection to the Light Rail from some communities and the amount of service to the light rail from northwest Baltimore while providing service to the new Quarry Lake community, where the amount of expected ridership was questionable.
Milford Mill Metro Subway Station to Greenwood/Caves Road
Years of Operation: 1987-2005
Milford Mill Metro Subway Stationto the Greenwood community off Greenspring Avenuejust north of Greenspring Valley Road, with selected trips to the Caves Valley area of Owings Mills. AM northbound and PM southbound trips also had deviations through Winterset Avenue, Halcyon Gate, and Villa Julie College.
Places Served: Stevenson,
Villa Julie College
*1987 - In conjunction with the opening of Phase II of the Baltimore Metro, originated as replacement for Bus Routes P-2, P-3, and P-5, which had operated from the
Reisterstown Plaza Metro Subway Stationto Caves Road, Greenwood, and Halcyon Gate respectively.
*1993 - After surviving threat of elimination due to low ridership, service was reduced by 67%. Just eight round trips remained each day after this change. Six of these trips operated to/from Greenwood, and two operated to/from Caves Road, with AM northbound and PM southbound trips deviating through Halcyon Gate. Trips terminating at Halcyon Gate no longer operated. While the last trip of the day initially operated out of Milford Mill Metro Station at 3:30 PM, this was made later in the day through adjustments in the schedule, though the number of trips was never increased.
GBBIplan implemented. Route M-12 was discontinued. With the exception of a new peak hour extension of Route M-10 (now Route 60) to Villa Julie, service was not replaced on any part of the route by any other line.
Randallstown to Pikesville/Owings Mills
Years of Operation: 1987-92
Route Description: Randallstown to Pikesville, with rush hour trips continuing north to
Owings Mills. While most of these trips terminated at the Owings Mills Metro Subway Station, selected trips continued to the Business Center at Owings Mills. Besides this branch, the route completely overlapped with several other bus lines.
Communities Served: Randallstown,
Pikesville, Garrison, Owings Mills
Northwest Hospital, Old Court Metro Subway Station
*1987 - In conjunction with the opening of Phase II of the Baltimore Metro, originated as a supplement to other bus services and a cross-county bus service between the Liberty and Reisterstown Road corridors
*1992 - Eliminated in order to save costs. The entire route overlapped with other buses, except for selected trips to the Business Center at Owings Mills off Crondall Lane, which were replaced by extending selected Route M-9 trips to this location. This service is currently provided by Route M-17. Service on other parts of the route is provided by:
**Route 54 (Route M-8 until 2008) on Liberty Road
**Route 77 on
Old Court Roadbetween Liberty Road and the Old Court Metro Subway Station
**Route M-2 on Old Court Road between the Metro Station and Reisterstown Road
**Route 56 (Route M-9 until 2008) between Reisterstown & Old Court and Owings Mills
Owings Mills Metro Subway Station to Reisterstown
Years of Operation: 1987-97
Owings Mills Metro Subway Stationand Owings Mills Town Centerto Reisterstown, with selected trips to Chartley.
Painters Mill Road, Reisterstown Road
Communities Served: Owings Mills
Landmarks Served: Owings Mills Town Center
Predecessors: Bus Route P-1 (1984-87), Route 7 (1959-84), Route 5/7 (1948-59), Bus Route M (1932-48), No. 5 Streetcar (1916-32)
*1987 - In conjunction with the opening of Phase II of the Baltimore Metro, originated as replacement for the part of Route P-1 north of Owings Mills.
*1992 - Extended to Owings Mills Town Center to replace service once provided by Route M-17.
*1997 - Combined with Route M-9, which operated from the
Reisterstown Plaza Metro Subway Stationto Glyndon until 2008, when Route M-9 was broken into Route 59 and 56, which mirror the old Route M-9 and M-16.
Owings Mills Metro Subway Station to Owings Mills Town Center
Years of Operation: 1987-92
Route Description: A shuttle between the
Owings Mills Metro Subway Stationand Owings Mills Town Centerthat operated at a frequency that matched the Baltimore Metro Subwaywhile it ran.
Painters Mill Road, Red Run Boulevard, Mill Run Circle
Communities Served: Owings Mills
Landmarks Served: Owings Mills Town Center
Predecessors: Bus Route P-4
*1987 - In conjunction with the opening of Phase II of the Baltimore Metro, originated as shuttle bus between the Owings Mills Metro Station and Town Center. Service operated at frequencies to match Metro service in Owings Mills. The fare was 10 cents, a transfer, or a monthly pass.
*1992 - Eliminated, and replaced by Routes M-9 and M-16. Service was provided exclusively by Route M-9 until 2008, when Route M-9 was broken into to new routes, Routes 59 and 56 respectively, which resembled the old routes M-9 and M-16, though M-17 continues to operate.
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