MDOT MTA PRESERVES CORE BUS SERVICE,
WILL REDUCE COMMUTER BUS AND MARC SCHEDULES TEMPORARILY
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Following public comment and feedback from local jurisdictions, the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) today announced that Core Bus service adjustments proposed September 1 will not be implemented and all public hearings on that plan will be canceled. Core Local Bus and MobilityLink service will continue to operate on current schedules, while Commuter Bus and MARC service will begin operating at reduced levels on November 2. As MDOT MTA works to meet budgetary constraints amid the fiscal impact of COVID-19, the agency will continue to prioritize transit service for core riders, especially transit dependent households.
We want to express our appreciation to MDOT Secretary Gregory Slater, MTA Administrator Kevin Quinn and his team for seeking and finding creative solutions to rescinding cuts to the MTA budget and the corresponding cutbacks in service.
We are not sure the public is aware of how fortunate we are to have such intelligent and well-motivated leadership at these agencies. We thank the governor for appointing such great leadership.
The problem with transit in the Baltimore region is not cause by these leaders, but by the lack of resources for public transit available to them.
If we want to see our public transit system improve, we must find ways to increase the funding for it. We will never have a first rate transit system in the Baltimore region as long as it is chronically underfunded.