Transdev partners with Baltimore MTA to get essential hospital employees to work

May 12, 2020
Transdev is using specific locations in the Baltimore area to serve as pseudo park ‘n rides for shuttle pick ups to take employees to the medical center.

Baltimore Maryland Transportation Association (MTA) has partnered with Transdev North America to help get essential Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC) employees to work.

Based on the unique circumstances that exist with the transportation contracts in Baltimore, Transdev’s partnership with Baltimore MTA also includes a cooperative agreement with all three supporting contractors – Transdev, along with First Transit and MV Transportation. Each contractor is providing essential support based on the service they provide for Baltimore MTA.

“Working together with not only our client, but with our competitors, is a true example of cooperation and partnership in action in support of a common goal,” said Arlette Whitley, Transdev general manager for Baltimore MTA.

Transdev identified specific locations in the Baltimore area, certain schools, churches and government buildings, that would act like pseudo “park ‘n rides” for shuttle pick-ups. Transdev is transporting local, essential hospital workers from these designated pickup locations to the Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

“We are currently operating 15 shuttles, which start as early as 4:30 a.m. and run until 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, to provide transportation to GBMC’s essential hospital employees,” continued Whitley. “Also, an additional 18 shuttle routes have been added over the weekend based on Baltimore MTA’s request.”

“As a direct result of the unfortunate reduction in public transportation services, we were quickly reminded that essential employees in the healthcare industry extended far beyond doctors and nurses,” said Donald Scruggs, chief of mobility field operations, Baltimore MTA. “The loss of regular transit services affected all employees of the hospital, including the cafeteria workers, imaging techs, administrative staff, janitorial support, pharmacy workers and housekeeping employees – all of whom keep the hospital running efficiently every day. These employees needed our help and we were glad to provide them with a solution and support.”

During this unprecedented time, Transdev says it remains aware of the need for life sustaining services beyond public transportation in the communities that it serves and continues to look for opportunities to provide assistance.