MTA Begins BaltimoreLink Public Hearings Starting January 4

Dec. 5, 2016
The Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) will hold 14 public hearings in January to gather more comments from the community about the BaltimoreLink transit improvement plan.

The Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) will hold 14 public hearings in January to gather more comments from the community about the BaltimoreLink transit improvement plan as the MTA approaches the June 2017 launch of CityLink and LocalLink.

The first public hearing will be held on Wednesday, January 4, 2017, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Baltimore County Public Library North Point Branch located at 1716 Merritt Boulevard in Dundalk. MTA customers can take MTA’s Local Bus Number 4 to the meeting.

All 14 of the public hearings will be held at sites that are conveniently accessible via MTA transit options.  

When Governor Larry 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 have included public workshops, pop-up events and scheduled meetings with community associations, elected officials and other stakeholders.

Comments on BaltimoreLink also have been collected online via SurveyMonkey and the mySidewalk crowdsourcing websites. As a result, the MTA received a wealth of constructive and critical feedback that has led to enhancements in BaltimoreLink’s network design and service levels.  

“Through our public outreach process, we have received more than 2,000 comments at 200 public meetings that have provided invaluable ideas on how to make this transformative plan even better for our customers,” said MTA Administrator and CEO Paul Comfort. “We encourage all of our customers to take part in the public hearing process so that they have an opportunity to present their views.”

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.

“Our goal is to link people to jobs and to life’s opportunities,” said MTA’s Director of Planning and Programming Kevin Quinn. “Public input has been a key component to delivering this transformative plan.”

The public is encouraged to visit any BaltimoreLink hearing during the times and locations listed below. Each hearing will enable attendees to examine their current travel route and see how it could change under the BaltimoreLink plan by viewing route information, information boards and discuss the transit plan with team members. MTA’s workshop information and displays will also be posted at



Date and Time

1.     Baltimore County
        Public Library
        North Point Branch 

1716 Merritt Boulevard
Dundalk, MD 21222

Wednesday, January 4 2017
5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

2.     Enoch Pratt Free Library
       Southeast Anchor Branch  

3601 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224

Thursday, January 5,2017
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

3.     Baltimore County
         Public Library
       Towson Branch

320 York Road  
Towson, MD 21204

Thursday, January 5, 2017
5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

4.   Baltimore County
      Public Library
     White Marsh Branch
8133 Sandpiper Circle
Baltimore MD 21236

Monday, January 9, 2017
5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

5.  State Center Complex

201 W. Preston Street
Baltimore MD 21201

Monday, January 9, 2017
11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

6.  MedStar Harbor Hospital,
     Baum Auditorium

3001 South Hanover Street
Baltimore, MD 21225

Tuesday, January 10, 2017
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

7.  Humanim-American

1701 North Gay Street
Baltimore, MD 21213

Tuesday, January 10, 2017
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

8.  Baltimore County
     Public Library
     Randallstown Branch

8604 Liberty Road
Randallstown, MD 21133

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 
 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

 9.  Enoch Pratt Free Library
      Pennsylvania Avenue

2426 Pennsylvania Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21217

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
10. Brooklyn Park Community 
1 E. 11th Avenue  
Baltimore MD 21225

Thursday, January 12, 2017
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.                  

11.  Central Church of Christ

4301 Woodridge Road              
Baltimore MD 21229

Thursday, January 12, 2017
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.                  

12.  Baltimore County Public
      Library Catonsville Branch

1100 Frederick Road
Baltimore MD 21228

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
6 p.m.-8 p.m.

13.  Enoch Pratt Free
      Library Waverly Branch

400 E 33rd Street
Baltimore MD 21213             

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
5 p.m.-7 p.m.

14. Pimlico Race Course
     Sports Palace

5201 Park Heights Ave
Baltimore MD 21215

Thursday, January 19, 2017
6 p.m. - 8 p.m. 

BaltimoreLink is the multi-phase plan to create an interconnected transit system by redesigning the entire local and express bus systems throughout Baltimore and adding 12 new high-frequency, color-coded bus routes that improve connections to jobs and to MARC Train, Metro Subway and Light Rail. BaltimoreLink transforms Baltimore’s half-a-century-old and outdated transit network with implementation of bus-only dedicated lanes, installation of transit signal priority, construction of a transfer hub network, rebranding and replacement of more than 6,000 transit signs, expanded commuter bus service, new shared bicycle availability, access to car-sharing options and more. New Express BusLink launched its suburb-to-suburb service in June 2016. As promised, expanded and new Commuter Bus service has seen launches in the summer and fall of 2016 with more coming this spring. High-frequency CityLink routes launch in the summer of 2017.