MDOT Requesting Public Comment On New Public Transit From Towson To Baltimore

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TOWSON - The Maryland Department of Transportation and MTA is requesting public comment on new proposed public transportation routes between Towson and Baltimore City.

A feasibility study completed in 2021 proposed seven options to connect the communities, including new light rail lines from Lutherville to Otterbein. This study was part of the larger North-South Corridor Plan, which aims to integrate Baltimore city with its surrounding communities.

MDOT is encouraging Towson residents to participate in an online poll available through November 3. Two public sessions to discuss the proposals will be held on September 22 and October 3 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Currently, four bus lines connect Towson and Baltimore, including CityLink Red, CityLink Green, and Silver/LocalLink 52.

According to the Maryland Department of Transportation, the seven proposed options are:

  • Light Rail Transit (LRT) from Lutherville to the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) via Ridgely Road, York Road, Greenmount Avenue, Orleans Street, St. Paul Street, and Baltimore/Fayette streets.
  • Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) from Lutherville to UMMC via Ridgely Road, York Road, Greenmount Avenue, Hillen Avenue/Gay Street, and Baltimore/Fayette streets.
  • BRT from Towson to Harbor East via York Road/Greenmount Avenue, North Avenue, Penn Station, Charles/St. Paul streets, and President Street.
  • Heavy Rail (Metro SubwayLink) from Towson to Port Covington via York Road/Greenmount Avenue, 33rd Street, Charles/St. Paul streets, Penn Station and Hanover Street;
  • BRT from Towson to Port Covington via York Road/Greenmount Avenue, 33rd Street, Charles/St. Paul streets, Penn Station and Hanover Street;
  • Light Rail Transit from Lutherville to Otterbein via Ridgley Road, York Road, Fairmount Avenue, Goucher Boulevard, Loch Raven Boulevard, 25th Street, Charles/St. Paul streets, Penn Station and Conway Street
  • BRT from Towson to Harbor East via Joppa Road, Loch Raven Boulevard, The Alameda, 33rd Street, Charles/St. Paul streets, Penn Station, Pratt/Lombard streets, and President Street.

The online poll is the first phase of the North-South Corridor Plan. MDOT advises that it will take years to complete the planning, environmental assessment, design, and construction of any new route.

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