Maryland Transit Administration or MTA Maryland for short is a state-operated transportation administration in Maryland. This administration is part of the Maryland Department of Transportation, or MDOT, and is the primary operator of transit in Baltimore, MD, and Baltimore County. MTA Maryland is the largest transportation agency in Maryland and the 11th largest in the United States.
The Maryland MTA Head Quarters and main offices are located at 6 St Paul St, Baltimore, MD 21202
Routes and Service
MTA Maryland operates four modes of transit within its boundaries, including commuter rail service under the “Maryland Area Regional Commuter” brand, aka MARC, and bus, subway, and light rail service under the Baltimore Link brand. Most of MTA’s service operates within the city limits of Baltimore City, but some local buses, as well as the Light Rail Link, operate out to Glen Burne, BWI Airport, and Anne Arundel County. MARC Trains and commuter buses also operate as far as Washington DC.
Since 2017, MTA Maryland adapted a new route system known as the “Baltimore Link” for the local and rapid routes. The routes can be summarized as the following:
- Local Link. These are neighborhood-centric local bus routes and can be identified as numbers from 21-95. The higher numbers (40-95) operate to the outskirts of the city, whereas the lower numbers (21-39) are crosstown routes.
- Crosstown LocalLink Routes: 21, 22, 26, 28, 29, 30, 31, 33, 34, 36, 37, 38
- Neighborhood LocalLink Routes: 51, 52, 53, 54, 56, 59, 62, 63, 65, 67, 69, 70, 71, 73, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 85, 87, 89, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95
- CityLink. These are the more frequent bus routes that operate on central corridors at high frequencies, usually passing through the downtown area. They can be identified as colors aka CityLink Purple PL.
- CityLink Colors and Symbols: Blue BL, Brown BR, Gold GD, Green GR, Lime LM, Navy NV, Orange OR, Pink PK, Purple PR, Silver SV, Red RD, and Yellow YW
- Express Link – These routes are express versions of the Local Link lines, that terminate within Baltimore City. They can be identified by numbers in the 100 series, and usually, run in peak directions during the rush hours only.
- Express Link Routes: 103, 104, 105, 115, 120, 150, 154, 160, 164
- Commuter Express – As the name says, these are commuter express routes that, similar to express link, usually operate in Baltimore City. However, these routes go across the entire state of Maryland, and even to Washington DC. These buses are looked over and managed by MTA Maryland, but operated by other Contractors.
- Inter-county-Connector (ICC) – These routes on MD State Route 200
- 201, 203, operated by DILLON’S BUS SERVICE INC.
- 204 operated by ATLANTIC COAST CHARTERS
- Service to Anne-Arndell and Queens Arndell County via US Route 50
- 210, 215 operated by ACADEMY EXPRESS, LLC
- 220, 230, 240, 250, 260 Operated by DILLON’S BUS SERVICE INC.
- Service to Howard County
- 310, 320, 410, 411, 420 operated by ACADEMY EXPRESS, LLC
- 315, 325 operated by MARTZ/GOLD LINE
- 335, 345, operated by DILLON’S BUS SERVICE INC.
- Service to Fredrick and Montgomery Counties
- 505, 515 operated by ATLANTIC COAST CHARTERS
- Service to Charles and Prince George’s Counties to/from Washington DC
- 610, 620, 630, 650 operated by MARTZ/GOLD LINE
- 640 operated by ACADEMY EXPRESS, LLC
- Service to St Mary’s and Prince George’s Counties to/from Washington DC via MD State Route 5
- 705 operated by ACADEMY EXPRESS, LLC
- 715, 725, 735 operated by Keller Transportation, Inc.
- Service to Calvert County
- 810 operated by MARTZ/GOLD LINE
- 820 operated by ACADEMY EXPRESS, LLC
- 830, 840, 850 operated by Keller Transportation, Inc
- Inter-county-Connector (ICC) – These routes on MD State Route 200
Bus Fleet Roster
Maryland MTA’s fleet consists of about 700 buses, most of which are New Flyer Xcelsior Models built between 2011 and 2019 (as this was the only type of bus MTA had received in this time frame)
Metro Subway and Light Rail
Since 2017, the Baltimore Subway became known as the Metro SubwayLink, and the Baltimore Light Rail became known as the Light RailLink. Both are rail systems that operate between downtown Baltimore and the suburbs. The Light Rail Link also serves the BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, with service to the Baltimore Penn Station. The Metro SubwayLink serves Johns Hopkins Hospital and Owings Mills.
- Light RailLink (map) – These all share space between MT Royal and Camden Yards Station. Some Trains terminate at North Avenue Station, as this is the main train yard for the Light Rail Link. Hunt Valley Service often alternates terminating at Fairgrounds Station during the rush hours. Main Line trips include:
- Light RailLink Hunt Valley => Cromwell Station (Glen Burne)
- Light RailLink Hunt Valley => BWI Airport
- Light RailLink Camden Yards => Penn Station
- Metro SubwayLink (map) – Unlike the Light RailLink, this system is only one line with no branches. All trips operate between Owings Mills and John Hopkins Hospital. Some trips during rush hours operate from Rogers Avenue Station, as this is the main train yard for the Metro SubwayLink
Metro Subway and Light Rail Fleet Roster
This is a combination between the Light Rail and Metro Subway fleet. The lines these are used for are noted under the make/model.
Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC)
The Maryland Area Regional Commuter, or MARC, operates three rail lines through the state of Maryland, all of which serve the Washington Union Station in Washington DC. These three lines are as follows.
- B – Brunswick Line, which operates on CSX owned tracks, providing service from Washington DC to Martinsburg West Virginia with a branch to Fredrick Maryland. Both branches of the Brunswick Line operate via Silver Spring Maryland. This line is operated by Bombardier Transportation Services on Behalf of the Maryland Transit Administration.
- The Fredrick Branch also serves Monocacy, Maryland
- The Brunswick Line (not the Fredrick Branch) serves Brunswick, Maryland, as well as Martinsburg West Virgina. It is the only MTA Maryland service to enter West Virigina.
- C – Camden Line, which operates on CSX owned tracks, providing service from Washington DC to Camden Yards in Baltimore, MD, with stops in Greenbelt, Savage, and St. Dennis. All stops on the Camden Line, with the exception of Washington Union Station, is with within the state of Maryland. This line is operated by Bombardier Transportation Services on Behalf of the Maryland Transit Administation.
- The Camden Line connects with WMATA Services at Washington Union Station, College Park Station, and Greenbelt Station
- The Camden Line also connects with Central Maryland RTA services at College Park Station, Greenbelt Station, Muirkirk Station, Laurel Station, Savage Station and Dorsey Station
- P – Penn Line which opeates on Amtrak owned tracks, providing service from Washington DC to Bowie State University, BWI Airport, Balitmore, and Perryville. All stops on the Penn Line, with the exception of Washington DC, is within the state of Maryland. This line is operated by Amtrak on behalf of the Maryland Transit Administration
- The Penn Line connects with WMATA services at Washington Union Station
- The Penn Line also connects with Anne Arundel Transit at Odenton Station
- Connections with Prince George’s County “THE BUS” can be made at New Carrolton Station
- Connections with Harford County LINK services can be made at Aberdeen Station and Perryville Station
- Connections with Cecil Transit can be made at the Perryville Station
MARC Fleet Roster
This is MARC’s Current fleet as of December 18th, 2021
|1988-1992||EMD GP40||72, 74: GP39H-2|
4145: Ex-NJT GP40PH
|– All are used as spare engines.|
– Image Source
|1998||Bombardier/Alstom HHP-8||4910-4915||Refurbished in 2017-2018|
|2018||Siemens SC-44 Charger||80-86||Replaced AEM-7s|
|7716-7735, 7757-7762, 7791-7799||– 7757–7762 (Cab Cars)|
|1999-2000||Kawasaki MARC III||7800-7834, 7845-7858, 7870-7876, 7890-7896||– First Multilevel cars in service|
– Labeled as “Bi-Level Coach” by MARC
– 7845-7858 (Cab Cars)
– 7826-7834 and 7855-7858 EX-VRE coaches, purchased in 2008
|2014-2014||Bombardier MARC IV||8000-8053||– 8039-8053 (Cab Cars)|
|2015||Bombardier MARC IV (speical)||8054-8059|
|– 8054-8059 (Cab cars)|
– Same as New Jersey Transit‘s Multi-levels