MTA has released all the BaltimoreLink schedules that will take effect on June 18, 2017: http://baltimorelink.com/schedules
MTA also announced that starting on June 18 and ending June 30, all rides on MTA Bus, Express Bus, Light Rail and Subway will be completely free to all riders: http://mta.maryland.gov/content/free-rides-offered-two-weeks-local-bus-express-bus-light-rail-and-metro-subway-celebrate-0
Free Rides Offered for Two Weeks on Local Bus, Express Bus, Light Rail and Metro Subway to Celebrate BaltimoreLink
MDOT MTA Riders Offered Free Transit Service June 18-30
BALTIMORE, MD (MAY 24, 2017) – The Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) will offer two weeks of free transit rides June 18 through June 30 as part of the official launch of BaltimoreLink. Free rides will be offered on Local Bus, Express Bus, Light Rail and Metro Subway.
BaltimoreLink is Governor Larry Hogan Administration’s multi-phase plan to create an interconnected transit system by redesigning the entire local and express bus systems throughout Baltimore. It adds 12 new high-frequency, color-coded bus routes to 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 BaltimoreLink transforms Baltimore’s half-a-century-old and outdated transit network with implementation of bus-only dedicated lanes, installation of transit signal priority, construction of a transfer hub network, rebranding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 5,000 transit signs, expanded commuter bus service, new shared bicycle availability, access to car-sharing options and more.
In advance of the BaltimoreLink official launch on June 18, New Express BusLink launched suburb-to-suburb service in June 2016 and new expanded Commuter Bus service in the summer and fall of 2016, with additional improvements coming this spring.
“We are committed to transforming our transit system to better connect our riders to jobs and our various transit modes to help ease congestion in the Baltimore area,” said MDOT MTA Administrator and CEO Paul Comfort. “We encourage everyone to try our new system by riding free of charge for the first two weeks. This new system will be a dramatic improvement that will give residents choices to leave their cars at home and ease congestion on our streets.”
During MDOT MTA’s free fare period June 18 through June 30, the June monthly pass and all CharmCard® 31-day passes will be half-price. These reduced fare passes can be purchased May 25 through June 24. During this time, weekly passes will not be sold.
Half-price fares will be offered at all MDOT MTA ticket vending machines, through online ticket sales, at the MDOT MTA Transit Store and at all walk-in MDOT MTA ticket vendors.
Also on June 25, MTA fares will be increasing: http://mta.maryland.gov/content/legislatively-mandated-transit-fare-increase-goes-effect-sunday-june-25-0
Legislatively Mandated Transit Fare Increase Goes into Effect Sunday, June 25
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Single-Trip Fares to Increase by 10 Cents on Local Bus, Light Rail, Metro Subway and Mobility/Paratransit
BALTIMORE, MD (MAY 11, 2017) – As required by the Transportation Infrastructure Investment Act of 2013(link is external), the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) will increase transit fares effective Sunday, June 25. The legislatively mandated increase will occur prior to the July 1, 2017, deadline for implementing the new fares as required by the Maryland General Assembly.
As mandated in the 2013 law, if the Consumer Price Index (CPI) increases in the previous two years, MDOT MTA is required to increase transit fares by increments of 10 cents for Local Bus, Light Rail, Metro Subway and Mobility/Paratransit. Fare increases for Commuter Bus and MARC Train occur every five years. These fares are not increasing this year.
Effective June 25, the single-trip fare will increase from $1.70 to $1.80 for Local Bus, Light Rail, Metro Subway and Mobility/Paratransit. The percent increase in the single-trip fare is used to calculate the increase in MDOT MTA’s multi-use day, weekly and monthly passes. Click [here] for the details.
MDOT MTA was recently rated as having America’s best bargain in urban travel. In a ValuePenguin survey (link is external)of 10 urban centers, the MDOT MTA’s CharmCard®(link is external) proved the best value for monthly unlimited rides on MDOT MTA transit services. Even after mandatory fare increases occur, MDOT MTA will still have the most affordable monthly fare. Second on the list was Washington, D.C., at $81 a month while the most expensive monthly passes were found in New York at $121 a month and Los Angeles at $122 a month.