Maryland explores East-West transit corridor options
Maryland – Transportation stakeholders completed a feasibility study for the development of an East-West Corridor that selected seven alternatives employing heavy rail, light rail, or bus rapid transit (BRT).
The study area includes Essex, Bayview, Downtown Baltimore, West Baltimore, Woodlawn, and Ellicott City. The alternatives were developed utilizing stakeholder feedback and a market analysis of travel patterns, transit ridership, land use, and market conditions.
The proposed alternatives are:
- BRT from Bayview to Ellicott City via Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA).
- BRT from Bayview to Ellicott City via Johns Hopkins Hospital and U.S. 40.
- Heavy Rail (Metro SubwayLink) Transit from Bayview to Edmondson Village, BRT from Edmondson Village to Ellicott City.
- Light Rail Transit or BRT from Essex to CMS/SSA via Bayview and Johns Hopkins Hospital.
- Light Rail Transit or BRT from Bayview to CMS/SSA via the waterfront.
The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), and partner jurisdictions will use the feedback as a basis for determining which alternatives will be retained for future study under the Alternatives Analysis Phase before one option is selected to apply for funding.
The analysis phase is planned to begin this fall. A North-South Transit Corridor study also is in development and expected to be released in late summer.