Route B30 (WMATA)

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Route B30
WMATA 6214 B30.jpg
Overview
System Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Garage Landover
Status active
Began service 2001
Route
Locale Anne Arundel County
Prince Georges County
Landmarks served BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport
Other routes 81, 87, 89, G12, G13, G14, G16, R3, R12
Service
Level Daily
Frequency Every 40 minutes
Every 40 minutes (peak)
Weekend frequency Every 40 minutes
Operates 6:00 am to 11:00 pm (weekdays) 8:30 am - 10:30 pm (weekends) [1]

Route B30 is a bus route operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority between Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and the Greenbelt Metro Station of the Green Line of the Washington Metro.[2] The line operates every 40 minutes seven days a week along the Baltimore-Washington Parkway between these two locations with no intermediate stops, with the exception of the BWI Business District Light Rail Stop,[3] and the last bus leaving BWI at 10:44 pm. The trip is approximately 28 minutes long.[4]

The line is unique for being the only WMATA bus line that has a connection with any Maryland Transit Administration non-commuter services, and is responsible for providing a regular link between the two services. The original $3 one-way fare was seen as a bargain compared with other transportation modes in the area, including Greyhound and MARC Train Service.[3] The one-way fare was increased to $6 at the end of June 2010, which matches the fare for the MARC train service between BWI's Amtrak/MARC station and Washington's Union Station, as well as the Metrobus service between L'Enfant Plaza and Washington Dulles Airport.

The B30 line is also partly responsible for BWI Airport ranking as one of the nation's top 10 airports in ease of access.[5] WMATA also provides higher levels of service on the line in special times of need, especially on certain holidays.[6]

The state of Maryland, which provides funds for operating the service, has been criticized for doing little to promote its use.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.wmata.com/bus/timetables/md/b30.pdf
  2. ^ Elise H. Ford (2009). Frommer's Portable Washington, Part 3. Wiley Publishing, Inc. p. 12. ISBN 978-0-470-38433-6. 
  3. ^ a b c Dresser, Michael (February 12, 2007). "Obscure Third Way Connects Baltimore and Washington". Baltimore Sun. p. 1.B. Retrieved March 20, 2011. (subscription required)
  4. ^ Metrobus B30 Timetable.
  5. ^ Scott Dance (August 15, 2007). "BWI passenger access draws industry praise". Baltimore Business Journal. 
  6. ^ "Metro to have additional buses and trains on standby in anticipation of Thanksgiving week travel to regional airports" (Press release). WMATA. November 17, 2010. Retrieved March 20, 2011.