MTA Maryland bus service

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MTA Maryland Bus
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MTA Maryland local express quickbus commute.jpg
top left: QuickBus, top right: Local, bottom left: Commuter, bottom right: Express
Slogan 'Linking you to what matters most!'
Parent Maryland Transit Administration
Founded April 30, 1970
Headquarters 6 St. Paul Street Baltimore, Maryland
Locale Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area
Service area Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area
Service type LocalLink, CityLink, Express BusLink, Light RailLink, Metro SubwayLink
Routes LocalLink: 44
CityLink: 12
Express: 9
Commuter: 19
ICC: 4
Total: 88
Hubs 70+ (Baltimore area)
Fleet Urban bus: 774
Motor coach bus: 68
Total: 842
Daily ridership 272,700 (Q2 2016)[1]
Annual ridership 81,029,100 (2015)[2]
Fuel type Diesel, Diesel-electric Hybrid
Operator MDOT
Chief executive Kevin Quinn

The Maryland Transit Administration provides the primary public bus service for the Baltimore Metropolitan Area and commuter bus service in other parts of the state of Maryland. There are currently 76 bus routes, which include 44 LocalLink routes, 12 High Frequency CityLink Routes routes, 11 express bus routes (which operate from various suburbs to downtown Baltimore), 19 commuter bus routes, and 5 Intercounty Connector or "ICC" routes (which operate from various locations mainly in central Maryland to Washington D.C. or various Metrorail stations). The local and commuter bus routes operate in conjunction with one subway line, three light rail lines, MARC train service, and various connections to other transit agencies.[3][4]


The MTA's bus service operates throughout the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area and other parts of the state. These include: 12 City Link High Frequency Color Routes. In addition to LocalLink routes 21 through 95; Express BusLink routes 103, 104, 105, 115, 120, 150, 154, 160, and 164;[3] Intercounty Connector routes 201 through 205; Commuter bus routes 310 through 995.[4]

Local buses[edit]

In June 2017 as part of MD Gov. Larry Hogan's initiative to have a better transit system in Baltimore he launched Baltimore Link.

Local bus lines are identified with a one- or two-digit number. Many of the numerical designations have origins dating back to the days of the Baltimore streetcars and share the route numbers of the respective streetcars that operated along the same streets.

Most local buses operate regular service seven days a week throughout most hours of the day and evening. Some routes operate 24 hours. A small number of routes operate without evening service, on weekdays only, during peak hours only, or only at the times needed for certain employers.[5]

Until 2009, a series of routes operated in the northwest part of the city and suburbs known as Metro connection buses. These routes had designations of the letter M followed by a number, and operated from a Metro station to a specified location or between two Metro stations. When the Metro connection bus service began in 1984, it used designations beginning with the letter M (Mondawmin), R (Rogers Avenue), or P (Plaza), followed by a number. After the Metro was extended to Owings Mills in 1987, only the letter M was used, and it denoted "Metro."

Since 1988, the number of M-lines had declined, as many of them were consolidated, and some were completely eliminated. After the first phase of the Greater Baltimore Bus Initiative took effect in 2005, only seven M-lines remained, though this increased to eight after Route M-6 was restored months later.

Throughout 2008 and 2009, all M-lines were renamed to plain two-digit numerical designations, ranging from 52 to 54 and 56 to 60. During this series of revisions, route changes were also made to some of them, including merging some, splitting others, and completely eliminating part of Route M-17 without any replacement.[6][7]

Express, Commuter, and Intercounty Connector buses[edit]

The MTA's express routes should not be confused with the "express" trips assigned to several of the local bus routes. Express routes are dedicated to providing rapid service by limiting the number of stops along the route. The number of express routes has declined over the past two decades as new rapid transit services have been constructed, and poor-performing routes were eliminated or consolidated.

Unlike the commuter buses, express bus routes serve areas where local buses are available. Comparable slower trips can also be accomplished with local buses.[8] Commuter routes, however, provide service between locations not connected by local bus routes.[4]

Both the express and commuter routes, identified with 3-digit numbers, offer limited service mostly during weekday rush hour between downtown Baltimore or Washington and various Park-and-Ride lots or other suburban locations in the state of Maryland. The commuter routes, designated with higher numbers, are operated by contractors rather than MTA employees.[4]

The newest addition to the commuter bus service since 2010. Known as Intercounty Connector or ICC for short, service operates from Gaithersburg to BWI Marshall Airport, University of Maryland College Park or DoD/Fort Meade, traveling along the newly built Intercounty Connector expressway in central Maryland.

Neighborhood Shuttle Bug[edit]

Two of the local routes MTA operates are considered neighborhood shuttles, also known as Shuttle Bugs. These local routes focus on a specific neighborhood and the transportation of persons within these communities.

During the early 2000s, MTA introduced two such routes. These routes, rather than operating like others around town, have differences that include:

  • Reduced fare for a single ride: $1.00 rather than the $1.60 charged on regular buses. MTA unlimited ride passes (also known as "GO-passes") also cover the fare.[9]
  • In 2006, three shorter, distinctively painted buses, 30-foot Opus buses were purchased and are used exclusively by the Mondawmin shuttle.[10] The Opus buses are the only non 40- and 60-foot buses in MTA's fleet; held at Northwest (4) garage. In mid-2011, MTA retired the three 30-foot Opus buses due to reliability issues.
  • Schedules are printed in full color, rather than the monochrome design of most printed schedules, in order to attract more riders.[citation needed]
  • Bus stop signs have unique identifications different from usual bus stops. The Hampden Shuttle is identified by a ladybug, and the Mondawmin Shuttle uses the grasshopper symbol.[11]

The Hampden Shuttle Bug was the first of seven shuttle routes originally planned for Baltimore and its suburbs. Only the Hampden and Mondawmin routes were implemented; no timetable was ever set for other neighborhood shuttle routes.[12]

A proposed Shuttle Bug route between Randallstown and the Owings Mills Metro Subway Station was fought by residents along the route the shuttle would take. Objections included that the service would operate on quiet residential streets not accustomed to bus traffic, and area residents did not need the service.[13]

In 2005 and 2006, in various phases of the Greater Baltimore Bus Initiative, MTA proposed various changes to these routes which included routing changes and threats to eliminate Route 98 completely and reduce service on Route 97 to once an hour.[14] The only change that was actually made was a shift on Route 98 in 2008 to replace service on Roland Avenue, that was lost through a change to Route 27.[15]


In 2005, MTA introduced a new form of express transit, known as “rapid bus service.” The first of these services was designated Route 40. The line operates every 10–15 minutes from the western to the eastern suburbs of Baltimore through the downtown area, serving various communities in West and East Baltimore. Stops are limited to major intersections, transfer points, and points of interest. Unlike other express buses, local fares are applicable on Route 40. Route 40 was later named "QuickBus."[16]

In 2009, a new "QuickBus" route was introduced. Designated as QuickBus 48, it operates along the same route as Route 8 minus the section north of Towson Town Center.[6] Introduction of another QuickBus service that would operate along the route Route 3 and would have carry the designation "Route 43", but this proposal was delayed.[17]

Two more QuickBus routes began service on August 30, 2010 until June 17, 2017. QuickBus 46 operates alongside routes 5 and 10 from Paradise Avenue loop to Cedonia Loop. QuickBus 47 travel along the route 15 from Walbrook Junction to Overlea Loop. Both buses operate on weekdays at peak hours only.[18]

Current bus routes[edit]


See: Current MTA Fares

Fleet roster[edit]

Current fleet roster[edit]

Image Builder Model Length (ft/m) Order Year Fuel Propulsion Powertrain
Fleet Series
MTA Maryland 121 C 420.jpg MCI D4500 45 ft (14 m) 2003 Diesel 119C-143C
  • First motor coach buses in fleet
  • Replaced 90-series Flxible Metro B
    • "Suburban" (Commuter bus service)
  • Used on Commuter bus service
  • Operate under private contractors
BLink Holiday Bus 04100 Bayview.jpg
NFI D40LF 40 ft (12 m) 2004 Diesel
  • Cummins ISM
    • Allison B400R-6 IV
  • #04008 retrofitted with an Allison B400R-6 IV transmission in 2010 as a test model.
  • As of 2017, buses were rewrapped in a new BaltimoreLink LocalLink scheme replacing the Maryland Flag scheme featured on these buses.
  • #04100 was converted into the holiday bus.
  • Originally had Voith D864.3 Transmissions.
NFI D40LF 40 ft (12 m) 2005 Diesel
  • Cummins ISM
    • Allison B400R-6 IV
  • #05007 retrofitted with White Twinvision Chroma IV head signs
  • #05073 retired and scrapped; involved in a fire early 2013.
  • #05090 involved in accident with school bus in November 2016, presumed to be retired and scrapped.
  • As of 2017, buses were rewrapped in a new BaltimoreLink LocalLink scheme replacing the Maryland Flag scheme featured on these buses.
MTAMaryland06001.jpg NFI DE40LFR[19] 40 ft (12 m) 2006 Hybrid 06001-06010
  • First hybrids in fleet.
  • Split order with WMATA.
  • Fleet wrapped in MTA advertisements.
  • As of 2017, buses were rewrapped in a new BaltimoreLink LocalLink scheme replacing the Maryland Flag scheme featured on these buses.
  • All ten coaches are based at Bush Street Division.
  • Rear electronic signage removed on all coaches in 2016.
MTA Maryland New Flyer DE60LFR in City Link Scheme.jpg NFI DE60LFR[19] 60 ft (18 m) 2008 Hybrid 08001-08030
NFI DE40LFR[19][20] 41 ft (12 m) 2009 Hybrid
  • Cummins ISL
    • Allison EP-40 HybriDrive

Ordered using funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

MTA Maryland New Flyer DE40LFR in Local Link Scheme.jpg NFI DE40LFR[21][22] 40 ft (12 m) 2010 Hybrid
  • Cummins ISL
    • Allison EP-40 HybriDrive
  • All forty-one coaches are based at Bush Street Division
BLink11083.jpg NFI DE60LF[23][24] 60 ft (18 m) 2010* Hybrid
  • Cummins ISL
    • Allison EP-50 HybriDrive
  • Rejected order from Chicago Transit Authority in 2009
    • Each bus is the price of a 40-foot vehicle.
  • White Twinvision Chroma IV headsigns.
12 of 14 units partially completed in 2009 on speculation of a Chicago Transit Authority order (CTA instead cut a deal to lease what became the CTA 4000-4149 series). The other two were bought by the SMART (suburban Detroit).

Acquired for roughly the price of a 40-foot bus[2] Entered revenue service on November 2011.

MTA Maryland 182C NIS.jpg MCI D4500CT[25] 45 ft (14 m) 2010 Diesel
  • Cummins ISX11.9 (ISX-12)
    • Allison B500-6
  • First MCI order since 2002
  • Used on Commuter bus service
  • Operate under private contractors
MCI D4500CT 45 ft (14 m) 2011 Diesel
  • Cummins ISX11.9 (ISX-12)
    • Allison B500-6
  • Used on Commuter bus service
  • Used on Inter-county Connector
  • Operate under private contractors
BLink11041.jpg NFI XDE40[26] 40 ft (12 m) 2011 Hybrid
  • Cummins ISL8.9 (ISL-9)
    • Allison EP-40 HybriDrive
  • First buses in fleet with frame less windows with disc brakes .
BLink12049.jpg NFI XDE40[27][28] 40 ft (12 m) 2012 Hybrid
  • Cummins ISL8.9 (ISL-9)
    • Allison EP-40 HybriDrive
  • New charcoal black, extra-foamy cushioned seats
  • Test to have battery recharging unit, rather than an alternator featured on current hybrids[4]
MTA Maryland 2013 New Flyer XDE60 12083.jpg NFI XDE60 60 ft (18 m) 2013 Hybrid
  • Cummins ISL8.9 (ISL-9)
    • Allison EP-50 HybriDrive
  • Option order from 2012-2013 contract.
BLink13001.jpg NFI XDE40 40 ft (12 m) 2013 Hybrid
  • Cummins ISL8.9 (ISL-9)
    • Allison EP-40 HybriDrive
BLink13047.jpg 13041-13050
BLink14013.jpg NFI XDE40[26] 40 ft (12 m) 2014 Hybrid
  • Cummins ISL8.9 (ISL-9)
    • Allison EP-40 HybriDrive


NFI XD40[29] 40 ft (12 m) 2016-2017 Diesel
  • Cummins ISL 8.9 (ISL-9)
    • Allison B3400xFE
  • Cummins L9
    • Allison B3400xFE


  • Part of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan's BaltimoreLink transit plan.[5]
  • Latter numbered 16000s (unspecified) are equipped with Cummins L9 engines
  • 17053-17072 features:
  • USSC Gemini passenger seats with red cushions
  • Two LCD TV monitors installed (located at front and rear-door aisles)
  • Does not feature overhead information bar (replaced by two LCD TV monitors)
NFI XD40 40 ft (12 m) 2018 Diesel 18001-18070(?)


  • The Baltimore Sun reported on October 2, 2017 that MTA is spending $81.3 million to order a total of 140 40-foot diesel buses from New Flyer, scheduled to enter revenue service in 2018.[31]
  • Currently being delivered, 18001 seen with hard plastic seats in place of the cushioned seats that were standard on previous orders.

On order Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes 18001-18070 2018 New Flyer XD40 Cummins L9 Allison Contract bid for a proposed 140 clean diesel buses[6] 19001-19070 2019 New Flyer XD40 Cummins L9 Allison Contract bid for a proposed 140 clean diesel buses[7] 2020-24 Nova Bus LFS / LFS-A Cummins 350 buses to be ordered over a five year period Includes 40-foot and 60-foot articulated buses


  • The New Flyer DE60LFs were ordered by MTA on a rejection order from Chicago Transit Authority in 2009 and was purchased in 2010, but did not begin revenue service until August 2011.
  • In May 2014, MTA released a bid solicitation, solicitation reference T-8000-0451 due on June 12, 2014 for 41 new hybrid transit buses. New Flyer won the contract for 41 XDE40s.
  • In May 2015, MTA released a bid solicitation, solicitation reference OPS-15-008-EQ due on an unknown date for 87 new 40 foot diesel transit buses for FY 2016. On 5-28-2015, the bid solicitation page was updated with a "Pre-Bid Attendance Sheet" which lists two bus manufacturers, New Flyer, MTA's current vendor and Nova Bus. Also, on 6-01-2015, the bid solicitation page was updated with an "Opening Bid Date Change" from 07/21/2015 2:00:00 PM EDT to 08/04/2015 2:00:00 EDT.[32]
  • It's being reported that there will not be a bus order for 2015, suggesting the diesel buses that will be ordered will possibly be numbered 16001-16087.
  • The contract for the New Flyer XD40s was modified from 87 total buses to 172 total buses to help supplement Governor Larry Hogan's BaltimoreLink bus improvement plan. The XD40s are currently being delivered and some were seen in revenue service as of Friday, July 15, 2016. In the January 27, 2016 Maryland Board of Public Works meeting agenda, it was revealed that the bus order has been split between 2016 and 2017 suggesting the numbering could be 16001-16??? and 17001-17???.
  • On order as of October 2, 2017 is 140 New Flyer XD40s scheduled to enter revenue service sometime in 2018.[31]
  • The Maryland Board of Public Works on June 20, 2018 approved a $211,771,542 contract that awarded a joint order of 40 and 60 foot buses to NovaBUS to be delivered between FY 2020-FY 2024. This order will mark the very first time MTA is ordering buses that aren't manufactured by New Flyer[33].

Bus Fleet Notes[edit]

The first two digits of every local bus on the MTAs fleet indicate the year the bus was built. Although the 30 hybrid articulated buses (series 08001-08030) purchased from New Flyer began service during 2009, they were ordered and built in 2008; or like the New Flyer XDE40 hybrids (series 11001-11057) ordered in mid-2011, but will did not go into revenue service until the winter of 2012. Another exception to this are the 2013 New Flyer XDE60 hybrids (series 12081-12090) ordered in 2013 however will not start with 13000 but will contain fleet numbers that would suggest it was built and ordered in 2012 however 12081-12090 are in fact, MTA's first 10 new buses of 2013. The following cited picture was taken on board of 12081 that shows the manufacture date of 12081 as January 2013.[34]

The three Optima Bus Opus models (series 06011-06013) were purchased second-hand from Annapolis Transit in 2006, and specifically for the Mondawmin Shuttle Bug service.[10] The models have been retired since 2010 and has been sent back to MTA in 2016 for scrapping.

During summer seasons, the MTA loans several of its articulated buses to the Ocean City Transportation bus fleet in Ocean City, Maryland to accommodate the large ridership of the summer season. Ocean City runs the buses from around Memorial Day until around Labor Day, returning them to the MTA at the end of the summer season.

One 1996 NABI articulated bus, 9619 was saved and converted into MTA's official "Comfort Bus," a bus specially designed to be dispatched to special events in Baltimore City during the summer to provide air conditioning to the attendees of special events and to be dispatched around the city for displaced city residents whose homes were made uninhabitable by fire or other causes to provide them heat in the winter and air conditioning in the summer. The interior for 9619 was heavily modified from its revenue service design with three interior roof mounted AC units, modified seating arrangement, tables, a water cooler, microwave, mini-fridge, wall electrical outlets, and a door facing the public-area of the bus prohibiting access from going in and out of the front door, entrance and exit for the public is only through the rear door. Artscape 2015 was the very first event with very high temperatures that 9619 was deployed to as the official MTA Maryland Comfort Bus and the bus had major problems keeping the interior comfortably air conditioned from the three interior roof mounted AC units that were installed. MTA on July 20, 2015 posted to their Facebook page in a comment to an Artscape 2015 attendee who boarded 9619 and experienced the lack of air conditioning: "We spoke with the HVAC specialists who work on the Comfort Zone Bus and they are aware of and working on the issue. Sorry for the discomfort you experienced. Because the Comfort Zone Bus is a new innovation, sometimes it takes a trial or two to get the bugs worked out. Thanks for letting us know!"[35]

Picture of MTA Maryland's Comfort Bus, coach 9619. Taken at Artscape 2015.

Retired fleet roster[edit]

Order Year/Retired Builder Model Length (ft) Fuel
Fleet/(Qty.) Handicapped/disabled access Configuration Notes
1971/1992 General Motors New Look 5306 40 Diesel 2301-2484
No City
  • First buses ordered by the new Mass Transit Administration after taking over operations from BTCo. in 1970
1971/1992 General Motors New Look 5306 40 Diesel 2501-2674
No City
1971/1990 General Motors New Look 5306 40 Diesel 2700-2709
No City
1974/1992 General Motors New Look 5308 40 Diesel 2901-2960
No City
1973/1992 Flxible New Look 40 Diesel 2801-2840
No Semi-Suburban
1975/1993 Flxible New Look 40 Diesel 3001-3205
No City
1979/1990 General Motors RTS-II 40 Diesel 3301-3360
No City
1980/1990 General Motors RTS-II 40 Diesel 3361-3401
No City
1982/1998 Grumman Flxible Metro A 40 Diesel 3501-3541
No City 3517 became a mobile command bus and is still active as of 2015.
1982/1999 Grumman Flxible Metro A 40 Diesel 3542-3581
Yes City
  • First fleet to be wheelchair accessible
1983/1999 Flxible Metro Metro A 40 Diesel 8301-8370
No City
1983/2001 Flxible Metro A 40 Diesel 8371-8380
Yes Semi-suburban
1984/200? Flxible Metro A 40 Diesel 8401-8430
No City
1984/200? Flxible Metro A 40 Diesel 8431-8480
No City 8444 was sold to the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration as a mobile service center in 1997, then it was donated for preservation by the DMV Mass Transit Museum in 2014.
1984/1998 Flxible Metro A 30 Diesel 8581
No Semi-suburban
  • ex- Flxible demonstrator
1985/200? Flxible Metro A 40 Diesel 8501-8570
Yes Suburban
1985/200? Flxible Metro A 40 Diesel 8571-8580
No Semi-Suburban
1985/1993 General Motors New Look 5306 40 Diesel 3601-3625
No City
  • Rehabbed GM New Looks that were selected choices from 1974 (23-, 25-, 26-series) fleet
1985/1993 Flxible New Looks 40 Diesel 3626-3650
No City
  • Rehabbed Flxible New Looks that were selected choices from 1975 (30-series) fleet
1986/2001 Neoplan USA AN440A 40 Diesel 3701-3705
Yes City Retired and Scrapped
1986/2001 Neoplan USA AN440A 40 Diesel 3706-3710
No City Retired and scrapped 3708 was the last active unit
1987/200? Flxible Metro A 40 Diesel 8601-8680
No City
1987/200? Flxible Metro B 40 Diesel 8701-8730
No City
  • First fleet to be equipped with AVL satellite tracking system
1987/200? Flxible Metro B 40 Diesel 8731-8740
No City
1987/200? Flxible Metro B 30 Diesel 8741-8750
No Semi-suburban
1987/200? Flxible Metro B 30 Diesel 8751-8760
Yes Semi-suburban
  • Used for now defunct Baltimore Zoo shuttle service
  • Used for Mondawmin Shuttle Bug service
1987/200? Flxible Metro B 40 Diesel 7001-7035
No Semi-suburban
  • Suburban configuration with one door
  • Used for Express bus service
1987/200? Flxible Metro B 40 Diesel 7036-7055
Yes Semi-suburban
  • Used for Express bus service
1988/200? Flxible Metro B 40 Diesel 8801-8840
No City
1988/200? Flxible Metro B 40 Diesel 8841-8880
Yes City
1989/200? Flxible Metro B 40 Diesel 8901-8940
No City
1989/200? Flxible Metro B 40 Diesel 8941-8960
Yes City
1989/200? Flxible Metro B 40 Diesel 8961-8980
Yes Semi-suburban
1990/200? Flxible Metro B 40 Diesel 9001-9080
Yes City
1990/200? Flxible Metro B 40 Diesel 101C-118C
Yes Suburban
  • Suburban configuration with one door
  • Used for Commuter bus service only
1992/200? Flxible Metro C 40 Diesel 9201-9250
Yes City
1993/1995 Flxible Metro D 40 LNG 9301-9304
Yes City
1994/200? Flxible Metro D 40 Diesel 9401-9425
Yes City
1994/200? Flxible Metro D 40 Diesel 9426-9430
Yes City
1994/200? Flxible Metro D 40 Diesel 9431-9435
Yes City
1994/2009 American Ikarus/NABI 436.05 60 Diesel 9501-9510
Yes City
  • First articulated buses in fleet
  • Some with Semi-suburban seating configuration
  • Began service in 1995
1995/200? Flxible Metro E 40 Diesel 9521-9539
Yes City 9526 is preserved by a current MTA Maryland driver according to CPTDB.
1997/2009 American Ikarus/NABI 436.08 60 Diesel 9601-9620
Yes City
  • Some with Semi-suburban seating configuration
  • Coach 9619 has been converted into a "comfort bus" for MTA Maryland. Interior heavily modified from its original revenue service design, with three roof-mounted, generator powered AC units, modified seating arrangements, tables, a water cooler, electrical outlets, microwave and a mini-fridge.
2000/2004 Thomas SLF-230 30 Diesel 3001-3004
Yes City
  • Used for Mondawmin Shuttle Bug service
2001/2004 Thomas SLF-230 30 Diesel 3005-3009
Yes City
  • Used for Hampden Shuttle Bug service
2001/2004 Thomas SLF-230 30 Diesel 3010-3016
Yes City
2006/2010 Optima Opus 30 Diesel 06011-06013
Yes City
  • Ex- Annapolis Transit buses ordered in Winter 2006
  • Used for Mondawmin Shuttle Bug service
1997/2012 NABI 416.08 40 Diesel 9701-9750
Yes City
  • '9719 is preserved by the DMV Mass Transit Museum'
1998/2014 NABI 416.10 40 Diesel 9801-9865


Yes City Retired in Spring 2014 according to CPTDB. 1999/2016 NABI 416.10 40 Diesel 9901-9967


Yes City Last fleet ordered under the then named Mass Transit Administration
2000/2016 NABI 416.10 40 Diesel 0001-0080


Yes City
  • First fleet ordered under the new name Maryland Transit Administration
  • #0032 used as a Caterpillar C9 engine test model
  • #0074 retrofitted as American Seating demo
  • Remainder of the fleet Retired as of September 1, 2016
2002/2017 Neoplan USA AN440LF 40 Diesel 0200-0299


Yes City
  • First Neoplan order since 1986
  • First low-floor buses in fleet
  • 30 units have been retrofitted with Cummins ISL engines while the remainder retain their original Detroit Diesel Series 50 engines.

0298 was repowered with a Navistar engine. Due to engine failure and lack of available engine components for repairs, the bus was retired One bus in this series was heavily damaged in April 2015 during riots in Baltimore

  • Some of the Headsigns currently being reset to "white" LED Chroma IV while the remainder retained their amber led headsigns
  • #0295 is a demo of the Neoplan mid-life overhaul
  • All units were retired in Spring 2017.

Hybrid vehicles (2008-2014)[edit]

Former Governor Martin O'Malley announced, in 2008, a commitment to convert the MTA's fleet to hybrid-electric buses by 2014 after the previous order of ten DE40LFRs in 2006. This involves purchasing up to 500 hybrids over a five-year period. In 2009, the MTA put the first 130 New Flyer hybrids into service.[19] Thirty of the hybrids were the 60-foot articulated "DE60LFR" model (ordered in 2008) and one-hundred were the 41-foot "DE41LFR" model (ordered in 2009).[20] In 2010, forty-one more hybrids joined the fleet. These buses are "DE40LFR" models, similar to the DE41LFR, but with the air conditioning unit mounted on the top front half of the vehicle to make it appear with a streamline roof styling. In 2011, twelve "DE60LF" articulated hybrids began service August as rejects from a previous CTA order in 2009. The 60-foot DE60LF, similar configuration to DE60LFR except with the original model style. These buses are intended for the most heavily traveled routes carrying up to 100 passengers sitting and standing.[24]

Since 2006, the MTA has put one hundred ninety-three hybrid buses in service and has plans for fifty-seven more hybrids from New Flyer (known as "Xcelsior" or "XDE40" model) scheduled to arrive in January 2012. On October 7, 2011, MTA Maryland posted on their official Facebook page, a picture of 11001 one of the first XDE40s to roll off of New Flyer's production line for Baltimore with the caption of "MTA's first pilot Xcelsior Bus is here! Can't wait to get it on the streets of Baltimore!"[36] New features of the hybrid buses (since 2008) include:

<<< New features >>>
Tip-in windows, which open only at the top[21]
Blue & light green wave paint scheme (orders since 2009)
White LED headsigns (orders since 2011)
Non-tinted and frameless windows
Traction flooring
HVAC unit mounted on roof of vehicle
American seating 4th generation urban style seats
Noise reduction
Vandalism-proof interior (orders since 2011)
Automatic touch-motion handles on rear doors
Wider doorways
Fluorescent interior lighting
Better safety equipment
20% higher fuel mileage
25% longer brake life
More than 3x as many miles before a major road call[24]
Push-tape to request stops (2013 order)
Surveillance system that records both audio and video comes as a standard (2013 order)
Slightly redesigned cushioned seats (2013 order)
Senior/Disability seating has a bright yellow-colored shell and has printed on the seats that the seats are for people with disabilities and senior citizens (2013 order)
Interior of a New Flyer Xcelsior featuring an indicator bar integrated into the back-wall. A feature adopted since the 2013 XDE60s.

For four consecutive years, MTA ordered a total of 211 New Flyer Xcelsior hybrid buses from 2011-2014. As of 2015, the state of Maryland elected a new governor, Larry Hogan whose administration removed the previous MTA administrator, appointed by former governor Martin O'Malley, to appoint a new administrator, Paul Comfort. In m-d-2016, the new administration decided to stop the trending order of diesel-electric hybrid buses started by former Governor O'Malley's administration. The ordering of low-sulfur diesel buses was a financial decision to receive more vehicles with less maintenance issues in-contrast to the numerous flaws hybrid buses tend to endure on a daily basis. The first order of such vehicles is expected to arrive in FY2016. A bid solicitation was released in 2015 for 87 low-sulfur diesel buses. It is currently unknown as of August 6, 2015 if this will become a permanent or temporary process to ordering diesel-only transit buses. Less than five months after the announcement, MTA received $100 million in investment to order 172 New Flyer diesel buses - lone bidder during the election process - to modernize, as well as, maximize the number of buses due to be in the system's revenue operations fleet FY2017.[37] Some of these buses will be integrated into the administration's new CityLINK service beginning June 2017.

Bus yards[edit]

MTA local bus service in Baltimore is divided into four divisions, each served by its own maintenance yard. The first digit of a bus's "block number", attached to the bottom right corner of its windshield (from inside of bus), indicates its "base" division. The buses also feature a small letter suffix to the fleet series number. The letter represent the 'first letter' of the division's "name" from where the bus is based.

Base (No.) Base (Letter) Division Routes Yard location[38]
1 B Bush Street NV, OR, GR, BL, SV, RD, YW, PR, BR, 26, 29, 37, 38, 67, 69, 70, 71, 73, 75, 76, 77, 78, 94, 95, 103, 115, 150, 164 1515 Washington Blvd.
2 E Eastern NV, OR, BL, LM, GD, 21, 22, 28, 36, 56, 59, 62, 63, 65, 105, 120, 160 201 S. Oldham St.
3 K Kirk Avenue GR, PK, RD, PR, BR, 30, 33, 36, 51, 52, 53, 54, 57, 93, 103, 104, 115, 120, 154 2226 Kirk Ave.
4 N Northwest LM, YW, GD, 21, 22, 26, 28, 29, 30, 31, 33, 34, 37, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 85, 87, 89, 91, 92, 105 4401 Mt. Hope Dr.
5 N/A R Remington (KIRK AVENUE) Currently for Non-revenue/Retired buses; Temporary Facility to store buses for Kirk Division during construction process of PHASE II TBD


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