Route 98 (MTA Maryland)

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Route 98
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System Maryland Transit Administration
Garage Northwest
Status active
Began service 2000
Locale Baltimore City
Communities served Hampden
Landmarks served The Rotunda
Other routes 22, 27
Level Daily
Frequency Every 40 minutes
Every 40 minutes (peak)
Weekend frequency Every 40 minutes
Operates 5:45 am to 10:00 pm [1]

MTA Route 98, also known as the Hampden Shuttle Bug or Hampden Shuttle, was the first neighborhood shuttle to be introduced. It started operating in 2000 as an experiment conducted by MTA to provide a new type of service. At that time, service operated every 17 minutes in order to match light rail frequencies. But in 2003, it was reduced to one bus every 34 minutes.[2][3]

The line operates on portions of the route also covered by routes 22 and 27, but connects to various points of interest in the Hampden area, and to the Woodberry Light Rail Stop.

In 2005, as part of the Greater Baltimore Bus Initiative, a comprehensive overhaul plan for the region's transit system, it was initially proposed that the Hampden Shuttle would be completely eliminated due to low ridership and a heavy cost to taxpayers. This was a plan that seriously worried the area's residents.[4] However, after community meetings, it was ultimately decided that it would continue operating with no schedule change.[5]

In 2006, MTA proposed that the routing would shift from Falls Road to Roland Avenue in order to replace service that would be discontinued on a portion of Route 27. This plan was introduced again late in 2007, and implemented early in 2008.[6][7]


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  2. ^ MTA Rate Increases Go In Effect June 30 The Baltimore Chronicle (June 10, 2003). Retrieved 2010-04-22.
  3. ^ Greg Ng (June 5, 2003). "MTA Bus, Subway, Light Rail Fares Go Up". The WBAL Channel. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  4. ^ Will Morton (July 3, 2005). "Quiet "in-between area" not far from downtown". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  5. ^ Michael Dresser (July 29, 2005). "State unveils bus route changes less sweeping than prior proposal". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  6. ^ MTA press release (January 10, 2007). "Next phase of changes to MTA bus routes to be delayed". MTA Maryland. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  7. ^ MTA press release (February 11, 2008). "MTA announces winter schedule improvements for bus routes for Baltimore metropolitan region". MTA Maryland. Retrieved 2010-04-22.