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Ok.  The 35 did take you directly to White Marsh.  I thought you were talking about Towson.  How did you get directly to Arundel Mills pre-BL?

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The 14

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And the #36 used to go all the way to York Road and Northern Parkway.

Now, it takes multiple transfers.

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I've personally noticed that the Red Line that replaced the 8 and 48 has been consistently late/no-show.

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The #29 to Brooklyn is a joke. Never on time. And two consecutive days, I saw 4 buses back-to-back-to-back-back of the #29. Every time I catch the #29 to work, it's 20 to 30 minutes late.

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MTA complaint line (410) 333-2354.

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1 hour ago, Baltimatt said:

MTA complaint line (410) 333-2354.

Is that a hint? :)

 

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1 hour ago, Rob said:

Is that a hint? :)

 

Yes.  Call and complain, complain, and complain.

I missed a bus once because it was running early.  I called, and the telephone agent had the dispatcher make the bus turn around and start the route again.

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Makes no sense to have 4 buses right behind each other.

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Sucks to hear this sounds like it's been a disaster.

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On 10/9/2017 at 8:30 PM, Baltimatt said:

Yes.  Call and complain, complain, and complain.

I missed a bus once because it was running early.  I called, and the telephone agent had the dispatcher make the bus turn around and start the route again.

Wow that is impressive.

To all you strap hangers .... i would suggest you put that number  on speed dial on your cell.... and use it!

From a practical viewpoint you can be the eyes and ears of those that dispatch etc.....they can't be out on the street monitoring every bus.

So you calling gives them insight as to what is REALLY GOING ON.....that will make the system better....hopefully.

Just a suggestion

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http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/bs-md-baltimorelink-update-20171114-story.html

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Five months after the Maryland Transit Administration rerouted its entire Baltimore-area bus network, buses now arrive on time about 80 percent of the time, but ridership remains flat, according to MTA Administrator Kevin Quinn.  The $135 million bus system overhaul called BaltimoreLink has increased reliability by 9 percent, thanks in part to new bus-only lanes designed to help buses bypass gridlock downtown and traffic-light sensors that extend green lights and shorten red ones for them, among other measures, he said.

“That may not sound like a lot, but any transit system nationwide would be thrilled with a 9 percent increase in reliability,” he said. “All around, pieces are coming into place.”  The agency has been tweaking the system based on rider feedback since the June launch, Quinn said, and it incorporated ridership trends into its proposed 2018 Winter Service Adjustments set to take place in February.

 

Winter service changes

I see they are getting rid of those Beltway express buses because of low ridership.  I'm not surprised.

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Finally some good news relating to the MTA.

Hopefully they don't celebrate the 9% increase too much and continue to get better and more reliable.

Edited by Pickle20

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Why is ridership down? How is/was that calculated?

Are we talking since before the changes or is that part of a continuing trend?

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4 hours ago, Guido2 said:

Why is ridership down? How is/was that calculated?

Are we talking since before the changes or is that part of a continuing trend?

It said ridership was flat, i.e., steady, not down.

MTA has various ways of estimating ridership, from farebox counts, automatic passenger counts that use an electric eye to count people boarding and alighting, and manual counters (people who check).

 

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2 hours ago, Baltimatt said:

It said ridership was flat, i.e., steady, not down.

MTA has various ways of estimating ridership, from farebox counts, automatic passenger counts that use an electric eye to count people boarding and alighting, and manual counters (people who check).

 

Ahhh. Thx

 

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I rode the Blue line yesterday downtown for the Ravens game. Took it from Forest Park Ave to the Howard Street stop. I didn't realize they changed the station from Baltimore St/Paca St to Saratoga/Howard so that was interesting, but aside from that it ran smoothly and I liked being able to get the bus arrival times via text.

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On 12/4/2017 at 9:57 AM, Pickle20 said:

I rode the Blue line yesterday downtown for the Ravens game. Took it from Forest Park Ave to the Howard Street stop. I didn't realize they changed the station from Baltimore St/Paca St to Saratoga/Howard so that was interesting, but aside from that it ran smoothly and I liked being able to get the bus arrival times via text.

Glad it worked for you.

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15 hours ago, Baltimatt said:

Glad it worked for you.

Yeah. Granted this was one time on a slow Sunday morning.

I can only imagine what things are like during rush hour.

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All I know is....my car is never late...it is there when I want it...and it takes me wherever I want to go...and no transfers. ;):D

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