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Just released! Details of MTA’s proposed changes to serve to add two bus lines as well as improve the reliability and efficiency of the bus network by modifying the 11, 20, 30, and 36 lines. Proposed changes would be effective February 8, 2015. Learn what’s being proposed to help the bus system work better February 2015 Service Changes.
What Is the Bus Network Improvement Project (BNIP)?
BNIP (Bus Network Improvement Project) is a focused project to develop a plan for updating and improving MTA's bus service. BNIP is a key component of a larger effort called the Transit Modernization Program (TMP) which is working to modernize the entire MTA transit system throughout the state.
BNIP aims to maximize service quality and transit access through an up-to-date analysis of ridership and regional land-use data and with the assistance of public input. This project will establish recommendations for implementation in August 2014 and provide the groundwork for a multi-phase improvement plan. See MTA Adminstrator, Robert L. Smith, as he introduces the project on our YouTube channel.
Why do we need BNIP?
The MTA bus network is not working optimally. There are problems with on-time performance, reliability, crowding, lines that do not serve customer’s needs, and low customer satisfaction. It has been over a decade since the last system-wide improvement study, and it is time to review and update the system to better serve the region.
Input from the riding public continues to be very important to this study via a variety of venues.
The experiences and needs of the riders are some of the best sources of information that we can gain as we plan for the future of MTA’s transit service in the Baltimore area.
*MTA's BNIP Recommendations have not yet been released. What happened?
Well, we just need a bit more time. As you probably know, the MTA’s core bus network of 62 unique bus lines carries over 68 million people annually, accounting for 64 percent of MTA’s ridership. Needless to say, our long-overdue Bus Network Improvement Project has been one major undertaking. This multi-phase improvement plan is near roll-out ready, but needs fine-tuning before the official unveiling.
Thanks to your invaluable feedback combined with census and MTA ridership data, we had a significant amount of information to analyze while completing the plan.
We thank you in advance for your patience as we prepare the plan for release. Please stay tuned to the MindMixer website (http://mtamaryland.mindmixer.com) for updates as we strive to provide you with our best proposal for improving the MTA Bus System.
Thanks so much for helping us improve transit!