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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Baltimore, MD (June 13, 2014) The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) announced today that starting this Sunday, June 15th, the MTA’s local 17 bus line will be adding * two additional trips to their Sunday schedule, to assist those who need to get to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport Sunday mornings between 4:22 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. The early morning service will fill the void that will be left by The BWI Business Partnership’s successful Sunrise Shuttle Service which expires at the end of the month. The #17 bus will depart from the University of Maryland Transit Center, stop at BWI and continue onto Arundel Mills Mall/Maryland Live!
The BWI Business Partnership’s Sunrise Shuttle Service met the growing demand of non-traditional 24/7 workforce needs. Developed by The BWI Business Partnership, an economic development and transportation management organization, the shuttle operated early Sunday and holiday mornings to BWI Marshall Airport. The project was funded by the Federal Jobs Access Reverse Commute (JARC) funds matched by the Abell Foundation for the last two years. The Sunrise Shuttle had excellent ridership carrying more than 150 passengers each Sunday, filling a vital transit need.
“The BWI Business Partnership identified a unique transit ridership need in the BWI region and filled that need with their Sunrise Shuttle,” said MTA Administrator & CEO Robert Smith. “We are happy to work with The Partnership to assist those customers who rely on public transit to get to work during non-traditional work hours. This service is exactly the type of expanded service we need to provide as we work with the private sector to meet the O’Malley-Brown Administration’s goal of doubling transit ridership.”
“We have been working closely with the MTA to ‘connect the dots’ between where people live and where the jobs are now,” said Linda Greene, Executive Director of The BWI Business Partnership. “Essential workers at our seven-day per week employment centers, who had great difficulty getting to work on time, can now rely on this sustainable service which can make the difference in retaining their jobs.”
Beginning this Sunday, June 15, 2014, the MTA’s #17 local bus line will begin offering their two new additional trips to BWI and Arundel Mills:
*4:20am - Leaves Univ. of MD Transit Ctr. / 4:53am - Stops at BWI / 5:13am - Arrives at Arundel Mills Mall
*5:20am - Leaves Univ. of MD Transit Ctr. /5:53am - Stops at BWI/6:13am - Arrives at Arundel Mills Mall
To view the entire schedule for the #17 bus line visit http://www.mta.maryland.gov or access the schedule directly at this link: http://mta.maryland.gov/sites/default/files/17_JUN2014_WEB_REV.pdf
About Maryland Transit Administration (MTA)
The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) is a division of the Maryland Department of Transportation, and one of the largest multi-modal transit systems in the United States. MTA operates Local and Commuter Buses, Light Rail, Metro Subway, Maryland Regional Commuter (MARC) Train Service, and a comprehensive Paratransit (Mobility) system. MTA also manages the Taxi Access system, and directs funding and statewide assistance to Locally Operated Transit Systems (LOTS) in each of Maryland’s 23 counties, Baltimore City, Annapolis and Ocean City. Visit MTA’s website at http://mta.maryland.gov , Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/mtamaryland or Twitter feed at http://twitter.com/mtamaryland for more sources of updated information.
About the BWI Business Partnership, Inc.
TheBWI Business Partnership is an award-winning organization of more than 200 businesses, local, state and federal government agencies dedicated to strengthening the business climate and transportation network in the central Maryland region. Its programs include a monthly Signature Breakfast series and other relevant forums that bring together public and private sector leaders to address business interests and create unique opportunities to influence the region’s growth. For more information, please visit www.bwipartner.org, https://twitter.com/BWIPartner,
Paulette Austrich (MTA) Krystal Duncan (The BWI Business Partnership)
Office: 410-767-3936 Office: 410-859-1000