Ribbon-cutting held for bus
— Queen Anne’s County Commissioners joined state officials in a ribbon cutting on Tuesday, March 7, to celebrate the new commuter bus 210, linking Kent Island to Annapolis to Baltimore.
It takes three to six months normally for a new route to catch on, said Paul Comfort, administrator and chief executive officer for the Maryland Transit Administration.
“When you start a new route, people have to change their traffic patterns.” Comfort said. “So, we have to make it easy for them, which is why we are offering free service for two
weeks and doing a lot of media to ensure people understand how this works.”
The route 210 on Kent Island runs in the morning and returns in the afternoon at two park and ride locations — one on Castle Marina Road by Western Auto and the other in Stevensville by Kmart, the MTA said.
“This new route will connect Eastern Shore residents to employment and education opportunities in Annapolis and Baltimore,” Comfort said at the ribbon cutting held at the Stevensville park and ride.
The bus from Kent Island stops at various locations in Annapolis and Baltimore, creating a commuter route for those who live in Queen Anne’s County and work in those two cities. In all, there are five buses with the Route 210 label, including three that run from Kent Island to Annapolis to Baltimore, and two other buses which run between Annapolis and Baltimore.
MTA released the ridership figures for those buses since the route started. The following represents the total number of riders for all five buses per day: 20 people on March 1, 28 for March 2, 30 for March 3, and 31 for March 6.
Each bus has 55 seats, a bathroom and wifi.
It’s “typical on commuter routes for ridership to continue to build over time as people begin to change their commuting patterns,” said Ryan Nawrocki, MTA spokesman.
At the ribbon-cutting, Queen Anne’s County Commissioners Robert C. Buckey and Jack N. Wilson Jr. praised the new bus service.
Buckey said the new bus route will “absolutely” be successful. “I think the citizens are going to utilize this. The money they are going to save is valuable. They won’t have the wear and tear on their vehicles, the gas and the tolls. It’s a win-win scenario,” he said.
Wilson said the success will depend on the marketing and how fast the word of mouth spreads. About half of the people who live in Queen Anne’s County, who work in cities, work in Baltimore or Washington, D.C., he said.
As for the fare, the state is currently running the 210 buses for free through March 14. After that, the fare will be implemented. The maximum fare is $6.
Bus 210 starts at the Castle Marina park and ride, picking up riders at 5:30 a.m., 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. and then stops again at the Stevensville site five minutes later for each of those times.
In the afternoon, the buses return to the Stevensville site at 4:43 p.m., 5:43 p.m. and 6:43 p.m., and then five minutes later at the Castle Marina site for each of those times.
The Route 210 has drop-off locations in Baltimore including the University of Maryland at Baltimore campus, Charles Street Metro Station, City Hall, and the John Hopkins Hospital.
Also, the bus will link riders to many other transit options including numerous connections to local Annapolis Transit at the Annapolis Mall stop. And, in Baltimore, the 210 will link to Maryland Transportation Authority’s light rail, Metro subway and local bus routes.
To see a complete list of bus stops, times, and exact fares, see the link mta.maryland.gov/sites/default/files/ Route210EffMar1-2017.pdf.
Or call 1-866-RIDE-MTA.
Paul Comfort, administrator and chief executive officer for the Maryland Transit Administration, spoke at a ribboncutting for the new commuter bus 210 at the Stevensville park and ride. Comfort is a former Queen Anne’s county commissioner.
Queen Anne’s County Commissioner Robert Buckey, left, attended a ribbon-cutting for a new bus route that links Kent Island to Annapolis to Baltimore. On the right is Paul Comfort, administrator and chief executive officer for the Maryland Transit Administration. The ribbon-cutting was held on March 7 at the Stevensville park and ride where people can catch the new bus (pictured).