Dedicated Bus Lanes Take Effect Today

Monday, December 28

The Baltimore City Department of Transportation today announced that the dedicated bus lanes in downtown Baltimore are now in effect today, Monday, December 28, 2009.

In order to improve transit services for the citizens of Baltimore, dedicated bus lanes were installed along Lombard and Pratt Streets from Martin Luther King, Junior Boulevard to President Street. Dedicated bus lanes separate transit vehicles from other modes of traffic. The new designated lanes give priority to buses and provide for a safer transit commute with minimal delays.

The dedicated lanes have been specially marked with striping and signage to distinguish them from the adjacent lanes of travel. They will be utilized by MTA buses, shuttle buses, paratransit vehicles, school buses and the new Charm City Circulator, which is scheduled to begin service on January 11, 2010.

In addition to transit vehicles, these lanes will be used by vehicles making right turns and bicyclists. By riding a bicycle or using public transit, citizens will benefit from the dedicated lanes and will help make Baltimore a cleaner and greener city.

Motorists who drive in the dedicated bus lanes for purposes other than making right turns are subject to a $90 fine. These citations are considered moving violations and may result in points being assigned to the motorist’s license.

The Baltimore City Department of Transportation:
“Keeping Baltimore Moving Safely”