Transit Modes

The MTA operates under many constrains that, in some cases, prevent it from doing things that seem obvious to riders. In many cases, the riders need to do political work to remove these constraints by shaking resource loose from the state government. This page attempts to provide back ground information and reveal some of these constraints so that riders can start to shake loose the resources required to remove them.

By Maryland Law, the MTA must have a fare box recovery higher than 40%. Currently, the MTA claims an actual fare box recovery just above 32%, about the sixth highest in the nation. Because the legal requirement is not met, the MTA has responded by raising fares or cutting service. ( See State Farebox Law Hurts Baltimore Transit by CPHA.) The law mandating the 40% recovery is up for renewal in soon and an important agenda item is a lowering of this requirement.
The MTA operates some service directly: Metro Subway, Light Rail,  local bus, and some express commuter service. Some service is contracted out: MARC and some commuter bus service. The MTA also makes grants to local governments to operate their transit systems.

Click on the links for more information on each mode. We will add information as we can.