The Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) issued a Request for Proposals to plan and provide microtransit or demand-responsive transit to increase efficiency of the MTA’s existing LocalLink 75 route. The service area will include the area between BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, Arundel Mills Mall, and Parkway Center; this area was selected because transit-users in the area currently experience delays and inefficiencies. The RFP outlines a 2-year pilot timeframe, and it includes a specific details regarding the service parameters.
The concept for this pilot was developed through participation in the Mobility on-demand (MOD) On-Ramp program led by the Shared-Use Mobility Center, and with support from the Federal Transit Administration. The process for developing this service plan included meetings with over 30 local groups and stakeholders, collecting over 300 rider surveys, knowledge exchanges with other transit agencies around the country, and a series of scenario and cost analyses.
More information on the RFP can be found here.