ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. – The new commuter bus between Baltimore City and Aberdeen Proving Ground officially began service between the city and Harford County’s largest employer Oct. 3.
The bus service is the result of a joint effort between the Maryland Transit Administration, or MTA, and Aberdeen Proving Ground. The effort is targeted at the more than 1,000 Team APG personnel who currently live in Baltimore and commute to the Army installation more than 30 miles north.
According to Syreeta Gross, a garrison contractor who manages the installation’s Commuter Center, efforts to bring additional public transportation options to APG began more than five years ago. State funding issues ruled out additional train stops, she said, turning the focus to vanpools and buses. In late 2015, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced the Baltimore Link program, appropriating nearly $200 million to overhaul the city’s transit system and help aid transportation efforts to connect Baltimore City residents to regional employers, Gross explained.
“They’re aware of what we do here at APG. We’re trying to recruit young engineers and scientists to support the R&D mission and they want to live in metropolitan areas,” Gross said. “[Implementing
this new route] just makes sense.”
The Baltimore/Aberdeen Proving Ground commuter bus line No. 425 operates on the following schedule:
- Northbound Weekday Morning Service: Operates between existing stops in Baltimore City and Aberdeen Proving Ground. The northbound route leaves its originating stop, Wolfe St. & Monument St. at Johns Hopkins Hospital, in Baltimore City at 5:10, 6:10 and 7:10 a.m., arriving to its last stop at the GATE Complex on APG North (Aberdeen) at 6:50; 7:50; and 8:50, respectively.
- Southbound Weekday Afternoon Service: Operates a similar route, in reverse. The southbound route leaves its originating stop, Raritan Ave. & Havre de Grace St. on APG North at 3, 4 and 5 p.m., arriving to its last stop in Baltimore City, Monument St. & Wolfe St. at 4:33, 5:33 and 6:33, respectively.
The commuter bus stops at several buildings on APG North, including several stops at the C4ISR Campus, Bldg. 2202, and the GATE Complex near the Route 715 gate. At this time, the commuter bus does not on APG South (Edgewood), but does make a stop at the Edgewood Shopping Center.
Federal Employee Mass Transit Benefit Program
As of Jan.1, federal employees can receive up to $255 a month for commuting costs when utilizing a vanpool, train or bus. The maximum cost for a monthly pass to utilize the Baltimore/APG commuter bus line No. 425 is $170.
More information about the new Baltimore/APG bus route #425 can be found online at https://mta.maryland.gov/commuter-bus.