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Towson Circulator

Baltimore County is committed to modernizing its transportation system to provide residents, visitors, businesses and stakeholders with what they have consistently asked for—improved service and additional transit options that can better connect people with where they live, work, study and play. 

About the Program

The Towson Circulator will be a localized transit service, which will provide public transportation to Towson’s core destinations and main attractions. The Towson Circulator will complement existing MTA service by providing more frequent stops and will better connect residents with surrounding major anchors, including:

  • Greater Baltimore Medical Center
  • Goucher College
  • Sheppard Pratt Health Systems
  • St. Joseph Medical Center
  • Towson University
  • Retail destinations

The Towson Circulator pilot will be free for all riders and is expected to begin in the fall of 2021.

Towson Circulator Feasibility Study

An initial feasibility study for the program was initiated in 2015. The County began updating a study in 2019 to reflect recent growth and trends in Towson. In 2020, an updated study was completed. Read the final report (PDF).

Proposed Route Concepts

Based on the results of expert research, market analysis and guidance from officials, the County has developed two route concept maps (PDF). Proposed route concepts may include minor adjustments as a result of the ongoing planning process, which will include community input.

Proposed Operating Hours

The Towson Circulator would operate between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. on weekdays, and between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. on Saturdays, with no Sunday service. During the ongoing planning process, including consideration of community input, proposed hours may be adjusted.

Vehicle Fleet

Baltimore County has purchased 12 vehicles which will each hold 25 passengers, provide space for wheelchairs and bikes, and be in full compliance with all federal accessibility rules. Vehicles are expected to be delivered in 2021.

Virtual Public Input Meetings

Baltimore County hosted two, virtual, public input meetings via Webex to provide a forum for public discussion focused on the updated feasibility study. These meetings allowed community members the opportunity to provide input on the proposed routes, bus stop locations and hours of service.

Project Milestones

  • 2015—Towson Circulator feasibility study initiated.
  • 2019
    • County Executive Olszewski provides first dedicated funds for the Towson Circulator.
    • County wins $1.65 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
    • Updated Towson Circulator study begins.
  • 2020
    • County Executive Olszewski provides operating funds for the Towson Circulator.
    • Updated feasibility study completed. Proposed routes announced.
    • Towson Circulator fleet ordered.
  • 2021
    • Towson Circulator fleet expected to be delivered.
    • Towson Circulator expected to begin service in fall.

More Information

This page will be updated throughout the development of the Towson Circulator. Questions can be emailed to TowsonCirculatorPilot@baltimorecountymd.gov.

 
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