Greyhound launches service for rural Maryland
Greyhound and the Maryland Transit Administration have launched a new service connecting communities in Northeastern Maryland and Delaware with the intercity bus company's national network with prices of $21 a ride or less.
The new Baltimore-Wimington line is the first of what could be several short-haul intercity bus lines serving rural Maryland, including routes in Western Maryland and the Eastern Shore, said MTA spokesman Terry Owens.
The first phase of the Greyhound Connect program, which made its debut this week with promotional fares of $1 through Monday, is part of the MTA's Rural Intercity Bus Program. It will serve Baltimore, White Marsh, Aberdeen, Edgewood, Elkton, Perryville and North East in Maryland as well as Newark and Wilmington in Delaware. Buses will run once a day, 7 days a week in each direction and will connect with the national Greyhound network at stations in Aberdeen and Baltimore.
According to Greyhound, the program was launched after a needs assessment by the state that identified regions of Maryland that now lack "daily, scheduled and affordable" transportation. The service will be underwritten by a grant by the Federal Transit Administration for the next 18 months. Greyhound will contribute by linking the service to its online ticketing system.
Maureen Richmond, a spokeswoman for Greyhound, said the Northeastern Maryland service could be a first step toward extending bus service to other rural areas of the state. She said Maryland officials are looking into the idea.
"I think that's something they're definitely taking a close look at," she said.
Richmond provided the following timetable:
FROM WILMINGTON TO BALTIMORE
Wilmington, DE ET 14:10
Newark , DE 14:40
Elkton , MD 14:55
White Marsh Station 16:20
Baltimore, MD ET 16:40
FROM BALTIMORE TO WILMINGTON
Baltimore, MD ET 11:15
White Marsh Station 11:35
Newark ,DE 13:15
Wilmington, DE ET 13:45
Tickets can be purchased online at www.greyhound.com or 800-231-2222.