A new MTA line is in the works to get Baltimoreans to and from the growing Tradepoint Atlantic development at Sparrows Point.
The LocalLink 63 bus line will run from the redeveloping industrial hub in Southeast Baltimore County to downtown Baltimore, by way of the Johns Hopkins Bayview campus, MTA spokesman Paul Shepard confirmed in an email. The Baltimore Sun first reported the news.
The future bus line connects a 10-mile stretch between Sparrows Point and Bayview.
Officials estimate the buses will run every eight to 10 minutes during peak hours, though the schedule “will be heavily dependent on shift times for the multiple employers” at Tradepoint Atlantic, Shepard said.
Developers rebranded the area with that name early last year, roughly four years after former beacon of industry Bethlehem Steel shut down its famous plant there. The area has since added some important tenants, signaling it could be on the up and up again soon. Those include FedEx Ground, which recently opened a 300,000-square-foot distribution center there, a Harley-Davison dealership and motorcycle academy and a distribution center for Under Armour, slated to open sometime next year.
Baltimore County has recently been trying to coax Amazon execs to bring a second Baltimore-area distribution center to Tradepoint Atlantic, complementing the existing one in Southeast Baltimore on Broening Highway. State and Baltimore County officials have sweetened the deal by offering $2.2 million in financial incentives to lure the retail giant.
Officials with Tradepoint Atlantic have been pulling for a new bus line to get bodies out to the thousands of expected new jobs there.
The MTA has scheduled a hearing where members of the public will be able comment on the route on Tuesday, Nov. 15, from 6-8 p.m. at the North Point Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library, located at 1716 Merritt Boulevard.
The agency hasn’t responded to a query about when the bus line will be up and running.
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