Getting bus riders around town, faster. The bus lane is expanding in Downtown Baltimore. Starting Monday part of Baltimore street will become a designated bus lane. Crews will paint the road red from Arch to Gay streets this week from 8pm to 5am.
The bus lanes are being painted red so they stand out to drivers. If you're caught driving on the red pavement, you could get hit with a $90 fine and a point on your license.
Designated bus lanes will be painted in other parts of downtown from now until September. This is the scheduled timeline:
Week of May 15 Baltimore Street (from Arch to Gay streets);
June 5 Fayette Street (from President to Arch streets);
June 28 Gay Street (from Baltimore to Forrest streets);
July 17 Guilford Avenue (from Pleasant to Fayette streets);
July 17 Hillen Street (from Forrest to Front streets);
July 31 Lombard Street (from Howard to Penn streets and from President Street to Market Place);
August 14 Pratt Street (from Greene to Howard streets);
August 21 Charles Street (from Madison to Oliver streets); and
September 25 St. Paul/Light Street (from Monument to Redwood streets).
This is all part of the BaltimoreLink project. It aims at improving transportation in Baltimore, and making buses run on time and more efficiently. Bus routes will change under the program on June 18.