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The Collegetown Shuttle

August 16, 2016
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Your gateway to Baltimore and beyond. By: Nilo Exar, Towson University

The Collegetown Shuttle is a free bus service for students, staff, and faculty at 6 participating colleges and universities in Baltimore. One of many benefits the Shuttle service provides are connections which offer a variety of transfer options to explore the city and other key areas throughout the region. Riders simply show their college or university ID card to get on board the Collegetown Shuttle.

Both blue and red shuttle routes end at Penn Station, a major transportation hub in Baltimore, with convenient access to abundant and affordable transit options. At Penn Station riders may choose to transfer to the Baltimore Light Rail (a short walk) or Charm City Circulator to discover Bal

timore’s neighborhoods, or get on board the BoltBus,  Amtrak or MARC trains that travels to destinations on the East Coast, from D.C. to Philadelphia to New York.  

To buy a MARC or AMTRAK train ticket, simply go to one of the QuikTrak machines and buy your train ticket!  If you’re having trouble, there is a customer service desk that is always ready to help.

At Penn Station, riders may catch the “Penn Line” MARC Train and in about an hour be in D.C.  What’s better, the MARC Penn Line now runs on weekends! By selecting to take the MARC Train to D.C.’s Union Station riders may spend a day in the Nation’s Capital, and see the most adorable pandas! 

Once at Union Station, riders are connected to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation System, the Metro, and as a result have access to a long list of destinations throughout the District. The Smithsonian station, on the metro’s Blue and Orange lines, offers access to all of the museums on the National Mall, the Capitol, and memorials from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial.  Remember, most of the museums and memorials on the Mall are free of charge!

Prefer not to wander too far from home? Hop on Baltimore’s local and affordable transportation options, the Charm City Circulator or the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), directly from Penn Station. The Charm City Circulator, a free bus service that runs throughout downtown Baltimore, has a bus stop just a

few steps from Collegetown’s Penn Station stop.  From there, the Purple bus

 route travels to the Inner Harbor, where riders may transfer to additional Circulator routes, in about ten minutes! The Circulator system offers four convenient bus routes throughout the downtown Baltimore area as well as the Harbor Connector, a free water taxi service. Buses arrive every ten to fifteen minutes, and can be tracked through the Circulator’s online bus tracking syste

m, Nextbus. Interested in visiting neighborhoods outside downtown Baltimore, jump on one of the many MTA local bus routes. Furthermore, riders can make additional transfers from an MTA bus at Penn Station to the MTA’s light rail, metro subway line, commuter buses, and MARC Train choices.

Now that the Orioles are back into the swing of things, you can take the Collegetown Shuttle to Penn Station and then take a five-minute walk to the MTA Mount Royal light rail station at University of Baltimore.  

From there, Oriole Park at Camden Yards is a short light rail ride away. Light rail fare is $3.20 per person roundtrip, no matter how far you go.  That’s the equivalent of going about two stops on the D.C. Metro!  Yay Baltimore, let’s go O’s!

The Collegetown Shuttle provides quick connections to regional transportation options for Baltimore, D.C., and the Northeast.  Whether you are spending an afternoon in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, or taking a day trip to D.C. or New York, the Collegetown Shuttle is your gateway to Baltimore and beyond.

- Nilo Exar, Shuttle Intern, Towson University

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