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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University July 24, 2006 | Vol. 35 No. 40
More bus service set for Canton, Fells Point residents

Responding to the requests of staff, residents and students for expanded transportation service between Canton, Fells Point and the East Baltimore campus, Johns Hopkins Medicine has been working with the Maryland Transit Authority and last week announced that the MTA is adding additional stops on its No. 13 bus line.

George Economas, director of parking and transportation for JHM, said that the enhanced MTA route — which provides nearly 20 hours of continuous service every day, including weekends and holidays — will offer more extensive and convenient transportation options than the limited shuttle service that the JHM Parking and Transportation Office initiated on a pilot basis last March.

The shuttle from the campus to Fells Point, which will be discontinued on Aug. 4, had just four stops, operating only between 6 and 8 a.m. and between 5 and 7 p.m. Also, the shuttle, Economas noted, did not provide service to most of Canton, where an increasing number of Johns Hopkins employees live.

A survey of the pilot shuttle riders conducted in April showed that expanded hours of service and access to Canton were key requests. The MTA's No. 13 bus has a Fells Point leg that follows the same Wolfe and Washington streets route to the campus as the pilot shuttle but also continues along Boston Street into Canton. Another leg goes from the campus through East Baltimore north of Patterson Park and then through Highlandtown to Canton.

Hopkins leaders have held meetings with medical student and house staff representatives about the service change.

Hopkins employees can purchase pre-tax monthly passes for the MTA buses from either the university's WageWorks program or the health system's Benefits Office. Students in the schools of Medicine, Nursing and Public Health can purchase discounted monthly permits through their school's business office.

Updated schedules for the No. 13 bus line will be available via handouts distributed on the Fells Point shuttle, in the Parking ID Office located in 108 Harvey/Nelson and online at schedule and

Corporate Security's transportation service will continue to provide its other 13 shuttle routes, including two for satellite parking lots, eight in and around the East Baltimore campus, one to Bayview, one for on-call and one to the Mount Washington campus.


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