Route 48 (MTA Maryland)

Route 48 was a limited stop bus, identified as a "Quickbus", operated by the Maryland Transit Administration in Baltimore and its suburbs. The line ran from the University of Maryland Transit Center to Towson along the York Road/Greenmount Avenue corridor. Service operated Monday through Saturday every 15 minutes between 5:30 AM and 6:30 PM.[2]

Route 48
Overview
SystemMaryland Transit Administration
GarageKirk
Bush
StatusEliminated
Began service2009
Ended service2017
Route
LocaleBaltimore City
Baltimore County
Communities servedTowson
Stoneleigh
Govans
Waverly
Landmarks servedTowson Town Center
Towson University
Belvedere Square
Senator Theater
Other routes1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 30, 33, 35, 36, qb40, 44, qb46, qb47, 55, 61, 64, 91, 120, 150, 160
Service
LevelWeekdays and Saturdays
FrequencyEvery 15 minutes
Operates5:30 am to 6:30 pm[1]

Route 48 was identical to the local Route 8 bus, except that it did not operate along the segment between Towson and Lutherville. But, unlike the Route 8 local bus, the 48 did not stop at every bus stop along its route. Rather, its stops were limited to certain locations of importance, including transfer points to other bus lines, major landmarks, and other busy intersections selected by MTA. In total, there were 28 stops along the route.[2][3]

History

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The Route 48 Quickbus began service on August 30, 2009, replacing the Route 8 Express Bus.[4][5] It was the second of Quickbus route initiated by MTA; Route 40 was rebranded as the MTA's first Quickbus on January 30, 2007.[6]

The no. 48 designation has previously been used for several streetcar and bus routes, including the No. 48 Streetcar, which operated between Mt. Washington and Belvedere loop in 1949-50 along the present route of Route 27,[7] the SEET Shuttle which operated briefly 1988-89, and a series of routes for students of the Baltimore City Public Schools that operated 1997-2004.[8]

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Route 48 was replaced by CityLink Red on June 18, 2017 as part of the BaltimoreLink transit overhaul program.[9]

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References

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  1. ^ "https://www.mta.maryland.gov/sites/default/files/48.pdf | Maryland Transit Administration" (PDF). www.mta.maryland.gov. {{cite web}}: External link in |title= (help)
  2. ^ a b Quick Bus 48 Schedule MTA Maryland, effective 2009-8-31, retrieved 2009-12-15
  3. ^ Andy Rosen (May 13, 2009), Maryland Transit Authority looking at QuickbusesDaily Record, retrieved 2009-12-15
  4. ^ "Mta to Add Downtown Express". 19 August 2009.
  5. ^ Summary of Bus Service Modifications Effective Sunday, August 30, 2009 Archived August 13, 2009, at the Wayback Machine MTA Maryland website, retrieved 2009-12-15
  6. ^ MTA Announces "QuickBus" Service on 40 Line; Bus Restructuring Put on Hold Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback MachineBTA Updates (January 30, 2007), Baltimore Transit Alliance, retrieved 2009-12-15
  7. ^ "A History of the Falls Road Streetcar Line". Archived from the original on 2002-06-01. Retrieved 16 May 2011.
  8. ^ "Baltimore Transit Archives". Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 16 May 2011.
  9. ^ "Route 48". BaltimoreLink.