|The route of the new Horseshoe Casino to Exelon bus shuttle|
Starting September 26, the new Point East Shuttle will take employees from Horseshoe Casino to Harbor East and Harbor Point with stops at Camden Station and Pratt Street at President Street. See below for the shuttle route and timing. Once the shuttle is operating, you will be able to track when the next shuttle will arrive at your stop both on this site and through a downloaded app called Trans Loc Riders. Information regarding this service will be emailed out to registered users for their convenience. Employees can choose to ride from the following options:
|Circulator bus on the newly painted bus lane on|
Pratt Street (Photo ArchPlan Inc.)
Without rail serving Harbor East and HarborPoint, additional bus service should be a given. One doesn't get the sense that Beatty development is seriously engaged in the Link Bus routing discussion with the goal to bring excellent service to Harbor East and HarborPoint. That leaves the Circulator which is currently serving Harbor East and HarborPoint. It is hard to understand why the Waterfront Partnership decided to run another show, in parts on the same route. as the Circulator.
|UB shuttle on the same corridor as the Circulator and the MTA|
(photo: ArchPlan In.c)
A bus can hold 40 people, that's way better than 40 cars with one person in each, but that isn't the alternative here. Because these shuttles are not demand based but run on a fixed schedule, whether anybody wants to use them or not, they often run empty or nearly so, which makes for a much less positive balance on the emissions chart.
The proliferation of shuttles is not only a Baltimore problem. The San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Commission commissioned an entire shuttle census to understand what is on the road. However, the focus of that study was the urban-exurban shuttle, less the downtown circulator variety which is less known in San Francisco thanks to excellent transit services there with streetcars, light rail, cable car and subway. The findings of the commission regarding the commuter shuttles sound rather positive:
The Bay Area’s shuttle fleet contributes to reducing congestion on the region’s roads and to reduced CO2 emissions by reducing total vehicle miles traveled. In addition, many shuttles complement regional transit services by providing critical “last mile” connections to destinations from transit hubs. MTC hopes to more precisely quantify CO2 emission impacts in the next Shuttle CensusThe Baltimore situation cannot be judged that kindly. It simply doesn't make sense to have so many private and exclusive shuttles running on the same routes as public MTA buses and the Circulator. In other words, wouldn't it be much better if all these institutions would fund and enhance the public municipal system which is bleeding red ink?
Klaus Philipsen, FAIA
Waterfront Partnership Shuttle announcement