The Baltimore City transportation authority is spending $3 million to expand the Baltimore Transit Center, where it plans to open a new train station and extend the tracks for another year.
The authority says the $3,200-a-day increase is an investment that will boost the transit system’s reliability and provide more choice for Baltimore residents.
Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced the plan Wednesday.
The new station will serve about 10,000 people daily and will be a part of the expansion of the Baltimore Transportation Center, which opened in 2015 and is located in East Baltimore, officials said.
“Our goal is to get people back on the street in a way that’s sustainable and accessible,” said Mayor Rawlings in a statement.
The project will also expand bus service and increase the number of passengers who can ride the new train line.
The Baltimore Transit Authority said the new station is expected to be ready by early 2019.
Baltimore Transit, which runs the transit agency’s transit bus service, has long struggled with ridership and ridership growth.
Its ridership dropped 5.6% from 2015 to 2016, the lowest rate of decline in the city’s history.
The city’s transportation authority has struggled to keep up with its growing population.
The agency has struggled with funding for projects, such as an expansion of a train station in the Baltimore area and expanding the bus system.
The expansion of Baltimore Transit’s new rail line in East Maryland was completed last year.
In the first year of the project, ridership jumped by 18%, and more than 7,000 riders were added in the first four months of 2017.