When the Kirk Division bus depot and maintenance facility was built in 1947, the exhaust-belching bus you see above was state of the art. While the state of buses has improved dramatically in the ensuing 65 years, the Kirk facility has not. The noise, exhaust and visibility of the buses there may have been acceptable for another era – but no longer.
To the delight of the East Baltimore Midway neighborhood that’s home to Kirk, they’ll soon be able to breathe easier – and not a moment too soon. This past Monday, July 23rd, the project to bring Kirk into the twenty-first century was formally announced. Construction of a new, $53 million, 100,000 square foot facility is set to begin in late spring of 2013, and completed by fall 2014.
Finally, after all these years, buses will be housed indoors, exhaust and noise will be minimized, and neighbors who’ve lived next to each other for years can have a conversation over the back fence that doesn’t require them to shout.
As a public service organization, MTA is keenly aware of our responsibility to be a good neighbor, and we are grateful to the many residents in the surrounding area who helped to spur development of this new facility. We also salute the supporters of public transportation at every level of local, state and federal government who recognize the importance of public transportation for the citizens of Maryland. Thanks to all for a job well done.