It might appear Gov. Larry Hogan wants to make Baltimore's maligned bus system elite.
The governor and the Maryland Transit Administration will unveil five buses featuring pictures of Ravens star Joe Flacco in a news conference with the Super Bowl-winning quarterback Wednesday afternoon, officials announced Tuesday.
The promotion is part of BaltimoreLink, $135 million overhaul of the MTA bus system's routes that Hogan says will make service more reliable and better connect the city's transportation network. Rollout of the new routes is to begin in June.
The Maryland-flag colored buses will include in-game photos of Flacco and Ravens logos, with the slogan "Linking You to the Places that Matter Most."
Flacco, who makes roughly $22.1 million a year, plus an estimated $500,000 in various endorsements, will receive $45,000 for the one-year use of his image on the buses, an MTA spokesman said. The contract also includes radio and television spots.