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The Maryland Transit Administration will add an express bus route between the downtown University of Maryland Transit Center and Towson as part of a series of changes in its fall schedule.

The new No. 48 Quickbus will provide limited-stop service along the current route of the No. 8 bus line, one of the system's busiest. The route, which will replace the express runs of the No. 8 line, is modeled on the crosstown No. 40 Quickbus service begun several years ago.

Weekday service on the 48 will run every 15 minutes between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. on the Greenmount Avenue-York Road corridor. On Saturdays, service will begin at 7 a.m. and continue until 7 p.m. The line will not operate on Sundays, when the route will be served by the No. 8.

Other changes in the fall schedule, which will go into effect Aug. 30, include new schedules of Routes No. 3, 4, 16, 20, 21, 27, 29, 36, 48, 51 and 150. The current M1, M2 and M6 routes will be redesignated the No. 52, No. 53 and No. 57 respectively.

The M17 route is being eliminated, with service between the Owings Mills Metro Station and Red Land Court being switched to the No. 59 route.

On the No. 17 route to Anne Arundel County, service to the Airport 100 Business Park and the State Employees Credit Union headquarters will be eliminated. Some runs will terminate at Arundel Mills, others at Parkway Center.

Other changes will occur on Routes No. 7, 8, 14, 15, 24, 33, 35 and 48 routes. Details can be found at

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