State gives Arundel, Howard $300,000 for pilot commuter shuttle service

August 23, 1996|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,SUN STAFF

To improve Maryland's air quality, the Maryland Department of Transportation gave more than $300,000 to Anne Arundel and Howard counties yesterday for a regional commuter shuttle to help people travel between the BWI Business District and Howard County.

Under the department's Transportation Emissions Reduction Pilot (TERP) grants program, the one-year pilot shuttle program will provide free service for residents and workers between BWI and Howard during morning and evening rush hours.

The program "reduces the amount of emissions and it also reduces congestion on the highways," said Neil Shpritz, executive director for the BWI Partnership. The nonprofit association, which works in transportation management and clean air strategies, will administer the shuttle service.

Shpritz estimated that 750 to 775 riders will use the shuttle service each week in the one-year demonstration.

The $306,100 in grants was presented to the two counties at the MARC Dorsey Station on Route 100 in Dorsey at 2 p.m. yesterday. In addition to Shpritz, Anne Arundel County Executive John G. Gary, Howard County Executive Charles I. Ecker and state transportation officials attended.

The shuttle routes will be:

BWI rail station to Airport Square Business Area, then onto the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, into Parkway Center off Route 100 and to the new Dorsey rail station in Howard.

The Dorsey MARC rail station to a nearby warehouse district XTC along Route 100 and up to Route 32.

Jessup along U.S. 1, heading toward Columbia Gateway.

Pub Date: 8/23/96

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