Mount Airy bus link to Shady Grove Metro stop likely

Service for commuters expected in mid-March

October 19, 2001|By Childs Walker | Childs Walker,SUN STAFF

Creation of a bus route that would connect Mount Airy to Washington-area public transportation seems imminent after town residents indicated support at an information meeting Wednesday.

The route probably would begin running six times a day between Mount Airy and the Shady Grove Metro station in Montgomery County in mid-March, said Simon Taylor, manager of service development for the Maryland Transit Administration.

For years, Mayor Gerald Johnson and other town leaders have pushed for a bus line to relieve daily congestion between Mount Airy and Damascus, about 10 miles away in Montgomery County.

Taylor said the bus line was included in Gov. Parris N. Glendening's $500 million mass transit initiative because of that persistent lobbying.

The bus would offer commuters three one-way trips to Shady Grove in the morning and three return trips to Mount Airy after work, Taylor said. It would originate at the Mount Airy Park & Ride on Route 27 and would stop at Damascus United Methodist Church on Route 124. MTA estimates the trip between Mount Airy and Shady Grove would take 40 to 50 minutes.

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