Stimulus funds two new buses

March 22, 2009|By Tyeesha Dixon | Tyeesha Dixon,

The county has received $386,000 in federal grant money to buy two buses for Fort Meade and MARC rail commuters.

The federal stimulus funds will be used to buy two ultra-low-sulfur diesel-powered buses, which will provide service to Fort Meade, the surrounding communities and nearby MARC stations, the county has announced. The buses are to operate during peak hours Monday through Friday. The funds will also cover the purchase of radios, GPS devices, fare boxes, wheelchair ramps and bike racks, according to the county.

"Base Realignment and Closure will bring new commuters to West County, and this funding is a good start toward getting those workers on mass transit," County Executive John R. Leopold said in a statement. "The routes will be synchronized with rail service at the Odenton and Savage MARC stations, as well as shuttle bus service provided by Fort Meade. This acquisition will enhance my administration's vision for mixed-use transit-oriented development in West County. Increased transit use means improved transportation mobility and a cleaner environment."

The county hopes to start operating the new bus routes in the fall, said Dave Abrams, a county spokesman.

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