Md. commits $200K for free rides at Fort Meade
The state of Maryland says it is committing $200,000 a year to give free rides home to Fort Meade workers who must leave early or stay late.
Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown announced the program Wednesday as part of a plan for avoiding transportation problems as the Army base near Laurel expands as part of the base realignment and closure plan.
Brown says the state will offer taxi rides or rental cars up to four times a year to workers facing personal emergencies or unscheduled overtime.
The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, which operates the Guaranteed Ride Home program, will provide the service. According to Brown's office, more than 13,250 commuters, including 5,827 Marylanders, are currently registered in the Washington program.
The Defense Department is moving about 6,500 jobs to Fort Meade this year and next as it closes and realigns other operations.
-- Associated Press
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