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Md. proposes ICC bus service

Readers have asked Dr. Gridlock about mass transit on the Inter-County Connector, the controversial highway in the works for more than half a century, and Maryland officials have weighed in with an answer.

They're proposing two express bus routes are expected to operate along the new Intercounty Connector and existing roads connecting P & R lots in Montgomery County to the BWI Airport, MARC Penn Line, and Fort Meade when the first stretch of highway opens.

They want service to the airport every day between 4a.m. and 11p.m., with trips to Fort Meade limited to weekday rush hours.

Down the line, three future ICC routes are being considered between Columbia and Bethesda; Urbana and College Park; and Greenbelt and Germantown. Public hearings will be held in the first week of August.

Given that tolls will reach up to $6.15 each way for cars driving the 18.8-mile stretch, mass transit could be an attractive option for many who need to travel the route.

By Luke Rosiak  | July 26, 2010; 9:10 AM ET
Categories:  Highways  | Tags:  Inter-county connector  
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Comments

Good idea, but they need to run the airport buses for more hours. Too many of us skip the transit options to BWI, because we can take it going or coming, but not both. That's the problem with MARC to BWI; it works on the weekdays, but not at night or on weekends. Transit options to airports need to run when the airport runs +/- 1-2 hours or they don't work well.

Posted by: blankspace | July 26, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

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