In an attempt to begin a commuter ride-sharing program, the county later this year will apply for $35,000 in federal grants.
As the only Baltimore metropolitan area county without such a program, CarrollCounty has no formal way of matching commuters with other commuters on a widespread level.
Such a program, said Robin W. Yingling, a county transportation planner who has been pushing for ride-share money for about a year, would help Carroll cut down on traffic, air pollution and the need for new roads.
"We would be able to hire someone to maintain a data base of people looking for rides," he said. "We could also use the money for a successful marketing effort."
Yingling spoke of the grant application during a meeting of the Baltimore Regional Council of Governments Transportation Steering Committee at the County Office Building yesterday.
The committee -- which includes representatives from Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Harford and Howard counties and the citiesof Annapolis and Baltimore -- expressed support for Carroll's grant application.