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More spaces due by year's end at park-and-ride


Howard County commuters will have a new 325-space lot to use at the park-and-ride near the Route 32 and Broken Land Parkway interchange by the end of this year, state transportation officials say.

The $1.3 million project, which begins this month, also will include a left turn lane from Broken Land Parkway south into the new lot and a 910-foot-long pedestrian walkway over Broken Land Parkway connecting the new lot with the existing park-and-ride lot at the interchange.

About 800 Howard County residents use the Route 32 park-and-ride service daily. It enables them to park, then car pool or take a commuter bus to Baltimore or Washington, said a spokesman for the Mass Transit Administration.

Officials said the existing 318-space lot overflows every day and that commuters park on nearby access roads or stop car pooling or taking buses.

"There may be more people who want to use the park-and-ride services, but there's just not enough space for them to park there now," said Valerie Burnette Edgar, a State Highway Administration spokeswoman. "As the metropolitan area increases, we don't want to see more people bringing more cars; we want to see more people car pooling."

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