To improve Maryland's air quality, the state Department of Transportation today is giving more than $300,000 to Howard and Anne Arundel counties for a regional commuter shuttle to help people travel between the BWI Business District and Howard County.
Under the TERP -- Transportation Emissions Reduction Pilot -- grants program, the one-year shuttle program will provide free service for residents and workers between BWI and Howard during morning and evening rush hours.
The program "reduces the amount of emissions, and it also reduces congestion on the highways," said Neil Shpritz, executive director of the BWI Partnership. The nonprofit association, which works in transportation management and on clean-air strategies, will administer the shuttle service.
Shpritz estimated 750 to 775 riders will use the shuttle service each week in the one-year demonstration.
The $306,100 in grants will be presented to the two counties at the MARC Dorsey Station on Route 100 in Dorsey at 2 p.m. today. In addition to Shpritz, Howard County Executive Charles I. Ecker, Anne Arundel County Executive John G. Gary and state transportation officials plan to attend today's event.
Here are the shuttle routes:
BWI rail station to Airport Square Business Area, to BWI Parkway, Parkway Center off Route 100 and the new Dorsey rail station in Howard.
The Dorsey MARC station to a nearby warehouse district along Route 100 and Route 32.
Jessup along U.S. 1, heading toward Columbia Gateway.
Pub Date: 8/22/96