Maryland may eliminate three of the five commuter bus routes on the Intercounty Connector. The move bears all the hallmarks of a classic bait and switch from highway builders: Get political buy-in with the promise of a multimodal road, then cut the multimodal aspects at the first opportunity.
The Maryland Transit Administration, which operates the bus routes, is proposing to eliminate Routes 202, 203, and 205. Only the 201 and 204, running from Gaithersburg to BWI and Frederick to College Park, would remain.
When planning the ICC, Maryland promised it would include good transit service and a high-quality bike trail. Planners cut much of the trail in 2004. The bus service was never very good either, so it never got many riders. Now the state is citing that as a reason to cut it significantly.
Of course, cars aren’t held to the same standard.
There also aren’t many drivers on the ICC. Around 21,000 cars per day use the road. The state says that meets projections, but the projections seem to change. At one point they were as high as 71,000.
[Continue reading Dan Malouff’s post at BeyondDC.]
Dan Malouff is an Arlington County transportation planner who blogs independently at BeyondDC.com. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.