State considers cancelling some ICC bus routes

The Maryland Transit Administration provided new bus service shortly after the ICC opened. (Thomson)

The Maryland Transit Administration is considering cutting three commuter bus routes that provide peak-hour weekday service on the Intercounty Connector, citing low ridership.

The agency has scheduled three public hearings on its proposal to cut routes 202, 203 and 205. Route 202 operates between Gaithersburg and Fort Meade. Route 203 operates between Columbia and Bethesda, and Route 205 travels between College Park and Germantown. The agency has proposed cancelling them Aug. 1.

Supporters of building the 18-mile toll highway had touted its ability to carry buses traveling east-west across Montgomery County. If these three routes are canceled, the ICC would still have Route 201, which operates between Gaithersburg and Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport, and Route 204 between Frederick and College Park.

Public comments that include a name and postal address can be e-mailed to MTAHearingRecord@mta.maryland.gov

Public hearings are scheduled for June 4, from 6 to 8 p.m., at College Park City Hall, 4500 Knox Rd.; June 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, in Columbia; and June 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bohrer Park at Summit Hall, 506 S. Frederick Ave. in Gaithersburg.

Katherine Shaver is a transportation and development reporter. She joined The Washington Post in 1997 and has covered crime, courts, education and local government but most prefers writing about how people get — or don’t get — around the Washington region.
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