The new bus service is part of a $3 million investment the Prince George’s transit system is implementing this summer to expand bus service into southern parts of the county. As part of the investment, TheBus is also planning to expand the No. 35 route, which currently offers only four trips a day to the booming National Harbor development.
Before the No. 36, points south of Clinton in Prince George’s had not been served by any fixed bus routes.
In recent years, construction has picked up at Brandywine Crossing, now a shopping destination for residents from southern Prince George’s as well as Charles. Home to Target, Costco and Marshalls, the shopping center opened a movie theater three months ago. Restaurants and a Carmax are on the way.
“This area needs this bus. It needs transportation, period,” Clinton resident Carlton Ford said. Ford, 62, drives daily to work at the Brandywine Crossing Target, but with no transit option he had a hard time when his car failed him.
Richard Lintker, general manager at the new Xscape Theatres, said he sees the bus becoming an important connection for the center, which has seen good business and continues to grow. Theater employees, about one-third of whom don’t have their own transportation, would benefit from the bus line, Lintker said.
On a recent day, the No. 36, with just one rider, traversed parts of southern Prince George’s that maintain a rural feel, with farms and country roads. It reached commercial areas every 40 minutes. Some residents at the Clinton Park and Ride, the first stop, asked the driver where she was headed. Some were surprised to see “Waldorf” on the display system.