MTA proposing ICC bus routes; meetings set
The Maryland Transit Administration is proposing several bus routes that would operate along the Inter-county Connector and has scheduled three meetings to brief the public on its plans.
When the first segment of the ICC from Interstate 270 to Georgia Avenue opens, late this year or early next year, the MTA plans to launch two express routes connecting park-and-ride lots in Montgomery County to BWI, the MARC Penn Line and Fort Meade. The BWI service is expected to run seven days a week between 4 a.m. and 11 p.m. The Fort Meade service would operate during rush hours Monday through Friday.
The MTA said future ICC routes would connect Columbia and Bethesda, Urbana and College Park and Greenbelt and Germantown. The stretch of the ICC between Georgia Avenue and Interstate 95 is expected to open in early 2012.
The informational meetings will be held:
--Monday, Aug. 2, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Laurel at the Municipal Center, 8103 Sandy Spring Road.
--Tuesday, Aug. 3, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. in Gaithersburg at the AActivity Center at Bohrer Park, Summit Hall Farm, Room A, 506 S. Frederick Ave.
--Wednesday, Aug. 4, from noon untiil 2 p.m. in Hanover at the Spring Hill Suites by Marriott Arundel Mills, 7544 Teague Road.
One can only hope that some of the transit advocates that opposed the ICC in the first place get over their funk and participate fully in the process of developing these routes. Even those who think the ICC is a lemon can help make lemonade.