Anne Arundel, Howard Call For Regional Transit

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Regional transportation planners in Maryland are calling for a new bus system to serve residents in Howard, Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties.

The Capital reports Howard County Transportation Administrator John Powell proposed forming a single nonprofit transportation authority to serve all three counties. Howard and Anne Arundel have agreed to the idea.

Annapolis is considering it along with other cities.

To get from Annapolis to Columbia currently, it would take at least three bus rides.

Job growth in central Maryland is motivating calls for a better system. Fort Meade, Arundel Mills, the National Security Agency, the Maryland Live! casino and BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport are all areas creating jobs.

Powell says counties could save up to $1.8 million by combining transit services into one agency.

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