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County partners with Howard County for regional transit

| April 08, 2014, 01:40 PM | 0 Comments

Public TransitAnne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman has announced that the County will partner with Howard County to form a Regional Transportation Agency (RTA) that will result in a more cost effective and efficient system that better serves public transit commuters.

“I am very excited about this partnership with Howard County and the benefits that the Regional Transportation Agency creates,” said County Executive Neuman.  “As equal partners in this collaboration, both Counties will have more effective management over operating costs, provide expanded service areas to public transit customers at a lower unit cost and have a more active role in transportation planning.”

The Anne Arundel County Transportation Commission reviewed the business model for becoming part of a regional transit entity and found that it was the most cost effective and efficient manner in which to operate the County’s public transportation needs. Over the next three years, the RTA will result in an overall cost savings of 10% – 15% (approximately $600,000) to Anne Arundel County taxpayers.

A Memorandum of Understanding between Anne Arundel and Howard Counties was signed late last week and becomes effective July 1, 2014.  The current agreement with Central Maryland Regional Transit ends June 30, 2014.  Service to public transit passengers should not be impacted.

“We are taking a huge step forward for innovation and efficiency, and the customers of our transit services will directly benefit,” said County Executive Ken Ulman.  “I am so pleased that Anne Arundel County will be a partner in this effort.”

An official groundbreaking for a Regional Transit Facility located at 8800 Corridor Road, Annapolis Junction is scheduled for Friday, March 28, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.  The 22,000 s.f. facility will house multiple transit vehicles, 5 maintenance repair bays, vehicle and chassis wash bays and employ about 200 employees.  Construction is expected to be completed mid-November 2014.

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