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Sunday, January 04, 2009

O'Malley kills bus service from Prince George's to Annapolis

Mayor says 'nuts' to ending MTA bus; Moyer seeks way to revive No. 921 to rail stop.
Sun, 4 Jan 2009 (Fuller ).
Annapolis Mayor Ellen O. Moyer is calling a decision by the Maryland Transit Administration to cut a popular but sparsely used bus route connecting Annapolis to the Washington area "nuts," and is vowing to scrape together funds from the city's budget to keep the bus in circulation.

"It's nonsense," Moyer said. "We've spent a lot of time and energy - that means money - trying to convince people to use alternative transportation to reduce congestion on the roads and to reduce the [pollution] that goes up into the air. So canceling this right now, it's the wrong way to go."

MTA announced last week that it would cut service on several rail and bus lines, including the 921 bus that provides service between Annapolis and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority rail stop at New Carrollton because of shrinking revenues. The service cut will take effect Jan. 12.

The New Carrollton station also serves as a transfer point for several other bus lines, servicing parts of Prince George's County. Two other bus lines - the 922 and the 950 - follow a similar route through Annapolis, but originate on Kent Island, and transport riders into Washington proper near several Metro stops.

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