Ft. Meade Communities Anxious about Coping with Forecast Growth
In the absence of the hundreds of millions of dollars local officials requested to improve the roads surrounding Fort Meade, Md., in advance of 2011, the state and Anne Arundel County have focused on less expensive projects, such as mass transit, with the potential to reduce traffic congestion outside the post.
Maryland officials adopted a “triage approach,” encouraging telework and establishing carpools, vanpools, subscription bus services and shuttles to MARC trains and Metro stations, reported the Washington Post. Next summer, the region will obtain some relief on Route 175 — an already overcrowded road that is the most popular route to Fort Meade — after several intersections are upgraded as a result of $46 million in funding from the federal and state government.
Still, the region will need considerably more resources to accommodate the estimated 26,000 jobs coming to the installation by 2015.
“I laugh about it because otherwise I would cry,” Bob Leib, Anne Arundel’s BRAC coordinator, told the Post.