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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Transportation Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground to Promote Commuting Alternatives

  • March 10, 2013
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Leaders in northeastern Maryland and the surrounding region believe a new transportation center opening this week at Aberdeen Proving Ground will help make a dent in traffic congestion at the post by reducing workers’ reliance on single-occupant vehicles.

On Tuesday, the installation’s community-based growth management organization, the Chesapeake Science & Security Corridor (CSSC) will hold a grand opening for the center, a cooperative effort between its county and other local government members, and the proving ground. The APG-CSSC Transportation Center’s primary goal will be to encourage military and civilian employees of the post’s 90 tenant organizations and nearby defense contractors to consider alternative commuting options, including commuter rail, a private bus line providing service to New Jersey, car and vanpools, and the Guaranteed Ride Home Program.

“Everybody’s excited,” Syreeta Gross, the newly hired coordinator for the center, told the Baltimore Sun. “They’re excited about the partnership outside of the gate and they’re excited that there’s going to be someone at Aberdeen Proving Ground promoting mass transit and ride-share options.

“We are excited about the opportunity to promote the various resources and subsidies available to encourage alternatives to single occupancy use,” Karen Holt, CSSC’s regional BRAC manager, told 360. “Having a dedicated transportation services coordinator allows us to reach out to the various tenant organizations across the installation and be inclusive of our military, DOD civilians, and defense contractor commuter population,” she added.

The new center is being funded by a grant from DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment, which has provided more than $8 million to CSSC to address the influx of personnel at the proving ground resulting from the 2005 BRAC round. The transportation center grant also is being used to fund a study of how other defense communities are dealing with transportation issues.

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