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County Executive Leopold Seeks First-hand MARC Commuter Input
Mr. Leopold Personally Handed Out Survey on Preferred Stops

Annapolis (January 5, 2010) - County Executive John R. Leopold personally handed out surveys to MARC commuters at the Odenton Station this morning in an effort to find out what stops they would prefer to see on the new commuter shuttle traveling around Fort Mead and Odenton Town Center.  The County is purchasing two public transit busses using federal grant money that will support Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) activities, reduce congestion and improve connectivity.

Recognizing that availability, desirability and convenience are paramount to long-term success, the County Executive distributed the surveys from 6 a.m. to 6:45 a.m.  

"I wanted to learn what these commuters want and what stops they would most like to see," said Mr. Leopold.  "I want to take this opportunity and create a reliable and desirable means of public transit for residents located in and around the West County area." 

The overall cost of the 30' long, 26-passenger, ultra low sulfur and fully accessible busses is $387,655.52.  The County's share of this cost is approximately $78,000.  The buses are funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. 

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