County Executive Steve Schuh, Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides Highlight City/County Transportation Partnership
Annapolis, MD (December 18, 2015) - County Executive Steve Schuh and Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides today highlighted an increased regional transportation effort between the City of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County.
“Our Annapolis area workforce and small businesses are not bound by the city-county border,” said County Executive Steve Schuh. “A strong bus system in this area will ensure that we can continue to help grow our county economy.”
“The additional money will help us continue to provide quality transit services in the Capital City," Mayor Pantelides said. “When I took office I made it a priority that these residents would have a dry place, out of the elements, to wait for Annapolis Transit Buses. I inherited a city that did not have enough bus shelters for our citizens, so we added an additional 10 shelters last year, installed 44 new bus shelters this year, and have four remaining shelters which are expected to be installed by the middle of January, 2016.”
"Better mobility is important for the greater Annapolis area, and this increased investment by the county will help more residents get to work, to the doctor, or wherever they need to be," said Councilman Chris Trumbauer.
The FY 2016 Anne Arundel County budget increased funding for Annapolis City’s transit bus system by $250,000, which represents an almost 180 percent increase from the FY2015 budget.
Annapolis City Transit Bus Stops that benefit Anne Arundel County include:
- Annapolis Mall
- Annapolis (Parole) Towne Center
- County Heritage Complex
- Annapolis West Street Library
With 41 percent of bus miles being located in the county, the regional bus service crosses county lines frequently. Forty percent of bus stops are in the county. Twenty eight percent of shelters are in the county. And approximately twenty-six percent of the system’s bus ridership is from the county.
This increased effort between the city and county on transportation is in addition to the recently announced economic development partnership in September and utility agreement in November.