Partnerships Make Transportation Options Possible
There has been an influx of thousands of new workers and residents at Fort Meade due to the U.S. Department of Defense's Base Realignment and Closure process, which brought the Defense Information Systems Agency, the Defense Media Activity and Defense Adjudication Activities and the expanding presence of command partners such as the National Security Agency and the U.S. Cyber Command.
During the past few years, Fort Meade has established partnerships with federal, state and local officials to find ways to help mitigate traffic congestion by decreasing the number of cars entering and exiting the installation. Belowyou will find several examples of our partnership efforts.
- Central Maryland Transit Development Plan
- A Transit Development Plan (TDP) serves as a guide for public transit services over the next five years. It provides a roadmap for implementing service and organizational improvements,including potential service expansion.
- Walter Reed (Bethesda) Shuttle pickup location moved to Reece Road
The pickup/drop-off location for the shuttle to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center is now at the Main Exchange parking lot.
- Mass Transportation Benefit Program offsets commute costs
Eligible program participants are eligible for transit benefits up to $130 per month (parking fees are not included) for specific pre-approved commuter mass transit transportation costs, not to exceed actual expenses.
- Guaranteed Ride Home emergency transportation provides no cost travel
The Guaranteed Ride Home program, managed by Commuter Connections, is like an insurance policy for unexpected situations. The program offers a free ride to the commuter's home in a taxi or a rental car, depending on the commuter's home location.
- ICC Route 202 offers convenient travel
- The Maryland Transit Administration is now offering an express bus service that links Montgomery and Prince George's counties, and Fort Meade
- Commuter Bus Service to Sykesville
- Vanpools simplify transportation shuffle for groups
- Vanpools bring employees to work from Northern Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia to work sites on post. More than 40 vanpools have been formed since January 2011, with more created each month.
- Meade Alliance guide uses map, tips to detail choices
- The Meade Alliance has created the Destination Fort Meade transportation guide, which provides a convenient brochure-format summary of mass transit options for getting to and from the installation, such as local buses, commuter busses, shuttle bus service, vanpool, MARC and Metro services.
- Odenton-Greenbelt: Shuttles makes transit connections easier
- Department of Defense ID cardholders on Fort Meade who commute using the MARC trains and Metro rail and buses have shuttle bus service available at no cost.
- Subscription bus reduces post vehicle traffic
The I-95 corridor bus stops at Route 630, Route 234, Route 123 and Springfield in Northern Virginia before traveling to Fort Meade. The I-66 corridor bus stops at Manassas, Centreville and Stringfellow. The Waldorf bus stops at St. Charles and Clinton.
- Transit Tickertape offers one-click service
The Central Maryland Regional Transit Corporation, in coordination with the Maryland Transit Administration, has developed a new model for disseminating transportation information, the backbone of which is a centralized database and call center that will serve as a one-stop shop for public and private transportation services.
- Commuters are one click away from travel services
- MeadeRide offers a one-stop travel information resource connecting Fort Meade commuters with information about transportation choices, and matching those who want to "share getting there" with vanpools and subscription buses.