Davidsonville Park and Ride Expansion to Be Completed by Summer 2014
In February 2012, the South River Source wrote a story about the need for additional parking spaces at the Davidsonville Park and Ride on Davidsonville Road at Route 50. Now Maryland State Highway Administration is preparing to launch a $1.7 million expansion that will double the number of parking spaces from 200 to 400. The project is expected to be completed by summer 2014, weather permitting.
“The Davidsonville lot is always full and many people park along nearby roads, so we know the new spaces will be welcome.” said SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters. “Many people are choosing transit and carpooling due to the cost of fuel and to avoid driving in rush-hour traffic. SHA is pleased to be able to add more spaces, which is an environmental benefit and reduces the number of vehicles on the road.”
- Installing bio-swales that filter stormwater runoff from the Park and Ride lot;
- Providing new efficient LED overhead lighting systems; and
- Resurfacing and restriping the entire lot.
Ridesharing supports Gov. Martin O’Malley’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act of 2009, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020. Reducing vehicle emissions also reduces nitrogen from entering the Chesapeake Bay. Nitrogen leads to the growth of oxygen-consuming algae blooms, which create Bay “Dead Zones.” With Maryland’s 3,100 miles of shoreline at stake, ridesharing is a small step that can help solve a large problem.
Motorists who participate in a ridesharing program are eligible to travel in High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes in Maryland. SHA estimates that HOV usage saves commuters an average of four to six minutes each way in commuting time. Maryland offers HOV facilities along two roadways, I-270 in Montgomery County and US 50 (John Hanson Highway) in Prince George’s County.
This project was made possible with funding from the Transportation Infrastructure Investment Act of 2013, which maintains crucial system preservation investments and allows Maryland to activate long-term strategies to invest in Maryland’s transportation systems. By putting people back to work in the transportation industry with $4.4 billion in new investments in the next six years, Maryland is creating hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity and providing Marylanders with the transportation infrastructure necessary to grow and prosper for decades to come.
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