Washington, D.C. - Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Paul S. Sarbanes (both D-MD) announced today that the U.S. Department of Transportation is releasing more than $4.4 million in congressionally earmarked funds to construct a Park and Ride facility in Waldorf, Maryland. Senators Mikulski and Sarbanes, and Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-MD) fought for these funds as part of the fiscal year 2004 and 2005 Transportation Appropriations Bills.
"As the population in Southern Maryland continues to rise, people are finding it harder to get around. Longer commute times, gas prices, wear and tear on vehicles are creating an added stress on families. Buses are a vital component of our commuter transportation network. These improvements will reduce congestion on roads and offer a more convenient way to use public transportation," said Senator Mikulski. "I'm proud to have worked with Senator Sarbanes and Congressman Hoyer on transportation alternatives that will help keep Southern Maryland on the move."
"Investment in public transportation projects today, such as the new Park and Ride facility in Waldorf, will help prevent increased congestion tomorrow and provide quick and safe alternatives to driving," said Senator Sarbanes. "This infusion of new funds will now allow Charles County residents commuting to Washington D.C. to take full advantage of our public transportation system."
Southern Maryland is one of the fastest growing regions in the state. Many of its residents work in Washington, D.C., and use the bus system to commute through one of the most congested areas of the country. As use of the bus system has increased, the amount of parking available at park and rides has often proved insufficient. This funding will go toward improving parking in the communities who are most affected by the strain.
Senator Mikulski is a member of the Appropriations Committee and the senior Democrat on the Commerce, Justice, Science Subcommittee. Senator Sarbanes is the senior Democrat on the Banking Committee.