A new Park & Ride Lot located west of Georgia Avenue (Maryland Route 97) and just south of the InterCounty Connector (ICC), opened this month. Built by the Maryland Transit Administration as part of the ICC project, the lot has 202 parking spaces and two bus shelters with benches.
The Park & Ride Lot located on Norbeck Road (Maryland Route 28) east of Georgia Avenue remains open but will no longer be served by the ICC Commuter bus routes. Ride On and Metrobus continue to provide service at the Norbeck Road Park & Ride Lot with Bus Routes 51, Y7, 52, 53, Y8 and Y9.
The following ICC Commuter Bus Routes provide service at the lot:
Route 201 - Gaithersburg to BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport
Route 202 - Gaithersburg to Fort Meade
Route 203 - Columbia to Bethesda
Route 204 - Frederick to College Park
Route 205 - College Park to Germantown Transit Center
Three new Maryland Transportation Administration (MTA) intercity bus routes have begun service using the new Intercounty Connector, also known as Maryland Route 200, with stops in Montgomery County (Routes 201 and 202 are existing routes):
Route 201: Gaithersburg to BWI Airport
Route 202: Gaithersburg to Fort Meade
Route 203: Bethesda to Columbia
Route 204: Frederick to College Park
Route 205: Germantown to College Park
For more information, visit MTA’s website or call Toll Free: 1-866-RIDE-MTA (1-866-743-3682).
On November 21, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett joined other federal, state and local officials at a ceremony to celebrate the opening of the next segment of the InterCounty Connector (ICC). The new segment extends the road to Interstate 95. Until December 4, commuters can test drive the ICC at no charge.
In addition to the ICC, road improvements were completed to more than one mile of US 29 and nearly two miles of Interstate 95’s auxiliary lane.
Officials predict that using the ICC will cut the travel time between Gaithersburg and Laurel by 30 minutes.
Those who plan to use the road are encouraged to get an E-ZPass. Drivers who do not use E-ZPass will receive a bill by mail, for 150 percent of the original toll.
Future work includes interchanges that will provide access between the ICC and MD 182, MD 650, US 29, Briggs Chaney Road, and I-95. These interchanges route traffic over US 29 and I-95, and under Old Columbia Pike, Briggs Chaney Road and Old Gunpowder Road.
Starting in January, the Maryland Transit Administration will launch additional ICC bus service.
For more information about the ICC, visit the State Highway Administration’s website. Visit montgomerycountymd.gov/commute and click on the mtaiccbus.com link to learn more about proposed routes.
WTOP radio reported that the Maryland State Highway Administration (MSHA) will begin the following projects to protect or enhance the environment as part of the construction of the InterCounty Connector/MD200:
Create 15 acres of wetlands on Seneca Creek at Brink Road and Huntmaster Road and enhance nearly one-and-a-half acres of existing wetlands. The project should be completed in about a year.
Restore a 1,000-foot stream at Meadowbrook Local Park in Chevy Chase. The one-year project will eliminate fish migration barriers to Rock Creek caused by sharp drops in the stream bed.
Plant 15 acres of new trees at the Reddy Branch and South Germantown Recreational Park and create 16 acres of forest at six sites near Spencerville Road and Good Hope Road in Cloverly.
Improve the quality of water entering the Upper Paint Branch watershed by upgrading roadside ditches. The work is expected to be completed by late summer.
The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) is now operating express bus service along the first phase of the Intercounty Connector (ICC), also known as MD200. Two bus routes link Gaithersburg to job and transportation centers at Fort Meade and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.
ICC Bus Route 201 provides service between the Gaithersburg Park and Ride lot, located at I-270 and MD 124 in Montgomery County, and BWI Marshall Airport. The bus provides hourly service to seven daily stops. Gaithersburg service begins at 4 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. BWI Marshall return service runs from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m.
ICC Bus Route 202 serves employees working at NSA and Fort Meade Monday through Friday. The bus makes six stops between the Gaithersburg Park and Ride Lot and Fort Meade in Anne Arundel County. Three morning buses leave Gaithersburg at 5:15, 6:15 and 7:15 a.m. Afternoon routes leave Fort Meade at noon, 3, 4 and 5 p.m.
Detailed information on routes, times and fares can be found at the ICC website. Or, also call the MTA Transit Information Center Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. at 410-539-5000.
On Presidents’ Day, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett joined Governor Martin O’Malley, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and other local officials to celebrate the completion of the first segment of the Intercounty Connector (ICC), a road that has been planned since the 1950’s. Officially designated as MD 200, the project is the State’s first all-electronic toll road.
The first segment connects I-370 in Gaithersburg to Georgia Avenue, just south of Olney. A temporary ramp beyond Georgia Avenue connects eastbound motorists with Norbeck Road, which connects to MD198 and I-95. The rest of the highway is expected to open in 2012.
Motorists are encouraged to “test drive” the road at no charge until March 6. The ICC tolling system uses E-Z Pass® technology that works at highway speeds, eliminating the need for toll plazas. For this first six-mile segment, the toll will be $1.45 during weekday peak hours, $1.15 off-peak, and $0.60 overnight.
To learn more about the ICC, go to the Maryland Transportation Authority’s website.
On March 1, the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) will introduce ICC bus routes 201 and 202. The bus routes will provide free service for the first two weeks of operation. Fares will be collected beginning Tuesday, March 15.
According to MTA, the two bus routes link Gaithersburg to job and transportation centers at Fort Meade and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.
ICC Bus Route 201 provides service between the Gaithersburg Park and Ride lot located at I-270 and MD 124 in Montgomery County and BWI Marshall Airport.
ICC Bus Route 202 is designed to serve employees working at NSA and Fort Meade.
Detailed information on routes, times and fares can be found at the ICC website. Or, customers can also call the MTA Transit Information Center Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. at 410-539-5000 or TTY 410-539-3497.
Recent news reports indicate that the first few miles of the InterCounty Connector (ICC), between the I-270/370 corridor and Georgia Avenue, could be open by early 2011.
When the State Highway Administration completes the entire ICC, the road will be a six-lane, toll highway connecting Gaithersburg to Laurel. Tolls will be collected electronically with E-Z Pass transponders. The toll for the first 5.5 mile segment of the ICC is expected to cost $1.45 during peak hours, $1.15 during off-peak and 60 cents during overnight hours. The peak travel period is between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays.