New park and ride Monocacy and Rt. 15

The new commuter lot on Monocacy Blvd and Rt. 15. The new park and ride lot will served by the 515 MTA Commuter Bus to Shady Grove Metro starting Friday, November 1st.

A Maryland Transit Administration bus will have a slightly new route beginning Friday to extend service to a new parking lot on the north side of Frederick.

The MTA’s 515 bus to the Shady Grove Metro station in Montgomery County will start half of its routes from the park and ride near U.S. 15 and Monocacy Boulevard, with the other routes beginning at the MARC station in downtown Frederick, before continuing on to the Monocacy MARC station on Genstar Drive, the Urbana park and ride, and on to Montgomery County.

The new park and ride stop will give commuters more options and flexibility when riding commuter buses, MTA spokeswoman Brittany Marshall said in an email Tuesday.

The new interchange at U.S. 15 and Monocacy Boulevard opened in July 2018, and the park and ride opened in June.

The 515 bus will begin a new contract with Atlantic Coast Charters on Friday, and Marshall said the MTA coordinated the start of the new stop with the new contract to provide a smooth transition for riders.

Atlantic, based in Linthicum, took over the $7.9 million contract from Eyre Bus Services, based in Glenelg. The company was also awarded the contract to operate the MTA’s Route 505 bus, which runs between Washington County and Montgomery County.

Along with those two routes, Frederick County also has a bus, the Route 204 line, that runs from Frederick to the College Park Metro station.

TransIT Services of Frederick County will host an outreach event for commuters at the new park and ride between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. on Tuesday and provide information on vanpooling incentives and the system’s guaranteed ride home program.

The county has a lot of vanpools that go down to the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda or into Washington, D.C., or to Baltimore, said TransIT spokeswoman Kendall Tiffany.

The new lot may be more convenient for people who live on the north side of the city, and their event will hopefully make people aware that the lot is available, she said.

Tiffany said she’s heard from several commuters at events and through email who live on the north side of the city and have been driving across town to the Monocacy Station so that they have a place to park.

Follow Ryan Marshall on Twitter: @RMarshallFNP.

Ryan Marshall is the transportation and growth and development reporter for the News-Post. He can be reached at rmarshall@newspost.com.

(9) comments

gary4books

This is great and could take many vehicles off or 15 and even 270.

joelp77440

Whaaaaaaaat??? I live next to there and work in DC. I mix my commuting choices between the MARC and driving to Shady Grove. I will have to give it a chance.

senorris

Been riding 204 for 4 years now to the FDA front door in White Oak. Sure beats MARC from Brunswick to Silver Spring to Ride-on bus to White Oak. More reliable too.

Vegan

I didn't realize that some frederick buses go all the way to the metro (aka easy access to Washington d.c.) I will have to look up van pools because they sound even more convenient to get to Washington d.c. and also Baltimore.

DickD

We had a van pool. It was far faster and it was cheaper.

Vegan

How do you get a van pool and how much do they cost?

kktiffany

Hi Vegan - TransIT would be happy to help. Please give us a call at 301-600-RIDE or contact us by email at transitrideshare@frederickcountymd.gov. Thanks!

DickD

We all worked for the same company and it is hard to find that. One person bought the van and the rest paid expenses, including the cost to purchase. At that time it was very cheap, $80/mo., which you paid every month, whether you rode or not. I would expect current costs to be about $200/mo., but that will depend on the owner of the van.

oldmagpie11

@ Vegan, check the MTA Commuter Bus website for schedules and fares. Except for the 201 shuttle to BWI airport, these buses run M-F for a couple hours in the morning and afternoon. The bus is a good option if your working hours aren't perfectly punctual, but the ride takes a bit more time than a vanpool b/c all the stops. There are several vanpool companies now too, not necessary to buy a van - but AFAIK it locks you into the same working hours/tour of duty with the other riders of that van.

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