Sunday, June 12 2011 @ 10:10 AM EDT
Contributed by: B' Spokes
A new website aims to transform area motorists into commuters by connecting them to their nearest bus and rail lines.
Annapolis and Anne Arundel County are among 10 locations featured on www.mdtrip.org, which was launched this spring. Central Maryland Regional Transit, or CMRT, originally created the site to show the elderly and disabled how to use public transportation, but organizers encourage anyone to use it and hope it will result in 4,000 people using the bus over the next year.
"There's so much information out there for all the different providers … and people often have a difficult time navigating all of that information," said Julie Rosekrans, a travel trainer for the organization. "We wanted to come up with a way to combine what's out there to help (commuters) figure out how to get from point A to point B."
The site is the latest effort to get cars off the road. Annapolis officials are in the midst of updating their bicycle master plan, which is designed to make the region easier for commuters to use bicycles instead of other vehicles.
There have been setbacks.