Maryland (Waldorf Corridor)

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Waldorf Corridor

Southern Maryland

(November 1996)


The Mass Transit Administration (MTA) of Maryland is considering extensions of the Maryland Commuter Rail (MARC) system to provide service to Washington, D.C. from Waldorf, Maryland. The MARC system presently consists of two lines between Washington and Baltimore and a third line between Washington and Martinsburg, West Virginia.


FTA has provided planning funds to the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland for a system planning study of transit alternatives. The corridor includes the Waldorf area, and commuter rail is one of the alternatives to be studied. Other alternatives under consideration include LRT, a busway, and HOV lanes. The Southern Maryland Mass Transportation Alternatives Study now underway is expected to be completed by early 1997. At that time, local and State officials will make a decision on how to proceed.

Section 3035(nn)(2) of ISTEA directed FTA to enter into a full funding grant agreement with MTA totaling at least $160.0 million, which included not less than $60.0 million in FY 1993, not less than $50.0 million in FY 1994 and not less than $50.0 million in FY 1995, to carry out MARC service extensions and other improvements statewide. The Waldorf Corridor was specifically mentioned, but a subsequent technical amendment allows consideration of other options (e.g. , HOV, LRT) in the current corridor planning study. Through FY 1997, Congress has appropriated $90 million for statewide MARC service extensions and other improvements.