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Southern Maryland leaders hope reduce commuting time

Saturday - 6/11/2011, 11:57am  ET

Michelle Basch,

WASHINGTON - Residents of southern Maryland have some of the nastiest commutes not just in the area, but the entire country, and some local leaders are hoping to change that.

For instance, the Census Bureau found Charles County residents had a mean commute time of more than 43 minutes in 2009. That's one way. In neighboring Calvert, the mean commute time was 39 minutes.

Southern Maryland News reports several possible solutions are being discussed.

Charles County Commissioner Ken Robinson wants to run commuter trains on CSX rails through the county. He thinks a regional transfer station could be set up in Bowie to connect riders to both D.C. and Baltimore.

The leader of the Calvert County Commissioners, Susan Shaw, says residents want more commuter bus park and ride lots. One lot in Prince Frederick just doubled its capacity.

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