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Strategic Industry Partnership Submitted By:
Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation

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Community Challenge/Problem

Employees of Arundel Mills and Maryland Live! Casino now can board a free shuttle to the Cromwell Light Rail station in Glen Burnie and the MTA’s No. 14 bus at times when transit is not normally available. The new service, called MillsRide, is a demonstration shuttle project that has been launched by the Anne Arundel Workforce Development Council (AAWDC) and the BWI Business Partnership.

Board Solution/Innovation

The $25,000 project was funded by the Job Access Reverse Commute (JARC) and Anne Arundel County’s Video Lottery Fund. The JARC grant is administered by the AAWDC and the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) with the goal of serving low-income individuals who rely on mass transit, as well as other workers in Anne Arundel County.
The shuttle is slated to operate for 10 weeks under the existing schedule:
Monday-Friday: 9:20 p.m. to 12:40 a.m.
Saturday: 9:20 p.m. to 12:20 a.m.
Sunday: 7:20 to 9:50 p.m. (or until the last Light Rail train or the last No. 14 bus has arrived at Cromwell Station)

Outcomes & Results

“While meeting with companies in the area, we learned that employee turnover is extremely high, particularly for employees in the lesser-skilled jobs whose pay rate could not support car ownership,” said Kirk Murray, president and CEO of the AAWDC. “This, coupled by a lack of reliable commuter transportation, especially during overnight hours, has been specifically identified as a barrier to employee retention. Additionally, Northern Anne Arundel County residents are not well served by existing transit.”
For more information about MillsRide and other transportation options, visitwww.bwipartner.org/transportation/millsride.

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