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Indian Head fears it may lose Metro commuter line

metroIndian Head, MD - One challenge the Town of Indian Head has often faced in its ongoing efforts to revitalize is the fact that the municipality sits out on the far reaches of western Charles County.

The town’s sole consolation is the Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head which accounts for what economic fortune the town does enjoy.

There are still empty shops along Route 210 that tell of a town still trying to find itself.
Mayor Brandon Paulin and the town council are slowly but surely taking steps to bring businesses back to those abandoned storefronts.

The town’s designation in 2016 as a new sustainable community by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development will help the town in its efforts to procure grant funding to help restore vitality to Indian Head.

Then there are the commuters, those who leave the town’s quiet confines daily to work in Washington, DC.

Now it appears a vital transportation link for those travelers may be in jeopardy.

The Washington Metro system will be holding a public meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5 in Landover to determine whether or not to continue bus service to the Charles County municipality of Indian Head.

Indian Head Town Councilmember Curtis Smith told citizens at the town’s monthly meeting Jan. 3 that he commuted to Washington, DC from the town for three-and-a-half years, utilizing the Indian Head Express Line W19.

The Indian Head Express Line W19 serves the Naval Surface Warfare Center (Charles County), the Town of Indian Head, Bryans Road (Park & Ride Lot), Accokeek Village (Park & Ride Lot), Eastover and the Southern Avenue station.

Smith said Metro is in the midst of criticism amid accounts of track inspectors falsifying reports.

The agency is having to make budget cuts, he added, outlining many of the recent problems the mass-transit utility has encountered in recent years.

Smith acknowledged the line may be gone.

“There’s probably little we can do,” he admitted. “But we can make our voices heard.”

Contact Joseph Norris at joe.norris@thebaynet.com

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