Within the next three or four years, it will become considerably easier to commute from the Tri-state area to the Washington, D.C. area by rail, thanks to a new link between Frederick and the existing CSX Brunswick line announced last week. And while the immediate effect will be less congestion on Interstate 270, the new line will bring some changes in this region as well.
The Brunswick line now carries 5,500 commuters a day. Adding two stations - in downtown Frederick and near the Francis Scott Key Mall - will undoubtedly attract more riders from this area, riders who may have hesitated to commute when their only choice was a bumper-to-bumper ride on the interstate.
But the other possibility is that rail service to Frederick will make it more attractive for those living in places like Rockville and Gaithersburg to move further out. In exchange for spending a few more minutes on the train each weekday, they can wake up in the country on the weekends.