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In December, the St. Mary’s County commissioners asked the state to stop planning for a commuter parking lot in New Market after nearby residents said they did not want it there.

The Maryland Transit Administration replied recently it would halt all activity on the project until the county commissioners “deliver a suitable site” as an alternative.

“The cost of these efforts, aimed to provide for the commuters in St. Mary’s County, has exceeded $1 million and taken several years to complete. Due to limited State resources and uncertain local support for this project, we have halted all project planning activities,” Diane Ratcliff, director of the office of planning and programming, wrote on Jan. 30.

“If the County were to identify and deliver a suitable site that meets the MTA’s project requirements, we may then consider funding construction of a park and ride facility to serve St. Mary’s County,” she said.

Commission President Jack Russell (D) said Wednesday the county has no alternative location in mind. “That’s exactly were we left it. We weren’t interested in that site and we’ve picked no others. It’s been kind of a conundrum since Day 1,” he said.

Residents in northern St. Mary’s, and Del. John F. Wood Jr. (D-St. Mary’s, Charles), said in December the intersection of Route 5 and Route 6 was a terrible location for a 500-space park-and-ride lot. Another lot is under construction in Charlotte Hall.

JASON BABCOCK