FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, MD., -- Beginning Monday, Jan. 31, inbound traffic at the Llewellyn Avenue and HWY 175 gate will be restricted to multi-occupancy vehicles only.

Hours of operation for the Llewellyn gate will remain the same with the gate open to inbound multi-occupancy traffic from 6 to 8 a.m. and to outbound traffic from 4 to 6 p.m. Outbound traffic will not be limited to multi-occupancy vehicles.

Vehicles entering the installation with one occupant will be required to use other installation access control points. Gates that will allow vehicles with single occupancy are: Mapes Road and Route 32, Mapes Road and Route 175, and Rockenbach Road and Route 175.

Restricting the inbound lane of the Llewellyn gate to multi-occupancy vehicles is an attempt to mitigate anticipated increases in traffic by encouraging carpooling, van pooling and mass transit alternatives. Establishment of the multi-occupancy gate is a pilot project. After two months, the effectiveness of the change will be reassessed to determine its impact on traffic near the installation and on the demands of other gates.

In addition to encouraging car and van pools, Fort Meade leadership is encouraging flexible scheduling, compressed work schedules and telecommuting to reduce traffic in and around the installation.