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Shore Transit to Change Bus Routes Starting July 7

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SALISBURY, Md.– Shore Transit will change its bus routes July 7 in an effort to improve riders’ experiences, according to officials for the public transit and medical bus service that operates in Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties.

Surveys began last summer, in which Shore Transit started reaching out to its users, according to Director Brad Bellacicco. He said Shore Transit is now using these responses, along with results from eight years of studies and consultation, to enact these new changes.

“We moved our main core to our new building, so we were looking to shift the routes out here too,” Bellacicco told WBOC. “We had a consultant company come in and ride the buses for four days with clipboards asking every person questions.”

New express routes will shuttle workers to and from their jobs at a slightly higher cost, $5, and longer bus rides will be broken up into shorter ones, concentrating the vehicles to smaller areas, according to Bellacicco. Users will now be able to switch bus lines by using new transfer tickets, which reduces the fare to $1.

A new route for in the West Ocean City/Berlin area using a trolley began on Memorial Day as part of the new system, Bellacicco said. He noted that the new route is sponsored by local businesses and communities until Labor Day. Bellacicco said that because it is sponsored, the route operates at a discounted fare of $1 per boarding.

“This is part of the process to go back to winter and summer routes,” Bellacicco said. “So we are tailoring new routes so that there are more buses and expresses in the summer.”

For more information, call (443) 260-2300 or visit www.shoretransit.org.

 

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