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Shore Transit Considers Service Reduction

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 SALISBURY, Md.-  Shore transit may soon reduce service hours and eliminate some fixed bus routes to help balance its budget.

Shore Transit Director Brad Bellacicco said changes to certain fixed routes and service hours has been implemented before. With summer winding down, Bellacicco said some fixed routes will not be used as much, and there is not enough funding to keep all of the routes up and running.

Ricardo Sawyer of Salisbury waited patiently for his bus to arrive today. He and others at a Shore Transit bus stop depend heavily on the service.

"I ride the bus everyday and sometimes three times a day," Sawyer said.

But, where and when Sawyer catches the bus could soon change. Bellacicco said the agency hoped to have an $8 million budget. As of now, the budget is $6 million.

"We were operating 1200 hours over the summer to try and get the people there, so now we have to reduce it down below 900 to make up the difference to balance our budget," Bellacicco said.

He said there are 13 fixed bus routes that travel through Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset Counties. He said 14 of 43 buses run daily between 3 a.m. and 1 a.m. However, that will be the case this winter for some areas. 

"There will be fewer runs between Salisbury, Pocomoke, Princess Anne, Berlin into the Ocean City area because there will be fewer people traveling to work," Bellacicco said.

Though none of these changes are set in stone, Sawyer is just hoping it does not affect him.

" If they cut out my route, I catch the 132, I"ll be in trouble," Sawyer said.

Shore Transit held a public meeting at 6:30 tonight at the Tri-County Council Center in Salisbury.

Bellacicco said no decisions have been made yet, and that changes will not go into effect before October 6, 2014.

 

 

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