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Shore Transit Announces Route Changes

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A Shore Transit bus is shown in this WBOC file photo. A Shore Transit bus is shown in this WBOC file photo.

SALISBURY, Md.- New routes for Shore Transit will go into effect early next month, the Tri-County Council for the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland announced Monday.

Shore Transit provides public bus transportation to Wicomico, Somerset and Worcester counties year-round. Officials said that this year, some routes will become seasonal due to ridership needs during the winter and summer months.

The new routes, which will begin Monday, Oct. 6, will give more access to coastal areas like Ocean City during the seasonal rush of summer. While during the winter months, buses will become focused in the Salisbury city area.

Routes that were previously four and a half hours long would be cut down to shorter, more focused loops, officials said.

The Tri-County Council, founded in 2001 by an Act of the Maryland General Assembly, released a survey to the public through Shore Transit's website in July to see when and where the public used Shore Transit buses.

Officials said that after reviewing the data at a public hearing in late August, input revealed that less service should be granted to some areas due to ridership demand.

The council took these responses into account when establishing the new bus routes set to begin in October, according to officials. Other changes announced include:

  • The West Ocean City and Berlin trolleys will be closed for the winter.
  • The 201E and 201W stops will be implemented at Ocean Pines Plaza, Franklin Avenue and Pitts Street in Berlin to replace some of the removed service from the trolleys.
  • Route 196 will form from the combination of East Salisbury Route 132 and West Salisbury Route 172.
  • Summer Express Routes will be discontinued until spring 2015.

Shore Transit, established in 2004, runs 42 buses, four vans and two cars throughout the year. Shore Transit Director Brad Bellacicco said that in the last fiscal year, more than 450,000 passengers were carried around the Lower Eastern Shore at a 6.8 percent increase since 2013.

With the addition of the Route 100 Downtown Trolley, the number of passengers served on the Lower Eastern Shore is expected to rise again this year.

For more information about scheduling changes and new stops visit www.shoretransit.org.



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