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Commuter buses may be cut back

December 10, 1997

Commuter buses may be cut back

By JULIE E. GREENE

Staff Writer

Maryland's Mass Transit Administration is considering cutting back on the number of bus runs serving commuters in Hagerstown, officials said.

Because of low ridership, four of 10 weekday stops between Hagerstown and the Shady Grove Metrorail could be eliminated effective Feb. 2, 1998, officials said.

Two morning and two afternoon trips between Hagerstown and Frederick, Md., on the No. 991 commuter bus line would be eliminated, according to the MTA's proposed schedule change.

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A public hearing on the proposal will be held from 8 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, at the Motor Vehicle Administration Branch Office at 18306 Colonel Henry K. Douglas Drive in Hagerstown.

In the event of bad weather, the hearing would be held from 8 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21 at the branch office.

If the cuts are made, three lines would run from Hagerstown to Shady Grove in the morning and three in the afternoon, said Jerry Korzybski, a customer services officer.

Trips No. 703 and 707, which depart the MVA park-and-ride lot in Hagerstown at 5:30 a.m. and 6:20 a.m., would instead depart from the Francis Scott Key Mall in Frederick.

Trips No. 704 and 708, which depart Shady Grove at 5:10 p.m. and 6 p.m., would no longer carry passengers to the park-and-ride in Hagerstown, but would stop at the FSK Mall in Frederick.

The four runs that would be eliminated under the proposal have averaged between three and eight riders a day from June to October, Korzybski said.

The three remaining morning commuter runs from the park-and-ride in Hagerstown would depart at 5 a.m., 5:50 a.m. and 6:45 a.m., Korzybski said.

The three remaining afternoon commuter runs that would carry passengers to Hagerstown would depart Shady Grove at 4:50 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 6:40 p.m., he said.

More information can be obtained by calling the Mass Transit Administration's Office of Customer Services at 1-410-767-3999, toll-free at 800-543-9809 or TTY at 1-410-539-3497.

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