By BRENDAN KIRBY
About 15 loyal riders of commuter buses that run from Hagerstown to the Shady Grove Metrorail station strongly objected Wednesday to a proposal to cut two of five lines in each direction.
The proposal, which Maryland Mass Transit Administration officials estimate would save about $91,000 per year, would take effect Feb. 1.
"It just totally befuddles me that in a state where we can afford to build stadiums to make sports owners richer, we can't afford to run bus service to get people back and forth to their jobs," said Hagerstown resident Dave Bennett.
Rob Brna, whose daily commute into Chinatown in Washington, D.C. takes about 2 hours and 20 minutes, said the cuts could force him to wait for almost an hour for the bus.