By STEVEN T. DENNIS
New, smaller County Commuter buses will be traveling roads in the county by July 1.
The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday approved the federally subsidized purchase of three 18-seat buses for $285,000. The county's share is $28,500.
The buses will replace five 30-seat 1986 buses.
The older buses are being sold for about $2,000 each, said Kevin Cerrone, County Commuter supervisor. "There's just no market for them," he said.
The county will have nine 30-seat buses remaining.
County Commissioner James R. Wade said he's glad the bus service is making the move to smaller buses after years of watching nearly empty buses drive around. Wade said he'd like to replace more of the full-size buses.