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County to offer free bus rides this week

September 30, 2002

The Washington County Board of Commissioners and the County Commuter Transit System are providing free bus rides Tuesday through Saturday.

The free rides are part of a nationwide celebration to call attention to the benefits of public transit, county Transportation Director Kevin Cerrone said. The event was formerly known as "Try Transit Week."

"The week is also an opportunity for County Commuter to attract new customers," Cerrone said.

The bus system, which has been part of county government since 1972, serves 18 routes daily. The fleet consists of two raised-roof vans, three five-passenger Paratransit mini-buses, two 12-passenger buses, three 18-passenger buses and nine 30-passenger buses.

All vehicles are equipped with wheelchair lifts and other features to make them accessible to people who have disabilities. There are at least 12 vehicles on the road daily providing regular fixed-route, Paratransit and Job Access services.

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Fixed-route service hours are Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. Paratransit and Job Access service is provided from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Saturday service is available.

Cerrone said the service programs provide more than 330,000 passenger trips each year and pass through Public Square more than 30,000 times each year.

For more information about the services County Commuter offers, call the Transportation Department at 240-313-2750 Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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