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Bus trips free for Christmas Eve riders

December 16, 2003

It won't cost anything to ride County Commuter buses on Christmas Eve.

On Wednesday, Dec. 24, county residents can ride any County Commuter bus on any route at no charge. The offer includes Paratransit passengers, but does not include Taxi vouchers.

The commissioners approved the free rides at their Nov. 18 meeting. The intent is to give people who have not tried the bus system the opportunity to check it out for free and to promote the public transportation system. Commissioner John Munson introduced the measure.

Transportation Department Director Kevin Cerrone said that the two days following Thanksgiving on which rides were free were among the busiest for the bus service all year. Statistics showed that on Friday, Nov. 28, 1,410 people took advantage of the free rides. That figure was up by 460 over a similar event last year, and accounted for a 48 percent increase, according to a press release issued by the county.

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On Nov. 29, 1,050 rides were recorded, up by 360 for a 52 percent increase, Cerrone said.

The Christmas Eve routes will cover downtown Hagerstown, Valley Mall, Prime Outlets, the Centre at Hagerstown, Valley Plaza, South End Shopping Center, shopping areas along Dual Highway and all other locations served by County Commuter.

Bus service will operate from 6 a.m. until 3:45 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Buses will not run on Christmas Day but will resume a normal schedule on Friday, Dec. 26.

For information, contact the Public Transportation Department at 240-313-2750 or stop in at 1000 W. Washington St. in Hagerstown.

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