HAGERSTOWN - Washington County will begin offering round-trip rides this summer between downtown Hagerstown and Hopewell Road near Valley Mall in an effort to help residents without transportation find jobs, according to Kevin Cerrone, Washington County's director of public transportation.
The transportation is free and probably will start in early July, Cerrone said Thursday during a transportation forum in Hagerstown, where local officials discussed the progress and needs associated with the county's public transit system.
Cerrone said grants totaling about $166,000 from the Washington County Community Partnership will pay for the program's operating expenses.
The grants will cover the cost of leasing two vans to make the runs, said Rosalind Martin, assistant director of family investment for the Washington County Department of Social Services.
Martin said the program will give residents without transportation a better opportunity to find jobs at businesses that provide benefits and pay $10 to $12 an hour - well above the minimum wage.