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February 19, 1998
By STEVEN T. DENNIS Staff Writer 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.
NEWS
By SCOTT BUTKI | September 14, 1999
The fare is free this week on County Commuter buses and paratransit vehicles. [cont. from front page ] In conjunction with the free rides, the Washington County Commissioners have designated this week "Try Transit Week. " The fareless rides began Monday and continue through Saturday. The event is part of a nationwide program to encourage people to use public transportation. It is the first time the county has offered free rides for a week, Transportation Director Kevin Cerrone said.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
September 30, 2003
Defending the bus To the editor: I feel compelled to respond to Washington County Commissioner John Munson's characterization of the County Commuter transportation system as "a big waste. " Obviously Munson is not himself a user of the system if he is counting passengers from the outside of the buses. Perhaps he should give public transportation a try before calling for its demise. I regularly use the paratransit arm of the system and it is a vital part of my life.
NEWS
September 7, 2000
County to bus for free By SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer Washington County will offer free rides on all County Commuter buses as part of the annual national Try Transit Week event from Monday to Saturday. Last year during the free rides week, the county provided 9,470 rides at no charge, Transportation Director Kevin Cerrone said. That reflects the number of rides, not necessarily the number of riders, since some may have ridden the bus more than once, he said.
NEWS
June 23, 1997
By STEVEN T. DENNIS Staff Writer After 25 years of service, the Washington County Commuter could be in for a diet. The county owned and operated bus service is looking to sell five 30-seat buses purchased in 1986 if it receives a state grant to replace them with three 16- to 18-seat buses. County Commuter Transit Supervisor Kevin Cerrone said the mid-size buses would make sense because the 30-seat buses are rarely full and ridership has been flat - at about 1,000 riders a day - for the past three years.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
By SCOTT BUTKI | September 29, 1999
A state panel wants to triple public transportation ridership in Western Maryland by 2020 but the Washington County Transportation director and the president of the County Commissioners say they doubt the county can meet that goal. They say the County Commuter may be able to meet another Transit Advisory Panel goal of nearly doubling ridership by 2020. The panel, in a report issued earlier this year, said it wants 1 million people a day to use public transportation by 2020, an 83 percent increase over the current ridership of 570,000 daily.
NEWS
November 1, 2008
Hagerstown to pay $55,000 toward fountain The City of Hagerstown on Tuesday entered into an agreement with the Hagerstown Garden Club to install a bronze fountain in the roundabout at Park Circle. The project will cost about $89,000, of which the city will pay $55,000 and the garden club $31,000, according to city documents. Antietam Tree & Landscape will contribute $3,000. Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II said Tuesday that the city's share of the cost will come from federal funding.
NEWS
by BOB MAGINNIS | April 7, 2003
When Bill Beard, executive director MIHI, (Many Individuals Helping Individuals) describes Ellen Albert as a "pusher," he means it in a good way. The 54-year-old Hagerstown woman says she's pushing for a seat on the Washington County Disabilities Advisory Committee, because she's convinced more could be done for the disabled of this area. It's a good thing she's not thin-skinned, because some members of the committee disagree with her arguments and her approach to bringing about change.
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NEWS
November 1, 2008
Hagerstown to pay $55,000 toward fountain The City of Hagerstown on Tuesday entered into an agreement with the Hagerstown Garden Club to install a bronze fountain in the roundabout at Park Circle. The project will cost about $89,000, of which the city will pay $55,000 and the garden club $31,000, according to city documents. Antietam Tree & Landscape will contribute $3,000. Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II said Tuesday that the city's share of the cost will come from federal funding.
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NEWS
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.
NEWS
September 30, 2003
Defending the bus To the editor: I feel compelled to respond to Washington County Commissioner John Munson's characterization of the County Commuter transportation system as "a big waste. " Obviously Munson is not himself a user of the system if he is counting passengers from the outside of the buses. Perhaps he should give public transportation a try before calling for its demise. I regularly use the paratransit arm of the system and it is a vital part of my life.
NEWS
by BOB MAGINNIS | April 7, 2003
When Bill Beard, executive director MIHI, (Many Individuals Helping Individuals) describes Ellen Albert as a "pusher," he means it in a good way. The 54-year-old Hagerstown woman says she's pushing for a seat on the Washington County Disabilities Advisory Committee, because she's convinced more could be done for the disabled of this area. It's a good thing she's not thin-skinned, because some members of the committee disagree with her arguments and her approach to bringing about change.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
September 7, 2000
County to bus for free By SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer Washington County will offer free rides on all County Commuter buses as part of the annual national Try Transit Week event from Monday to Saturday. Last year during the free rides week, the county provided 9,470 rides at no charge, Transportation Director Kevin Cerrone said. That reflects the number of rides, not necessarily the number of riders, since some may have ridden the bus more than once, he said.
NEWS
By SCOTT BUTKI | September 29, 1999
A state panel wants to triple public transportation ridership in Western Maryland by 2020 but the Washington County Transportation director and the president of the County Commissioners say they doubt the county can meet that goal. They say the County Commuter may be able to meet another Transit Advisory Panel goal of nearly doubling ridership by 2020. The panel, in a report issued earlier this year, said it wants 1 million people a day to use public transportation by 2020, an 83 percent increase over the current ridership of 570,000 daily.
NEWS
By SCOTT BUTKI | September 14, 1999
The fare is free this week on County Commuter buses and paratransit vehicles. [cont. from front page ] In conjunction with the free rides, the Washington County Commissioners have designated this week "Try Transit Week. " The fareless rides began Monday and continue through Saturday. The event is part of a nationwide program to encourage people to use public transportation. It is the first time the county has offered free rides for a week, Transportation Director Kevin Cerrone said.
NEWS
February 19, 1998
By STEVEN T. DENNIS Staff Writer 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.
NEWS
June 23, 1997
By STEVEN T. DENNIS Staff Writer After 25 years of service, the Washington County Commuter could be in for a diet. The county owned and operated bus service is looking to sell five 30-seat buses purchased in 1986 if it receives a state grant to replace them with three 16- to 18-seat buses. County Commuter Transit Supervisor Kevin Cerrone said the mid-size buses would make sense because the 30-seat buses are rarely full and ridership has been flat - at about 1,000 riders a day - for the past three years.
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