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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
October 25, 1999
Maryland Comprehensive Transit Plan Workshop Frostburg University Downtown Center 16 W. Washington St. 7-9 p.m. By SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer The Maryland Transit Administration is holding a public workshop Wednesday night on its goals for the next 20 years, including the hope that commuter ridership in Western Maryland will triple in that time. As part of its planning for the future, the state agency established the Transit Advisory Panel, consisting of business and government leaders.
NEWS
By SCOTT BUTKI | September 22, 1999
The County Commuter's "Try Transit Week" was a success, providing 9,470 rides at no charge, Transportation Director Kevin Cerrone said Wednesday. During the free ridership week, the service provided 3,500 - or 59 percent - more rides than it did during the same week last year, when rides were not free, Cerrone said. "I am very, very pleased," he said. "I think we'll get a lot of mileage out of it. " Last Monday through Saturday all County Commuter and Paratransit rides were free.
NEWS
BY RICHARD F. BELISLE | April 18, 2002
waynesboro@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A $125,000 out-of-court settlement in a suit filed by a former employee, higher insurance costs, cuts in federal and state subsidies and higher operating costs have put the Chambersburg Transit Authority about $150,000 in the red, the authority's executive director said Wednesday. The authority, which provides bus service to Waynesboro and Washington Township, hopes to raise money with a country music concert, a fund-raiser using balloons and penny collection boxes spread around the county.
NEWS
by DON AINES | December 16, 2003
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Ridership is still far below what it was a year ago, but the addition of service to Waynesboro, Pa., in November boosted ridership for the Chambersburg Transit Authority above 1,000 for the first time in months. The system had 1,104 riders in November, down from 5,076 in November 2002 when the authority was still operating seven routes, according to Office Administrator Deb Rotz. More than 300 of those trips last month were made by Waynesboro-area passengers.
NEWS
by RICHARD BELISLE | June 20, 2002
waynesboro@herald-mail.com WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Use it or lose it. Riders on Chambersburg Transit Authority buses that roll through Waynesboro and Washington Township every day have three months to increase their ridership numbers or see the service disappear from the communities, the authority's executive director said Wednesday. Speaking before the Waynesboro Borough Council and about 20 residents, mostly seniors, Eva McKula said CTA officials have decided that ridership on the two local runs has to increase by 20 percent or the buses will be pulled back to Chambersburg.
NEWS
by DAVE McMILLION | April 26, 2005
charlestown@herald-mail.com EASTERN PANHANDLE, W.VA. - More Eastern Panhandle residents are turning to mass transit to get around, and officials with those systems believe higher gas prices might be part of the reason people are turning to alternative transportation. PanTran, a bus service which serves Berkeley and Jefferson counties, and the MARC commuter train service are seeing increases in ridership, officials with the two services said. The number of riders using PanTran increased by 700 between February and March and there have been 444 additional riders for the first two months of April, said PanTran Director Lynn Weiger.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE, Waynesboro | September 2, 1998
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Ridership on Waynesboro's public bus service held steady at eight passengers an hour during June and July, but that's still two shy of what Pennsylvania says it needs to keep subsidizing the service beyond the end of the year. The bus service, Waynesboro's first in years, started a year ago at the request of local senior citizen groups who lobbied hard for it. More than 500 seniors signed cards saying they would ride the bus if it came to town. The Chambersburg Transit Authority, which runs public buses in that borough, provides the bus for Waynesboro.
NEWS
June 23, 1997
Citing flat ridership, the manager of the Washington County Commuter bus system says he wants to do three things: increase on-bus advertising, add new software that will track riders at the fare box and send staffers to senior-citizen complexes to educate residents on how to use the buses. And if all these things are successful? In a move that seems puzzling when compared to Kevin Cerrone's other strategies, he's planning to downsize the fleet, selling five 30-seat buses and replacing them with three 16- to 18-seat models.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | December 20, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - State Sen. John Unger and Senator-elect Herb Snyder on Thursday credited the Berkeley County Commission with spearheading efforts to stave off proposed cuts to the MARC commuter train service. Though optimistic, Snyder said the tentative deal reached Wednesday by Maryland and West Virginia transportation leaders still must clear the Maryland General Assembly, where lawmakers already are "catching a lot of flack" for billions of dollars in budget cuts. Unger said the deal involves a commitment by West Virginia to shoulder half of the $1 million in operational costs to preserve the MARC service to West Virginia's three train stations in Harpers Ferry, Duffields and Martinsburg.
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By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | August 1, 2011
Waiting for a bus Monday morning on a shiny new bench under the shade of a metal canopy, John Mawyer of Hagerstown summed up the difference between the Washington County Commuter's new Transit Transfer Center on West Franklin Street and its old transfer point on West Washington Street with an analogy. “This is heaven, and that's the end of the world,” Mawyer said. The old transfer point, where buses pulled over to the side of the road under a railroad bridge, was cramped, dangerous due to traffic, prone to drunken loiterers and smelled of urine, Mawyer said.
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BUSINESS
March 24, 2011
Western Maryland Regional Crime Lab The Western Maryland Regional Crime Lab/Hagerstown Police Department recently completed the American Society of Crime Laboratory Director's/Laboratory Accreditation Board-International accreditation process. ASCLD/LAB offers voluntary accreditation to public and private crime laboratories in the United States and around the world. Accreditation is offered in the forensic disciplines for which services are generally provided by forensic laboratories.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | December 20, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - State Sen. John Unger and Senator-elect Herb Snyder on Thursday credited the Berkeley County Commission with spearheading efforts to stave off proposed cuts to the MARC commuter train service. Though optimistic, Snyder said the tentative deal reached Wednesday by Maryland and West Virginia transportation leaders still must clear the Maryland General Assembly, where lawmakers already are "catching a lot of flack" for billions of dollars in budget cuts. Unger said the deal involves a commitment by West Virginia to shoulder half of the $1 million in operational costs to preserve the MARC service to West Virginia's three train stations in Harpers Ferry, Duffields and Martinsburg.
NEWS
By JOSHUA BOWMAN | September 27, 2008
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Hagerstown Regional Airport's new commercial carrier has a history of canceling flights that are not profitable, and once canceled a route before service got off the ground. But airport officials said they are confident Allegiant will have the ridership it needs to keep it flying out of Hagerstown Regional Airport. Allegiant Air on Sept. 17 announced plans to start twice-weekly nonstop flights between Hagerstown and Orlando Sanford International Airport in November.
NEWS
by ANDREW SCHOTZ | May 30, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - At the city of Hagerstown's request, a local college class surveyed about 100 people in Public Square on Tuesday, mainly about their use of public buses. Michael Parsons' sociology class at Hagerstown Community College did the interviews as part of a study of public transportation and people congregating in the square, said Cindy Blackstock, the city's community development coordinator. A lingering question about loitering prompted the study, said Kevin Cerrone, the director of Washington County's County Commuter bus service.
NEWS
by DAVE McMILLION | April 26, 2005
charlestown@herald-mail.com EASTERN PANHANDLE, W.VA. - More Eastern Panhandle residents are turning to mass transit to get around, and officials with those systems believe higher gas prices might be part of the reason people are turning to alternative transportation. PanTran, a bus service which serves Berkeley and Jefferson counties, and the MARC commuter train service are seeing increases in ridership, officials with the two services said. The number of riders using PanTran increased by 700 between February and March and there have been 444 additional riders for the first two months of April, said PanTran Director Lynn Weiger.
NEWS
by DON AINES | December 16, 2003
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Ridership is still far below what it was a year ago, but the addition of service to Waynesboro, Pa., in November boosted ridership for the Chambersburg Transit Authority above 1,000 for the first time in months. The system had 1,104 riders in November, down from 5,076 in November 2002 when the authority was still operating seven routes, according to Office Administrator Deb Rotz. More than 300 of those trips last month were made by Waynesboro-area passengers.
NEWS
by RICHARD BELISLE | June 20, 2002
waynesboro@herald-mail.com WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Use it or lose it. Riders on Chambersburg Transit Authority buses that roll through Waynesboro and Washington Township every day have three months to increase their ridership numbers or see the service disappear from the communities, the authority's executive director said Wednesday. Speaking before the Waynesboro Borough Council and about 20 residents, mostly seniors, Eva McKula said CTA officials have decided that ridership on the two local runs has to increase by 20 percent or the buses will be pulled back to Chambersburg.
NEWS
BY RICHARD F. BELISLE | April 18, 2002
waynesboro@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A $125,000 out-of-court settlement in a suit filed by a former employee, higher insurance costs, cuts in federal and state subsidies and higher operating costs have put the Chambersburg Transit Authority about $150,000 in the red, the authority's executive director said Wednesday. The authority, which provides bus service to Waynesboro and Washington Township, hopes to raise money with a country music concert, a fund-raiser using balloons and penny collection boxes spread around the county.
NEWS
October 25, 1999
Maryland Comprehensive Transit Plan Workshop Frostburg University Downtown Center 16 W. Washington St. 7-9 p.m. By SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer The Maryland Transit Administration is holding a public workshop Wednesday night on its goals for the next 20 years, including the hope that commuter ridership in Western Maryland will triple in that time. As part of its planning for the future, the state agency established the Transit Advisory Panel, consisting of business and government leaders.
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