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Commissioners To Make Decision Next Week On Proposed Changes To Transit System

July 6th, 2012 by WCBC Radio

Both riders and bus drivers have expressed concerns with a wide range of proposed changes for the Allegany County Transit system- and next week the County Commissioners will decide which of those plans, if any, will be implemented. It was a mixture of good news and bad last month when a public hearing outlining the specific changes were presented to during a public hearing. Fares for mobility-challenged riders using the Alltrans service would increase and some routes would be cut back. On the plus side of the ledger, the consolidated routes would provide more on-time service to heavily used stops and hours of the service could be extended to accommodate early morning and evening routes. Proposed changes include focusing service on four key routes and having early morning service from 6 to 8 a.m. and evening service from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Alltrans fees would be increased from $2 to $4 per trip. On the Blue and Red routes the proposal would discontinue service to Furnace Street and the Green Route service would end at the fire station on Bedford Street. Service would also be eliminated to the Allegany County office complex. Lonaconing and Westernport would be served twice a week.  Commissioner Mike McKay said that the commissioners will make a decision next week, and if there are changes, they would take place effective August 13th

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