Carroll Commissioners Approve Preliminary Plan to Bolster Public Transportation

The Carroll County Commissioners unanimously approved a preliminary transportation plan that includes expanding the county’s transportation fleet and adding new routes to bolster ridership and streamline services.

According to the Carroll County Times,

Carroll is looking for 10 new vehicles from the Maryland Department of Transportation — six to replace aging buses, two to add as spares and two to expand routes.

If Carroll gets a few more vehicles, it can help to continue replacing buses that are aging with high mileage and help expand services, [Carroll County Public Works Deputy Director David Reese] said.

Carroll is also looking at adding 13 additional stops to reduce wait time, he said.

Carroll Transit System offers four routes called TrailBlazers, that are open to the public. The routes operate in Westminster, Taneytown to Westminster, South Carroll, and Eldersburg to Westminster. Door-to-door service or “Demand Response” is available in areas not currently being serviced by the TrailBlazers.

Through demand response and TrailBlazer routes, Carroll Transit System serves the general public, older adults, individuals with disabilities and students.

Citizens will have an opportunity to weigh-in on the preliminary recommendations before the Commissioners approve and submit the final FY19 transportation plan in March.

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