A new Trailblazer transportation route for the Hampstead/Manchester area and a new bi-directional route for Westminster will be implemented on Sept. 10 — and the county is offering free rides for two weeks from the start date.
“We will have two weeks of free ridership for TrailBlazer,” said Transportation Grants Coordinator Stacey Nash. “That way everybody can get used to the routes, and the changes and the transferring and all that fun stuff.”
Updates to the other four routes will also be implemented — with a new central transit hub at the Business & Employment Resource Center — including a new Hampstead/Manchester TrailBlazer route, Westminster bi-directional route and new stops on the existing Eldersburg, Taneytown and South Carroll routes.
At a Board of County Commissioners meeting in June, when the proposal was introduced, Commissioner Dennis Frazier, R-District 3, said the update to the routes themselves could encourage more people to use public transportation.
“You’ve cut down on times between spots and I think when people realize that you will get more ridership as well,” he said. “One of the comments I’ve heard is. ‘Oh, you’ve got to wait an hour and a half.’
“This will help tremendously,” Frazier said.
The new routes can be found in detail on the Carroll County Transit System website, www.carrolltransitsystem.com.
Informational sessions will be scheduled at the five Carroll County Senior and Community Centers in the coming weeks, and a new phone number has been implemented at 410-386-5550. The current number is still active and will still work for the foreseeable future, according to a county release.