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Harford County hosting 2 public hearings on funding transportation system in Bel Air, Edgewood

Harford County will hold two public hearings on a plan to partially fund its transportation services through federal and local grants Feb. 10.

At the hearings, county officials will take questions from the public and post answers on the county’s website within 30 days, said Cindy Mumby, the county’s director of governmental and community relations.

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Both hearings will be accessible by the county’s bus service. On Feb. 10, the first hearing will occur at 1 p.m. at the McFaul Activity center on W. MacPhail Road in Bel Air, and another will follow it at 6 p.m. the same day at the Edgewood Activity center on Gateway Drive.

Called Harford LINK, the transportation program encompasses Harford County’s fixed bus routes and its demand response service for people 60 or older or residents with disabilities. The fixed line circulates 12 full-size buses across six routes between Havre de Grace, Joppa, and Bel Air while the demand-service has 14 buses.

Approximately 389,000 total trips were taken in 2019, Mumby said.

The fixed-route service was funded 50% with federal dollars, 20% state money and 30% local spending, while the on-demand segment was chiefly funded by the county.

The county has pursued some of those state and federal grants to fund the transportation system in years past. The demand service costs roughly $1 million while the fixed line costs approximately $4.7 million.

According to 2019 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately 16% of Harford County’s population was 65 or older.

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