by Lisa Tome
Those who take public transit in Cecil County wanted a full day weekend connection to Delaware.
Over the weekend, Cecil Transit began offering all day service with a Saturday Glasgow Connection from 5:30 a.m. until 6 p.m.
"The all day Perryville Connection started last year. Ridership has exceeded our expectations," said Gary Blazinsky, Transit Chief for Cecil Transit.
"The feedback has been good from those that ride the buses. We applied for grant funding to do this. We'll evaluate it after a month or two," said Blazinsky, said of the all day Saturday Glasgow Connection. "In Perryville, Saturday ridership is almost as good as Monday through Friday. We're glad to see it."
The Glasgow Connection will now give people the chance to do shopping or errands. Blazinsky said some of the riders also take the bus to work.
Cecil Transit offered a variety of choices for public transportation.
The Bus operates along the two fixed routes, the Perryville Connection and the Glasgow Connection. The Perryville Connection is available Monday through Saturday from 5:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Glasgow runs Monday through Saturday 5:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Cost for these is $2 for the general public and $1 for senior citizens and the disabled.
The Teal Line connects Harford and Cecil counties. The cost is $2. Service is available Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m.
CT Cruiser is on demand scheduled service and is based upon distance. It serves Cecilton, Chesapeake City, Conowingo, Earleville, Elkton, Fair Hill, North East, Perryville, Port Deposit, and Rising Sun. This is available beginning at 8 a.m. Monday through Friday.
The Taxi Voucher Program is a transit option for evenings and weekends. It is for disabled, those with lower incomes, and seniors over age 60. You must be pre-qualified for this program.
There have long been discussions regarding having a bus connection to Cecil College's North East campus. "We know it has to go there. We are in talks with the MTA (Maryland Transportation Authority) and the college. We are all working towards that," he said.
Cecil is also getting bigger buses to accommodate more riders. The current buses seat 20. The new buses will seat 30 people or 35 with no wheelchair access.