by Lisa Tome
All aboard for expanded Cecil Transit.
As of Tuesday, January 20, Cecil Transit has introduced the new Elkton-Newark Connection Fixed Route Service. This service links riders from Elkton to Newark and Glasgow, Delaware while connecting with the existing Cecil Transit Glasgow and Perryville Connection.
This service, previously operated by the Delaware Transit Corporation (DART 65), is the result of a partnership between Cecil County Government, the Delaware Transit Corporation (DART), and the Maryland Transit Administration.
The new service, reconfigured as a circular route, will be operated by Cecil Transit.
Service started Tuesday, running eight loops per day from about 6 a.m. until 9:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Fares will be $2 for the general public and $1 for seniors and those with disabilities.
This expansion, most notably through the proposed circular route revision, will provide residents of the county with access to employment, medical, education, and rail services while supporting economic growth in both Maryland and Delaware.
David Trolio, Director of Cecil's Senior Services and Community Transit Department, is enthusiastic about the expansion. The plan was initially to start the route last summer, at the start of fiscal year 2015. Due to the hiring and recruiting process, the start up was delayed by about half a year. Six to seven new staff were hired and new buses put in service for the route which was converted from part time to full time.
Trolio said this new service provides a link to Newark train station, as well as both Cecil College campuses, North East, and Charlestown. This expands the Cecil College route that was added a year ago.
"What you want to see is a gradual increase in ridership," said Trolio, who explained that focus groups which were held helped determine some of the needs for transit. He also said that this expansion could not have been possible without the many partnerships.
For more information regarding the newly expanded routes, online go to www.ceciltransit.com. Or call 410-996-5295 extension #2.