New Buses Improve Service, Accessibility

New Buses Improve Service, Accessibility

Three of the new EZ Trans Low-floor Mid-size County Commuter Buses officially hit the streets early Wednesday morning, bringing to a close a project in the works for 4 years.
In 2005 Washington County's Transit Department (WCT) filed an application for federal and state grant funds to replace the aging 1994 Orion-V, 30-passenger transit coaches in the fleet. The buses being replaced averaged over 500,000 miles on each unit and exceeded their useful life span of ten years as regulated by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).
With the help of the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), WCT was able to secure approximately $1.8 million to procure the nine buses off the state-wide small-to-mid-size bus contract. Additional units will be placed in service in the coming weeks.
The new buses are smaller, lighter weight and driver friendly. The low-floor aspect of the bus construction permits easy access for both walk-on riders and those who use an assistive mobility device. It is anticipated that the entire fleet of County Commuter fixed-route buses will be low-floor units within the next two years.
Last year County Commuter provided a total of 421,490 one-way passenger trips. Since Fiscal Year 2005, County Commuter's overall ridership has increased by 28%
WCT hopes those who use the transit system's services on a regular basis are just as pleased with the overall ride they experience.