By: Adrienne Moretz
Most Popular Route
TransIT’s ridership is made up of three services:
• 9 fixed-routes serving over 300 destinations in Frederick City and urbanized areas of the County
• 4 shuttles serving the Brunswick/Jefferson, Emmitsburg/Thurmont, the Rt. 85 corridor, and eastern Frederick plus two commuter shuttles
• Paratransit services for those over the age of 60 and/or with disabilities
Of these services, TransIT’s #10 Connector route has the highest ridership. The route is the “Mall to Mall” Connector and average’s nearly 10,000 trips per month. Providing trips to the Frederick Towne Mall, FSK Mall, Wal-Mart, Westview Promenade and other major destinations, the #10 operates every 30 minutes Monday-Friday from approximately 6:00am-9:45pm and on Saturday from 7:30am-9:50pm.
Several advanced technology features have recently been implemented to increase customer convenience. Last January TransIT launched a mobile ticketing app, TransIT ezFARE, which provides an all-in-one solution for using the system. With the app you can purchase tickets, plan your trip and access TransIT features including the website and Twitter feed. The app is available for download on iOS and Android smart phones. Another unique feature is the ability for agencies to buy bulk tickets through the app and send individual tickets to various client smartphones so their clients may ride the bus to their services.
TransIT just finished the RFP process for Automatic Vehicle Locators and Automatic Passenger Counters. This will allow passengers to have access to real-time feeds of TransIT bus locations, reducing wait time and increasing convenience. Coming late spring 2016!
Cash for Commuters
TransIT is a member of Commuter Connections, a regional organization working to connect riders. Pool Rewards, a program for new carpools, provides up to $130 cash for carpools who log their trips. Other cash incentives are available, including $200 monthly to vanpools traveling in the Metro DC region. TransIT also offers a subsidy for new vanpools traveling to or from Frederick County. The subsidy amount depends on the size of the van and the amount of riders but can be up to $500/month for the first six months.