TransIT Services of Frederick County is a public transport agency in Frederick County, Maryland, that's operated by the county government. The agency currently operates 9 Connector bus routes, mostly in the city of Frederick, 5 shuttles, and demand-response for seniors and persons with disabilities. TransIT provides connexions to additional public transport services in the region, including the MTA Maryland's routes 204 and 515 commuter bus and MARC Train service. According to the agency's homepage, the service had approximately 909,800 boardings in FY 2012.
TransIT Services is the result of merging the former Trans-Serve Frederick County shuttles and the Frederick City Transit lines.
Connector bus routes operate Monday–Friday, and routes 10–65 additionally provide Saturday service. The agency doesn't operate any of its routes on Sunday. Most routes provide weekday peak-hour service (every 30 minutes) in addition to hourly service Monday–Friday.
As of April 2014, the fare for a one-way trip using Transit for the general public was $1.25 with a monthly pass costing $45.00.
Youth and students don't get a discount on one-way trip fare, but do get a discounted rate of $30.00 for a monthly pass.
Seniors and disabled persons have a discounted one-way trip fare of $0.60 and a discounted monthly pass rate of $30.00.
Ten trip passes can be purchased for $12.00 for the general population, $8.00 for students and youth, and $5.50 for seniors and disabled persons.
If the bus needs to deviate from its normal route for a stop, an additional $1.50 is charged to the passenger and 24 hours heads up must be given.
In June 2014 the one-way trip fare for the general public increased to $1.50. At the same time the fare for TransIT Plus additionally increased.
Transfers are free, and most routes have timed transfers with additional routes at the TransIT Center, which is at the city's downtown MARC rail station.
TransIT currently has a fleet composing of full length buses for their connector routes as well as cut-away para transit vehicles used for shuttles and TransIT+ services. Currently, the fleet subsets are replaced and returned on average every 14 years, the maximum service life for a bus permitted by Maryland law.
Currency there are 28 buses and 35 para-transit cut-away buses on the active fleet, along with several minivans, and passenger cars used for various TransIT special needs services.
The original Frederick City Transit bus system utilised several former Frederick County Public School buses fitted with rear exit doors. These buses were numbered 101 and 102 and painted white.
Frederick City's first new bus order consisted of 1981 vintage TMC thirty foot buses served the original Red and Blue Routes numbered 200–203. Frederick City purchased one lone Orion I thirty foot model transit coach built in 1987 (old faithful, number 204) to serve the new White Route that ran from downtown to the city's north end.
Soon after the formation of TransIT Services of Frederick County, TransIT purchased four new Orion V, thirty foot models (numbered 322–325) in 1994 to replace the original three TMC buses. The Orion V buses wear the new green over white colour scheme. Due to acceptance testing delays, TransIT operated for several weeks under a combination of the original TMC/Orion I fleet and three thirty foot Flxible Metro buses on loan from Maryland MTA. The MTA buses however lacked a rear exit door.
In 2001, TransIT ordered five SLF400 Dennis (Thomas) built, low-floor buses (numbered 917–921). Service was announced and expanded before the new buses arrived due to a delivery delay from the builder. Rather than delay service for 13 months, five small front engine used Spartan/Champion "Breadboxes" (re-badged, Goshen "Transette" buses) were purchased for short term use.
Due to increase service demand, several more used Breadboxes were purchased later the same year. All of the breadboxes arrived with front entry doors and a rear wheelchair lift at the quite back end of the coach. Notwithstanding the first order had black banding around the windows while the second order did not. Once the low-floor arrived all of these Breadboxes were sold.
|Year||Builder||Model||Length (ft)||Propulsion||Fleet series||Total|
|1981||Transportation Manufacturing Corporation||Citycruiser||30'||Diesel||200–203||3|
Current Fleet Roster
In 2003, TransIT purchased seven new standard Orion V models (numbers 922–928) with an additional seven delivered in 2004 (numbered 060–066). In 2005, the old Frederick City Transit—number 204 was sold, ending the era of the Frederick City Transit blue over white colors.
In March 2010, TransIT bought six new Gillig buses that have replaced the ageing 300-series acquired when TransIT formed in the early 90's. These buses have a simplified stripe which doesn't slope up over the windows on to the roofline at the rear of the bus.
Two additional Gillig Advantage low floor buses arrived, purchased with federal grants, the new buses sport a different paint livery and are the first hybrid buses in the system. These buses have a battery pack on the roof and use the use a Cummins ISB engine.
TransIT took bids in late 2013 to replace the five SLF400 buses nearing their service life. In 2015, TransIT placed an order for five re-manufactured, Gillig Advantage all-electric buses from Complete Coach Works (CCW). The new buses are numbered 774-779 and enter revenue service starting June 1, 2016.
|Year||Picture||Manufacturer||Model||Fleet Series||Fuel or Propulsion||Notes||In-service|
|2003||Orion||V (05.503) 30'||922–928||Diesel||#925 off roster due accident and engine issues.||6|
|2005||V (05.503) 30'||060–066||Diesel||#063 is now off the active roster due to an engine fire.||6|
|2010||Gillig||Advantage Low Floor 30'||981–986||Diesel||6|
|2011||Advantage Low Floor HEV 35'||157-158||Hybrid||2|
|2016||Complete Coach Works CCW||Advantage Low Floor ZEPS 35'||779-783||Electric||5|
TransIT routes are ten based, with the first digit designated to the part of the city/county the bus runs outbound to. 10 line buses operate from outside of downtown. 20 line routes run south Frederick, while 40 line buses serve the west end of the city. 50 line routes serve the west-to-southwest areas along the Jefferson Street corridor and Patrick Street sharing much of the same route as 40 line buses. 60 line routes serve the north end. 80 line routes serve the north end to the northwest side of the city including Ft. Detrick and the Yellow Springs area.
Routes that end in one (e.g. 51) run on an alternative route from their zero based counterpart. These routes began service in 2013.
One anomaly to the routing is the number 65 Walkersville Connector; so designated as an in-fill route after all available route numbers in the ten based system were in-use when the route began in 2011.
Currently there are no 30 or 70 line routes in service.
During peak hours, starting in 2014, the number 20, 40, 50, 51 and 60 buses run every half-hour. These buses are designated with a P after the route number denoting it is a peak hour, additional bus. Example, the number 50 bus might show as the 50P.
|Route Number||Name||Places Served||External links|
|20||Francis Scott Key Mall Connector||Monocacy MARC station|
|40||Route 40 Connector|
|50||Frederick Towne Mall Connector via Prospect Boulevard||Frederick Towne Mall|
|51||Frederick Towne Mall Connector via seventh Street||Frederick Towne Mall|
|60||Connector via East Street||Frederick YMCA|
|61||Connector via Taney Ave||Frederick YMCA|
|65||Walkersville Connector||Walkersville, Monocacy Village|
|80||North-West Connector||Frederick Community College, Frederick Towne Mall|
|No number||Route 85 Shuttle||Business and industrial parks of southern Frederick|
|No number||Emmitsburg-Thurmont Shuttle||Business and industrial parks in northern Frederick|
|No number||Brunswick-Jefferson Shuttle||Business and industrial parks in Brunswick|
|No number||East County Shuttle||Frederick Fairgrounds, MVA|
|No number||Meet-the-MARC Shuttle||Point of Rocks Station, Frederick Station|
In early 1994, the Red, Blue and White routes from the Frederick City Transit were discontinued. The Red Route was replaced by the #50, the Blue Route was replaced by the #40 and the White Route was replaced by the #60.
In August 2012, Route 30 was disconnected replaced by the new 50/51 routes. Route 70, Midtown Connector was replaced by the new 60/61 route.