South County bus route gets a reprieve from shutdown

September 30, 2007

The sole bus route serving southernmost Anne Arundel County will continue running uninterrupted through June of next year after getting an infusion of cash from the Department of Social Services.

The South County Connection, or C-50 route, was scheduled to end service Friday night, but the department, after negotiating with the Office of Planning and Zoning and clearing state and federal funding hurdles, was able to fill the financial gap, County Executive John R. Leopold announced Friday.

The route, which the county is taking over from Annapolis Transit, costs about $200,000 a year. Starting tomorrow, it will expand beyond its original route connecting Annapolis, Edgewater and Deale farther into the Shady Side Peninsula and will add runs in the morning and evening, said Marina Harrison, a spokeswoman for Leopold.

The Department of Social Services will continue to charge a $3 fare and provide the same stops and schedule for riders. The route has about 30 daily users.

Information: Mark Millspaugh, assistant director of family investment at the Department of Social Services, at 410-269-4603, or George Cardwell, Office of Planning and Zoning, 410-222-7432.

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