"We had a definite need in Federalsburg for our citizens to have a place where they could wait for the bus," Mayor Bill Beall said. "The bus service here is critical to the residents who work outside Federalsburg." The facility answers the need for a permanent, safe and comfortable site for riders, who previously waited nearby, often in front of businesses, or out in the open.
DCT buses on Routes 6 and 8 will stop there during their service to points including Denton, Preston, Easton, Cambridge, Hurlock, Secretary and East New Market. Route 6 reaches Federalsburg at 6:01 a.m. for its morning commuter trip and makes its last lap through the town at 5:45 p.m. Route 8 offers service to Federalsburg beginning around 6 a.m., and finishing around 7 p.m.
City Grants Administrator and Main Street Administrator George "Happy" Mayer said he was pleased to have residents use a local bus system to reach their jobs. He said the shelter itself was donated by Dart Solo Cup Company, which operates a plant in Federalsburg.
When the company learned of the need, "[Plant Manager] Jeff Damico made the arrangements, and we picked it up," Mr. Mayer said. "They are a great business partner with the town." The shelter was installed by Director of the Department of Public Works Steve Dyott and his crew, who included a new concrete pad surrounded by gravel, safety pylons and a trash can. The parking lot is lighted and covered by security cameras.
"It's the real deal," Mr. Mayer said. "We hope this is the first of three or four more bus stops that we can provide for the citizens here." Mayor Beall said, "I thank the Caroline County Commissioners for their support of our bus system, and encourage them to do whatever it takes to keep this system going."
DCT Operations Manager Jerome Stanley said, "It will enhance our system - it's a plus for everybody. I'm really excited." DCT offers travel training service, helping riders to grow confident using the regular routes or specialized door-to-door service. For more information on travel times and routes, call the DCT Dispatch Office at 410-221-1910. For travel training help, call 410-221-1900, or visit www.dcsdct.org.