Transit riders offered free rides for Earth Day

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Riders hopping on and off Frederick County, Maryland shuttles on Monday might be a bit surprised at the cost.

County Transit offered free rides in recognition of Earth Day.

The dozen connector and shuttle routes around the county didn’t cost a dime for passengers both as a means for enticing commuters who may otherwise travel by car and contribute to congestion and smog pollutants, and as a thank you to loyal riders.

Thomas Merson is a Frederick County resident and commuter within the city who smiled when asked about his free ride.

“I think it’s real nice that the county does that on Earth Day. We should have more days that push for this and get more cars off the road,” Merson explained.

At least one transit driver admitted to seeing an increase in ridership during the peak morning commute on Monday.

According to officials, County Transit provides public transportation to more than 608,000 riders a year.

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