Beginning in early December, Cecilton residents will have a new option for travel to Middletown, Delaware. Cecil Transit, a division of Cecil County’s Department of Community Services, has added a new “Demand Response” route that will run twice a month from Cecilton to Middletown and back. The new route will allow residents to schedule pick-ups and travel to prime retail areas in Middletown giving them more access to healthcare facilities and retail shopping.

Suzanne Kalmbacher, Cecil Transit Chief, worked in collaboration with Mary Cooper, Cecilton Town Administrator and Glenda Carpenter, Housing Initiative Partnership, a non-profit developer and counseling agency for various rental properties in Maryland, including the Parklands at Cecilton, to expand public transportation services to the community.

“We are excited to work with the town and the Parklands at Cecilton to provide more opportunities for residents to be able to travel back and forth to Middletown for things like fresh groceries and produce, prescriptions and other related necessities,” explained Kalmbacher.

According to David Trolio, Director of Community Services, “This is an excellent opportunity to begin providing transit services to the Cecilton community. It provides scheduled access to retail and medical services while simultaneously assessing need for future transportation planning and development.”

The Cecilton-Middletown route will begin pick-up on Tuesday, December 12th at 10:30 AM from the Parklands Community Center located at 203 East Main Street in Cecilton. The bus will return back from Middletown at approximately 12:45 PM. The route is tentatively scheduled to run on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month. All riders MUST call by 2 PM the day before to reserve a spot.

“Demand Response vehicles are scheduled based on the number of people who have called ahead for the service. In order for us to send the appropriate size vehicle, it is imperative that riders call and reserve their ride the day before,” Kalmbacher stressed.

The round trip service will cost riders $5.00. Seniors (individuals aged 60 and over) and persons with disabilities will pay just $2.50 to travel back and forth.

Cecil Transit provides free travel training to those in need of instruction on using public transportation. The training includes an explanation of bus routes, bus stops, bus schedules and rider safety, plus “on-site” instruction when requested.

For more information, visit the Cecil Transit website at www.CecilTransit.com. To schedule pick-up, call 410-996-5295, option #2.