While Frederick County transit officials support the addition of a circulator shuttle to Frederick’s Golden Mile community, there are no plans to otherwise supplement transit service in the area.
Frederick County TransIT has four routes that serve all or parts of the Golden Mile area and connect the area to the rest of the system, said TransIT spokeswoman Kendall Tiffany.
While the agency supports the circulator idea and believe that more options are always better, they also believe that the area has sufficient transit coverage as it is, she said.
Dr. Julio Menocal, who has a practice on Baughmans Lane off the Golden Mile in Frederick, plans to manage a shuttle system that will offer free rides twice a day on the roads near his office.
The proposed route will send the shuttle from Baughmans Lane across to the Kmart, up U.S. 40 to Hillcrest Drive, to McCain Drive, to Butterfly Lane. From Butterfly Lane, the shuttle will go to Mount Phillip Road, to U.S. 40, then take a left on McCain Drive, to Key Parkway and back to Baughmans Lane. The route begins and ends at Menocal’s office. The route is about 5½ miles. Grocery stores are scattered along the route.
Menocal plans to begin the shuttle service in November, and run it once in the morning, from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., and in the afternoon from 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
“It’s a good idea,” Menocal said at a meeting in June. “It benefits the population I serve directly.”
The shuttle will cost about $4,500 a month, although Menocal has said he expects the actual price will be higher.
He and a local design team, the FeinDesign Team, have sought a grant for the service through the National Center for Mobility Management.
The Golden Mile Alliance, a coalition of businesses and community groups in the neighborhood, wrote a letter in support of the grant application.
In general, businesses seem to think transit services in the area are good, said David Newman, president of the alliance’s board of directors.
The circulator would be able to get people closer to their homes, rather than going to fixed stops, he said.
The service will isn’t meant to take away from current transit options, but to give people easier access to medical care and other services, Newman said.
“This is about meeting a different need,” he said.