New Rt. 1 bus system free for students

By Chad Sinclair (view article online on The Diamondback)

In an effort to ease traffic congestion and make areas around College Park more accessible, the county is revamping its public bus system to take university members along Route 1 for free. The Prince George's County Council initiated the Route 1 Ride project — a rebranding of the current "The Bus" system — in partnership with the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation and seven surrounding municipalities and cities. According to project coordinator Alex Hirtle, any student, faculty or staff member who shows a university ID can take the Route 1 Ride anywhere from Mount Rainier to the College Park IKEA as many times as desired for free. The Route 1 Ride buses will be designated by a special logo and artist renderings by April 28, which coincides with Maryland Day.

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