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Rail, Buses Will Get You Where You Want to Go

A bus service operates seven routes Monday through Friday in and around Laurel. For specific route and schedule information, call 800-270-9553.

Route A


Metro added two stops to the end of its Blue Line in December, one of them the Morgan Boulevard Station, above. (Gerald Martineau -- The Washington Post)

Hospital-South Laurel

Route B

Maryland City

Route C

Whiskey Bottom

Route D

Laurel-Burtonsville (Monday-Friday only)

Route E

Laurel-Columbia

Route F

NSA/Express

(Monday-Friday only)

Route H

Laurel-Greenbelt (Saturday only)

Call-A-Bus

Call-A-Bus is a service available to all residents who are not served by or cannot use other bus or rail services. Priority is given to senior citizens and disabled residents. Disabled riders must provide their own escorts if needed. Service animals are allowed for the visually impaired. Reservations can be made up to 14 days in advance by calling 301-499-8603 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding major holidays and weekends. The buses operate 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Same day requests are accepted but are subject to availability of resources.

One-way trips are $1; seniors and disabled riders pay 50 cents. Escorts ride free. Fare must be paid in exact change upon boarding; drivers cannot make change. When reserving a trip, indicate if special assistance, such as a wheelchair lift or escort, will be needed. After the trip is scheduled, call back the day before to confirm the reservation; otherwise, it may be cancelled. Be ready for pickup 15 minutes prior to the scheduled time and wait somewhere visible to the driver. To allow for traffic congestion, wait 15 minutes before calling to verify if the bus trip is late.

Call-A-Cab

Call-A-Cab is a transportation assistance program at a reduced cost for people 55 and older and disabled residents. Coupon books can be purchased and used with participating cab companies when Metro or Call-A-Bus are unavailable. Seniors and disabled residents may purchase up to 14 coupon books worth $20 each in every six-month period at $10 per book. To sign up, call 301-883-5656, or Maryland Relay, 800-735-2258. To obtain coupon books, mail a completed application and $10 for each $20 coupon book to the Office of Transportation, 9400 Peppercorn Pl., Suite 320, Largo, Md. 20774, with proof of age and disability. Make checks or money orders payable to Prince George's County. To use the coupons, call a taxicab company from the list included with the coupons. Show the coupon book to the driver and pay using any combination of coupons and cash.

MARC

MARC commuter rail system provides daily service through Prince George's County to Baltimore and Washington. Managed by the Maryland Transit Administration, MARC trains run weekdays from 5 a.m. to midnight; no weekend service is available. Schedules are available online at www.mtamaryland.com or by calling 800-325-RAIL. Fares depend on destination. One-way and roundtrip tickets, as well as unlimited weekly and monthly passes are available. Weekly tickets are valid from Saturday of the designated week through midnight of the following Friday.

Monthly tickets are valid from the first through the last day of the calendar month. Children younger than 6 may ride free with any passenger paying full fare, with a limit of two children per full-fare passenger. The full-fare rate will be charged for additional children. Seniors (65 and older), people with disabilities and Medicare cardholders are eligible for reduced fares, with proof of eligibility. A special fare called Transfer Link allows users to combine their ticket with Metrorail. In addition, MARC tickets can be used for free connections on Metrobus. Metrocheks can also be used to pay MARC fares.

A complete listing of fares, including a conversion schedule, is available at the Maryland Transit Administration's Web site or by sending an e-mail to ltaylor@wmata.com. For specific fare information, call 800-325-RAIL.


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