On Nov. 4, the free Bowie Business Shuttle Bus — or “BizBus” — began pickups at the Bowie Park and Ride lot a half hour earlier.
The service, which launched in September, will now run from 7 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., instead of 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., said John H. King, Bowie’s economic development director.
The schedule change was to accommodate two employees whose carpool stopped offering them rides to their places of work at the Melford development near Melford Boulevard and Science Drive, King said.
The free shuttle is open to the public but was created to serve employees of Bowie’s largest employer, health technology company Inovalon, King said. Service starts at the Park and Ride, stopping at Inovalon and other employers along Collington Road, Melford Boulevard, Science Drive and the Bowie Town Center.
King said October ridership was about 12 people per day, down five riders from September. The bus can carry 24 passengers on each trip, he said.
“If [ridership] stays really low, we’re going to have a tough decision to make at the beginning of the year because right now it’s only running on a six-month trial,” King said. “We’re going to be talking closely with Inovalon and [employers at] Melford.”
For a full schedule, visit www.cityofbowie.org/bizbus.