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OC adds a new wrinkle to free New Year's Eve bus service this year, providing riders the option to drop a donation for the United Way in the fare box.

(Dec. 28, 2018) New Year’s Eve bus service in Ocean City is once again free, but riders have the option this year of dropping cash or coins in the fare box to support the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore.

Transit Manager Mark Rickards said year-end revelers can catch free bus lifts from 6 a.m. on New Year’s Eve until 6 a.m. on New Year’s Day.

Rickards said extra buses will be deployed for the holiday with 15-minute headway times scheduled.

The charitable campaign is a new venture this year, with participation strictly voluntary Rickards said.

“They can donate anything they want whether it be a quarter … or more,” he said.

Transit Administrative Manager Brian Connor suggested the new charitable initiative, which took root during subsequent conversations, Rickards said.

During past New Year’s celebrations, patrons often redirect non-requested fares to tip drivers, which Rickards said technically isn’t permitted.

“Tip United Way not the drivers,” he said.

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