Monthly Archives: September 2013

Ocean City buses now operating under fall schedule

Town of Ocean City buses are now operating on a fall schedule. From now until October 26, the Coastal Highway “beach bus” service runs approximately every 15 minutes from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and every 30 minutes from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. In addition, an express service will also be available for Sunfest, transporting patrons directly to/from the Inlet grounds from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day, except on Sunday when service will end at 7 p.m. The express bus stop will be located in the south Convention Center parking lot on 40th Street.  As with the buses, exact fare of $1 per-boarding or $3 ride-all-day is required.

The Boardwalk tram, which does not operate during the fall season, will also run during Sunfest.  The tram will run September 19 through September 22, from 10 a.m. until midnight, except for Sunday, September 22, which will operate from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. The tram fare is $3 per person, one way, per boarding.  Following Sunfest, the Boardwalk tram will be closed until May 1, 2014.

The Park-N-Ride bus service is also closed for the season except for Bikefest, Sunfest, and Endless Summer Cruisin.  Unless otherwise noted, frequency of service is approximately every 20 minutes.  When the Park-N-Ride service is not in operation, transportation from the Park-N-Ride to/from the South Division Street Transit Station is provided by Shore Transit. Residents and visitors should refer to Shore Transit’s schedule for arrival and department times, in addition to required fees.

The Coastal Highway winter bus schedule will begin October 27 and run through April 3, 2014. Under the new winter schedule, buses will run every 40 minutes from 6:20 a.m. until 11:35 p.m. and no service will be offered from 11:40 a.m. until 6:15 a.m. on Sundays through Thursdays. Buses will operate every 30 minutes from 6 a.m. to 6 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Passengers can ride the bus for $1 per boarding or $3 for a ride-all-day pass. Exact fare is required. The $3 ride-all-day pass allows passengers to ride the bus from 6 a.m. the day the ticket is purchased until 6 a.m. the next day. For more information about the transportation schedule, call the Ocean City Transportation Department at 410-723-1606 or visit


‘Drive in Disguise’ during Vintage Plate Rally

Annual event takes on new dimension to include Halloween element during annual celebration

 For the third year in a row, residents and visitors with a vintage Ocean City license plate will be allowed to ride down the Boardwalk during the annual OC Vintage License Plate Rally, which will take place Saturday, October 19.  This year, a new dimension, Drive in Disguise, has been added and will allow anyone wishing to decorate their car to be allowed to ride down the Boardwalk also.DriveDisguisePosterFB

“This year’s event is going to include a Halloween twist,” said Mayor Rick Meehan.  “We are grateful to the Downtown Association for stepping up to sponsor this event and for adding the Drive in Disguise element.  I think a lot of people are going to enjoy the Halloween theme.”

Decorated cars will join the OC vintage plate cars during the rally, which will roll-off at 27th Street beginning at noon. Vehicles will drive off the Boardwalk at the Inlet Parking Lot where prizes will be awarded and a group photo will be taken for all vehicles and drivers.  In addition, various local organizations will have information booths set up and a DJ will play music.

There is a $25 registration fee for non-vintage license plate participants and those vehicles must be decorated.  There is no fee for those with an Ocean City ‘vintage’ license plate and   Proof of insurance is required for all participants. Proceeds from the event will be used for prizes and event costs. Registration forms are available at  For additional information, contact Nancy Howard at 443-235-4405 or e-mail