Using The County Line A Bus

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Freedom Transit's County Line A Route
Freedom Transit's County Line A Route
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The County Line A is a north-south bus that connects people in central and northern Washington County. The bus transits three times a day between McDonald and Washington, PA.

The bus operates departs McDonald at 7:57 AM, 10:52 AM and 2:27 PM, arriving in Washington at 9:25 AM, 12:25 PM and 4:10 PM. The total trip about an hour and a half.

Return trips leave the Transit Center at 9:30 AM, 1:15 PM and 4:40 PM. They reach the end of the line in McDonald at 10:55 AM, 2:30 PM and 6:05 PM.

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  • The County Line A has four scheduled stops in McDonald: Noblestown Road & Center Ave, Haveloch Commons, Heritage Library and the Giant Eagle.
  • In Cecil Township the County Line A stops at the Senior Center (except on the first run of the day) and in the village of Muse.
  • The County Line A makes four stops in Canonsburg – Valley View Terrace, the Canon House Apartments, Canonsburg Senior Center and Canonsburg Shop N’ Save.
  • In Houston, the County Line A stops at the Pike Inn and the Central Assembly of God
  • At the Tanger Outlets Washington, the bus pulls up to the main entrance. Tanger Outlets Washington is an open air mall that features brand name and designer outlet stores and restaurants.
  • The bus stops at Hollywood Casino at the Meadows, which has slot machines, table games with roulette, blackjack and craps, and a sportsbook. There’s a restaurant, steakhouse and bowling center.

After stopping at the casino, the route is different based on time of day.

On the routes that leave McDonald at 7:57 AM and 2:27 PM:

  • The bus continues onto the Meadowlands, stopping at Pike St and Country Club Road.
  • The bus stops at the Washington County Fairgrounds, a multi-use facility that’s the site of the Washington County Fair in August and other events through the year, and at the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, where visitors can ride a 2-mile trolley track.
  • In Washington, the County Line A stops at Henderson Ave & Regent Dr, Washington High School, and Shop N’ Save Plaza

On the run that begins in McDonald at 10:52 AM, the bus stops at the Washington Health System (WHS) on Landings Drive and Trinity Point, where Walmart is.

All three routes terminate at the Transit Center on East Chestnut Street.

Freedom Transit operates under a flag stop system for routes in Washington County. People don’t have to wait at an established stop to board a bus. They have to be on the correct side of the road, in the direction the bus is traveling, and wave their arm so the bus driver sees them in time to stop safely.

The trip from McDonald to Washington is $2.50. Traveling inside a zone – for instance, from one point to another within McDonald, or Houston to Canonsburg – is $1.50. See Freedom Transit’s Fixed Route Fare Structure.

Discounts can be purchased in bulk on their mobile app. The Port Authority of Allegheny County’s ConnectCard can also be used. Local transfers are free.

Children under 12, and seniors 65 and older, ride for free.

People on Medicare or who have a disability ride at half-price.

Washington School District students can purchase a monthly Prexie Transit Pass for unlimited trips on fixed route bus service for $10.

Freedom Transit is the common name for the Washington County Transportation Authority, a public agency that provides bus and shared ride services to much of Washington County so people can get to work, school, medical appointments and shopping. Public transit doesn’t happen in Washington County on major holidays.

Bus stops on the County Line A route