The Hagerstown/Eastern Panhandle MPO and the Eastern Panhandle Transit Authority has released for public review a draft plan for the Eastern Panhandle Transit Authority to implement new commuter bus service that would include stops in Martinsburg and Ranson to transport commuters to the new Ashburn Metrorail Station in Ashburn, Virginia.

On May 19 from 5 to 6:30 p.m., a public presentation on the EPTA Commuter Bus Service Implementation Plan will be held at the Eastern Panhandle Transit Authority Offices at 446 Novak Drive in Martinsburg. A virtual option to attend the meeting will be available at

The public can review and comment on the EPTA Commuter Bus Service Implementation Plan until May 30. Find the plan online at

Questions and written comments should be directed to Matt Mullenax at 240-313-2081, or mailed to the HEPMPO office at 33 W. Washington St., Suite 402, Hagerstown, MD 21740. Only written comments will be accepted.   

MANUFACTURING WORKSHOP. From May 9 to 13, the Lean Enterprise Institute will offer a free online workshop to help manufacturers implement a lean product development process. The live online event, titled “Designing the Future Remotely: A Lean Product Development Immersive Learning Experience,” will run 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. May 9-13. Apply online at to attend the workshop.

TOURISM SUMMIT. The 2022 Jefferson County Annual Tourism Summit is scheduled for Wednesday, May 18, at the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown. Seminar topics will cover marketing, outdoor recreation, destination management and new development.

This year’s summit theme will focus on “managing growth and maintaining authenticity.” 

Chelsea Ruby, cabinet secretary West Virginia Department of Tourism, will talk about the growing West Virginia tourism industry. West Virginia University professor Danny Twilley will lead a discussion on the outdoor recreation economy as a driver for tourism. A panel discussion on tourism marketing, and a presentation on the Hill Top House Hotel project are also planned.

The cost to attend is $85 per person. For information or to register, visit

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