When the Rock Hall Trolley shut down, it left a void in this bayside town. Mark Bryden, manager of Haven Harbour Marina, said owner Bill Brawner “saw a big need with the Rock Hall Trolley out of business.” So the marina bought an electric shuttle bus to fill the void. It is an amenity for Haven Harbour Marina customers, but it also accommodates anyone who wants to ride. The white 14-passenger bus is a product of JH Global Services Inc. of Greenville, S.C., which sells the Star BN96-14 Deluxe for $18,000.
It is completely electric with rechargeable batteries. Two built-in smart chargers take care of 16 golf cart batteries. Bryden said they might add solar panels to the roof with a trickle charger to help keep the batteries topped up. Top speed is a leisurely 25 mph, and it has seat belts and all the equipment needed to make it a legal motor vehicle. The route is an 18-stop loop, including marinas, restaurants, the beach, Main Street, and businesses along Route 20 as far east as Ford’s Seafood and as far north as Spring Cove Marina. The fare is $2.