The bus operator position is open
until filled. Come and join Montgomery County Government. We are looking for
applicants with excellent communications skills, and the ability to serve the
riding public and fellow employees with honesty and integrity. We’re looking to
hire more than 100 operators this year. The starting salary for the position is
Must be 21 years of age, possess a
valid driver’s license, and have 3 years driving experience, and no more than 1
point on driving record. One year of
direct customer service experience required. Experience driving a transit bus
is a plus.
To apply go to: www.montgomerycountymd.gov/careers.
Ride On made service changes to 18 routes on January 8,
2017. Most of the changes involved minor time adjustments so that bus schedules
more closely match actual travel times in traffic.
The following routes were affected: 5, 8, 12, 13, 14, 16,
17, 19, 20, 24, 33, 42, 51, 52, 75, 93, 97 & 98. Click on the route number
to view the new schedule.
Routes 12, 13, 75, 93 and 98 had map changes but
no time changes. The maps for Routes 12 and 13 were updated to reflect the
long-term detour routing that uses Sligo Creek Parkway in Takoma Park while the
Carroll Avenue Bridge is undergoing a rehabilitation project. The Route 75 map now
shows Gosnell Farm Drive, which is the site of the bus stops used to service
the new Clarksburg Premium Outlets. For Route 93, the detour routing became the
permanent routing. The Route 98 map now includes a new road, Waters Road, in
Germantown that the route will use as it travels between Waterford Hills
Boulevard and Wisteria Drive.
Ride On’s Route 301 service between Tobytown Drive and
Rockville Metro Station first hit the road in early October 2016, but about six
weeks later, the route took to the streets with a brand new set of wheels.
Starting November 21, 2016, Route 301 began operating in a
new 24-seat cutaway bus. The vehicle, which was leased specifically for Route
301, is the only one used to provide service on this route. Shortly before it
was put into the service, the bus was wrapped with a vinyl cover so that the
look and color scheme of the bus matches the rest of Ride On’s fleet.
The debut of the new bus coincided with the end
of the free introductory fare period which ran since the service was started.
Regular fares now apply on Route 301, and riders can also take advantage of the
Kids Ride Free and Seniors Ride Free programs on this service.
Ride On’s training facility has
found a new home at Montgomery County’s new Public Safety Training Academy,
which was unveiled on Oct. 28, 2016.
Instructors and trainees now have
access to a 2,075 square-foot building with classrooms and offices, and a
training track that allows bus operators to practice on different types of
roadway sizes and surfaces. The building, which occupies just one part of the
academy’s property, is located at 8751 Snouffer School Road in Gaithersburg.
The facility hosts about 4 to 6 training
sessions per year, with each session lasting 6 weeks. The sessions are usually
filled with new operators, who are required to complete the six weeks of
training, but it’s also open to veteran operators for retraining. Each session
can have a maximum of 20 participants.
The new Public Safety Training Academy is also
heavily used by the Montgomery County Police Department, Montgomery County Fire
and Rescue Service, the Montgomery County Sherriff’s Office, the Montgomery
County Department of Corrections and other local agencies.
Shoppers who are ready to modify the financial condition of their
wallets at the new Clarksburg Premium Outlets can leave their cars behind and
take Ride On’s Route 75 to the new retail wonderland.
When the Clarksburg Premium Outlets opened in late October
2016, Route 75 began to provide bus service to two newly established bus stops
on Gosnell Farm Drive, which is located just outside of the outlets’ property.
Currently, service to the outlets runs Monday through Friday
from approximately 5:15 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. The map above gives an aerial view
of the new bus stops.