Ride On Review -- April-June 2017


Quarterly Newsletter      Montgomery County Department of Transportation    April-June 2017


New Ride On extRa Buses to Roll In This Summer

With the October 2017 launch of the limited-stop Ride On extra service fast approaching, 17 new, specially-branded buses have started to arrive in Montgomery County.

Features on the new buses include easy access boarding, WiFi, USB charging ports and informational monitors. A Transit Signal Priority (TSP) system will expedite travel speeds while helping to improve reliability for Ride On extRa. The TSP will detect Ride On extRa buses as they approach a traffic signal and could provide a few extra seconds of green light to allow the bus to get through the intersection. There will also be specially-branded bus shelters with real time arrival information displays for this service.

Ride On will be bringing one of the buses to various events around the county this summer, including the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, as part of a “welcome tour” to give the community the opportunity to get a “feel” for the new service.

The Ride On extRa service will provide a faster option for bus riders during rush hours as it will make only 12 stops along Maryland Route 355 between the Lakeforest Transit Center in Gaithersburg and Medical Center Metrorail Station in Bethesda.

Learn more about Ride On extRa online.


Fare Increases Took Effect June 25

To keep Ride On bus fares consistent with rates approved by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), the Montgomery County Council approved the following transit rate changes that began June 25, 2017. The new fares are shown below. 

  • Ride On fare paid with SmarTrip® Card, cash or token - $2.00
  • Metrorail-to-Ride On bus transfer with SmarTrip® Card - $1.50
  • Route 70 bus fare paid with SmarTrip® Card, cash, or token - $4.25
  • Metrorail-to-Route 70 bus transfer with SmarTrip® Card - $3.75
  • Senior* with identification card (except from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays and Saturday, when free)
              *  with SmarTrip® Card, cash fare or                    token - $1.00
              *  Metrorail-to-Ride On bus transfer                      (SmarTrip® only) - $0.50
              *  Local bus transfer within 2 hours of                  initial trip (SmarTrip® Card only) -                    Free (no change)
  • Senior* with identification card for express Route 70 (except from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, when free)
             *   with SmarTrip® Card, cash fare or                    token - $2.10
             *   Metrorail to Route 70 bus with                          SmarTrip® Card - $1.60
             *   Local bus to Route 70 bus with                        SmarTrip® Card - $1.10
             *   Boarding with weekly or monthly pass              with SmarTrip® Card - $1.10

Ride On’s Monthly pass, which allows for unlimited rides during the month, remains unchanged and is a bargain at only $45. The Youth Cruiser monthly and summer passes also remain unchanged at $11 and $18, respectively.

For more information, visit www.RideOnBus.com


Give & Ride Food Drive Collects Nearly 6,000 Pounds of Food

Ride On passengers donated 5,979 pounds of food this year during the annual Give & Ride food drive that was held April 23-29. Riders received free trips by donating canned or nonperishable food for Montgomery County residents who are experiencing hunger.

“We appreciate the kindness of our passengers and employees who donate food for those in our County who are struggling,” said County Executive Isiah Leggett.

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation organizes the annual food drive. Food collected goes to the Manna Food Center, which provides food for 35,000 individuals annually. The non-profit organization based in Gaithersburg provides food for 3,000 families each month and distributes weekly “Smart Sacks” of nutritious food to 2,800 local elementary school students.


New Service Comes to Clarksburg

The new Route 73 hit the road on May 14, giving Clarksburg residents a faster connection to Metrorail’s Red Line.

Route 73 provides express bus service from the Cabin Branch community in Clarksburg, which is on the west side of Interstate 270, to the Shady Grove Metro station via Old Baltimore Road. The route also serves the Gateway Center Business Park.

Regular Ride On fares and discount programs apply on this route. View the Route 73 schedule to plan your ride. 


Ride On Greets Cyclists on Bike to Work Day

Thousands of residents showed their support for bicycle commuting all over Montgomery County and the Washington D.C. metro area on Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 19.

Representatives of Ride On and the Montgomery County Department of Transportation, including Director Al Roshdieh, gathered at the Dawson’s Market pit stop in Rockville to greet riders.

To learn more about Bike to Work Day, visit https://www.biketoworkmetrodc.org/


Mark Your Calendar

August 11-19

Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, County Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg

September 4

Labor Day - Ride On will operate on a SUNDAY schedule

September 17

First day of fall service improvements

October 2

Ride On extRa launches!

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Rider Tips

  • Have your fare ready when boarding and understand how to insert the fare correctly
  • Move to the rear of the bus so others may board quickly
  • Allow seniors and disabled persons to occupy priority seating
  • Please do not occupy more than one seat when others need seating
  • Close your strollers and have children seated for their own safety
  • Refrain from smoking, eating, drinking or spitting
  • Use headphones when playing audio devices at low volume
  • Stay behind the safety line on the bus when you are standing
  • Allow the operator to drive the bus safely by not speaking with the operator while the bus is moving
  • As a courtesy, exit from the rear and hold the rear door open for the person behind you when exiting
  • Use the light of your cell phone to signal the bus when it is dark
  • For your safety, don’t run after the bus if you miss it. Another bus will come