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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Ride On’s Ridership Continues to Climb; Ride On Real Time Aids Riders

Preliminary estimates for the Ride On bus system for this past March show the number of users grew by 2.7 percent, compared to the same month last year.   
 
For the first nine months of the fiscal year, ridership is up 2.8 percent, compared to the same period in FY11.
 
Selected routes are doing very well.  For example, Ride On’s express Routes 70 and 100 are up 21 percent from January through March; and the routes serving the National Medical Center (impacted by BRAC closure of Walter Reed) are up 6.5 percent from October through March.
 
Residents are reminded that Ride On Real Time now provides real-time information on bus arrivals using the internet, texting or applications for Android or iPhones.  The tool helps passengers determine when the next arriving bus will be at their stop. Ride On Real Time can be accessed in several ways:
  • Through the internet using a computer or web-enabled device such as a smart phone
  • Through the Ride On Real Time App
  • Or, by texting the bus stop ID number to bus@rideonrealtime.com. Passengers will quickly receive a text message indicating when their next arriving bus is coming. Or by texting the bus stop ID number to bus@rideonrealtime.com.  Passengers will quickly receive a text message indicating when their next arriving bus is coming.  (Enter ONLY the bus stop number -- no text.)
Tutorials on using Ride On Real Time are available on the County’s You Tube site
CATEGORIES: Ride On
POSTED: 5:00:00 AM |

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Ride On Food Drive Collects Nearly 8,800 Pounds of Food During Give and Ride Week

Montgomery County’s Ride On bus system collected nearly 8,800 pounds of food and other items, a nearly 50 percent increase from last year, during its 25th annual “Give and Ride” food drive that took place the week of April 22.  Bus passengers received free rides by donating canned or nonperishable food, disposable diapers, formula, baby or toddler food, and juice. 
 
All food donations were sent to the Manna Food Center, a Gaithersburg-based non-profit organization that distributes food to the County’s neediest residents.  Manna requested that Ride On hold its annual food collection drive in the spring to better meet community food distribution needs.  Manna feeds about 3,000 families every month.  Eligible clients in need of emergency food assistance may receive food every 30 days. 
 
For more information about Ride On, check the website or call 311 (TTY, call 301-251-4850).  
CATEGORIES: Ride On
POSTED: 4:30:00 AM |

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Ride On Service Changes Began May 20

Beginning Sunday, May 20, schedules for seven Ride On bus routes were adjusted to better match the time it takes for the buses to complete their routes. No changes to the route or stop locations were made.
 
The changes affect only the weekday schedules for the following routes: 48, 49, 57, 58, 61, 64, and 74. 
 
Ride On periodically makes these types of adjustments to take into account traffic conditions, construction projects and other factors that can affect the time it takes for a bus to complete its route.
 
Check the timetables by visiting Ride On’s website or calling 311 (outside Montgomery County call 240-777-0311) or TTY 240-773-3556.
CATEGORIES: Ride On
POSTED: 4:00:00 AM |

Monday, April 30, 2012

Ride On Launches Ride On Real Time

Provides Passengers with Real Time Information on Bus Arrivals
Ride On has launched a new system called Ride On Real Time that allows passengers to obtain real-time information on bus arrivals using the internet, texting, a smart phone or mobile applications (apps) for iPhones or Android phones. The new tools will help passengers determine when the next arriving bus will be at their stop.
 
Last year, Ride On added unique identification (ID) numbers to the signs at each of the County’s 4,800 bus stops. The ID numbers are used by the real time system to pinpoint a passenger’s location and give arriving bus times at that stop. The ID numbers can also be found at www.RideOnRealTime.com.
 
Ride On Real Time can be accessed in several ways:  
  • Through the internet using a computer at www.RideOnRealTime.com.
  • Through the Ride On Real Time App.
  • Using a web-enabled device or phone at www.RideOnRealTime.com.
  • By texting the bus stop ID number to bus@rideonrealtime.com. Passengers will quickly receive a text message indicating when their next arriving bus is coming. Riders should check with their cell phone provider to see if additional charges apply.
Ride On has made the source information for the new system available to the public through an application programming interface that allows third parties to develop additional applications.
 
Features of Ride On Real Time include:  
  • A “Notify Me” option. After registering their email address and selecting the bus stops, routes and times of bus service they are interested in, passengers can automatically receive regular notifications of bus arrivals.
  • A real time map that tracks the location of buses.
  • Ride On’s bus schedules.
  • A Trip Planner feature on the website helps users figure out bus routes and schedules to get them to their destinations. This feature is especially useful for new transit users or those who may be going to an unfamiliar destination. The App includes schedules and real time information for Ride On, as well as the Metro system and some regional transit systems.
In the next few months, the County will be adding equipment to the County’s newest buses so they can be tracked by the Real Time system. There are still a few bus stops that cannot be accessed by Real Time, but will be added soon. For those stops, it is suggested that riders enter the bus stop ID number for the preceding stop to estimate when their bus will arrive. Ride On encourages passengers who encounter a problem with Ride On Real Time to email staff at info@rideonrealtime.com.
 
Four “how-to” tutorials on using Ride On Real Time are also available on the County’s You Tube site. Go to Videos and search for the Ride On Real Time titles. Check the County’s website for more information on Ride On or call 311.
CATEGORIES: Ride On
POSTED: 11:25:00 AM |

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Support Ride On’s Give and Ride Food Drive -- Whether or Not You Take the Bus

Montgomery County’s Ride On bus service will sponsor its 25th annual Give and Ride food drive this year from Sunday, April 22, through Saturday, April 28.  Passengers who donate canned or nonperishable food, diapers, or other needed items receive a free bus ride. Others can participate by placing donated items in food collection bags in any Ride On bus. 
 
The Give and Ride Campaign helps needy families throughout Montgomery County. The donations go to Manna Food Center, Montgomery County’s food bank. Demand for help remains at record high levels, increasing nearly 10 percent over last year.
CATEGORIES: Ride On
POSTED: 10:00:00 AM |

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Ride On Ridership Increases

From July 1, 2011 through February 2012, Ride On ridership has increased by 2.5 percent, compared to the same period during the previous period. 
 
In January, ridership trended higher by 1.4 percent, compared to the same month in 2011. 
 
In February, ridership increased by 10.4 percent compared to the same month last year. Even taking into consideration that there was an additional day this February due to Leap Year, there was still an increase in average weekday ridership, which jumped to 90,708 riders. February is traditionally a low ridership month. 
 
For information about Ride On, visit the website or call 311 Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
CATEGORIES: Ride On
POSTED: 8:00:00 AM |

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Ride On Gets 13 New "Green" Buses with ARRA Funds; Leggett Thanks Federal Delegation, FTA and MTA for Boosting Local Economy

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett announced that Ride On has purchased 13 new American-made buses -- 12 hybrid electric-diesel buses and one clean diesel bus -- using $6.55 million in federal American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) funds provided by the State of Maryland. Ride On has a fleet of 339 buses and in fiscal year 2011, the bus system carried 26.7 million riders. With this acquisition, environmentally-friendly buses will comprise nearly two-thirds of the fleet or 64 percent. Eighteen percent are hybrids, 27 percent are compressed natural gas buses (CNG) and 19 percent are clean diesel.

Leggett thanked the County’s federal delegation: Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski and Representatives Chris Van Hollen and Donna Edwards; Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff; Maryland Department of Transportation Secretary Beverley Swaim-Staley; and the County’s State delegation for their assistance in helping to secure the ARRA funds for Ride On.

Compared to Ride On’s oldest buses, the clean diesel and hybrid diesel-electric buses that were purchased with ARRA funds meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2010 emissions standards for heavy-duty diesel vehicles. These buses emit 95 percent less nitrogen oxides, 90 percent less particulate matter and five percent less carbon dioxide. The clean diesels also improve fuel economy by five percent. In addition, as hybrid buses use 20 to 30 percent less fuel, they emit 20 to 30 percent less carbon emissions compared to conventional diesel buses.

For more information about the buses, go to the County’s website.

CATEGORIES: Ride On
POSTED: 10:00:00 AM |

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

MCDOT Releases Bus Rapid Transit Study

Last year, the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) began a study to identify key County transportation corridors in the county that could accommodate bus rapid transit ( BRT ) service. BRT is a provides a more predictable and streamlined bus service similar to light rail but at a lower cost.

The study recommends developing bus rapid transit along 16 corridors, totaling 150 miles. Passengers would pay their fares in advance and enter low floor buses directly through multiple doors—no steps or lifts. Buses would arrive at stations every 10 minutes or less, preferably operating in the median of major roads, such as Veirs Mill Road, Georgia Avenue and Randolph Road .

The next steps will be further discussions with neighboring agencies, jurisdictions and the general public to drive policy and investment decisions.

For a copy of the bus rapid transit study, visit MCDOT’s website.

CATEGORIES: Ride On
POSTED: 1:00:00 AM |

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Ride On and Metro Sales Office Now in Different Rockville Location

The Rockville sales office for purchasing Ride On and Metro SmarTrip cards and other fare media has moved from 101 Monroe Street to the Treasury Division’s sales office, located at 255 Rockville Pike (Suite L-15).  The new location, just a block north of its former site, is also accessible from Monroe Street.  Parking is available in several nearby lots or garages and the area is still very accessible by transit via buses or Metro at the Rockville Metro station.  Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Other retail sales outlets in Rockville are located at:

  • CVS – 360 Hungerford Dr. Room 410
  • CVS – 11852 Rockville Pike, Mid-Pike Plaza
  • Giant – 9719 Traville Gateway Drive
  • Giant – 12051 Rockville Pike

To find locations of retail outlets throughout the region, see Metro’s web site.

CATEGORIES: Ride On
POSTED: 2:00:00 AM |

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Kids Ride Free Resumes July 1

Beginning July 1, the Kids Ride Free program will once again provide free rides on County Ride On buses and certain Metrobus routes within Montgomery County to students ages 18 and under.  The free rides will be available weekdays between 2 and 7 p.m. 

The program will operate year-round.  Students should show their school photo identification cards (IDs) when boarding buses. The Montgomery County Division of Transit Services will be printing a special ID for elementary, home school, and certain private school students who do not have school photo IDs.  Those without IDs should contact their school first or call 311.

Other facts about the program are:

  • An additional charge of $2.15 in cash is required when taking Express Routes 70, J7 and J9, even during Kids Ride Free times -- weekdays between 2 and 7 p.m.   Students riding the Express Routes at other times must pay the express fare of $3.65 when using a SmarTrip card and $3.85 when paying cash.
  • Kids Ride Free on Metrobus is limited to these routes: C2, C4, C8, D5,   F4, F6, J1, J2, J3, J4, J5, K6, L8, Q1, Q2, Q4, Q5, Q6, T2, Y5, Y7, Y8, Y9, Z2, Z6, Z8, Z9, Z11, Z13 and Z29.

Student bus rides at times other than weekdays between 2 and 7 p.m. will require payment, either by cash, a Youth Cruiser Pass or a SmarTrip Card.  Youth Cruiser passes allow those 18 and under to take Ride On at steeply discounted rates. (Youth Cruiser passes are not accepted on Metrobus.)  The cost is $11 a month, good for unlimited rides. During the summer, a three-month pass costs only $18. To purchase the Youth Cruiser Pass, students must show proof of age at time of purchase.

Youth Cruiser or other fare media may be purchased at the:

  • Silver Spring TRiPS Store, 8413 Ramsey Avenue;
  • Friendship Heights TRiPS Store, 17 Wisconsin Circle; and
  • Montgomery County Transit Information Center, 101 Monroe Street, 5th Floor, Rockville.
  • Beginning mid-July: Montgomery County Treasury Office, 255 Rockville Pike, Rockville.
CATEGORIES: Ride On
POSTED: 8:58:00 AM |

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Changes to Ride On Monthly Pass and Call ‘n Ride Program Begin July 1

The Ride On Monthly Pass, which allows unlimited rides for one month, will increase to $40 beginning July 1.

Also beginning July 1, the price of the second monthly coupon book for Call ‘n Ride participants will increase by $5 to $10.25.  The price of the first monthly coupon book will remain at $5.25.  Residents who qualify for the Call ‘n Ride program may purchase up to two coupon books a month, each of which provides $60 worth of taxicab rides. The change will mean that patrons can purchase $120 worth of coupons for $15.25 every month.

The Monthly Pass and other fare media may be purchased in person or online.  Or, check Ride On’s website for more information on the Call ‘n Ride program.

CATEGORIES: Ride On
POSTED: 8:00:00 AM |

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Ride On Service Adjustments Made in May

Effective May 1, schedules for nine Ride On bus routes were adjusted to better match the time it takes for buses to complete routes.  No changes to the route or stop locations were made.  Ride On makes these types of adjustments periodically to take into account traffic conditions, construction projects and other factors that can affect the time it takes for a bus to complete its route.

The affected routes include:

  • Weekdays: Routes 1, 46, 54, 55, 59, 63, 66, 67 and 70
  • Saturdays: Routes 1, 46, 54, 55 and 59
  • Sundays: Routes 46, 54, 55 and 59

To check Ride On timetables, visit the Division of Transit Services’s website, call 311 (outside Montgomery County call 240-777-0311) or TTY 240-773-3556.

CATEGORIES: Ride On
POSTED: 1:00:00 PM |

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Ride On Food Drive Collects More than 6,000 Pounds of Food

Montgomery County’s Ride On bus system collected more than 6,000 pounds of food and other items during its 24th annual “Give and Ride” food drive that took place the week of April 10. Bus passengers received free rides by donating canned or nonperishable food, disposable diapers, formula, baby or toddler food, and juice. 
 
All food donations were sent to the Manna Food Center, a Gaithersburg-based non-profit organization that distributes food to the County’s neediest residents. Manna requested that Ride On hold its annual food collection drive in the spring to better meet community food distribution needs. Manna distributes about 70 pounds of fresh and nonperishable food to more than 3,300 families every month. Eligible clients in need of emergency food assistance may receive food every 30 days.  
For bus stop locations or bus schedules, call the County’s Transit Information Center at 240-777-7433, or TTY number 240-773-3556. Route and timetable information is also available on Ride On’s web site at montgomerycountymd.gov/rideon.   SmarTrip® and passes can be purchased online.
 
 
CATEGORIES: Ride On
POSTED: 5:00:00 AM |

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Ride On Give and Ride Program Gives Free Rides to Those Who Donate Food - This Year’s Program Runs April 10 through 16

Ride On bus passengers in Montgomery County can help needy families and receive free bus rides by donating canned or nonperishable food during Ride On’s annual food drive. A free trip will be provided to riders who donate food from Sunday, April 10 through Saturday, April 16. Food collected through the drive goes to Manna Food Center , which feeds 3,000 hungry families a month.

For 20 years, Ride On collected food at Thanksgiving. However, food donation centers usually receive more food than they can store during the winter holiday season. So three years ago, Manna Food Center , the non-profit organization that distributes Ride On’s food contributions, asked Ride On to change the time of its food drive to the spring.

During the Give and Ride promotion, food collection bags will be placed near the fare boxes on all Ride On buses. Riders using free shuttles and other transit services can participate by bringing their donations to a Ride On bus. In addition to non-perishable food, children’s items are also needed. Disposable diapers, formula, baby or toddler food and juice are especially useful to families in need. Plastic containers are preferred.

All food donations, regardless of the number of cans, will be valued at the regular fare rate of $1.70. Passengers who transfer buses will need an additional food donation to ride free on the second bus. Checks made out to Manna Food Center will also be accepted. Writing in “Ride On” on the “For” or “Memo” line in the lower left corner of a check will make it easier to track the success of the program.

For bus stop locations or bus schedules, call 311. Route and timetable information is also available on Ride On’s web site.

CATEGORIES: Ride On
POSTED: 8:00:00 AM |

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Ride On’s Youth Cruiser Pass is a Bargain

Although the Kids Ride Free program has been suspended, the Youth Cruiser Pass is still available at a great price -- just $11 a month. Youth Cruiser Passes provide those ages 18 and under unlimited rides for an entire month.

In addition, youths can get unlimited rides for June, July and August, by purchasing a Summer Youth Cruiser Pass for only $18. The passes go on sale this spring and

may be purchased by mail, online, at the TRiPs stores in Silver Spring or Friendship Heights , or at Ride On Headquarters in Rockville .

For more information about the Youth Cruiser Pass and other Ride Fare media, visit the Division of Transit Services’s website or call 311, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. (or outside of the County, call 240-777-0311).

CATEGORIES: Ride On
POSTED: 7:00:00 AM |

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Department of Transportation Helped Collect Food Donations Over Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Weekend

Montgomery County ’s Department of Transportation (MCDOT) joined 71 other groups over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend in a food drive that collected 40,030 pounds of food. The food drive was organized by Montgomery County 's Volunteer Center in cooperation with the Manna Food Center at 28 local Giant supermarkets.

MCDOT organized collection shifts at the Blair Park Giant in Silver Spring on Sunday and the Montgomery County Silver Spring Regional Services Center collected food at that location on Saturday. Blair Park was the top donation site, with the volunteers collecting 3,360 pounds of food. Giant Food handled bulk packaging of the donations and delivery to the Manna Food Center in Rockville .

For more information on Manna, call 301-424-1130. For information on volunteer opportunities, visit the County’s Volunteer Center website.

CATEGORIES: Ride On , News
POSTED: 3:00:00 AM |

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Public Hearing to be Held on Proposed Ride On Fare Changes

The Montgomery County Council will hold a public hearing on the County Executive ’s proposal to raise the cost of the Ride On monthly pass to $45. The hearing will be held on Tuesday, April 26, starting at 7:30 p.m. The hearing will be held in the 3rd Floor Hearing Room of the Council Office Building , 100 Maryland Avenue , Rockville .

Currently, Ride On has a $30 monthly pass for unlimited rides on regular Ride On routes. The County Executive proposes an increase of $15 a month that will raise the cost to $45, beginning with the July 2011 Ride On Monthly Pass. Customers will still receive a substantial savings from the use of this pass. This increase is one of many actions proposed to help offset the County’s nearly $300 million budget shortfall for fiscal year 2012.

Individuals and representatives of organizations who would like to speak at the public hearing should register by calling 240-777-7803 on or before April 25 by 4 p.m. Sign language interpreter services will be provided only upon request with notice as far in advance as possible but not less than 72 hours prior to the date of the hearing. Large print format is also available upon request.

Comments on the proposed Ride On fare changes may also be written, faxed or e-mailed to the Montgomery County Council by noon on Wednesday, April 27.

Send written comments to:

  • Montgomery County Council
  • 100 Maryland Avenue
    Rockville , Maryland 20850
    (240) 777-7900 (voice) / (240) 777-7888 (fax) / (240) 777-7914 (TTY)

or, email the Council.

CATEGORIES: Ride On , Public Forum
POSTED: 1:00:00 AM |

Monday, December 20, 2010

Ride On Customers Can Add Bus Passes to Their SmarTrip Cards

smartrip cardRide On customers who purchase a 7-Day Bus Pass can now load the pass directly onto their SmarTrip® card.  Bus passes on SmarTrip® are valid for seven consecutive days of unlimited travel, not only on Ride On, but also on Metrobus, ART, DASH, DC Circulator, CUE, Fairfax Connector and TheBus.

The pass is activated the first day a customer uses it, regardless of the day, and then is valid for seven consecutive days.  As an added convenience, customers may load two bus passes at a time onto their SmarTrip® card.

The cost of the 7-Day Bus Pass on SmarTrip® is $15 for the regular bus pass and $7.50 for the senior/disabled bus pass, the same cost as paper bus passes.  Bus passes cannot be loaded onto a SmarTrip® card that has a negative balance.

Customers may add the 7-Day Bus Pass to their SmarTrip® card at any Metro sales office, regional transit store or select retail outlets.  For a complete list of locations, visit Metro's website or call 202-637-7000.

CATEGORIES: Metro , News , Ride On , Commuter Services
POSTED: 4:00:00 AM |

Monday, December 20, 2010

Ride On is One of the Country’s Largest Suburban Bus Systems

ride on logoSince its beginning in 1975, Montgomery County’s Ride On bus system has become one of the largest suburban-based transit systems in the country.  Here are some facts about the bus that connects your community with shops, schools, work sites and Metro:

  • Ride On carries about 28 million riders a year.
  • Over 40 percent of the Ride On fleet is now fueled by alternative fuels (compressed natural gas and diesel/electric hybrid).
  • The average age of a bus in Ride On’s fleet is five years.
  • Ride On improved disabled access and pedestrian safety at nearly 400 bus stops in fiscal year 2010 as part of its ongoing bus stop improvement program.  About 1,800 bus stops have been improved in the last four years.
  • Ride On increased security on its buses and at its facilities by installing cameras.  About 90 percent of the bus fleet is now equipped with cameras.
  • Ride On accepts the regional SmarTrip card along with Metrobus and the other local transit operators in the region.  Paper transfers were eliminated and now weekly bus passes are also available on SmarTrip cards.
  • Every Ride On bus is handicapped accessible and has a bike rack.

 

For schedule information, visit Ride On’s website

CATEGORIES: Ride On , News
POSTED: 3:00:00 AM |

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Ride On Service Changes Begin Sunday, September 5

In order to deal with Montgomery County’s $1 billion budget shortfall, Ride On, earlier this year, proposed service reductions to help reduce the deficit. These reductions represented about 7.5 percent of all Ride On service and included route and route segment eliminations, and reductions in frequency of service.
 
Based on input from a February 1 public forum, the fiscal year (FY) 2011 County budget approved by the County Council on May 27 avoided many of the initially proposed cuts. The result was a 2.3 percent reduction of all Ride On service with no full Ride On routes eliminated. These changes, however, are likely to result in more crowded buses, but overall service will be preserved.
 
The service changes that will become effective Sunday, September 5 include:
  • Route segment eliminations on Routes 7, 22, 32, 33, 43
  • Frequency reductions on Routes 1 (Saturday only), 15, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 34, 36, 43, 46, 47, 48, 49, 56, 57, 60, 61, 70, 83, 93, 97, 100
  • Some shifts in trip times, but no change in the total number of trips operated on Routes: 31, 39, 41, 45, 51, 63, T2 (Saturday and Sunday service operated by Ride On) 
Timetables and more information are available at montgomerycountymd.gov/rideon or by calling 311 (from within the County) or 240-777-0311 (outside the County).
CATEGORIES: Ride On
POSTED: 9:00:00 AM |

Friday, July 30, 2010

Metro Drops Price of SmarTrip Card in August

Beginning August 29, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) will drop the price of its SmarTrip card from $5 to $2.50 as a further incentive to encourage more people to use it. Passengers already pay more to use cash on buses and on August 1, Metrorail passengers will start paying a 25 cent premium for using paper fare cares. 
 
SmarTrip cards are a great convenience, because they can be used on all regional transit services, including Montgomery County’s Ride On buses. Loading value onto the reusable, rechargeable fare card, resembling a credit card, is simple and can be done at any Metrorail station or on any bus. Purchase SmarTrip cards at Metro sales offices, retail outlets and commuter stores or through vending machines at all Metrorail stations where parking is available.
 
CATEGORIES: Ride On , Commuter Services
POSTED: 7:00:00 AM |

Friday, July 30, 2010

BethesdaCenter No Longer Selling Ride On Fare Media; Other Sites in County Available

The Bethesda Chevy Chase Regional Services Center has announced that, effective June 28, it will discontinue selling all Youth Cruiser passes, Ride On Monthly passes, Senior Fare cards, and Senior SmarTrip cards. The regional service centers were forced to reduce staff as part of the County’s efforts to close a massive budget shortfall in the fiscal year that began July 1.
 
The passes and fare cards are available in other locations in the Bethesda/Rockville area and throughout the region, including:
 
TRiPS Commuter Store in Friendship Heights
17 Wisconsin Circle
(Near the Friendship Heights Metro Station)
Monday-Friday, 11am-7pm
240-773-TRiPS (8747)
 
TRiPS Commuter Store in downtown Silver Spring
8413 Ramsey Ave
(Near the Silver Spring Metro Station)
Monday-Friday, 7am-5pm
240-773-TRiPS (8747)
 
Montgomery County Transit Information Center in downtown Rockville
101 Monroe Street, 5th Floor
Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm
240-777-RIDE (7433)
 
For additional locations, check the County’s website
 
CATEGORIES: Ride On
POSTED: 6:00:00 AM |

Monday, June 28, 2010

Ride On Fares to Increase and Other Changes to Take Effect June 27; Kids Ride Free and Code Red Ride Free to be Suspended

Montgomery County’s Ride On bus system will change its fares on June 27 to coordinate with the introduction of a new fare structure by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro). The Ride On fare changes are designed to make transfers between Metrobus and Ride On simpler and less confusing by keeping fares for the two transit systems compatible. In addition, to help close Montgomery County’s nearly $1 billion budget gap for fiscal year 2011, which begins July 1, Ride On will also be making other changes. 
 
The new Ride On fares are shown below:
 
Ride On Fare Change 
New Fare
Regular cash fare or token   
$1.70
Regular fare paid with SmarTrip card
$1.50
Express Route 70 cash fare or token
$3.85
Express Route 70 fare paid with SmarTrip card
$3.65
Senior/Disabled with identification card
or Attendant accompanying disabled customer with Attendant-Eligible card
from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays      
Free (Unchanged from current fare)     
Senior/Disabled with identification card
or Attendant accompanying disabled customer with Attendant-Eligible card
except from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays
with cash fare or token: 85¢
 
with SmarTrip card: 75¢           
Metrorail to Ride On bus transfer         
$1.00
Youth Cruiser Pass      
$11.00 a month
Summer Youth Cruiser Pass
(good for June, July and August)          
$18.00
Regional One Day bus pass     
Discontinued
Change bus-to-bus transfer period 
From 3 hours to 2 hours
 
Beginning June 27, Ride On will also suspend the Kids Ride Free program. However, those under 18 can still take Ride On at steeply discounted rates by purchasing a Youth Cruiser Pass for $11 a month, good for unlimited rides. During the summer, the even less expensive three-month, $18 Summer Youth Cruiser Pass provides unlimited rides during June, July and August.
 
Ride On is also suspending the Code Red, Ride Free program, which has provided free rides on Code Red or Code Purple Days when air quality is considered unhealthy or very unhealthy, respectively. Single Code Red days saw minimal or no ridership increase and cost the County $45,000 on a weekday, $26,000 on a Saturday and $20,000 on a Sunday. The Northern Virginia Transportation Commission discontinued their program last year, and Metrobus also will not participate this year. 
 
More information about Ride On is available on the County’s website or by calling the County’s Transit Information Center at 311.
CATEGORIES: Ride On
POSTED: 8:00:00 AM |

Friday, May 28, 2010

Ride On Ridership

Ridership for the months of March and April increased as compared to their respective months the previous year.  In March, ridership grew by 2.8 percent over March 2009, with an average weekday ridership of 93,519.  In April, ridership grew by 1.4 percent over the previous April, with an average weekday ridership of 95,431. 

Ride On estimates that by the end of June, it will have provided service to more than 27.5 million riders during fiscal year 2010. 

Check the County’s website for more information about Ride On’s services.

CATEGORIES: Ride On
POSTED: 5:00:00 AM |

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Proposed Ride On Service Changes for FY2011

Montgomery County is faced with a projected budget shortfall for Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 (July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011) of nearly a billion dollars.  In order to close this gap, the County Executive has submitted to the County Council reductions to 34 of Ride On’s services to save $2.7 million in FY 2011. If approved by the Council, the service changes would begin as early as July 4, 2010.
 
The proposed cuts would eliminate three weekday routes, 10 Saturday routes, and five Sunday routes. Another 16 services would have fewer trips or a branch eliminated. The recommended service reductions were selected because they impact the least number of riders, or are in areas where alternative service is available. A public forum on the recommended changes with a comment period was held in February.
 
Additional information is available on the Ride On website
CATEGORIES: Ride On
POSTED: 10:40:00 AM |

Friday, March 26, 2010

Ride On’s Annual Food Drive to be Held Week of April 11; Donate Food and Ride Free

Ride On bus passengers in Montgomery County can help needy families and receive free bus rides by donating canned or nonperishable food during Ride On’s annual food drive.  A free trip will be provided to riders who donate food from Sunday, April 11 through Saturday, April 17.  Food collected through the drive goes to Manna Food Center, which feeds 3,000 hungry families a month. 

For 20 years, Ride On collected food at Thanksgiving.  However, food donation centers tend to receive more food than they can store during the winter holiday season.  So two years ago, Manna Food Center, the non-profit organization that distributes Ride On’s food contributions, asked Ride On to change the time of its food drive to the Spring.

During the Give and Ride promotion, food collection bags will be placed near the fare boxes on all Ride On buses. Riders using free shuttles and other transit services can participate by bringing their donations to a Ride On bus. In addition to non-perishable food, children’s items are also needed. Disposable diapers, formula, baby or toddler food and juice are especially useful to families in need. Plastic containers are preferred.

All food donations, regardless of the number of cans, will be valued at the regular fare rate of $1.45. Passengers who transfer buses will need an additional food donation to ride free on the second bus.  Riders who wish to buy a Regional One-Day pass will need to add $1.75 to the fare box.  Checks made out to Manna Food Center will also be accepted. Writing in “Ride On” on the “For” or “Memo” line in the lower left corner of a check will make it easier to track the success of the program. 

For bus stop locations or bus schedules, call the County’s Transit Information Center at 240-777-7433; TDD/TTY 240-777-5869.  Route and timetable information is also available on Ride On’s web site at montgomerycountymd.gov/rideon, , then click on “Ride On.”   SmarTrip® and passes can be purchased online.

CATEGORIES: Ride On
POSTED: 10:15:00 AM |

Friday, February 26, 2010

Ride On Fares to Increase March 1 Proposed Ride On Route Changes Avoided Through June 30

Montgomery County’s Ride On bus system will change its fares the first week in March to coordinate with the introduction of a new fare structure by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro). The Ride On fare changes are designed to make transfers between Metrobus and Ride On simpler and less confusing by keeping fares for the two transit systems compatible.  Changes include an increase of 10 cents per trip (from $1.25 to $1.35 for fares paid with a SmartTrip® Card and from $1.35 to $1.45 for fares paid with cash or tokens).
 
Other fare changes that begin March 1 will:
  • Increase Metrorail to Ride On transfers from 75 cents to 85 cents.
  • Increase the Ride On Day Pass from $3.00 to $3.20.
  • Increase the Ride On express route fare for Route 70 (Milestone in Germantown to Bethesda) from $3.00 to $3.10 with a SmartTrip® Card, and from $3.10 to $3.20 for fares paid with cash or tokens.
 In addition, a change to the Call and Ride program will allow low income residents to continue to purchase two books of taxi vouchers worth $60 for as little as $5.25 in March and May, and one book in April and June.
 
To help close the County’s projected budget gap of more than $760 million for fiscal year 2011, the elimination of some Ride On routes was proposed beginning March 1. However, additional revenues were identified, including the coordination of fare increases from Metro, so these route eliminations have been avoided for the current fiscal year that ends June 30.
 
For more information, go to Ride On’s website at www.RideOnBus.com or contact the Transit Information Center at 240-777-RIDE (7433).
CATEGORIES: Ride On
POSTED: 6:00:00 AM |

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Leggett Sends His Recommended Capital Budget to Council

On January 15, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett announced his recommended FY 2011 capital budget and Capital Improvements Program FY2011-2016 (CIP) that includes important transportation projects to help relieve traffic congestion and improve pedestrian and vehicle safety. Below is a summary of the transportation projects in the CIP.
 
Funding is included to accelerate the modernization of the County’s nearly 30 year-old traffic signal management system. November’s traffic system failure demonstrated how essential a modern, state-of-the-art system is to the economic well-being of the county.  Leggett put funding for the six-year upgrade in his first CIP budget. This budget accelerates that schedule.
 
Under this budget, the Silver Spring Transit Center, Montrose Parkway West, Father Hurley Boulevard and Woodfield Road Extended projects will be completed. Increased funding will be provided to construct the Montrose Parkway East and Chapman Avenue Extended. A new project is recommended that will begin planning, design and right-of-way acquisition for improvements along Snouffer School Road. Funding is included to determine the next steps in allowing future improvements to dedicated but un-maintained County roads.
 
To maintain the County’s transportation infrastructure, Leggett recommended a new permanent patching project for residential/rural roads to accelerate extensive patching on roads that are not scheduled to be rehabilitated in the near future.
 
With the County’s bus transit system nearing capacity, new and expanded bus depots are needed to park and maintain the bus fleet.  Funds are included to complete the Brookville Service Park, construct the North County Maintenance Depot and relocate the Equipment and Maintenance Operations Center. Funding is also provided for renovations to existing park and ride lots and completion of the Transit Center at Montgomery Mall, the Northern Damascus Park and Ride Lot and the Brookville Service Park.
 
This budget enhances pedestrian and cyclist safety and supports alternative transportation. Continued funding is recommended for the Annual Sidewalk Program, Pedestrian Safety Program, and the Sidewalk and Infrastructure Revitalization Project. A new project is recommended to begin planning and design for the Metropolitan Branch Trail that will connect the Silver Spring Transit Center and an existing trail in Takoma Park. Funds have been included for a shared use bike path on Needwood Road. The budget funds construction of the Dale Drive Sidewalk, the Greentree Road Sidewalk, the Shady Grove Access Bike Path and McArthur Boulevard Bikeway improvements, and continues design for the Falls Road East Side Hiker/Biker Path.  The budget adds funds to construct a bikeway network and pedestrian facilities surrounding the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda in anticipation of the federal Base Realignment and Closure consolidation.
 
Funding is recommended to rehabilitate the Cedar Lane Bridge over Rock Creek and replace or rehabilitate the Clarksburg Road, White Ground Road and East Gude Drive bridges.
 
This CIP also includes funding for several storm drainage and roadway improvement projects on Henderson Avenue in the Kensington/Wheaton area and Maple Avenue in Bethesda. In addition, two more phases of improvements to the storm drainage system in the Town of Chevy Chase will address ongoing frequent flooding.
 
For more information on the Executive’s CIP announcement, see the County’s press release. The entire recommended CIP is on the County’s website. 
 
CATEGORIES: Budget , Ride On
POSTED: 8:59:00 PM |

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Ride On Announces Launch of “S” Service Plan During Storms; Ride On Provides Most Comprehensive Service in Region During Recent Snowfall

Montgomery County’s Ride On bus system launched its “S” Service Plan that is designed to provide bus service on every route during snow, storms or emergencies. During adverse weather, riders can expect less frequent service than normal. However, for the first time, Ride On’s S Plan provides a guideline to passengers that spells out how often buses are expected to run on each route and when the first and last trips will occur.
 
The S Service Plan applies to weekdays, so Ride On never needed to put the Plan in place during the record-setting winter storm that began on Friday, December 18. On Saturday, December 19, Ride On was the only regional bus system to operate until 3 p.m., despite blizzard conditions. By Sunday, Ride On provided its normal service, albeit with some weather and road-related delays. 
 
For more information about the S Plan, go to the County’s website.  
CATEGORIES: Snow , Ride On
POSTED: 10:39:00 AM |

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Google Maps Makes Using Ride On Even Easier

The Montgomery County Ride On bus system is now offering online trip planning tools using Google Maps to make it even easier for commuters to plan a trip on Ride On from home, work or on the go. Google Maps now includes Ride On transit route and schedule information.
 
To use the trip planner, go to Google Maps and select “By Public Transit” and the results will show the Ride On route options for the trip. Passengers can also select a future date and time by clicking the “Show Options” button.
 
Google Mobile also allows commuters with a GPS enabled smart phone and Google Maps to obtain Ride On trip information based on their current location and time.
 
For additional information about Ride On, visit the Division of Transit Services’s website or call the Transit Information Center at 240-777-7433 (RIDE).
CATEGORIES: Ride On
POSTED: 10:35:00 AM |

Monday, November 30, 2009

Public Hearing on Proposed Ride on Fare Change Scheduled for December 1

On December 1, the Montgomery County Council will hold a public meeting about a proposal to raise the cost of Ride On’s monthly pass by $5, from $25 to $30, beginning January 1, 2010.   The monthly pass provides unlimited rides. Even with the proposed increase, regular Ride On customers will still receive a substantial savings compared to paying the regular daily fare. The increase is one of many actions proposed by the County Executive to help offset the County’s nearly $370 million budget shortfall for fiscal year 2010. 

The meeting will start at 1:30 p.m.* in the 3rd Floor Hearing Room of the Council Office Building, 100 Maryland Avenue, Rockville. Comments on the proposed Ride On fare change may be sent to the Montgomery County Council by the close of business on November 30 at:
Montgomery County Council
100 Maryland Avenue
Rockville, Maryland 20850
(240) 777-7900 (voice) / (240) 777-7888 (fax) / (240) 777-7914 (TTY)
Please Note: If there are a large number of speakers, the hearing may be extended to the evening, starting at 7:30 p.m.
CATEGORIES: Ride On
POSTED: 1:57:00 PM |

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Changes to Four Ride On Bus Routes Effective September 6

Ride On Hybrid BusAffects Routes 6, 18, 25 and 37
Montgomery County’s Ride On bus system will make changes to Ride On Routes 6, 18, 25, and 37 beginning September 6. The changes, which are the result of County studies and a public hearing held last spring, are described below:
Route 6 (Wheaton Metro Station – Montgomery Mall Transit Center)
  • The new name for Route 6 will be Parkside/Grosvenor Metro - Montgomery Mall Transit Center, and the bus will run between these two locations. 
  • Rush hour service between the Wheaton Metro and Parkside/Grosvenor Metro will be eliminated on Route 6 and added to Route 37.   (See description of Route 37 changes below for more details.)  
  • Midday service on the Route 6 between Parkside/Grosvenor Metro and Montgomery Mall will be restored.
Route 37 (Potomac – Grosvenor Metro)
  • The new name for Route 37 will be Potomac –Wheaton Metro Station. 
  • The route will continue to operate between Potomac and the Grosvenor Metro. It will extend to the Wheaton Metro Station during rush hours, giving riders the option to travel between Wheaton and the Potomac Community Center without transferring. 
  • There will be no routing or bus frequency changes between the Potomac Community Center and Grosvenor Metro, although departure times will change slightly.   
  • Routing between Kensington and Wheaton will be changed to include Plyers Mill Road instead of University Boulevard. Bus service on Plyers Mill Road between Georgia Avenue and Brunswick Avenue is new service.
  • Service on University Boulevard will continue to be provided by the Route 34 bus.
Route 18 (Silver Spring Metro/ Takoma Metro- Langley Park.) 
  • Route 18 will operate seven days a week.
  • There will be new morning and afternoon rush hour service between the Silver Spring and Takoma Metro stations. 
  • New Route 18 service will include Philadelphia Avenue, Maple Avenue, and Washington Adventist Hospital.
  • Service along Carroll Avenue, between Philadelphia and Flower avenues, will be provided by Ride On Routes 12 and 13. 
Route 25 (Takoma Metro Station- Maple Ave)
  • The new name for Route 25 will be Takoma Metro Station- Langley Park, and the bus will run between these two locations.
  • Service on this route will extend to Langley Park.
  • The route will operate only Monday through Friday during rush hour.  
  • Maplewood Avenue will no longer be served on Sunday. 
  • More service will be provided on Maple and Carroll avenues, with buses operating every 10 minutes during peak periods.  
  • Route 25 will no longer serve Washington Adventist Hospital. This portion of the route will be served by the new Route 18.
 For more information on route changes or other Ride On routes, go to http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rideon or call the Transit Information Center at 240-777-7433 (RIDE).
CATEGORIES: Ride On
POSTED: 10:16:00 AM |

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Recovery Projects: New Buses and Dispatch Software

Ride On DriverFederal recovery funds will be used to purchase 13 replacement Ride On buses. The Division of Transit Services requested $6.9 million to purchase 12 hybrid diesel-electric buses and one clean diesel bus to replace older buses in the fleet. The funds will also pay for software upgrades for the transit system’s dispatch center.  The new computer system will give Transit Services the ability to more efficiently manage work assignments and daily bus dispatch, and make real-time bus schedule adjustments. 
 
For more information, go to the County’s website and learn how the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is benefiting Montgomery County. 
CATEGORIES: Ride On
POSTED: 10:15:00 AM |
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