Monday, December 20, 2010
Since 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.