Friday, February 26, 2010
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 AT: 6:00:00 AM