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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   
Regular fare paid with SmarTrip card
Express Route 70 cash fare or token
Express Route 70 fare paid with SmarTrip card
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         
Youth Cruiser Pass      
$11.00 a month
Summer Youth Cruiser Pass
(good for June, July and August)          
Regional One Day bus pass     
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.
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Last edited: 11/8/2010