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County operates a mass transit system known as Ride On that consists of
218 buses. The Ride On fleet provides over 17 million trips per year and
it connects to the Washington D.C area Metrobus and Metrorail system.
September 1996, the Montgomery County Transportation Management Center
(TMC) began integrated traffic and transit operations. The Ride On transit
dispatchers and supervisors were relocated to the TMC and joined traffic
technicians and engineers to manage the County's transportation system.
This integration of traffic and transit operations was made to improve
coordination between traffic engineering and transit services, and ultimately,
to ensure the efficient utilization of transportation capacity in the County.
Through one system, the Advanced Transportation Management System (ATMS),
transit and traffic operations are performed.
In spring of 1997, Ride On buses were equipped with
a Global Positioning System (GPS) based Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL)
equipment. The system will provide real-time accurate information about
the location of the buses and their average speeds along the routes. It
will also detect bus delays and automatically request signal priority treatment.
The ATMS traffic signal system is being upgraded with a computerized transit
algorithm that will determine whether or not to grant the bus priority
treatment. Testing and implementation of the priority treatment was completed in
the Spring 1997. The traffic signals will be automatically adjusted to
allow the Ride On buses to clear the approaching intersections only if
the automobile traffic flow conditions will not be adversely effected.
As part of the integrated traffic and transit operations,
the ATMS Internet website provides traveler information that includes the
Ride On routes and schedules, transit delay and detour information, fare
and transfer information, and information on buying transit tickets and
passes. The ATMS information is available at
- Transit management systems yield 12-28 % improvements in on-time performance
- Transit signal priority systems may yield a 5-8% decrease in the transit
- Provides prompt driver and passenger assistance in case of emergency
Provides opportunities for
demand responsive paratransit services to match rider needs with vehicle
- Improved transit information