Ride On (bus)

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Ride On
Ride On logo.svg
Ride On 5317 at Glenmont.jpg
A Gillig diesel-electric hybrid bus at Glenmont station, in the most recent paint scheme
Parent Montgomery County
Headquarters 101 Monroe Street, 5th Floor, Rockville, Maryland, U.S.
Service type Bus service, paratransit
Routes 80
Fleet 540
Fuel type CNG, Diesel, Diesel-electric hybrid
Website http://www.MontgomeryCountyMD.gov/

Ride On is the primary public transportation system in Montgomery County, Maryland. Ride On serves Montgomery County as well as the community of Langley Park in Prince George's County. Ride On also serves the Takoma Metro station, and Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Ride On operates 80 routes, including operating three Metrobus routes on weekends.[1]

History[edit]

Ride On began service in 1975.

In 1989, 57 30-foot Gillig Phantom buses, the first buses in the second-generation blue-and-white scheme, went into service. These buses retired in 2004.

In the spring of 1996, Ride On's first CNG buses, the 1996 35-foot Orion V buses, went into service. These buses have since retired.

In early 2004, Ride On's first low-floor buses, the 2003-04 35-foot Orion VII CNG buses (5900-5932), went into service. They replaced all of the remaining 1989 30-foot Gillig Phantom buses (which were also Ride On's last buses without wheelchair lifts), therefore resulting in an all-accessible fleet.

In 2006, Ride On started accepting SmarTrip cards. All of the buses would be equipped with SmarTrip-compatible fare boxes by August of that year.

Also in 2006, Ride On's first 5 hybrid-electric buses, the 2006 40-foot Gillig Low Floor aka Gillig Advantage buses (5300-5304), went into service. The following year (2007), eight additional 40-foot Gillig Low Floor hybrid-electric buses (5305-5313) went into service.

Between the summer and fall of 2008, Ride On's first low-floor diesel buses, the 2008 29-foot Gillig Advantage (5001-5006) and 2008 40-foot Gillig Advantage buses (5726-5746), went into service. They are the last buses in the second-generation blue-and-white paint scheme.

In 2009, Ride On introduced a new logo and blue-yellow-green paint scheme with the delivery of new Gillig Advantage clean diesel and hybrid buses.

In the autumn of 2011, Ride On's 12 40-foot Gillig Low Floor hybrid buses (5349-5360) and one clean diesel bus (5758) went into service. All 13 of these buses were purchased with funds from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. 7 additional 40' Gillig Low Floor hybrid buses (5361-5367), which were also purchased with stimulus funds from the ARRA, went into service in mid-2012.

In July 2012, Ride On retired all 62 of its 2007 Champion cutaway buses due to fires and replaced them with 30 1998 30-foot Orion V buses. All 30 of these units were formerly operated by Washington's WMATA.

On September 19, 2013, 12 new 40-foot Gillig Low Floor clean diesel buses (5759-5770) went into service. A week later (September 26, 2013), 28 new 29-foot Gillig Low Floor clean diesel buses (5032-5059) also went into service. Also, the 2013 29-foot Gillig Low Floor clean diesel buses replaced all of the 2003 model shuttle transit vehicles (STV) that were formerly operated by Pittsburgh's Port Authority of Allegheny County.

In April 2014, 19 brand-new 2014 40-foot Gillig Low Floor CNG buses (5837-5855) entered service. They are Ride On's first new CNG buses in almost a decade (2005 35' Orion VII CNG buses, which went into service in 2006).

Between September and October 2014, 32 new 29-foot Gillig Low Floor clean diesel buses (5060-5091) went into service and replaced all of the 1998 30-foot Orion V buses that were formerly operated by WMATA.

Fares[edit]

Ride On's current fares are $1.75 for riders using cash and for riders using SmarTrip. Senior citizens and persons with disabilities ride free weekdays between 9:30AM and 3PM; on other times a discounted fare of $0.85 is offered. Ride On offers a $0.50 discount for bus fares that transfer from the Washington Metro. As with all other transit providers in the Washington Metro Area, as of January 4, 2009, Ride On stopped the issue or acceptance of paper transfers. Riders wanting transfer credit must use a SmarTrip card to get the rail-to-bus discount or to transfer free from bus to bus.

Routes[edit]

Ride On offers 80 routes throughout Montgomery County. All routes run through Peak Rush Hour Period between 6AM and 9AM and 3PM to 7PM on weekdays. Many routes offer services for off-peak hours and weekends as well.[2]

Ride On Routes
Route Termini (Western/Southern) Termini (Eastern/Northern) Weekday Peak Weekday Off-Peak Saturday Sunday Notes
1 Friendship Heights Silver Spring Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
2 Lytonsville Silver Spring Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Services Ride On's Bus Garage in Silver Spring
3 Silver Spring Takoma Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN AM from Takoma, PM from Silver Spring
4 Kensington Silver Spring Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN rerouted to 2nd st in 1990s
5 Twinbrook Silver Spring Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY rerouted to 16th st and Spring in 1990s
6 Montgomery Mall Parkside - Grosvenor Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Wheaton service replaced by 37 bus in 2007
7 Forest Glen Wheaton Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Kensington service discontinued in 2010
8 Silver Spring Wheaton Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN via Forest Glen Rd
9 Silver Spring Wheaton Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY via Amherst Ave, replaced 40 bus in 1998
10 Twinbrook Hillandale Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY replaced WMATA C6 bus in 1998
11 Friendship Heights Silver Spring Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN AM from Silver Spring, PM from Friendship Heights
12 Silver Spring Takoma Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY via Carroll Ave
13 Silver Spring Takoma Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN via Sligo Creek Pkwy
14 Silver Spring Takoma Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN via University Blvd, often services Eastern Middle School
15 Silver Spring Langley Park Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Second highest ridership in system, avg. 4500 per day
16 Silver Spring Takoma Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY via New Hampshire Ave, service extended to Takoma Park after 1997 annexation by Montgomery County
17 Silver Spring Langley Park Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY via Montgomery College in Takoma Park
18 Silver Spring Langley Park Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY via Takoma
19 Silver Spring Northwood/Dallas Ave Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN AM from Dallas Ave, PM from Silver Spring
20 Silver Spring Hillandale Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY via Piney Branch Ave
21 Silver Spring Briggs Chaney Park and Ride Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN AM from Briggs Chaney, PM from Silver Spring
22 Silver Spring Hillandale Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN via White Oak Research Center/FDA, AM from Hillandale, PM from Silver Spring
23 Sibley Hospital Friendship Heights Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN via University Blvd, often services Eastern Middle School
24 Takoma Hillandale Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN
25 Takoma Langley Park Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN via Maple Ave
26 Montgomery Mall Glenmont Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Replaced original WMATA C8 bus in 1996
28 Silver Spring VanGO Shuttle - Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN FREE service from 7AM to 7PM
29 Friendship Heights Bethesda / Glen Echo Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Bethesda weekday terminus, Glen Echo weekend terminus, replaces WMATA bus N8 and old Ride On bus 31
30 Bethesda Medical Center Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN
31 Wheaton Glenmont Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN
32 Naval Ship R&D Center, Wodrock Bethesda Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN via Cabin John
33 Medical Center Glenmont Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN Previous service to Bethesda and Wheaton discontinued
34 Friendship Heights Aspen Hill Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Replaced 31 and 32 bus service in 1990s, Peak Hours service to Aspen Hill
36 Potomac Bethesda Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY via Hillandale Rd and Bradley Blvd, serves Connely School
37 Potomac Community Center Wheaton Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN Serves Grosvenor, AM from Wheaton, PM to Wheaton
38 White Flint Wheaton Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Truncated from Montgomery Mall to White Flint in 2013. Remaining route now 42 bus
39 Glenmont Briggs Chaney Park and Ride Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN
41 Glenmont Aspen Hill Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Replaced WMATA Y6 bus in 1996
42 Montgomery Mall White Flint Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY see Route 38
43 Traville Transit Center Shady Grove Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN via Shady Grove Adventist Hospital
44 Twinbrook Rockville Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN
45 Twinbrook Rockville Regional Transit Center/Fallsgrove Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN
46 Medical Center Montgomery College Rockville Campus Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Midnight and Sunday service to Shady Grove
47 Bethesda Rockville Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Serves Montgomery Mall
48 Wheaton Rockville Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Replaced Q4 bus in 1990s
49 Rockville Glenmont Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Replaced Y4 bus in 1998
51 Glenmont Norbeck Park and Ride Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN
52 Rockville MedStar Montgomery Medical Center Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN
53 Shady Grove Glenmont Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN
54 Rockville Lakeforest Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY via Muddy Branch Rd, serves Rio
55 Rockville Germantown Transit Center Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Heaviest ridership Avg. 8000 per day, serves Montgomery College in Germantown and Rockville
56 Rockville Lakeforest Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY via Quince Orchard Rd and Darnestown Rd, serves Kentlands
57 Shady Grove Lakeforest Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY via Redland Rd
58 Shady Grove Lakeforest Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY via Snouffer School Rd and East Village, serves Kaiser Permanente on Weekdays
59 Rockville Montgomery Village Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY via Gude Dr, Crabbs Branch Way and Deer Park Rd
60 Shady Grove Montgomery Village Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN AM from Montgomery Village, PM from Shady Grove
61 Shady Grove Germantown, Maryland Transit Center Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY via Clopper Rd and Girard St
63 Rockville Shady Grove Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN via Gaither Rd and Piccard Dr
64 Shady Grove Montgomery Village Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY via Centerway Rd and Emory Grove Rd
65 Shady Grove Montgomery Village Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN Limited Stops via Midcounty Hwy, AM from Montgomery Village, PM from Shady Grove
66 Traville Transit Center Shady Grove Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN via Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, AM from Shady Grove, PM from Traville
67 Traville Transit Center Shady Grove Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN via Frederick Ave and Dufief Mill Rd, AM from Traville, PM from Shady Grove
70 Bethesda Germantown, Maryland Milestone Transit Center Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN Express Route (Special Fare), via I-270
71 Shady Grove Kingsview Park and Ride Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN via I-270 and Mateny Rd, AM from Kingsview, PM from Shady Grove
74 Shady Grove Germantown, Maryland Transit Center Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN via Great Seneca Hwy, serves Kentlands and Rio
75 Germantown Transit Center Clarksburg Correctional Center Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN
76 Poolesville Shady Grove Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN via Kentlands
78 Shady Grove Kingsview Park and Ride Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN via I-270 and Richter Farm Rd, AM from Kingsview, PM from Shady Grove
79 Shady Grove Clarksburg Gateway Center Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN via I-270, AM from Clarksburg, PM from Shady Grove
81 White Flint Rockville Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN via Tower Oaks Blvd
83 Germantown MARC Germantown, Maryland Milestone Transit Center Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY via Germantown Transit Center, MARC station served weekdays only
90 Shady Grove Damascus Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN
93 Twinbrook DHHS Parklawn Shuttle Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN
94 Germantown MARC Clarksburg Gateway Center Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN
96 Montgomery Mall/Rock Spring Center Grosvenor Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Montgomery Mall served Peak Hours only
97 Germantown, Maryland Transit Center, Germantown Loop via Germantown MARC, Gunners Lake Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Clockwise AM, Counterclockwise PM
98 Kingsview Park and Ride Germantown, Maryland Transit Center Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY via Father Hurley Blvd
100 Shady Grove Germantown, Maryland Transit Center Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Express via I-270

Additionally, Ride On operates two weekend routes that are served by WMATA Metrobus on weekdays.[3][4]

Ride On Routes
Route Termini (Western/Southern) Termini (Eastern/Northern) Weekday Peak Weekday Off-Peak Saturday Sunday Notes
L8 Friendship Heights Aspen Hill (WMATA Metrobus) (WMATA Metrobus) Green tickY Green tickY
T2 Friendship Heights Rockville (WMATA Metrobus) (WMATA Metrobus) Green tickY Green tickY via Potomac

Fleet[edit]

The former Ride On logo, used as the primary logo from the 1990s until mid-2009. It is still used on some older buses.

Ride On operates a fleet consisting mainly of Diesel, CNG, and Diesel-electric hybrid buses produced by Orion Bus Industries, Gillig Corporation and New Flyer Industries.

Year Manufacturer Model Length (ft.) Picture Engine/Transmission Fleet Series (Qty.)
<<< Diesel >>>
1999 Gillig Phantom 35
Ride On Gillig Phantom 5410
DDS 50/Voith D863.3
or
Cummins M-11/Allison B400R
5410-5423
(14)
1996 Orion 05.503 (V) Cummins M-11/Voith D863.3 5550-5566
(17) *all units retired as of September 30, 2013
1998 5572-5579
(8) *all units retired as of September 30, 2013
1999 40
Ride On Orion V
DDS 50/Voith D863.3 5705-5725
(21)
2001-02 05.504 (V) 35 Ride On 5618 at Glenmont.jpg 5580-5623
(44)
2008-14 Gillig Low Floor 29 Cummins ISL/Allison B400R 5001-5091
(91)
40
Ride On 5755
5726-5770
(45)
<<< Diesel-electric Hybrid >>>
2006-12 Gillig Low Floor 40 Montgomery County Ride On Bus.JPG Cummins ISB/Allison EP-40 HybriDrive 5300-5313, 5314-5367
(68)
<<< Compressed Natural Gas >>>
2000 Orion 05.501 (V) 40
Ride On Orion V CNG
DDS 50/Voith D863.3 5803-5821
(19) *all units retired as of May 2014
2003-05 Orion 07.502 (VII) 35 Ride On 5924 at Shady Grove.jpg DDS 50or Cummins Westport C Gas Plus/Voith D864.3
or
Cummins Westport C Gas Plus/ZF 5HP592C
5900-5957
(58)
2005 New Flyer C40LF 40
Ride On New Flyer C40LF
Cummins Westport C Gas Plus/Allison B400R 5822-5836
(15)
2014 Gillig Low Floor(CNG) 40
New CNG Gillig Low Floor #5848 on Route 59.
Cummins ISL-G/Allison B400R 5837-5855
(19)

The bus fleet, owned and operated by Ride On, is distributed among three garages in Kensington Silver Spring and Gaithersburg. Gaithersburg garage is located adjacent to the Shady Grove Metro rail yard.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ride On Routes and Schedules
  2. ^ http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/dot-transit/routesandschedules/rideonroutes.html
  3. ^ http://www.wmata.com/bus/timetables/md/l78.pdf
  4. ^ http://www.wmata.com/bus/timetables/md/t2.pdf

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