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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
Founded March 31, 1975; 43 years ago (1975-03-31)
Headquarters 101 Monroe Street, 5th Floor, Rockville, Maryland, U.S.
Service type Bus service, paratransit
Routes 81
Fleet 350
Daily ridership 73,300 (Q1 2017)[1]
Annual ridership 23,425,700 (2016)[2]
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. Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Ride On operates 81 routes, including operating two Metrobus routes on weekends.[3]

History[edit]

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

1970s[edit]

Ride On began service on March 31, 1975.

1980s[edit]

Starting in 1983, single front door TMC City Cruisers entered service. These buses were part of a joint order with Frederick City Transit, and shared the same paint livery. In 1988, OBI Orion I 30' foot buses were introduced. 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 2014 due to the arrival of the Gillig Advantage CNG

1990s[edit]

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.

2000s[edit]

In September 2001, Ride On buses were used to transport Montgomery County firemen to the Pentagon in Virginia to assist in search and rescue operations after the September 11 attacks.[4]

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.

2010s[edit]

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. Seven 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.

Ride On celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2015, with 3 buses (1 from each of the 3 bus divisions) wrapped in the transit agency's 40th anniversary ad.

Between April and May 2016, 40 new 40' Gillig LF clean diesel buses (4000-4039), 1 29' Gillig LF clean diesel bus (2000) and 16 40' Gillig LF CNG buses (4040-4055) entered service. And with the new buses came the new five-digit numbering system for Ride On, along with the suffix demoting engines ("C" for compressed natural gas, "D" for diesel and "H" for hybrid).

Ride On extRa, a new bus service that started on October 2, 2017, is a new Limited Stop route via 355. It has 12 bus stops between Lakeforest Transit Center and Medical Center Metro Station. This bus route has free WiFi, USB charging ports, and more padding in the seats. As of November 1, 2017, the fare ($2) is the same as a regular Ride On bus. There is also no on-board fare addition to allow for faster service. As of September 17, 2018, Ride On extRa serves a new timepoint at Templeton Place in Rockville, increasing the number of bus stops to 13.

Ride On added 59 Gillig 40-foot buses in the summer and the fall of 2017, 42 buses replaced some of the oldest vehicles in the fleet. 17 buses (4056D-4072D) are specially branded and used exclusively for Ride On’s new extRa service that began October 2, 2017. This limited-stop service runs along Route 355 from Lakeforest Transit Center to Medical Center Metro Station. All of the 59 buses are manufactured by Gillig; 25 run on clean diesel (4056D-4080D) and 34 use compressed natural gas (4081C-4114C).[5] Four additional 40-foot CNG buses (4115C-4118C) entered service in the winter of 2018.

Ride On was award a $1.75 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration to purchase the county’s first four electric buses and charging stations. Ride On is partnering with Proterra, the bus manufacturer, and the Center for Transportation and the Environment, a nonprofit that develops technologies and implements solutions to achieve energy and environmental sustainability. The Montgomery County Department of General Services, which purchases and maintains the Ride On buses, greatly assisted with the grant application. The four Proterra Catalyst 35 ft electric buses are scheduled to serve Route 18 in Takoma Park starting in 2019. The county has applied for a separate grant to help buy 10 more electric buses through FTA’s Bus and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program. The county expects to hear back around the end of the year if its application was approved.[6][7]

Fares[edit]

Ride On's current one-way fare is $2.00 for riders using cash and for riders using SmarTrip. Senior citizens and persons with disabilities ride free on weekdays between 9:30 AM and 3:00 PM, and on Saturdays between 8:30 AM and 4:00 PM; at all other times, a reduced fare of $1.00 is charged. 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 Metropolitan 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 81 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.[8]

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
2A Silver Spring Silver Spring Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY operates loop via East West Hwy, Lyttonsville Rd, Michigan Av & Sundale Dr,[9] began service May 13, 2018 due to Purple Line construction
2B Silver Spring Brookville Ops Ctr Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN operates via 16 St, 2 Av, Ft Detrick (to Brkvle Ops AM, Slvr Spg PM) & Brookville Rd, began service May 13, 2018 due to Purple Line construction
4 Kensington Silver Spring Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN
5 Twinbrook Silver Spring Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
6 Montgomery Mall Transit Center Grosvenor Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN
7 Forest Glen Wheaton Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN AM from Wheaton, PM from Forest Glen
8 Silver Spring Wheaton Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Via Forest Glen Rd & Holy Cross Hospital
9 Silver Spring Wheaton Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
10 Twinbrook Hillandale Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY replaced WMATA Metrobus Route C6 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 Colesville Rd
15 Silver Spring Takoma Langley Transit Center Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Second highest ridership in system, avg. 4,500 per day
16 Silver Spring Takoma Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
17 Silver Spring Takoma Langley Transit Center Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY via Montgomery College in Takoma Park
18 Silver Spring Takoma Langley Transit Center Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY via Takoma, Sunday service between Langley Park and Takoma station only (no Sunday service between Takoma and Silver Spring stations)
19 Silver Spring 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
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
23 Sibley Hospital Friendship Heights Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN
24 Takoma Hillandale Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN
25 Takoma Takoma Langley Transit Center Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN via Maple Ave
26 Montgomery Mall Transit Center Glenmont Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Replaced original WMATA Metrobus Route C8 in 1996
28 Silver Spring Silver Spring Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Free service at all times, VanGO Shuttle Loop around Downtown Silver Spring
29 Friendship Heights Bethesda / Glen Echo Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Bethesda weekday terminus, Glen Echo weekend terminus, replaces WMATA Metrobus Route N8 and old Ride On Route 31
30 Bethesda Medical Center Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN
31 Wheaton Glenmont Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN via Poplar Run.
32 Naval Ship R&D Center, Woodrock Bethesda Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN via Cabin John
33 Medical Center Glenmont Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN
34 Friendship Heights Wheaton Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Serves Aspen Hill to Friendship Hts AM Rush, From Friendship Hts to Aspen Hill PM Rush
36 Bradley Blvd

Connelly School

Bethesda Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Via Bradley Blvd

Via Hillandale Rd (Rush Hour Only) AM to Bethesda PM to Connelly 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
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
42 Montgomery Mall Transit Center White Flint Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN
43 Traville Transit Center Shady Grove Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY via Shady Grove Rd and Medical Center Dr, serves Montgomery County's Johns Hopkins University campus, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Fallsgrove Center, and the Universities at Shady Grove. Sunday service was added September 16, 2018.
44 Twinbrook Rockville Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN
45 Twinbrook Fallsgrove Center Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN
46 Medical Center Montgomery College Rockville Campus Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY via N. Washington St and Rockville Pike, serves Rockville Town Center, Montgomery County Circuit Court, Rockville District Court, Rockville, Twinbrook, White Flint, and Grosvenor-Strathmore stations.
47 Bethesda Rockville Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY via Falls Rd, Wootton Pkwy, Seven Locks Rd, Fernwood Rd, and Old Georgetown Rd. Serves Montgomery Mall and Suburban Hospital.
48 Wheaton Rockville Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Replaced original WMATA Metrobus Route Q4 in the mid 1990s
49 Rockville Glenmont Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Replaced WMATA Metrobus Route Y4 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 Transit Center Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY via Muddy Branch Rd, Research Blvd, and W. Montgomery Ave., serves Washingtonian Rio
55 Rockville Germantown Transit Center Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY via Frederick Rd; serves Milestone Center, Montgomery College in Germantown (Monday-Saturday) and Rockville, Lakeforest Transit Center, Shady Grove station, and Rockville Town Center; Sunday service was extended to Rockville station on September 17, 2017
56 Rockville Lakeforest Transit Center Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY via Falls Rd, Wootton Pkwy, Darnestown Rd, and Quince Orchard Rd, serves Fallsgrove Center, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Kentlands and Gaithersburg Park & Ride
57 Shady Grove Lakeforest Transit Center Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY via Washington Grove Rd, Muncaster Mill Rd, and Redland Rd. Serves the Gaithersburg MARC station
58 Shady Grove Lakeforest Transit Center 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 Frederick Rd, Deer Park Rd, Gude Dr, Crabbs Branch Way, and Stonestreet Ave. Serves Lakeforest Transit Center and Shady Grove station
60 Shady Grove Montgomery Village Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN via Shady Grove Rd, Midcounty Hwy, Washington Grove Ln, Flower Hill Way, and Centerway Rd. AM from Montgomery Village, PM from Shady Grove
61 Shady Grove Germantown Transit Center Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY via Germantown Rd, Clopper Rd, Frederick Rd, and Girard St., serves Germantown MARC station, Kingsview Park & Ride, Metropolitan MARC station at certain times on weekdays, Gaithersburg Park & Ride, Lakeforest Transit Center, and Washington Grove MARC station
63 Rockville Shady Grove Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN via Gaither Road and Piccard Drive
64 Shady Grove Montgomery Village Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY via Centerway Road and Emory Grove Road
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 Avenue and Dufief Mill Road, AM from Traville, PM from Shady Grove
70 Bethesda Milestone Park & Ride Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN Express Route (Special Fare), via I-270. Serves Medical Center station
71 Shady Grove Kingsview Park & Ride Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN via I-370, I-270, Clopper Rd, Mateny Rd, Dawson Farm Rd, and Steeple Rd

AM from Kingsview Park & Ride, PM from Shady Grove

73 Shady Grove Cabin Branch (Clarksburg) Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN via I-370, I-270, Frederick Rd, Clarksburg Rd, and W Old Baltimore Rd
74 Shady Grove Germantown Transit Center Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN via I-370 and Great Seneca Hwy, serves Kingsview Park & Ride, Kentlands, Montgomery County's Johns Hopkins University campus, and Washingtonian Rio.
75 Germantown Transit Center Montgomery County Correctional Facility Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY via Frederick Rd and Snowden Farm Pkwy, serves Milestone Center and Clarksburg Premium Outlets
76 Poolesville Shady Grove Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN via I-370, Muddy Branch Rd, Great Seneca Hwy, and Darnestown Rd, serving Kentlands and Quince Orchard High School. Saturday service was added September 22, 2018.
78 Shady Grove Kingsview Park & Ride Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN via I-370, I-270, Clopper Rd, Mateny Rd, and Richter Farm Rd

AM from Kingsview Park & Ride, PM from Shady Grove

79 Shady Grove Clarksburg Gateway Center Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN via I-370, I-270, Middlebrook Rd, and Ridge Rd. 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 Transit Center Holy Cross Hospital Germantown Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN via Century Blvd, Waters Landing Dr, Father Hurley Rd, Ridge Rd, and Seneca Meadows Pkwy; serves Milestone Center and extends to Germantown MARC station during weekday peak hours
90 Shady Grove Damascus/Milestone Park & Ride Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN via Shady Grove Rd and Woodfield Rd, serves Montgomery County Airpark in the AM heading to Damascus and the PM heading to Shady Grove station. Effective September 17, 2018, midday service now terminates at Milestone Park & Ride in Germantown.
96 Montgomery Mall Transit Center Grosvenor Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN via Tuckerman Ln, Old Georgetown Rd, Rockledge Dr, and Fernwood Rd; serves Rock Spring Park
97 Germantown Transit Center Germantown Transit Center Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY A circular loop route, via Middlebrook Rd, Father Hurley Blvd, Wisteria Dr, and Waring Station Rd; serves Germantown Town Center and the Germantown MARC station during weekday peak hours

AM: Clockwise loop, PM: Counterclockwise loop

98 Kingsview Park & Ride Germantown Transit Center Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN via Clopper Rd, Schaeffer Rd, Richter Farm Rd, Steeple Rd, Father Hurley Blvd, Wisteria Dr, Wanegarden Dr, Wynnfield Dr, and Water Landing Dr; serves Germantown Community Center during weekday non-peak hours, Cinnamon Woods during weekday peak hours, and Maryland SoccerPlex on Saturdays
100 Shady Grove Germantown Transit Center Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Express via I-370 and I-270
101 (Ride On extRa) Medical Center Lakeforest Transit Center Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN Started service on October 2, 2017. Route overlays Route 46 & 55 on MD 355 that serves only 13 stops every 10 minutes.

AM times: 5:30am–9:30am, PM times: 3:30pm–7:30pm

129 (Limited Stop) Silver Spring Burtonsville Park & Ride Green tickY Red XN Red XN
X mark.svg
Started service on May 14th, 2018. Limited Stop service between Silver Spring & Burtonsville P&R Only serves 15 stops every 15 minutes.

AM times: 5:30am-9:00am, PM times: 3:00pm-7:00pm

Via Colesville Rd , Lockwood Dr , Stewart Ln ,Tech Rd Park & Ride , Briggs Chaney P&R , Castle Blvd

301 Tobytown Dr Rockville Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Started service on October 2, 2016. Serves North Potomac and Shady Grove Adventist Hospital

Additionally, Ride On operates two weekend routes that are served by WMATA Metrobus on weekdays.[10][11]

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

Active Fleet[edit]

Ride On operates a fleet consisting 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.) Notes Divisions
<<< Diesel >>>
2008–17 Gillig Low Floor Advantage 29 Ride On Gillig LF Diesel 29 ft.jpg Cummins ISL/Allison B400R 5001–5091, 2000D
(92)
  • 5001 and 5003 are used for training purposes
  • Nicholson (5001-5068)
  • Silver Spring (5069-5091, 2000D)
40 Montgomery County Transit Ride On 2017 Gillig LF Advantage Diesel.jpg 5726–5770, 4000D-4039D, 4073D-4080D
(93)
  • 5729 is out of service due to damage from an accident
  • 5731 is out of service
  • Gaithersburg (5726-5751, 4073D-4080D)
  • Silver Spring (5752-5770, 4000D-4039D)
Low Floor BRT Plus Montgomery County Transit Ride On extRa 2017 Gillig LF BRT Plus Diesel.jpg 4056D-4072D
(17)
  • Specially branded with Ride On extRa wrapping
  • Gaithersburg (all units)
<<< Diesel-electric Hybrid >>>
2006–12 Gillig Low Floor Advantage Hybrid 40 Montgomery County Ride On Bus.JPG Cummins ISB/Allison EP-40 HybriDrive 5300–5312, 5314–5347, 5349-5367
(68)
5312 and 5348 are retired as of July 1, 2018
  • 5301 and 5313 are used for training purposes
  • 5312 was retired
  • 5348 was retired due to damage from an accident
  • Silver Spring (all units)
<<< Compressed Natural Gas >>>
2005 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
5933–5947, 5949-5957
(25)
5948 is retired as of July 1, 2018
  • 5933-5934 are used for training purposes
  • 5944 is out of service due to damage from an accident
  • 5948 was retired due to damage from an accident
  • Gaithersburg (all units)
2005 New Flyer C40LF 40 Montgomery County Transit Ride On 2005 New Flyer C40LF.jpg Cummins Westport C Gas Plus/Allison B400R 5822–5836
(15)
  • 5822 is used for training purposes
  • Gaithersburg (all units)
2014-17 Gillig Low Floor Advantage CNG 40 Ride On Gillig CNG.JPG Cummins ISL-G/Allison B400R 5837–5855, 4040C-4055C, 4081C-4118C
(73)
  • 5840 is out of service due to damage from an accident
  • Gaithersburg (all units)

On Order[edit]

Year Manufacturer Model Length (ft.) Engine/Transmission Fleet Series (Qty.) Notes
2019[6] Proterra Catalyst 35 TBA TBA
(4)
The electric buses are scheduled to serve Route 18 in Takoma Park starting in 2019.

Divisions[edit]

The bus fleet, owned and operated by Ride On, is distributed among three garages in Kensington, Silver Spring and Gaithersburg.

Division Name Location Capacity Routes Notes
Silver Spring 8710 Brookville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910 147 1, 2A, 2B, 4, 5 (Mon-Sat), 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30 (Mon-Fri Rush Hours), 34, 36, 38 (Mon-Fri Rush Hours), 39, 41, 47 (Weekdays), 51, 129, L8 (Weekends), T2 (Weekends)
  • Diesel-Electric Hybrid Division
Gaithersburg 16700 Crabbs Branch Way, Rockville, MD 20855 155 43, 46, 48, 49, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 70, 71, 73, 74, 75 (Weekdays), 76, 78, 79, 90 (Mon-Fri Rush Hours), 100 (Mon-Sat), 101
  • CNG Division
Nicholson 4700 Nicholson Ct, Kensington, MD 20895 66 5 (Sundays), 6, 7, 8, 21, 28, 29, 30 (Mon-Fri Midday and Late Night), 31, 32, 33, 37, 38 (Mon-Fri Midday and Weekends), 42, 44, 45, 47 (Weekends), 52, 53, 75 (Weekends), 81, 83, 90 (Mon-Fri Midday), 96, 97, 98, 100 (Sundays)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Transit Ridership Report First Quarter 2017" (pdf). American Public Transportation Association. June 6, 2017. Retrieved 2017-08-23 – via http://www.apta.com/resources/statistics/Pages/ridershipreport.aspx.
  2. ^ "Transit Ridership Report Fourth Quarter 2016" (pdf). American Public Transportation Association. March 3, 2017. Retrieved 2017-08-23 – via http://www.apta.com/resources/statistics/Pages/ridershipreport.aspx.
  3. ^ "Ride On Routes and Schedules".
  4. ^ 911NewsCoverage (4 July 2014). "ABC (WJLA) 9-11-2001 News Coverage 11:00 PM - 12:00 AM" – via YouTube.
  5. ^ "Ride On to Add Dozens of New Buses to Fleet". Montgomery County Department Of Transportation. MCDOT. May 16, 2017. Retrieved May 20, 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Grant Allows Montgomery County To Buy Electric Buses for Its Fleet". Bethesda Magazine. Bethesda Magazine. September 15, 2017. Retrieved October 26, 2017.
  7. ^ "MCDOT's Ride On Bus System Awarded $1.75 Million FTA Grant to Purchase Electric Buses and Charging Stations". Montgomery County MD Gov. Montgomery County MD Gov. September 15, 2017. Retrieved October 26, 2017.
  8. ^ "MCDOT RIDE ON ROUTES AND SCHEDULES". www.montgomerycountymd.gov.
  9. ^ "Routes 2A & 2B timetable" (PDF).
  10. ^ http://www.wmata.com/bus/timetables/md/l78.pdf
  11. ^ http://www.wmata.com/bus/timetables/md/t2.pdf

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