Ride On Service Improvements Begin Jan. 11 on 25 Routes

Ride on Bus pictureThe Montgomery County Ride On bus system rolled out improvements upgrading service for thousands of riders a day this week.

According to county officials, this is one of the largest enhancements in Ride On service in the last ten years. The Montgomery County Council, in its deliberations last May, approved funding for the improvements to further expand Ride On service.

“Providing enhanced transit service is one my key strategies for fostering economic development in Montgomery County,” said Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett. “That is why this improved service for our Ride On customers is so important. I want to thank the Department of Transportation for their efforts in moving this vision forward and making transit use even more easy and convenient.”

Depending on the route, the service change will add trips on 19 routes; increase span of service (the hours the bus operates) on 18 routes; and improve accuracy of schedule times (travel time) on 14 routes. According to county officials, 15 routes will have more than one of these improvements.

The routes and their improvements are listed below:

Route 1: Improve travel time weekdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Route 7: Increase trips from 8 to 12 on weekdays.

Route 8: Improve travel time, increase trips from 54 to 57 on weekdays and 42 to 47 on Saturdays, span of service and add all day service to an additional stop.

Route 11: Improve travel time and span of service on weekdays.

Route 13: Improve span of service on weekdays.

Route 20: Improve accuracy of schedule times on weekdays.

Route 23: Improve travel time and increase trips from 60 to 65 on weekdays.

Route 24: Improve travel time and span of service on weekdays.

Route 25: Increase number of trips from 44 to 49 on weekdays.

Route 28: Significantly expand service for the VANGO, the free circulator bus operating in downtown Silver Spring. Expand hours of operation from weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., to Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to midnight and Fridays and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Buses will run every 12 minutes.

Route 33: Improve travel time and increase trips from 32 to 39 on weekdays.

Route 38: Improve travel time and add six trips after 6:30 p.m. at the Holiday Park Senior Center on weekdays only.

Route 39: Increase trips from 20 to 28 a day on weekdays.

Route 43: Increase span of service on weekdays.

Route 48: Increase span of service and improve travel time on weekdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Route 54: Increase span of service on weekdays and Sundays.

Route 63: Improve travel time and restore midday service between Shady Grove and Rockville on weekdays.

Route 65: Increase trips from 11 to 14 on weekdays.

Route 66: Improve travel time and increase span of service on weekdays.

Route 67: Improve travel time and increase trips from 12 to 15 on weekdays.

Route 74: Improve travel time and increase trips from 60 to 66 on weekdays.

Route 76: Improve travel time on weekdays.

Route 83: Improve travel time on weekdays, Saturdays and Sundays and reduce several peak period trips.

Route 96: Improve travel time and increase span of service on weekdays.

Route 98: Improve travel time on weekdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Check Ride On’s website for detailed schedule information for each route.

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