Riemer Touts Expanded VanGo Circulator Service in Silver Spring
Montgomery County Councilmember Hans Riemer is touting the county’s free bus service in downtown Silver Spring, which is expanding its hours of service.
The Silver Spring circulator, also known as “VanGo,” will now run later into the evening and on Saturdays.
“The Silver Spring VanGo Circulator service forms an important part of the urban area’s transportation fabric,” said Councilmember Riemer, who led the fight to secure additional funding for VanGo. “It supports Silver Spring’s growing residential population, efforts to get individuals out of automobiles and the burgeoning night-time economy there.”
The new VanGo operating schedule is: Monday-Thursday: 7 a.m.-12 midnight; Friday: 7 a.m.-2 a.m.; Saturday: 7 a.m.-2 a.m.
Buses will run every 12 minutes. Previously, VanGo service ran only from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on weekdays.
Circulator stops are located at the Silver Spring Metro Station; 13th and Kennett Street; East-West Highway and Colesville Road; and Cameron Street and Georgia Avenue.
County officials say the new schedule for the Silver Spring VanGo Circulator complements the existing circulator in Bethesda to provide improved transportation options in two of the County’s urban nodes.
According to Riemer, the extended service will help people with different needs and purposes than were served by the previous weekday daytime hours.
“While VanGo’s old schedule helped individuals get to and from the Metro and parking facilities for their morning and evening commutes, it failed to meet the needs of a residential population who wants to use it in the evenings and on the weekends,” he said. “That demand is now met.”
Riemer continues to work closely with the County’s Department of Transportation, the Silver Spring Urban District and residents to explore rebranding and rerouting the circulator.