Ride On Changes Start Jan. 5 for Purple Line Construction

Ride On changes are coming to downtown Silver Spring starting Sunday, Jan. 5.

Temporary bus route modifications in downtown Silver Spring are necessary for the construction of the Purple Line and Capital Crescent Trail.

Starting Sunday, Jan. 5, these temporary changes will impact some Ride On bus passengers.

Several Ride On bus stops in the Silver Spring Transit Center will temporarily be relocated to the street to safely accommodate Purple Line work, which is expected to continue in this area through spring. Temporary bus stop locations will be located along northbound Colesville Road (between Wayne Avenue and Georgia Avenue), on the second floor of the transit center, and on East-West Highway and Colesville Road.

Ride On routes that will be affected by the changes include 1, 2, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 28 and 129. Detailed maps showing pedestrian detours and temporary Ride On bus stop locations can be viewed online at the Transit Center Map and the Area Street Map.

Some Ride On bus stops will be temporarily eliminated. These locations can be viewed, here.

Ride On routes that will have schedule changes include the 2, 12, 1314, 15, 17, and 22.

During the opening weeks of the temporary bus route modifications, there will be additional personnel stationed around the transit center to help direct Ride On users to and from the bus stops and the transit center. There also will be updated signage and maps placed around the center and available in the TRiPS transit services store on the second level. Information also can be obtained from the County centralized information system by calling 311.

Google Map bus stop locations will be updated to reflect the temporary changes.

For information on changes to Metrobus in and around the transit center, go to https://www.wmata.com.

Assistance is being provided to pedestrians who are blind and visually impaired. There will be additional County staff stationed around the Transit Center to help direct people to the locations of the temporary bus stops. On Saturday, Jan. 11, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., there will be a special orientation for blind and visually impaired transit users to help familiarize them with the changes. Those who want to be part of the walking tour should meet at the Metro Station’s south entrance. RSVPs to participate can be sent to Marybeth Cleveland at mbcleveland@fastmail.net or by calling 301-412-4224.

For more information about planned road closures and general project information for the Purple Line and Capital Crescent Trail, go to www.purplelinemd.com. Construction updates are available directly at https://purplelinemd.com/construction/construction-updates.

These temporary modifications are necessary while the Purple Line construction team builds the Purple Line and Capital Crescent Trail bridges across Colesville Road.

The Purple Line, a 16-mile east-west light rail line will connect the Bethesda and New Carrollton Metro stations to and will provide a direct connection to the Metrorail Red, Green and Orange Lines. It also will connect to MARC, Amtrak and local bus services.

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