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Ride On to Host a Public Forum for Tobytown Bus Service Route

photo of montgomery county ride on busThe Montgomery County Ride On bus system is scheduled to host a public forum on a bus route that will provide service to the Tobytown community on July 28th.

The Montgomery County Council approved $407,000 for the one-year pilot program back in May in its FY 2017 Budget. The program will also serve communities in Potomac, North Potomac and Rockville.

The latest proposal developed by Ride On will include stops along River Road, Piney Meetinghouse Road, Glen Road, Darnestown Road, Wootton Parkway, Great Falls Road, and Middle Lane to Rockville Metro Station. According to a news release the route will allow residents to have access to local schools, Shady Grove Hospital, libraries, and other transportation services.

tobytownResidents of Tobytown, a historically African American neighborhood in Potomac founded by former slaves in 1875, have been fighting for decades to have a public bus service located near their neighborhood. During an April community meeting with Ride On, residents were cautiously optimistic about the current plan. In the past, a taxi voucher program and county sponsored shuttle van to the community failed.

According to Montgomery County Department of Transportation officials the service could start as soon as this fall. The program will run seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. with a fare of $1.75.

Ride On officials will be holding the public forum at Travilah Elementary School located on 13801 Dufief Mill Road to receive feedback and concerns from residents at 6:30 p.m.

Individuals and organizations who would like to speak at the forum are requested to provide their name, home address, telephone number, emails address and organization to the Division of Transit services in writing sent to or 101 Monroe Street, 5th Floor, Rockville, MD 20850. Residents must sign up by July 25th to speak at the forum.

For more information about the forum, visit the Montgomery County website.

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Maureen Chowdhury

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Maureen Chowdhury is a multimedia journalist with Montgomery Community Media. She can be reached at and on Twitter at @MediaMaureen. Maureen authors the blog Sound Check on MyMCMedia.


One Response to “Ride On to Host a Public Forum for Tobytown Bus Service Route”

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    On July 7, 2016 at 7:36 pm responded with... #

    What’s going on with the bus service?There was suppose to be another meeting with the residents of Tobytown regarding the bus stop and the route.So why haven’t we heard anything yet?It seems like Tobytown has been cut out of this program.We’re not on the map,there’s no stop for Tobytown.The next stop is at Rivers Edge .Why should we have to walk that far,in tain,snow etc?What if we have groceries, come on now what’s going on?

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