Ride On (bus)

Last updated on 2 November 2017

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. Ride On also serves the Takoma Metro station, and Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Ride On operates 80 routes, including operating two Metrobus routes on weekends.[3]

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
Headquarters 101 Monroe Street, 5th Floor, Rockville, Maryland, U.S.
Service type Bus service, paratransit
Routes 80
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/

History

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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

Ride On began service on March 31, 1975.

1980s

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

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

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

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 (44000-44039), 1 29' Gillig LF clean diesel bus (42000) and 16 40' Gillig LF CNG buses (44040-44055) 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. The fare will be $2 starting November 1. There also will not be any on-board fare addition to allow for faster service.

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]

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

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

Ride On offers 80 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 tick Green tick Green tick Green tick
2 Lyttonsville Silver Spring Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick
4 Kensington Silver Spring Green tick Red X Red X Red X
5 Twinbrook Silver Spring Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick
6 Montgomery Mall Transit Center Grosvenor-Strathmore Green tick Green tick Red X Red X
7 Forest Glen Wheaton Green tick Red X Red X Red X
8 Silver Spring Wheaton Green tick Green tick Green tick Red X Via Forest Glen Rd & Holy Cross Hospital
9 Silver Spring Wheaton Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick
10 Twinbrook Hillandale Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick replaced WMATA Metrobus Route C6 in 1998
11 Friendship Heights Silver Spring Green tick Red X Red X Red X AM from Silver Spring, PM from Friendship Heights
12 Silver Spring Takoma Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick via Carroll Ave
13 Silver Spring Takoma Green tick Red X Red X Red X via Sligo Creek Pkwy
14 Silver Spring Takoma Green tick Green tick Green tick Red X
15 Silver Spring Takoma Langley

Transit Center

Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Second highest ridership in system, avg. 4,500 per day
16 Silver Spring Takoma Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick
17 Silver Spring Takoma Langley

Transit Center

Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick via Montgomery College in Takoma Park
18 Silver Spring Takoma Langley

Transit Center

Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick via Takoma, Sunday service between Langley Park and Takoma station only (no Sunday service between Takoma and Silver Spring stations)
19 Silver Spring Northwood/Dallas Ave Green tick Red X Red X Red X AM from Dallas Ave, PM from Silver Spring
20 Silver Spring Hillandale Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick via Piney Branch Ave
21 Silver Spring Briggs Chaney Park and Ride Green tick Red X Red X Red X AM from Briggs Chaney, PM from Silver Spring
22 Silver Spring Hillandale Green tick Red X Red X Red X
23 Sibley Hospital Friendship Heights Green tick Green tick Green tick Red X
24 Takoma Hillandale Green tick Red X Red X Red X
25 Takoma Takoma Langley

Transit Center

Green tick Red X Red X Red X via Maple Ave
26 Montgomery Mall Transit Center Glenmont Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Replaced original WMATA Metrobus Route C8 in 1996
28 Silver Spring Silver Spring Green tick Green tick Green tick Red X Free service at all times, VanGO Shuttle Loop around Downtown Silver Spring
29 Friendship Heights Bethesda / Glen Echo Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Bethesda weekday terminus, Glen Echo weekend terminus, replaces WMATA Metrobus Route N8 and old Ride On Route 31
30 Bethesda Medical Center Green tick Green tick Red X Red X
31 Wheaton Glenmont Green tick Red X Red X Red X via Poplar Run.
32 Naval Ship R&D Center, Woodrock Bethesda Green tick Red X Red X Red X via Cabin John
33 Medical Center Glenmont Green tick Red X Red X Red X
34 Friendship Heights Wheaton Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Serves Aspen Hill to Friendship Hts AM Rush, From Friendship Hts to Aspen Hill PM Rush
36 Bradley Blvd

Connelly School

Bethesda Green tick Green tick Red X Red X Via Bradley Blvd

Via Hillandale Rd (Rush Hour Only) AM to Bethesda PM to Connelly School

37 Potomac Community Center Wheaton Green tick Red X Red X Red X Serves Grosvenor, AM from Wheaton, PM to Wheaton
38 White Flint Wheaton Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick
39 Glenmont Briggs Chaney Park and Ride Green tick Red X Red X Red X
41 Glenmont Aspen Hill Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick
42 Montgomery Mall Transit Center White Flint Green tick Green tick Green tick Red X
43 Traville Transit Center Shady Grove Green tick Green tick Green tick Red X 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
44 Twinbrook Rockville Green tick Red X Red X Red X
45 Twinbrook Fallsgrove Center Green tick Green tick Green tick Red X
46 Medical Center Montgomery College Rockville Campus Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick 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 tick Green tick Green tick Green tick via Falls Rd, Wootton Pkwy, Seven Locks Rd, Fernwood Rd, and Old Georgetown Rd. Serves Montgomery Mall and Suburban Hospital.
48 Wheaton Rockville Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Replaced original WMATA Metrobus Route Q4 in the mid 1990s
49 Rockville Glenmont Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Replaced WMATA Metrobus Route Y4 in 1998
51 Glenmont Norbeck Park and Ride Green tick Red X Red X Red X
52 Rockville MedStar Montgomery Medical Center Green tick Red X Red X Red X
53 Shady Grove Glenmont Green tick Red X Red X Red X
54 Rockville Lakeforest Transit Center Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick via Muddy Branch Rd, Research Blvd, and W. Montgomery Ave., serves Washingtonian Rio
55 Rockville Germantown Transit Center Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick 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 tick Green tick Green tick Green tick 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 tick Green tick Green tick Green tick via Washington Grove Rd, Muncaster Mill Rd, and Redland Rd. Serves the Gaithersburg MARC station
58 Shady Grove Lakeforest Transit Center Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick via Snouffer School Rd and East Village, serves Kaiser Permanente on Weekdays
59 Rockville Montgomery Village Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick 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 tick Red X Red X Red X 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 tick Green tick Green tick Green tick 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 tick Green tick Red X Red X via Gaither Road and Piccard Drive
64 Shady Grove Montgomery Village Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick via Centerway Road and Emory Grove Road
65 Shady Grove Montgomery Village Green tick Red X Red X Red X Limited Stops via Midcounty Hwy, AM from Montgomery Village, PM from Shady Grove
66 Traville Transit Center Shady Grove Green tick Red X Red X Red X via Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, AM from Shady Grove, PM from Traville
67 Traville Transit Center Shady Grove Green tick Red X Red X Red X via Frederick Avenue and Dufief Mill Road, AM from Traville, PM from Shady Grove
70 Bethesda Milestone Center Green tick Red X Red X Red X Express Route (Special Fare), via I-270. Serves Medical Center station
71 Shady Grove Kingsview Park & Ride Green tick Red X Red X Red X via I-370, I-270, Clopper Rd, Mateny Rd, Dawson Farm Rd, and Steeple Rd

AM: Shady Grove, PM: Kingsview Park & Ride

73 Shady Grove Cabin Branch Green tick Red X Red X Red X via I-370, I-270, Frederick Rd, Clarksburg Rd, and W Old Baltimore Rd
74 Shady Grove Germantown Transit Center Green tick Green tick Green tick Red X 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 tick Green tick Green tick Green tick via Frederick Rd and Snowden Farm Pkwy, serves Milestone Center and Clarksburg Premium Outlets
76 Poolesville Shady Grove Green tick Green tick Red X Red X via I-370, Muddy Branch Rd, Great Seneca Hwy, and Darnestown Rd, serving Kentlands and Quince Orchard High School
78 Shady Grove Kingsview Park & Ride Green tick Red X Red X Red X via I-370, I-270, Clopper Rd, Mateny Rd, and Richter Farm Rd

AM: Shady Grove, PM: Kingsview Park & Ride

79 Shady Grove Clarksburg Gateway Center Green tick Red X Red X Red X via I-370, I-270, Middlebrook Rd, and Ridge Rd. AM from Clarksburg, PM from Shady Grove
81 White Flint Rockville Green tick Red X Red X Red X via Tower Oaks Blvd
83 Germantown Transit Center Holy Cross Hospital Germantown Green tick Green tick Green tick Red X 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 Green tick Green tick Red X Red X 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
96 Montgomery Mall Transit Center Grosvenor-Strathmore Green tick Green tick Red X Red X via Tuckerman Ln, Old Georgetown Rd, Rockledge Dr, and Fernwood Rd; serves Rock Spring Park
97 Germantown Transit Center Germantown Transit Center Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick 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 tick Green tick Green tick Red X 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 tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Express via I-370 and I-270
101 (Ride On extRa) Medical Center Lakeforest Transit Center Green tick Red X Red X Red X Started service on October 2, 2017. Route overlays Route 46 & 55 on MD 355 that serves only 12 stops every 10 minutes.

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

301 Tobytown Dr Rockville Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick 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.[9][10]

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 tick Green tick
T2 Friendship Heights Rockville (WMATA Metrobus) (WMATA Metrobus) Green tick Green tick via Potomac

Active Fleet

Ride On operates a fleet consisting mainly 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.)
<<< Diesel >>>
2008–17 Gillig Low Floor Advantage 29 Ride On Gillig LF Diesel 29 ft.jpg Cummins ISL/Allison B400R 5001–5091, 2000D
(92)
40 Montgomery County Transit Ride On 2017 Gillig LF Advantage Diesel.jpg 5726–5770, 4000D-4039D, 4073D-4080D
(93)
Low Floor BRT Plus Montgomery County Transit Ride On extRa 2017 Gillig LF BRT Plus Diesel.jpg 4056D-4072D
(17)
<<< Diesel-electric Hybrid >>>
2006–12 Gillig Low Floor Advantage Hybrid 40 Montgomery County Ride On Bus.JPG Cummins ISB/Allison EP-40 HybriDrive 5300–5313, 5314–5367
(68)
<<< Compressed Natural Gas >>>
2003–05 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
5900–5957
(58)
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)
2014-17 Gillig Low Floor Advantage CNG 40 Ride On Gillig CNG.JPG Cummins ISL-G/Allison B400R 5837–5855, 4040C-4055C, 4081C-4114C
(67)

On Order

Year Manufacturer Model Length (ft.) Engine/Transmission Fleet Series (Qty.) Notes
2019[11] Proterra Catalyst 35 TBA TBA
(4)
The electric buses are scheduled to serve Route 18 in Takoma Park starting in 2019

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

References

  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. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YH8wXJHb5aA
  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. ^ "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. ^ http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/dot-transit/routesandschedules/rideonroutes.html
  9. ^ http://www.wmata.com/bus/timetables/md/l78.pdf
  10. ^ http://www.wmata.com/bus/timetables/md/t2.pdf
  11. ^ "Grant Allows Montgomery County To Buy Electric Buses for Its Fleet". Bethesda Magazine. Bethesda Magazine. September 15, 2017. Retrieved October 26, 2017.

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