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. Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C.
A Gillig diesel-electric hybrid bus at Glenmont station, in the most recent paint scheme
|Founded||March 31, 1975|
|Headquarters||101 Monroe Street, 5th Floor, Rockville, Maryland, U.S.|
|Service type||Bus service, paratransit|
|Daily ridership||73,300 (Q1 2017)|
|Annual ridership||23,425,700 (2016)|
|Fuel type||CNG, diesel, diesel-electric hybrid|
Ride On began service on March 31, 1975.
Starting in 1983, single front door TMC City Cruisers entered service. These buses were part of a joint order with Frederick City Transit, and shared the same paint livery. In 1988, OBI Orion I 30' foot buses were introduced. 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
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.
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.
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.
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 (4000-4039), 1 29' Gillig LF clean diesel bus (2000) and 16 40' Gillig LF CNG buses (4040-4055) 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).
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.
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.
Ride On offers 81 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.
|Route||Termini (Western/Southern)||Termini (Eastern/Northern)||Weekday Peak||Weekday Off-Peak||Saturday||Sunday||Notes|
|1||Friendship Heights||Silver Spring|
|6||Montgomery Mall Transit Center||Grosvenor Station|
|8||Silver Spring||Wheaton||Via Forest Glen Rd & Holy Cross Hospital|
|10||Twinbrook||Hillandale||replaced WMATA Metrobus Route C6 in 1998|
|11||Friendship Heights||Silver Spring||AM from Silver Spring, PM from Friendship Heights|
|12||Silver Spring||Takoma||via Carroll Ave|
|13||Silver Spring||Takoma||via Sligo Creek Pkwy|
|15||Silver Spring||Takoma Langley
|Second highest ridership in system, avg. 4,500 per day|
|17||Silver Spring||Takoma Langley
|via Montgomery College in Takoma Park|
|18||Silver Spring||Takoma Langley
|via Takoma, Sunday service between Langley Park and Takoma station only (no Sunday service between Takoma and Silver Spring stations)|
|19||Silver Spring||Dallas Ave||AM from Dallas Ave, PM from Silver Spring|
|21||Silver Spring||Briggs Chaney Park and Ride||AM from Briggs Chaney, PM from Silver Spring|
|23||Sibley Hospital||Friendship Heights|
|via Maple Ave|
|26||Montgomery Mall Transit Center||Glenmont||Replaced original WMATA Metrobus Route C8 in 1996|
|28||Silver Spring||Silver Spring||Free service at all times, VanGO Shuttle Loop around Downtown Silver Spring|
|29||Friendship Heights||Bethesda / Glen Echo||Bethesda weekday terminus, Glen Echo weekend terminus, replaces WMATA Metrobus Route N8 and old Ride On Route 31|
|31||Wheaton||Glenmont||via Poplar Run.|
|32||Naval Ship R&D Center, Woodrock||Bethesda||via Cabin John|
|34||Friendship Heights||Wheaton||Serves Aspen Hill to Friendship Hts AM Rush, From Friendship Hts to Aspen Hill PM Rush|
|Bethesda||Via Bradley Blvd
Via Hillandale Rd (Rush Hour Only) AM to Bethesda PM to Connelly School
|37||Potomac Community Center||Wheaton||Serves Grosvenor, AM from Wheaton, PM to Wheaton|
|39||Glenmont||Briggs Chaney Park and Ride|
|42||Montgomery Mall Transit Center||White Flint|
|43||Traville Transit Center||Shady Grove||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|
|46||Medical Center||Montgomery College Rockville Campus||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||via Falls Rd, Wootton Pkwy, Seven Locks Rd, Fernwood Rd, and Old Georgetown Rd. Serves Montgomery Mall and Suburban Hospital.|
|48||Wheaton||Rockville||Replaced original WMATA Metrobus Route Q4 in the mid 1990s|
|49||Rockville||Glenmont||Replaced WMATA Metrobus Route Y4 in 1998|
|51||Glenmont||Norbeck Park and Ride|
|52||Rockville||MedStar Montgomery Medical Center|
|54||Rockville||Lakeforest Transit Center||via Muddy Branch Rd, Research Blvd, and W. Montgomery Ave., serves Washingtonian Rio|
|55||Rockville||Germantown Transit Center||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||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||via Washington Grove Rd, Muncaster Mill Rd, and Redland Rd. Serves the Gaithersburg MARC station|
|58||Shady Grove||Lakeforest Transit Center||via Snouffer School Rd and East Village, serves Kaiser Permanente on Weekdays|
|59||Rockville||Montgomery Village||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||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||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||via Gaither Road and Piccard Drive|
|64||Shady Grove||Montgomery Village||via Centerway Road and Emory Grove Road|
|65||Shady Grove||Montgomery Village||Limited Stops via Midcounty Hwy, AM from Montgomery Village, PM from Shady Grove|
|66||Traville Transit Center||Shady Grove||via Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, AM from Shady Grove, PM from Traville|
|67||Traville Transit Center||Shady Grove||via Frederick Avenue and Dufief Mill Road, AM from Traville, PM from Shady Grove|
|70||Bethesda||Milestone Park & Ride||Express Route (Special Fare), via I-270. Serves Medical Center station|
|71||Shady Grove||Kingsview Park & Ride||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||Clarksburg Gateway Center||via I-370, I-270, Frederick Rd, Clarksburg Rd, and W Old Baltimore Rd|
|74||Shady Grove||Germantown Transit Center||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||via Frederick Rd and Snowden Farm Pkwy, serves Milestone Center and Clarksburg Premium Outlets|
|76||Poolesville||Shady Grove||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||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||via I-370, I-270, Middlebrook Rd, and Ridge Rd. AM from Clarksburg, PM from Shady Grove|
|81||White Flint||Rockville||via Tower Oaks Blvd|
|83||Germantown Transit Center||Holy Cross Hospital Germantown||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||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||via Tuckerman Ln, Old Georgetown Rd, Rockledge Dr, and Fernwood Rd; serves Rock Spring Park|
|97||Germantown Transit Center||Germantown Transit Center||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||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||Express via I-370 and I-270|
|101 (Ride On extRa)||Medical Center||Lakeforest Transit Center||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
|129 (Limited Stop)||Silver Spring||Burtonsville Park & Ride||
||Starts service on January 29th, 2018. Limited Stop service between Silver Spring & Burtonsville P&R Only serves 13 stops every 15 minutes.
AM times: 5:30am-9:00am, PM times: 3:00pm-7:00pm
Via Colesville Rd , Lockwood Dr , Stewart Ln ,Tech Rd Park & Ride , Briggs Chaney P&R , Castle Blvd
|301||Tobytown Dr||Rockville||Started service on October 2, 2016. Serves North Potomac and Shady Grove Adventist Hospital|
|Route||Termini (Western/Southern)||Termini (Eastern/Northern)||Weekday Peak||Weekday Off-Peak||Saturday||Sunday||Notes|
|L8||Friendship Heights||Aspen Hill||(WMATA Metrobus)||(WMATA Metrobus)|
|T2||Friendship Heights||Rockville||(WMATA Metrobus)||(WMATA Metrobus)||via Potomac|
|Year||Manufacturer||Model||Length (ft.)||Picture||Engine/Transmission||Fleet Series (Qty.)|
|<<< Diesel >>>|
|2008–17||Gillig||Low Floor Advantage||29||Cummins ISL/Allison B400R||5001–5091, 2000D
|40||5726–5770, 4000D-4039D, 4073D-4080D
|Low Floor BRT Plus||4056D-4072D
|<<< Diesel-electric Hybrid >>>|
|2006–12||Gillig||Low Floor Advantage Hybrid||40||Cummins ISB/Allison EP-40 HybriDrive||5300–5313, 5314–5367
|<<< Compressed Natural Gas >>>|
|2005||Orion||07.502 (VII)||35||DDS 50or Cummins Westport C Gas Plus/Voith D864.3
Cummins Westport C Gas Plus/ZF 5HP592C
|2005||New Flyer||C40LF||40||Cummins Westport C Gas Plus/Allison B400R||5822–5836
|2014-17||Gillig||Low Floor Advantage CNG||40||Cummins ISL-G/Allison B400R||5837–5855, 4040C-4055C, 4081C-4114C
|Year||Manufacturer||Model||Length (ft.)||Engine/Transmission||Fleet Series (Qty.)||Notes|
|The electric buses are scheduled to serve Route 18 in Takoma Park starting in 2019|