Ride On (bus)

Ride On
Ride On logo.svg
Montgomery County Transit Ride On Gillig LF Advantage CNG New Scheme.jpg
A Gillig compressed natural gas bus at Shady Grove station in the most recent paint scheme.
Parent Transit Services Division, Montgomery County Department of Transportation
Founded March 31, 1975; 46 years ago (1975-03-31)
Headquarters 101 Monroe Street, 5th Floor, Rockville, Maryland, U.S.
Service type Local, express, and limited stop bus service, paratransit, demand responsive transport, bus rapid transit
Routes 81
Fleet 350
Daily ridership 73,300 (Q1 2017)[1]
Annual ridership 23,438,000 (2017)[2]
Fuel type CNG, diesel, diesel-electric hybrid, battery electric
Website www.montgomerycountymd.gov/dot-transit/

Ride On (formerly 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 and Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C. In fiscal 2018, it operated on a US$112.3 million budget.[2]

Ride On operates 81 routes, including operating two Metrobus routes on weekends.[3]

History

Ride On's former logo, used in the 1970s and 1980s.
Former Ride On logo, used as the primary logo from the mid-1990s until mid-2009. It is still used on some older buses that entered service in the 2000s.

1970s–1990s

Ride On began service on March 31, 1975 as Ride-On.[4] Serving Silver Spring and Takoma Park, two routes were in operation: The Blue and the Green. Within a few weeks it was carrying twice the number of passengers projected: about 2,000 riders per day. The Buses were nineteen passenger Grummans. 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 the fall of 1984, as the Washington Metro's Red Line extension to Shady Grove was complete, Ride On would see its largest route expansion to date. Numerous routes would be added to accommodate passengers who would utilize the eight new metrorail stations along the western portion of Montgomery County. At that time, Ride On would begin to replace a few WMATA routes that operated in Montgomery County. OBI Orion I 30' foot buses would be introduced that same year to allow for the added service. 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 retired in 2009.

2000s

In 2000, Ride On buses were painted in a special livery to commemorate Ride On's founding's 25th anniversary.[5]

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.[6][7]

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 five 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 summer and fall 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 autumn 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 1999 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 addition of suffixes denoting engines with a ("C" for compressed natural gas, "D" for diesel, "E" for electric and "H" for hybrid).

Ride On extRa, a new limited-stop bus service along Maryland Route 355, began on October 2, 2017 between Lakeforest Transit Center and Medical Center Metro Station. As of September 17, 2018, the route serves 13 stops. Ride On added 59 Gillig 40-foot buses in summer and the fall 2017; 42 buses replaced some of the oldest vehicles in the fleet. Seventeen 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).[8] Four additional 40-foot CNG buses (4115C-4118C) entered service in the winter of 2018.

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.[9][10]

MCDOT Ride On received a $4.365 million grant from the FTA to replace diesel buses with 10 new, electric buses on October 1, 2018.[11]

Ride On added 26 Gillig 40-foot buses in spring 2019; replacing all the remaining Orion VII's. These buses introduced a brand new paint scheme with a wave pattern and are painted blue, dark blue, light green, and a touch of white.[12] 23 use compressed natural gas (4119C-4141C) and 3 run on clean diesel (4142D-4144D).

On April 28, 2019, Ride On announced Ride On Flex, an on-demand bus service that runs in three major metropolitan areas in the county using new, 11-passenger cutaway buses.

2020s

On September 4, 2020, Ride On's first four fully-electric buses (3000E-3003E) entered service on routes 18 and 25 in Silver Spring/Takoma Park. They are manufactured by Proterra and can run on a single charge all day long. These replaced the 2006-2007 Gillig Advantage Hybrid's [13]

On October 14, 2020, Ride On launched its brand new BRT Flash service on US 29. The orange route operates between Silver Spring and Briggs Chaney every 15 minutes daily while the blue route operates between Silver Spring and Burtonsville every 15 minutes only during peak hours (5:30-8:30am and 3:30-7:00pm) Monday-Friday. Ride On's very first articulated (60 ft) buses (6000D-6015D) operate on the Flash service, which replaced route 129.

Additional Service Types

Along with standard bus service, Ride On operates three additional services, Ride On extRa, Ride On Flex, and Ride On Flash.

Ride On extRa

Logo of Ride On extRa

Ride On extRa, a new bus service that started on October 2, 2017, is a limited stop service via Maryland Route 355 between Medical Center station on the Washington Metro's Red Line and the Lakeforest Mall Transit Center. This bus route has free WiFi, USB charging ports, and more padding in the seats compared to traditional Ride On services. The fare charged is the same as on other Ride On buses, although fare loading on the bus is not permitted. As of September 17, 2018, Ride On extRa serves a new stop at Templeton Place in Rockville, increasing the number of bus stops to 13.

Ride On Flex

Logo of Ride On Flex

Ride On Flex is an on-demand bus service that began serving Montgomery County on June 26, 2019 and runs in and around Rockville, Glenmont, and Wheaton using new, 11-passenger cutaway buses.[14] Passengers are able to request a bus using an app. The new service does not charge a higher fare, and accepts the same payment methods as standard Ride On buses with no onboard fare loading allowed.[15]

Flash BRT

Logo of Flash BRT

Flash is a bus rapid transit network that began service on October 14, 2020.[16][17] The first route runs between Silver Spring and Burtonsville along U.S. Route 29.[18] Additional routes are in development and will likely run along MD 355 between Clarksburg and Bethesda and MD 586 between Rockville and Wheaton.[18][19] Flash has dedicated stops with prepayment machines and operates in a mix of mixed-traffic and dedicated lanes using articulated buses equipped with Wi-Fi and USB ports.[20] It is the second operational BRT system in the Washington metropolitan area and the first to be located in Montgomery County.

Fares

Ride On's current one-way fare is $2.00 regardless of payment method. 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. As of July 1, 2019, children ages 5 and up can ride Ride On, as well as Metrobus routes originating in Montgomery County, for free until they graduate from high school by using a Youth Cruiser SmarTrip card.[21] 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 or bus-to-rail discount or to transfer free from bus to bus.

Fleet

Ride On operates a fleet consisting of Diesel, CNG, Diesel-electric hybrid, and Battery electric buses produced by Gillig Corporation, Nova Bus, Proterra, and Starcraft.

Image Builder and
model name
Model year Length Numbers
(Total)
Vehicles
in service
Fuel type Notes
PXL 20201002 154946550.jpg Gillig
Low Floor Advantage
2008 40 ft (12 m) 5726-5746
(21 buses)
19 Diesel
  • 5729[22] and 5731 are retired due to accidents
Ride On 5755.JPG 2009, 2011, 2013 5747–5770
(24 buses)
24
  • 5747-5757 are 2009 models
  • 5758 is a 2011 model
  • 5759-5770 are 2013 models
Montgomery County Transit Ride On Gillig LF Advantage Hybrid.jpg 2009–2012 5314–5367
(54 buses)
53 Diesel-electric hybrid
  • 5314-5348 are 2009 models
    • 5314 was originally numbered 5349
  • 5349-5360 are 2011 models
  • 5361-5367 are 2012 models
  • 5348 was retired due to damage from an accident[23]
Montgomery County Transit Ride On Gillig LF Advantage Diesel 29ft.jpg 2009, 2013-2014 29 ft (8.8 m) 5007–5091
(85 buses)
63 Diesel
  • 5007-5031 are 2009 models
    • 5008, 5011, 5025 and 5027 are the only active units from this order
  • 5032-5059 are 2013 models
  • 5060-5091 are 2014 models
    • 5091 is retired due to fire damage
Ride On Gillig CNG.JPG 2014 40 ft (12 m) 5837–5855
(19 buses)
18 CNG
  • 5840 is retired due to damage from an accident[24]
Ride On 2016 Gillig Advantage 42000D on Route 47.jpg 2016 29 ft (8.8 m) 2000D
(1 bus)
1 Diesel
Montgomery County Transit Ride On Gillig LF Diesel.jpg 40 ft (12 m) 4000D-4039D
(40 buses)
40
Ride On 2016 Gillig Advantage LF40 CNG 44053C.jpg 4040C-4055C
(16 buses)
16 CNG
Ride On Starcraft Allstar 60 on Route 301, at Rockville Metro Station Starcraft
Allstar XL
30 ft (9.1 m) 59-61
(3 buses)
3 Gasoline
  • Only operate on Route 301
  • Only buses (and route) operated by an outside contractor (Jewish Council for the Aging)
  • 59 is plain white with Ride On decals, 60 is in Ride On's 2019 paint scheme, 61 is in the 2009 paint scheme
  • 59 and 61 rarely operate
Montgomery County Transit Ride On extRa 2017 Gillig LF BRT Plus Diesel.jpg Gillig
BRT Plus
2017 40 ft (12 m) 4056D-4072D
(17 buses)
17 Diesel
  • Specially branded with Ride On extRa design
Montgomery County Transit Ride On 2017 Gillig LF Advantage Diesel.jpg Gillig
Low Floor Advantage
4073D-4080D
(8 buses)
8
Montgomery County Transit Ride On Gillig LF Advantage CNG.jpg 4081C-4118C
(38 buses)
38 CNG
Ride On Flex Bus 1006D.jpg Starcraft
Starlite Transit
2019 30 ft (9.1 m) 1000D-1006D
(7 buses)
7 Diesel
  • Specially branded with Ride On Flex design
Montgomery County Transit Ride On Gillig LF Advantage CNG New Scheme.jpg Gillig
Low Floor Advantage
40 ft (12 m) 4119C-4141C
(23 buses)
23 CNG
  • Introduced a new paint scheme
Montgomery County Transit Ride On Gillig LF Diesel New Scheme.jpg 4142D-4144D
(3 buses)
3 Diesel
  • Introduced a new paint scheme
Montgomery County Transit Ride On Nova Bus LFAS.jpg Nova Bus
LFS Artic
2nd Generation
articulated
62 ft (19 m) 6000D-6015D
(16 buses)[25]
16
  • Mainly operate on Ride On's Flash BRT service[18]
  • Entered service on October 14, 2020
  • Second non-WMATA-operated articulated buses in the Washington area after DASH.[26]
Ride On Proterra Catalyst BE35.jpg Proterra
Catalyst BE35
35 ft (11 m) 3000E–3003E
(4 buses)
4 Battery electric[27]
  • First all-electric transit bus for Ride On.
  • Currently serving on routes 18 and 25.
  • Entered service on September 4, 2020.
Ride on low floor gillig 2020.jpg Gillig
Low Floor Advantage
2020 40 ft (12 m) 4145D-4153D
(9 buses)
9 Diesel
  • Replaced the 2006-07 Gillig Advantage HEV buses based out of Silver Spring division
PXL 20201002 222146925.jpg 2020-2021 29 ft (8.8 m) 2001D-2039D
(39 buses)[28]
39
  • Replaced the 2008-09 29' Gillig Advantage buses based out of Nicholson division
  • 2001D-2019D are 2020 models.
  • 2020D-2039D are 2021 models.

On order

Builder and model name Length Year Fleet number Fuel type Notes
Gillig
Low Floor Plus
TBA TBA TBA
(10 buses)[29]
Battery electric
  • To be assigned to Silver Spring Garage
  • First All Electric Gillig Buses entering the fleet

Retired fleet

Year Builder and model Numbers
(preserved numbers)
Year
retired
Picture Notes
1979–81 Transportation Manufacturing Corporation
T-30 CityCruiser
5102-5256 1996–98
1984 Bus Industries
of America

Orion I (01.502)
5257-5297 2001–02
1990–92 5500-5545 2010
1988–89 Gillig
Phantom 30' (3096TB3208)
5300-5356 2004
1993 Flxible
Metro D
5700-5703 2008
1994–97 Gillig
Phantom 35'
5360-5409 2013 Ride On 5368 at Glenmont.jpg
1999 5410-5423 2015 2008 Pics 688.jpg
1993 Bus Industries
of America

Orion V (05.504)
5546-5547 2009
1995 Orion Bus Industries
Orion VI CNG (06.501)
5801-5802 2005
1996 Orion Bus Industries
Orion V CNG (05.503)
5997-5999 2009
  • 35-ft buses
  • Originally numbered 5567-5569
  • First CNG buses for Ride On
Orion Bus Industries
Orion V (05.503)
5550-5566 2011
  • 35-ft buses
1998 5572-5579 2012
  • 35 ft buses
1999 Orion Bus Industries
Orion V (05.501)
5705-5725 2016 Ride On Bus 5715 crop.jpg
1999-2000 Orion Bus Industries
Orion V CNG (05.501)
5803-5821 2014 Ride On Orion V CNG 5803.jpg
1999 Orion Bus Industries
Orion V (05.505)
5100-5129 2014 Ride On 30ft Orion V.JPG
  • Ex-WMATA buses, acquired in 2012
  • Replaced the 2007 Champion Cutaways
2001–02 Orion Bus Industries
Orion V (05.504)
5580-5623 2016–17 Ride On 5618 at Glenmont.jpg
2003 DaimlerChrysler
Commercial Buses

Orion VII CNG (07.502)
(semi-low floor)
5900-5917 2017
2004 5918-5932 2019 Ride On 5924 at Shady Grove.jpg
2005 5933-5957 2019 Ride On Orion VII 5956.jpg
  • All units are retired on May 1, 2019
  • Replaced by the 2019 Gillig Low Floor CNGs
New Flyer Industries
C40LF
5822–5836 2020 Montgomery County Transit Ride On 2005 New Flyer C40LF.jpg
  • Last buses to be painted in the CNG green/yellow paint scheme
2006–07 Gillig
Low Floor Advantage
5300–5313 Ride On 5312 at Glenmont.jpg
  • First diesel-electric hybrid buses for Ride On.
  • Retired in 2020
  • Replaced by the 2020 Gillig Low Floor/Proterra buses
2008 5001-5006 2021 Montgomery County Transit Ride On Gillig Low Floor 5003 on Route 38.jpg
  • Retired in 2021
  • Replaced by the 2020 Gillig Low Floor
2001–02 ElDorado National
Aero Elites
5101-5181 2009
  • Originally contracted to outside firms until the late 2000s
2004 IC Corp
5232–5234, 5238–5241, 5243-5246 2013
  • Replaced all Champions Cutaway buses
2001 Ford/StarTrans Bus
Cutaways
5201-5212 2007
2007 Champion
Cutaways
5182–5231, 5285-5296 2012 Ride On Champion cutaway van 5210.jpg
  • Seven different fires occurred on these buses between 2009 and 2012, but caused no injuries.[30][31]
  • All buses were pulled out of service following the seventh engine fire on July 18, 2012.[32][33]
  • Replaced by the Gillig 30-foot Low Floor, 1999 30-foot Orion Vs (Ex-WMATA), and a few buses from Pittsburgh.

Divisions

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

Division name Location Capacity Routes Buses
Silver Spring 8710 Brookville Rd
Silver Spring, MD 20910
147 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 28, 30, 34, 36, 39, 41, 47, 51
Weekends: 23, 29, 38, 42, L8, T2
  • Diesel: 2000D, 4000D-4039D, 4145D-4153D, 5069-5090, 5758-5770
  • Electric: 3000E-3003E
  • Hybrid: 5314-5367
Gaithersburg 16700 Crabbs Branch Way
Rockville, MD 20855
155 43, 46, 48, 49, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 70, 71, 73, 74, 75, 76, 78, 79, 90, 100, 101, Flash BRT
Weekends: 45, 83, 97, 98
  • CNG: 4040C-4055C, 4081C-4118C, 4119C-4141C, 5837-5855
  • Diesel: 2011D, 2014D, 2016D-2039D, 4056D-4072D, 4073D-4080D, 4142D-4144D, 5726-5757, 6000D-6015D
Nicholson 4700 Nicholson Ct
Kensington, MD 20895
68 Weekdays: 6, 7, 23, 29, 31, 32, 33, 37, 38, 42, 44, 45, 52, 53, 81, 83, 96, 97, 98
  • Diesel: 1000D-1006D, 2001D-2010D, 2012D-2013D, 2015D, 5008, 5011, 5025, 5027, 5032-5068

Routes

Ride On offers 81 routes throughout Montgomery County. All routes run through peak rush hour periods between 6 AM and 9 AM and 3 PM to 7 PM on weekdays. Many routes offer services for off-peak hours and weekends as well.[34]

Route Name Terminus (Western/Southern) Terminus (Eastern/Northern) Service Notes
1 Silver Spring – Friendship Heights Friendship Heights station Silver Spring station
  • Certain trips operate via Leland St
  • Certain rush hour trips operate via Ross/Spencer Rds
2 Silver Spring – Lyttonsville Silver Spring station Brookville
(Ride On Operations Center)
  • Certain rush hour trips serve Fort Detrick (AM trips towards Lyttonsville, PM trips towards Silver Spring)
4 Silver Spring – Kensington Armory Ave & Knowles Ave Silver Spring station Weekday Peak Hour service only
5 Silver Spring – Twinbrook Twinbrook station Silver Spring station Certain trips serve Victory Forest Apartments
6 Parkside – Grosvenor – Montgomery Mall Montgomery Mall Transit Center Grosvenor-Strathmore station Weekday service only
7 Wheaton – Forest Glen Forest Glen station Wheaton station Weekday Peak Hour service only (AM from Wheaton, PM from Forest Glen)
8 Silver Spring – Wheaton Silver Spring station Wheaton station via Forest Glen Rd & Holy Cross Hospital
9 Silver Spring – Wheaton Silver Spring station Wheaton station
10 Hillandale - Twinbrook Twinbrook station New Hampshire Ave & Power Mill Rd Replaced WMATA Metrobus Route C6 in 1998.
11 Silver Spring – Friendship Heights Friendship Heights station Silver Spring station Weekday Peak Hour service only (AM from Silver Spring, PM from Friendship Heights) Service started in 1997
12 Silver Spring – Takoma Silver Spring station Takoma station via Carroll Ave
13 Silver Spring – Takoma Silver Spring station Takoma station Weekday Peak Hour service only via Sligo Creek Pkwy
14 Silver Spring – Takoma Silver Spring station Takoma station No Sunday service via Colesville Rd
15 Silver Spring – Langley Park Silver Spring station Takoma Langley Transit Center Second-highest ridership in system, avg. 4,500 per day
16 Silver Spring – Takoma Silver Spring station Takoma station via New Hampshire Ave
17 Silver Spring – Langley Park Silver Spring station Takoma Langley Transit Center via Montgomery College in Takoma Park
18 Silver Spring – Langley Park Silver Spring station Takoma Langley Transit Center Sunday service between Langley Park and Takoma station only via Takoma station
19 Silver Spring – Northwood Silver Spring station Forest Glen Rd & Burnett Ave Weekday Peak Hour service only (AM from Forest Glen Rd, PM from Silver Spring)
20 Silver Spring – Hillandale Silver Spring station New Hampshire Ave & Power Mill Rd Operates via Piney Branch Rd & New Hampshire Ave
21 Silver Spring – Briggs Chaney Silver Spring station Briggs Chaney Park & Ride Weekday Peak Hour service only (AM from Briggs Chaney, PM from Silver Spring) Service started on June 25, 2007.[35]
22 Silver Spring – Hillandale Silver Spring station Hillandale Center (Power Mill Rd) Weekday Peak Hour service only Operates via Columbia Pike & Colesville Rd
23 Friendship Heights – Sibley Hospital Sibley Hospital Friendship Heights station No Sunday service
24 Hillandale – Takoma Takoma station Power Mill Rd & New Hampshire Ave Weekday Peak Hour service only (AM from Hillandale, PM from Takoma)
25 Takoma – Langley Park Takoma station Takoma Langley Transit Center Weekday Peak Hour service via Maple Ave
26 Montgomery Mall – Glenmont Montgomery Mall Glenmont Station
28 VANGO Free Circulator – Silver Spring Silver Spring station No Sunday service Free service, VanGO Shuttle Loop around Downtown Silver Spring.
29 Bethesda – Glen Echo/Friendship Heights Friendship Heights station Bethesda station Weekend service was extended from Glen Echo to Bethesda on October 10, 2021
30 Bethesda – Medical Center Bethesda station Medical Center Weekday service only
31 Wheaton – Glenmont Wheaton station Glenmont station Weekday peak hour service only via Poplar Run
32 Bethesda – Naval Ship R&D Center Naval Ship Research & Development Center Bethesda station Weekday peak hour service only via Cabin John
33 Glenmont – Medical Center Medical Center station Glenmont station Weekday peak hour service only
34 Aspen Hill – Friendship Heights Friendship Heights station Aspen Hill (Weekday rush only)
Wheaton station
Weekday peak hour service is extended to Aspen Hill (AM service to Friendship Heights, PM service to Aspen Hill) Originally went from Aspen Hill to Medical Center until extended to Friendship Heights Station on May 4, 2008 replacing original Ride On Route 42.
36 Bethesda – Potomac via Hillandale Rd Bradley Blvd Bethesda station Weekday service only
  • via Bradley Blvd
  • Service to Connelly School was eliminated on February 28, 2021.[36]
37 Potomac – Wheaton Potomac Community Center Wheaton Station Weekday Peak Hour service only (AM to Potomac, PM to Wheaton) Serves Grosvenor-Strathmore station
38 Wheaton – White Flint White Flint station Wheaton station
39 Glenmont – Briggs Chaney Glenmont station Briggs Chaney Park & Ride Weekday Peak Hour service only
41 Aspen Hill – Glenmont Glenmont station Grand Pre Rd & Bel Pre Rd (Aspen Hill)
42 White Flint – Montgomery Mall Montgomery Mall Transit Center White Flint station No Sunday Service Created on January 13, 2013 to replace the 38 portion between Montgomery Mall and White Flint.[37]
43 Shady Grove – Traville – Fallsgrove Center Traville Transit Center Shady Grove station
44 Twinbrook – Rockville Twinbrook station Rockville station Weekday Peak Hour service only
45 Rockville Regional TC – Twinbrook Twinbrook station Rockville Regional Transit Center No Sunday service Select trips operates via Rockville Senior Center
46 Montgomery College – Medical Center Medical Center station Montgomery College Rockville Campus
47 Rockville – Montgomery Mall – Bethesda Bethesda station Rockville station
48 Wheaton – Rockville Wheaton station Rockville station
49 Rockville – Glenmont Rockville station Glenmont station
51 Glenmont – Norbeck Glenmont station Norbeck Park & Ride Weekday Peak Hour service only Service started in late 1998.
52 Rockville – Montgomery Rockville station Montgomery General Hospital Weekday Peak Hour service only
53 Shady Grove – Glenmont Shady Grove station Glenmont station Weekday Peak Hour service only Trips travels as a non-stop express along Georgia Ave. between Norbeck Rd. and Glenmont station in the peak direction
54 Rockville – Lakeforest Rockville station Lakeforest Transit Center
55 Rockville – Germantown TC Rockville station Germantown Transit Center
56 Rockville – Lakeforest Rockville station Lakeforest Transit Center
57 Shady Grove – Lakeforest Shady Grove station Lakeforest Transit Center
58 Shady Grove – Lakeforest Shady Grove station Lakeforest Transit Center
  • via Snouffer School Road and East Village
  • Weekday service to Kaiser Permanente (Frederick Avenue) was eliminated on February 28, 2021.[36]
59 Rockville – Montgomery Village Rockville station Montgomery Village Center (Clubhouse Rd)
60 Shady Grove – Montgomery Village Shady Grove station Montgomery Village Center (Stedwick Rd) Weekday Peak Hour service only (AM from Montgomery Village, PM from Shady Grove) via Shady Grove Rd, Midcounty Hwy, Washington Grove Ln, Flower Hill Way, and Centerway Rd.
61 Shady Grove – Germantown TC Shady Grove station Germantown Transit Center
63 Rockville – Shady Grove Rockville Station Shady Grove station Weekday service only via Gaither Rd and Piccard Dr
64 Shady Grove – Montgomery Village Shady Grove station Montgomery Village Center (Clubhouse Rd) via Centerway Rd and Emory Grove Rd
65 Shady Grove – Montgomery Village Shady Grove station Montgomery Village Center (Stedwick Rd)
  • Weekday Peak Hour service only (AM from Montgomery Village, PM from Shady Grove)
  • Limited Stops via Midcounty Hwy
    AM from Montgomery Village, PM from Shady Grove
66 Shady Grove – Traville TC Traville Transit Center Shady Grove station Weekday Peak Hour service only (AM from Shady Grove, PM from Traville) via Shady Grove Adventist Hospital
67 Shady Grove – Traville TC Traville Transit Center Shady Grove station Weekday Peak Hour service only (AM from Traville, PM from Shady Grove) via Frederick Ave and Dufief Mill Rd
70 Germantown – Bethesda Express Bethesda station Milestone P&R
  • Weekday Peak Hour service only
  • Express Route: $4.25 fare
71 Shady Grove – Kingsview Shady Grove station Kingsview P&R Weekday Peak Hour service only (AM from Kingsview, PM from Shady Grove) via I-370, I-270, Clopper Rd, Mateny Rd, Dawson Farm Rd, and Steeple Rd
73 Shady Grove Metro – Cabin Branch Shady Grove station Cabin Branch (Clarksburg) Weekday Peak Hour service only
74 Shady Grove – Germantown TC Shady Grove station Germantown Transit Center No Sunday service
75 Clarksburg MCCF – Milestone - Germantown Germantown Transit Center Montgomery County Correctional Facility
76 Shady Grove – Poolesville Poolesville Shady Grove station No Sunday service
78 Shady Grove – Kingsview Shady Grove station Kingsview P&R No Sunday Service
  • via I-370, I-270, Clopper Rd, Mateny Rd, and Richter Farm Rd
  • Service was added to serve Metropolitan Grove station and Maryland MVA on February 28, 2021.[36]
  • Midday service was added on February 28, 2021,[36] and Saturday service was added October 10, 2021
79 Shady Grove – Germantown – Clarksburg Shady Grove station Clarksburg Gateway Center Weekday Peak Hour service only (AM from Clarksburg, PM from Shady Grove)
  • via I-370, I-270, Middlebrook Rd, and Ridge Rd.
  • Replaced Route 82 on April 9, 2009
81 Rockville – White Flint White Flint station Rockville station Weekday Peak Hour service only
  • via Tower Oaks Blvd
83 Holy Cross Germantown – Milestone – Germantown TC Germantown Transit Center Holy Cross Hospital Germantown No Sunday service
  • via Century Blvd, Waters Landing Dr, Father Hurley Blvd, Ridge Rd, and Seneca Meadows Pkwy
  • Serves Milestone Center and extends to Germantown MARC station during weekday peak hours
  • Route was rerouted to serve the Black Hill Development on February 28, 2021.[36]
90 Shady Grove – Damascus Shady Grove station Woodfield (Woodfield Road) (peak)
Milestone P&R (Damascus) (off-peak)
Weekday Service only
96 Grosvenor – Rock Spring – Montgomery Mall Montgomery Mall Transit Center Grosvenor-Strathmore station Weekday Service only
  • via Tuckerman Ln, Old Georgetown Rd, Rockledge Dr, and Fernwood Rd
  • Serves Rock Spring Park
97 Germantown TC – Gunners Lake Germantown Transit Center A circular loop route (AM: Clockwise loop, PM: Counterclockwise loop)
  • via Middlebrook Rd, Father Hurley Blvd, Wisteria Dr, and Waring Station Rd
  • Serves Germantown Town Center and the Germantown MARC station during weekday peak
98 Germantown TC – Kingsview Kingsview P&R Germantown Transit Center No Sunday service Serves Germantown Community Center during weekday off-peak and Maryland SoccerPlex on Saturdays
100 Shady Grove – Germantown TC Express Shady Grove station Germantown Transit Center Express via I-370 and I-270
101 Lake Forest – Medical Center (Ride On Extra) Medical Center station Lakeforest Transit Center Weekday Peak Hour service only
  • Started service on October 2, 2017.
  • Route overlays Route 46 and 55 on MD 355 that serves only 13 stops every 10 minutes.
301 Rockville – Tobytown Tobytown Drive Rockville station

Flash BRT routes

Flash BRT routes
Name Terminus (Western/Southern) Terminus (Eastern/Northern) Service Notes
Flash Blue Silver Spring Station Burtonsville Park & Ride Weekday Peak Hour Service only
  • Bypasses White Oak
Flash Orange Silver Spring station Briggs Chaney Park & Ride
  • via White Oak
  • Peak hour trips operate to the White Oak FDA/FRC Building in the peak hour direction


Metrobus routes

Additionally, Ride On operates two weekend routes that are served by WMATA Metrobus on weekdays.[39][40]

Metrobus Routes
Route Name Terminus (Western/Southern) Terminus (Eastern/Northern) Notes
L8 Aspen Hill – Friendship Heights Friendship Heights station Grand Pre Road & Bel Pre Road (Aspen Hill)
T2 Rockville – Friendship Heights Friendship Heights station Rockville station via Potomac

Former routes

These routes have been served by Ride On at one point but have since been discontinued due to either low ridership, duplication of another route, simplification to other routes, or combined into another route. However some routes would be reincarnated into new routes for Ride On.

Former Ride On routes
Route Name Terminus (Western/Southern) Terminus (Eastern/Northern) Notes
2A Silver Spring – Lyttonsville Silver Spring Station Temporary replacement for Route 2 during construction of the Lyttonsville Place bridge in 2018. Ran in a clockwise loop from Silver Spring to Lyttonsville Road & Claridge House, and back. Discontinued on January 11, 2019, after construction was completed.[41]
2B Silver Spring – Lyttonsville Silver Spring Station Brookville (Ride On Operations Center) Temporary replacement for Route 2 during construction of the Lyttonsville Place bridge in 2018. Ran from Silver Spring to the Ride On Operations Center via 16th Street, 2nd Ave and Brookville Road. Discontinued on January 11, 2019, after construction was completed.[41]
3 Silver Spring – Takoma Silver Spring Station Takoma Station AM from Takoma Station, PM from Silver Spring Station. Discontinued on September 17, 2017 due to low ridership.[42]
10 (first use) Silver Spring – Northwood Silver Spring Station Northwood Discontinued on June 28, 1992. Replaced by realigned route 8 and extended route 19.
11 (first use) Silver Spring – Takoma Silver Spring Station Takoma Station Discontinued in the early 1990s; replaced by extended route 3.
21 (first use) Burtonsville Shuttle Briggs Chaney Park & Ride Burtonsville Park & Ride Northbound operated on Columbia Pike via Greencastle Park & Ride. Southbound operated on Old Columbia Pike. Only ran midday on weekdays. Discontinued on January 4, 2002.[43]
26 (first use)
27 Friendship Heights – Medical Center Friendship Heights Station Medical Center Station Discontinued on September 7, 2003 due to low ridership. Alternative service available on extended Route 33 and realigned Route 36.[44]
31 (first use) Glen Echo – Bethesda Glen Echo Bethesda Station Replaced by Route 29 in early 1998.
35 Wheaton – Montgomery Mall Montgomery Mall Transit Center Wheaton Station Discontinued on September 1, 2002; replaced by extended route 47 and realigned Route 34.[45][46]
40 (First Use) Wheaton Plaza Shuttle Wheaton Station Operated as a midday and weekend shuttle between Wheaton Station and Westfield Wheaton. Discontinued on July 25, 1998; replaced by route 9.
40 (Second Use) White Flint – Glenmont White Flint Station Glenmont Station Discontinued in early 2001; replaced by extended WMATA Metrobus route C8.[47][48]
41 (first use) Shady Grove Shopper Shuttle Rockshire Shopping Center Gaithersburg (Ride On Operations Center) Operated as a lunch-hour shuttle.
41 (second use) Wheaton – Aspen Hill Wheaton Station Grand Pre Road & Bel Pre Road (Aspen Hill) Originally replaced Metrobus Route Q3 in 1996. Discontinued on July 25, 1998; replaced by extended route 34.
42 (first use) White Flint – Rockville White Flint Station Rockville Station Via Old Farm and Tilden Woods
42 (second use) Friendship Heights – Medical Center Friendship Heights Station Medical Center Station Combined with Route 34 on May 4, 2008.[49]
46 (first use) Twinbrook – Layhill Twinbrook Station Layhill Via Arctic Avenue and Bel Pre Road
49 (first use)
50
51 (first use)
62 Shady Grove – Germantown Shady Grove Station Montgomery College Germantown Campus Discontinued on May 28, 2005.[50][51]
63X Shady Grove - Gaither Road Shady Grove Station Gaither Road & Gaither Drive Served as a supplement to Route 63, connecting passengers from the Gaither Road industrial area to Shady Grove Metro during the midday and late night. Started service on January 6, 2019. Combined with route 63 on May 12, 2019.
66 (first use) Shady Grove – Shady Grove Hospital Shady Grove Station Discontinued by 1998.
67 (first use) Shady Grove – Shady Grove Hospital Shady Grove Station Discontinued by 1998.
68 Germantown MARC Shuttle Germantown MARC Looped around the Germantown MARC Station. Discontinued on May 28, 2005.[50][51]
69 Germantown MARC Shuttle Germantown MARC Looped around the Germantown MARC Station. Discontinued on May 28, 2005.[50][51]
72 Shady Grove – Germantown Shady Grove Station Germantown Commons AM from Germantown Commons; PM from Shady Grove. Discontinued on May 28, 2005.[50][51]
73 (first use) Shady Grove – Germantown – Goldenrod Lane Shady Grove Station Goldenrod Lane & Century Blvd AM from Goldenrod Lane & Century Blvd; PM from Shady Grove. Discontinued on May 28, 2005.[50][51]
77 Shady Grove – Germantown Shady Grove Station Germantown Commons AM from Germantown Commons; PM from Shady Grove. Discontinued on May 28, 2005.[50][51]
80 Shady Grove – King Farm Loop Shady Grove Station Gaither Road & Redland Road Discontinued; last run was on May 3, 2002.[43]
82 Clarksburg Town Center – Germantown Transit Center Clarksburg Gateway Center Department of Energy in Germantown AM from Clarksburg; PM from Department of Energy. Combined with Route 79 on April 5, 2009.[49]
91 Rockville Pike Shuttle Rockville Town Center Rockville Pike & Edson Lane Operated from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Discontinued on September 3, 2001.[52]
92 Bethesda Shuttle Bethesda Station Became operated by the Bethesda Urban Partnership on September 3, 2006.[53]
93 US – HHS – Twinbrook Station Twinbrook Station DHHS Parklawn Shuttle (Fishers Lane) Discontinued on September 17, 2017 due to low ridership.[42]
94 Clarksburg – Germantown MARC Germantown MARC Clarksburg Gateway Center Discontinued on September 17, 2017 due to low ridership.[42] Replaced by peak hour trips to Germantown MARC on Route 75.
124 Shady Grove Express MD 117 Park & Ride

MD 124 Park & Ride

Shady Grove Station Operates through I-270. Discontinued on March 14, 2008.[49]
127 Campus Connector (Takoma – Silver Spring – Shady Grove UMS) Takoma Station University of Maryland Discontinued on May 16, 2008.[49]
129 Burtonsville – Silver Spring (Limited Stop) Silver Spring Station Burtonsville Park & Ride
  • Service started on May 14, 2018.
  • Limited Stop service on US 29 between Silver Spring & Burtonsville P&R
  • Only served 15 stops every 15 minutes.
  • AM times: 5:30am–9:00am, PM times: 3:00 pm–7:00 pm
  • via Colesville Road, Lockwood Drive, Stewart Lane, Tech Road Park & Ride, Briggs Chaney Park & Ride, Castle Blvd
  • Discontinued on October 15, 2020, replaced by Ride On Flash.
VAX Montgomery College Vax Shuttle Shady Grove Station Montgomery College Germantown Campus
  • Shuttle bus for people with Covid-19 Vaccine appointments at Montgomery College Germantown.
  • Ran from 8 AM to 5 PM Monday thru Friday between March 31st and April 9th, 2021. Ran 7 days a week between April 10th and July 2nd, 2021.[54]
  • Discontinued on July 2nd, 2021, due to the closure of the Montgomery College Germantown MassVax site.

Additionally, Ride On ran one weekend route that is served by WMATA Metrobus on weekdays. This route has since been discontinued due to the same reason as other discontinued Ride On routes.

Ride On Routes
Route Name Termini (Western/Southern) Termini (Eastern/Northern) Notes
Z2 Colesville – Silver Spring Olney (Spartan Rd & Georgia Ave) Silver Spring station Saturday Service Discontinued on January 12, 2013 due to low ridership.[55] Weekday service is still operated by Metrobus, See Colesville–Ashton Line for history.

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