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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
Ride On logo.svg
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A Gillig compressed natural gas bus at Bethesda station in the most recent paint scheme.
ParentMontgomery County
FoundedMarch 31, 1975; 44 years ago (1975-03-31)
Headquarters101 Monroe Street, 5th Floor, Rockville, Maryland, U.S.
Service typeLocal, Express, and Limited Stop bus service, paratransit, demand responsive transport
Routes81
Fleet350
Daily ridership73,300 (Q1 2017)[1]
Annual ridership23,438,000 (2017)[2]
Fuel typeCNG, diesel, diesel-electric hybrid
Websitewww.montgomerycountymd.gov/dot-transit/

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

HistoryEdit

 
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–1990sEdit

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.

2000sEdit

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 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.

2010sEdit

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 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 addition of suffixes denoting engines with a ("C" for compressed natural gas, "D" for diesel 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).[5] 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.[6][7]

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.[8]

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.[9] 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.

Additional Service TypesEdit

Along with standard bus service, Ride On operates two additional services, Ride On extRa and Ride On Flex. Ride On is also adding Ride On Flash in 2020.

Ride On extRaEdit

 
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 FlexEdit

 
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.[10] 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.[11]

Flash BRTEdit

 
Logo of Flash BRT

Flash is a bus rapid transit network currently under construction that will begin service in 2020.[12] The first route will run between Silver Spring and Burtonsville along MD Route 29.[13] Additional routes are in development and will likely run along MD 355 between Clarksburg and Bethesda and MD 586 between Rockville and Wheaton.[13][14] Flash will have dedicated stops with prepayment machines and will operate in dedicated lanes using articulated buses equipped with Wi-Fi and USB ports.[15] When complete, it will be the second operational BRT system in the Washington metropolitan area and the first to be located in Montgomery County.

FaresEdit

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.[16] 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.

FleetEdit

Ride On operates a fleet consisting of Diesel, CNG, and Diesel-electric hybrid buses produced by Gillig Corporation, New Flyer Industries, and Starcraft.

Picture Year Manufacturer Model Length (feet) Engine/Transmission Fleet series (Qty.) Notes Divisions
<<< Diesel >>>
  2008–2017 Gillig Low Floor Advantage 29
  • Cummins ISL (2008-2009 models)
  • Cummins ISL9 (2010-2016 models)
  • Cummins L9 (2017 models)
  • Allison B400R
5001–5091, 2000D
(92)
  • 5001–5006 are 2008 models, using its 2nd generation livery
  • 5001 and 5003 are used for training purposes
  • Nicholson (5001-5068)
  • Silver Spring (5069-5091, 2000D)
  40 5726–5770, 4000D-4039D, 4073D-4080D
(93)
  • 5726–5746 are 2008 models, using its 2nd generation livery
  • 5729 is out of service due to damage from an accident
  • 5731 is out of service
  • Gaithersburg (5726-5746, 4073D-4080D)
  • Silver Spring (5747-5770, 4000D-4039D)
  2019
  • Cummins L9
  • Allison B400R
4142D-4144D
(3)
  • Introduced a new paint scheme
  • Gaithersburg (4142D-4144D)
  2017 Low Floor BRT Plus 4056D-4072D
(17)
  • Specially branded with Ride On extRa design
  • Gaithersburg (all units)
2016 Starcraft Allstar XL 30 TBD TBD
  • Only operate on Route 301
TBD
  2019 Starlite Transit 21
  • Ford 3.2L Diesel
1001D-1006D
(6)
  • Specially branded with Ride On Flex design
  • Nicholson (all units)
<<< Diesel-electric Hybrid >>>
  2006–2007 Gillig Low Floor Advantage Hybrid 40
  • Cummins ISB
  • Allison EP-40 HybriDrive
5300–5313
(14)
  • 5301 and 5313 are used for training purposes
  • 5312 was retired due to damage from an accident
  • Silver Spring (all units)
  2009–2012
  • Cummins ISB (2009 models)
  • Cummins ISB6.7
  • Allison EP-40 HybriDrive
5314–5347, 5349-5367
(54)
  • 5348 was retired due to damage from an accident
<<< Compressed Natural Gas >>>
  2005 New Flyer C40LF 40
  • Cummins Westport C Gas Plus
  • Allison B400R
5822–5836
(15)
  • 5822 is used for training purposes
  • Gaithersburg (all units)
  2014–2017 Gillig Low Floor Advantage CNG 40
  • Cummins ISL G
  • Cummins L9N (2017 models)
  • Allison B400R
5837–5855, 4040C-4055C, 4081C-4118C
(73)
  • 5840 is out of service due to damage from an accident
  • Gaithersburg (all units)
  2019
  • Cummins L9N
  • Allison B400R
4119C-4141C
(23)
  • Introduced a new paint scheme
  • Gaithersburg (all units)

On orderEdit

Picture Year Manufacturer Model Length (feet) Engine/Transmission Fleet series (Qty.) Notes
  2019[6] Proterra Catalyst 35 TBA (4) Buses are scheduled to serve Route 18 in Takoma Park starting in 2019.
2019 Nova Bus LFS–A 60 TBA TBA
  • To be used for the Ride On Flash BRT service[13]
  • 6000D currently on property at Gaithersburg Garage
  • Second non WMATA operator operating Articulated buses in the Washington area transit after DASH.[17]

Retired fleetEdit

Picture Year Manufacturer Model Engine/Transmission Fleet series (Qty.) Year retired Notes
1979-1981 TMC T-30 CityCrusier
  • Caterpillar 3126
  • Allison MT-740
5102-5256
1984 Orion Bus Industries Orion I (01.502)
  • Detroit Diesel 6V71N
  • Allison MT-643
5257-5297
1990-1991
  • Detroit Diesel 6V92TA
  • Allison HTB-748
5500-5545
1988-1989 Gillig Phantom 30' (3096TB3208)
  • Cummins C8.3
  • Allison MT-64
5300-5356 2004
  • Originally powered by Caterpillar 3208T engines
1993 Flxible Flxible Metro D Cummins C8.3G 5700-5703
  1994-1997 Gillig Phantom 35'
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50
  • Voith D863.3
5360-5409 2013
  1999
  • Cummins ISM
  • Allison B400R
5410-5423 2015
1992 Orion Bus Industries Orion V (05.504)
  • Detroit Diesel 6V92TA
  • Allison HTB-748
5546-5547
1995 Orion VI CNG (06.501)
  • Cummins L10G
  • Allison B400R
5801-5802 Mid 2000s
1996 Orion V CNG (05.503)
  • Cummins L10G
  • ZF HP590
5997-5999
  • 35 ft buses
  • Originally numbered 5567-5569
1996 Orion V (05.503)
  • Cummins M11
  • Voith D863.3
5550-5566
  • 35 ft buses
1998
  • Cummins M11E
  • Voith D863.3
5572-5579 2014
  • 35 ft buses
  1999 Orion V (05.501)
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50
  • Voith D864.3
5705-5725 2017
  • 40 ft buses
  1999-2000 Orion V CNG (05.501)
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50G
  • Voith D864.3
5803-5821 2015
  1999 Orion V (05.505)
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50
  • Allison B400R
5100-5129 2014
  2001-2002 Orion V (05.504)
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50
  • Voith D864.3
5580-5623 2016-2017
2003 Orion VII CNG (07.502)
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50G
  • Voith D864.3E
5900-5917 2017
  2004
  • Cummins Westport C Gas Plus
  • Voith D864.3E
5918-5932 2018
2005
  • Cummins Westport C Gas Plus
  • ZF 5HP592C
5933-5957 2019
  • All units are retired as of May 1, 2019
  • Replaced by the 2019 Gillig Low Floor CNGs
2001-2002 ElDorado National Aero Elites 5101-5181
  • Originally contracted to outside firms until the late 2000s
2004 IC Corp
  • International DT 466
  • Allison 2000
5232-5234, 5238-5241, 5243-5246 Mid 2010s
  • Replaced all Champions Cutaway buses
2001 Ford/StarTrans Bus Cutaways 5201-5212 2012
  2007 Champion Cutaways
  • International VT 365 (5182-5231)
  • GMC 8.1L (5285-5296)
  • Allison 2000
5182–5231, 5285-5296 2012
  • Seven different fires occurred on these buses between 2009 and 2012, but caused no injuries.[18][19]
  • All buses were pulled out of service following the seventh engine fire on July 18, 2012.[20][21]
  • Replaced by the Gillig 30-foot Low Floor, 1999 30-foot Orion Vs (Ex-WMATA), and a few buses from Pittsburgh.

DivisionsEdit

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 Notes
Silver Spring 8710 Brookville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910 147 1, 2, 4, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 28, 30, 34, 36, 39, 41, 51, 129
Monday-Saturday Only: 5
Weekdays Only: 47
Weekends Only: L8, T2
  • Diesel-Electric Hybrid Division
  • Diesel
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, 76, 78, 79, 90, 101
Monday-Saturday Only: 100
Weekdays Only: 75
  • CNG Division
  • Diesel
Nicholson 4700 Nicholson Ct, Kensington, MD 20895 66 6, 7, 8, 23, 29, 31, 32, 33, 37, 38, 42, 44, 45, 52, 53, 81, 83, 96, 97, 98
Late Night and Sunday Only: 5
Weekends Only: 47, 75
Sundays Only: 100
  • Diesel

RoutesEdit

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.[22]

Ride On routes
Route Name Termini (Western/Southern) Termini (Eastern/Northern) Weekday Peak Weekday Off-Peak Saturday Sunday Notes
1 Silver Spring – Friendship Heights Friendship Heights Station Silver Spring Station  Y  Y  Y  Y
2 Silver Spring – Lyttonsville Silver Spring Station Brookville (Ride On Operations Center)  Y  Y  Y  Y
4 Silver Spring – Kensington Armory Avenue & Knowles Avenue Silver Spring Station  Y  N  N  N
5 Silver Spring – Twinbrook Twinbrook Station Silver Spring Station  Y  Y  Y  Y
6 Parkside – Grosvenor – Montgomery Mall Montgomery Mall Transit Center Grosvenor-Strathmore Station  Y  Y  N  N
7 Wheaton – Forest Glen Forest Glen Station Wheaton Station  Y  N  N  N AM from Wheaton Station, PM from Forest Glen Station
8 Silver Spring – Wheaton Silver Spring Station Wheaton Station  Y  Y  Y  N via Forest Glen Road & Holy Cross Hospital
9 Silver Spring – Wheaton Silver Spring Station Wheaton Station  Y  Y  Y  Y
10 Twinbrook – Hillandale Twinbrook Station New Hampshire Avenue & Power Mill Road  Y  Y  Y  Y replaced WMATA Metrobus Route C6 in 1998.
11 Silver Spring – Friendship Heights Friendship Heights Station Silver Spring Station  Y  N  N  N AM from Silver Spring Station, PM from Friendship Heights Station

Service started in 1997 as a rush-hour variant of Route 1.

12 Silver Spring – Takoma Silver Spring Station Takoma Station  Y  Y  Y  Y via Carroll Avenue
13 Silver Spring – Takoma Silver Spring Station Takoma Station  Y  N  N  N via Sligo Creek Parkway
14 Silver Spring – Takoma Silver Spring Station Takoma Station  Y  Y  Y  N via Colesville Road
15 Silver Spring – Langley Park Silver Spring Station Takoma Langley Transit Center  Y  Y  Y  Y Second highest ridership in system, avg. 4,500 per day
16 Silver Spring – Takoma Silver Spring Station Takoma Station  Y  Y  Y  Y via New Hampshire Avenue
17 Silver Spring – Langley Park Silver Spring Station Takoma Langley Transit Center  Y  Y  Y  Y via Montgomery College in Takoma Park
18 Silver Spring – Langley Park Silver Spring Station Takoma Langley Transit Center  Y  Y  Y  Y via Takoma Station, Sunday service between Langley Park and Takoma station only (no Sunday service between Takoma and Silver Spring stations)
19 Silver Spring – Northwood Silver Spring Forest Glen Road & Burnett Avenue  Y  N  N  N AM from Forest Glen Road, PM from Silver Spring
20 Silver Spring – Hillandale Silver Spring Station New Hampshire Avenue & Power Mill Road  Y  Y  Y  Y Operates via Piney Branch Road & New Hampshire Avenue
21 Silver Spring – Briggs Chaney Park & Ride Silver Spring Station Briggs Chaney Park & Ride  Y  N  N  N AM from Briggs Chaney, PM from Silver Spring Station.

Service started on June 25, 2007.[23]

22 Silver Spring – Hillandale Silver Spring Station Hillandale Center (Power Mill Road)  Y  N  N  N Operates via Columbia Pike & Colesville Road
23 Friendship Heights – Sibley Hospital Sibley Hospital Friendship Heights Station  Y  Y  Y  N
24 Hillandale – Takoma Takoma Station Power Mill Road & New Hampshire Avenue  Y  N  N  N AM from Hillandale, PM from Takoma Station
25 Takoma – Langley Park Takoma Station Takoma Langley Transit Center  Y  N  N  N via Maple Ave
26 Montgomery Mall – Glenmont Montgomery Mall Transit Center Glenmont Station  Y  Y  Y  Y Replaced original WMATA Metrobus Route C8 in 1996.
28 VANGO Free Circulator – Silver Spring Silver Spring Station  Y  Y  Y  N Free service at all times, VanGO Shuttle Loop around Downtown Silver Spring.
29 Bethesda – Glen Echo/Friendship Heights Friendship Heights Station Bethesda Station (Weekdays)

Glen Echo (Goldsboro Road) (Weekends)

 Y  Y  Y  Y replaces WMATA Route C1, and N8 and original Ride On Route 31
30 Bethesda – Medical Center Bethesda Station Medical Center Station  Y  Y  N  N
31 Wheaton – Glenmont Wheaton Station Glenmont Station  Y  N  N  N via Poplar Run. Service started in late 1998.
32 Bethesda – Naval Ship R&D Center and Woodrock Naval Ship Research & Development Center (Woodrock) Bethesda Station  Y  N  N  N via Cabin John
33 Glenmont – Medical Center Medical Center Station Glenmont Station  Y  N  N  N
34 Aspen Hill – Friendship Heights Friendship Heights Station Aspen Hill (Weekday Rush Hours only)

Wheaton Station

 Y  Y  Y  Y
  • Serves Aspen Hill to Friendship Heights Station AM Rush, From Friendship Heights Station to Aspen Hill PM Rush
  • Originally went from Aspen Hill to Medical Center Station only
  • Extended to Friendship Heights Station on May 4, 2008 replacing original Ride On Route 42.
36 Bethesda – Potomac – via Hillandale Rd Connelly School (Bradley Blvd) Bethesda Station  Y  Y  N  N
  • via Bradley Blvd
  • via Hillandale Road (Rush Hour Only)
  • AM to Bethesda Station PM to Connelly School
37 Potomac – Wheaton Potomac Community Center Wheaton Station  Y  N  N  N Serves Grosvenor-Strathmore Station

AM Rush service from Wheaton, PM Rush service to Wheaton

38 Wheaton – White Flint White Flint Station Wheaton Station  Y  Y  Y  Y
39 Glenmont – Briggs Chaney Park & Ride Glenmont Station Briggs Chaney Park and Ride  Y  N  N  N
41 Aspen Hill – Glenmont Glenmont Station Grand Pre Road & Bel Pre Road (Aspen Hill)  Y  Y  Y  Y Replaced WMATA Metrobus Route Q3 in 1996.[24]
42 White Flint – Montgomery Mall Montgomery Mall Transit Center White Flint Station  Y  Y  Y  N
  • Select trips operates to White Flint via Boiling Brook Parkway
  • Created on January 13, 2013; formerly part of Route 38.[25]
43 Shady Grove – Traville Transit Center – Fallsgrove Center Traville Transit Center Shady Grove Station  Y  Y  Y  Y
44 Twinbrook – Rockville Twinbrook Station Rockville Station  Y  N  N  N
45 Rockville Regional Transit – Twinbrook/Rockville Senior Center Twinbrook Station Rockville Regional Transit Center  Y  Y  Y  N Select trips operates via Rockville Senior Center
46 Shady Grove/Montgomery College – MD355 – Medical Center Medical Center Station Montgomery College Rockville Campus  Y  Y  Y  Y
47 Rockville – Montgomery Mall – Bethesda Bethesda Station Rockville Station  Y  Y  Y  Y via Falls Road, Wootton Parkway, Seven Locks Road, Fernwood Road, and Old Georgetown Road.

Serves Montgomery Mall and Suburban Hospital.

48 Wheaton – Rockville Wheaton Station Rockville Station  Y  Y  Y  Y Replaced original WMATA Metrobus Route Q4 in the mid 1990s.
49 Rockville – Glenmont Rockville Station Glenmont Station  Y  Y  Y  Y Replaced WMATA Metrobus Route Y4 in 1998.
51 Glenmont – Norbeck Park & Ride Glenmont Station Norbeck Park & Ride  Y  N  N  N Service started in late 1998.
52 Rockville – Montgomery General Hospital – Our Lady of Good Counsel High School Rockville Station Montgomery General Hospital  Y  N  N  N This route serves Our Lady of Good Counsel High School during peak hour.
53 Shady Grove – Glenmont Shady Grove Station Glenmont Station  Y  N  N  N
54 Rockville – Lakeforest Rockville Station Lakeforest Transit Center  Y  Y  Y  Y via Muddy Branch Road, Research Blvd, and West Montgomery Avenue

Serves Washingtonian Rio

55 Rockville – Germantown Transit Center Rockville Station Germantown Transit Center  Y  Y  Y  Y
56 Rockville – Lakeforest Rockville Station Lakeforest Transit Center  Y  Y  Y  Y via Falls Road, Wootton Parkway, Darnestown Road, and Quince Orchard Road

Serves Fallsgrove Center, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Kentlands and Gaithersburg Park & Ride

57 Shady Grove – Lakeforest Shady Grove Station Lakeforest Transit Center  Y  Y  Y  Y via Washington Grove Road, Muncaster Mill Road, and Redland Road

Serves the Gaithersburg MARC station

58 Shady Grove – Lakeforest – Watkins Mill Shady Grove Station Lakeforest Transit Center

Kaiser Permanente (Frederick Avenue) (Weekdays only)

 Y  Y  Y  Y via Snouffer School Road and East Village
59 Rockville – Montgomery Village Rockville Station Montgomery Village Center (Clubhouse Road)  Y  Y  Y  Y via Frederick Road, Deer Park Road, Gude Drive, Crabbs Branch Way, and Stonestreet Avenue

Serves Lakeforest Transit Center and Shady Grove station

60 Shady Grove – Montgomery Village Shady Grove Station Montgomery Village Center (Stedwick Road)  Y  N  N  N via Shady Grove Road, Midcounty Highway, Washington Grove Lane, Flower Hill Way, and Centerway Road.

AM from Montgomery Village, PM from Shady Grove

61 Shady Grove – Germantown Transit Center Shady Grove Station Germantown Transit Center  Y  Y  Y  Y via Germantown Road, Clopper Road, Frederick Road, and Girard Street

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 Rockville Station Shady Grove Station  Y  Y  N  N via Gaither Road and Piccard Drive
64 Shady Grove – Montgomery Village Shady Grove Station Montgomery Village Center (Clubhouse Road)  Y  Y  Y  Y via Centerway Road and Emory Grove Road
65 Shady Grove – Montgomery Village Shady Grove Station Montgomery Village Center (Stedwick Road)  Y  N  N  N Limited Stops via Midcounty Highway

AM from Montgomery Village, PM from Shady Grove

66 Shady Grove – Traville Transit Center Traville Transit Center Shady Grove Station  Y  N  N  N via Shady Grove Adventist Hospital

AM from Shady Grove, PM from Traville

67 Shady Grove – Traville Transit Center Traville Transit Center Shady Grove Station  Y  N  N  N via Frederick Avenue and Dufief Mill Road

AM from Traville, PM from Shady Grove

70 Germantown – Bethesda Express Bethesda Station Milestone Park & Ride  Y  N  N  N
71 Shady Grove – Kingsview Park and Ride Shady Grove Station Kingsview Park & Ride  Y  N  N  N via I-370, I-270, Clopper Road, Mateny Road, Dawson Farm Road, and Steeple Road

AM from Kingsview Park & Ride, PM from Shady Grove Station

73 Shady Grove Metro – Cabin Branch Shady Grove Station Cabin Branch (Clarksburg)  Y  N  N  N via I-370, I-270, Frederick Road, Clarksburg Road, and West Old Baltimore Road

Service started on May 14, 2017.[26]

74 Shady Grove – Germantown Transit Center Shady Grove Station Germantown Transit Center  Y  Y  Y  N via I-370 and Great Seneca Highway

Serves Kingsview Park & Ride, Kentlands, Montgomery County's Johns Hopkins University campus, and Washingtonian Rio.

75 Clarksburg Correctional Facility – Clarksburg-Milestone- Germantown Transit Center Germantown Transit Center Montgomery County Correctional Facility  Y  Y  Y  Y
76 Shady Grove – Poolesville Poolesville Shady Grove Station  Y  Y  Y  N
78 Shady Grove – Kingsview Park and Ride Shady Grove Station Kingsview Park & Ride  Y  N  N  N via I-370, I-270, Clopper Road, Mateny Road, and Richter Farm Road

AM from Kingsview Park & Ride, PM from Shady Grove

79 Shady Grove – Germantown – Clarksburg Shady Grove Station Clarksburg Gateway Center  Y  N  N  N
  • via I-370, I-270, Middlebrook Road, and Ridge Road.
  • AM from Clarksburg, PM from Shady Grove
  • Rerouted on April 9, 2009 replacing Route 82.
81 Rockville – White Flint White Flint Station Rockville Station  Y  N  N  N via Tower Oaks Blvd
83 Holy Cross Germantown – Milestone Park & Ride – Germantown Transit Center – Germantown MARC Germantown Transit Center Holy Cross Hospital Germantown  Y  Y  Y  N via Century Blvd, Waters Landing Drive, Father Hurley Road, Ridge Road, and Seneca Meadows Parkway

Serves Milestone Center and extends to Germantown MARC station during weekday peak hours

90 Shady Grove – Damascus Shady Grove Station Woodfield (Woodfield Road) (Peak hours)

Milestone Park & Ride (Damascus) (Off-Peak hours)

 Y  Y  N  N
96 Grosvenor – Rock Spring – Montgomery Mall Montgomery Mall Transit Center Grosvenor-Strathmore Station  Y  Y  N  N via Tuckerman Lane, Old Georgetown Road, Rockledge Drive, and Fernwood Road

Serves Rock Spring Park

97 Germantown Transit Center – Gunners Lake Germantown Transit Center Germantown Transit Center  Y  Y  Y  Y
  • A circular loop route
  • via Middlebrook Road, Father Hurley Blvd, Wisteria Drive, and Waring Station Road
  • Serves Germantown Town Center and the Germantown MARC station during weekday peak hours
  • AM: Clockwise loop, PM: Counterclockwise loop
98 Germantown Transit Center – Kingsview Park & Ride Kingsview Park & Ride Germantown Transit Center  Y  Y  Y  N via Clopper Road, Schaeffer Road, Richter Farm Road, Steeple Road, Father Hurley Blvd, Wisteria Drive, Wanegarden Drive, Wynnfield Drive, and Water Landing Drive

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 Shady Grove Station Germantown Transit Center  Y  Y  Y  Y Express via I-370 and I-270
101 Lake Forest – Medical Center (Ride On extRa) Medical Center Station Lakeforest Transit Center  Y  N  N  N
  • Started service on October 2, 2017.
  • Route overlays Route 46 and 55 on MD 355 that serves only 13 stops every 10 minutes.
  • Replaced WMATA Metrobus Routes J7 & J9.
  • AM times: 5:30am–9:30am, PM times: 3:30 pm – 7:30 pm
129 Burtonsville – Silver Spring (Limited Stop) Silver Spring Station Burtonsville Park & Ride  Y  N  N  N
  • Service started on May 14, 2018.
  • Limited Stop service between Silver Spring & Burtonsville P&R
  • Only serves 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
301 Rockville – Tobytown Tobytown Drive Rockville Station  Y  Y  Y  Y 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.[27][28]

Ride On Routes
Route Name Termini (Western/Southern) Termini (Eastern/Northern) Weekday peak Weekday off-peak Saturday Sunday Notes
L8 Aspen Hill – Friendship Heights Friendship Heights Station Grand Pre Road & Bel Pre Road (Aspen Hill) (WMATA Metrobus) (WMATA Metrobus)  Y  Y
T2 Rockville – Friendship Heights Friendship Heights Station Rockville Station (WMATA Metrobus) (WMATA Metrobus)  Y  Y via Potomac

Former routesEdit

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 Termini (Western/Southern) Termini (Eastern/Northern) Weekday peak Weekday off-peak Saturday Sunday Notes
3 Silver Spring – Takoma Silver Spring Station Takoma Station  Y  N  N  N AM from Takoma Station, PM from Silver Spring Station. Discontinued on September 17, 2017 due to low ridership.[29]
10 (first use)
11 (first use)
21 (first use) Burtonsville Shuttle Briggs Chaney Park & Ride Briggs Chaney Park & Ride  Y (see note)  Y  N  N Looped around the Briggs Chaney Park & Ride. Only ran midday on weekdays. Discontinued on January 4, 2002.[30]
26 (first use)
27 Friendship Heights – Medical Center Friendship Heights Station Medical Center Station  Y  N  N  N Discontinued on September 7, 2003 due to low ridership. Alternative service available on extended Route 33 and realigned Route 36.[31]
31 (first use)  Y  Y  Y  Y Replaced by Route 29 in early 1998.
35 Wheaton – Montgomery Mall Montgomery Mall Transit Center Wheaton Station  Y  Y  Y  Y Discontinued on September 1, 2002; replaced by extended route 47 and realigned Route 34.[32][33]
40 White Flint – Glenmont White Flint Station Glenmont Station  Y  Y  Y  N Discontinued in early 2001; replaced by extended WMATA Metrobus route C8.[34]
41 (first use)
42 (first use) Friendship Heights – Medical Center Friendship Heights Station Medical Center Station  Y  Y  Y  Y Combined with Route 34 on May 4, 2008.[35]
48 (first use)
49 (first use)
50
51 (first use)
62 Shady Grove – Germantown Shady Grove Station Montgomery College Rockville Campus  Y  Y  Y  Y Discontinued on May 28, 2005.[36][37]
63X Shady Grove - Gaither Road Shady Grove Station Gaither Road & Gaither Drive  Y  Y  N  N 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  Y  N  N  N Discontinued by 1998.
67 (first use) Shady Grove – Shady Grove Hospital Shady Grove Station  Y  N  N  N Discontinued by 1998.
68 Germantown MARC Shuttle Germantown MARC Germantown MARC  Y  N  N  N Looped around the Germantown MARC Station. Discontinued on May 28, 2005.[36][37]
69 Germantown MARC Shuttle Germantown MARC Germantown MARC  Y  N  N  N Looped around the Germantown MARC Station. Discontinued on May 28, 2005.[36][37]
72 Shady Grove – Germantown Shady Grove Station Germantown Commons  Y  N  N  N AM from Germantown Commons; PM from Shady Grove. Discontinued on May 28, 2005.[36][37]
73 (first use) Shady Grove – Germantown – Goldenrod Lane Shady Grove Station Goldenrod Lane & Century Blvd  Y  N  N  N AM from Goldenrod Lane & Century Blvd; PM from Shady Grove. Discontinued on May 28, 2005.[36][37]
77 Shady Grove – Germantown Shady Grove Station Germantown Commons  Y  N  N  N AM from Germantown Commons; PM from Shady Grove. Discontinued on May 28, 2005.[36][37]
80 Shady Grove – King Farm Loop Shady Grove Station Gaither Road & Redland Road  Y  N  N  N Discontinued; last run was on May 3, 2002.[30]
82 Clarksburg Town Center – Germantown Transit Center Clarksburg Gateway Center Department of Energy in Germantown  Y  N  N  N AM from Clarksburg; PM from Department of Energy. Combined with Route 79 on April 5, 2009.[35]
91 Rockville Pike Shuttle Rockville Town Center Rock Pike & Edson Lane  N  Y  N  N Operated from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Discontinued on September 3, 2001.[38]
92 Bethesda Shuttle Bethesda Station Bethesda Station  Y  Y  Y  N Became operated by the Bethesda Urban Partnership on September 3, 2006.[39]
93 US – HHS – Twinbrook Station Twinbrook Station DHHS Parklawn Shuttle (Fishers Lane)  Y  N  N  N Discontinued on September 17, 2017 due to low ridership.[29]
94 Clarksburg – Germantown MARC Germantown MARC Clarksburg Gateway Center  Y  N  N  N Discontinued on September 17, 2017 due to low ridership.[29]
124 Shady Grove Express MD 117 Park & Ride

MD 124 Park & Ride

Shady Grove Station  Y  N  N  N Operates through I-270. Discontinued on March 14, 2008.[35]
127 Campus Connector (Takoma – Silver Spring – Shady Grove UMS) Takoma Station University of Maryland  Y  Y  N  N Discontinued on May 16, 2008.[35]

Additionally, Ride On ran one weekend route that are served by WMATA Metrobus on weekdays. These routes have 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) Weekday peak Weekday off-peak Saturday Sunday Notes
Z2 Colesville – Silver Spring Olney (Spartan Rd & Georgia Ave) Silver Spring station (WMATA Metrobus) (WMATA Metrobus)  Y  N Saturday Service Discontinued on January 12, 2013 due to low ridership.[40] Weekday service is still operated by Metrobus

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