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Ride On is planning to operate regular weekday service on Tuesday,February 9, 2016.

All service is subject to detours and delays based on road conditions.

Updates will also be posted via our Twitter and Facebook accounts and sent to subscribers of the County's eSubscription service for alerts and notificiations. 


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Get up to speed with Ride On! Read the latest edition of our quarterly newsletter here.

Service Changes Began January 10, 2016

Beginning Sunday, January 10th, Ride On will make schedule changes to 15 bus routes. The following routes will be changed:

3, 8, 9, 14, 23, 32, 34, 38, 42, 45, 47, 53, 83, 97 and 98

Click on the route number to view the new schedule. A summary of the route improvements are listed below:

Route 14: One trip will be adjusted to accommodate students as a result of the change in Montgomery County Public Schools start times.

Route 42: In order to help close the significant budget shortfall facing the County in FY16, the Route 42 will have reduced service. Weekday service after 8 p.m. will be eliminated and Saturday service will operate from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will be no Sunday service.

Route 45: One trip will be adjusted to accommodate students as a result of the change in Montgomery County Public Schools start times.

Route 83: In order to help close the significant budget shortfall facing the County in FY16, the Route 83 will have reduced service. Weekday service remains unchanged. Saturday service will operate from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will be no Sunday service.

Route 98: In order to help close the significant budget shortfall facing the County in FY16, the Route 98 will have reduced service. Weekday service after 8 p.m. will be eliminated and Saturday service will operate from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will be no Sunday service. Also, one trip will be added to accommodate students as a result of the change in Montgomery County Public Schools start times.

Routes 3, 8, 9, 14, 23, 32, 34, 38, 47, 53 and 97 will be adjusted due to run time changes and/or efficiency efforts.

Special Note: The Route 28 VanGo Free Circulator schedule (timetable) is in the process of being totally redesigned and it will be released later this month. The new schedule will not list times but highlight the circulator frequency as every 12 to 15 minutes depending on traffic, weather, special events, etc.

New Transit System Maps Now Available!

After much anticipation, Ride On is pleased to announce that it has published a new system map to help Montgomery County residents and visitors plan their travel using transit with ease.

In addition to Ride On’s 78 routes, the map shows other transportation options including Metrobus, Metrorail, MARC Commuter Rail, MTA Commuter Bus, and local shuttles.

Pick up your map today at any of the following locations:

  • Executive Office Building in Rockville, 5th Floor
  • Montgomery County Treasury in Rockville
  • TRiPS Commuter Stores in Silver Spring and Friendship Heights
  • Metro & MARC stations in Montgomery County
  • Regional Service Centers
  • Montgomery County Public Libraries (maps will be available at branches later this month)

The system map is also accessible in electronic form.


Effective immediately to increase security for the Ride On RealTime website, it has been changed to: i.e. from http to https.  Please update your bookmarks and website settings.

Great News! County Executive Leggett has decided to retain most weekday and Saturday service on Routes 42, 83 and 98. The three routes had originally been proposed for elimination to help close the significant budget shortfall facing the County in FY16.

Beginning January 10, 2016, the following service adjustments will take effect:

  • Weekday service will be retained up until 8 p.m. on Routes 42, 83 and 98
  • Saturday service will be retained from 8:30 a.m. until 7p.m. on Routes 42, 83 and 98
  • Sunday service will be eliminated on Routes 42, 83 and 98

To read the full press release, click here.

Route 28 VanGo FREE Circulator has a new route to better serve the downtown Silver Spring community and the new library.  The circulator departs every 12 to 15 minutes depending on traffic.


The Paul S. Sarbanes (Silver Spring) Transit Center opened Sunday, September 20th.




MD 355 Ride On Plus Transit Project

In June 2015, the County submitted an FY2015 TIGER grant application to the USDOT for Ride On Plus service on Maryland Route 355 between the Lakeforest Transit Center and the Grosvenor Metrorail Station.  The County requested $17 million for this $21.25 million project that would purchase 14 all-electric buses for an 11-mile/14-station system; add 17 additional Bikeshare stations; and provide Transit Signal Priority at 31 intersections.  Awards will be announced in Fall 2015. 

Application Narrative

Ride On’s Youth Cruiser SmarTrip Card - GET YOURS NOW!



This is a BEST VALUE FOR FAMILIES, especially for youth with after school activities (band, cheerleading, sports, jobs, etc.).  The card is $2 and you can add a monthly pass for $11 to travel on Ride On anywhere, anytime (except the Express Route 70).   Summer passes can be added for $18.  Cash value can also be added to ride on the Metrobus, Metrorail, and other regional transit partner systems.

Ride On Celebrates 40th Anniversary

At a special ceremony at the Executive Office Building Courtyard, County Executive Isiah Leggett proclaimed May 11, 2015 "Ride On Day".  US Senator Ben Cardin gave a rousing speech in support of public transportation and Ride On's four decades of service. Well wishers included Maryland State Delegates Charles Barkley and Jim Gilchrist, County Councilpersons George Leventhal (President), Sidney Katz, and Hans Riemer.  Honors were given to Trailblazers from the 1970s who are still with Ride On:  Karla Rivera, Bill Oliver, Kim Carey, Steve Wilkinson, Bill Gbolokai,  and Susanne Brunhart-Wiggins (an original rider) and Ed Daniel (first Chief of Ride On).


See Something Say Something

You’ll Be Seeing Some Ride On Buses That Look Like This

These buses are regular Ride On buses, but have been wrapped to include messages that are part of the “See Something, Say Something” transit security campaign. Three (3) buses will operate on various Ride On routes around Montgomery County.  Ride On has joined forces with other transit agencies to bring you information on reporting suspicious behavior around transit stations or vehicles.  Funding for the wraps comes from a regional grant from the US Department of Homeland Security. So riders, “keep your good eye open” when you are waiting for your bus by checking the destination sign for your usual route number and destination, even though  the bus may not look like your regular Ride On bus.  Regular fares apply.  We are now accepting full wrap advertising.

Ride On named Transit System of the Year by the Transportation Association of Maryland


Transit Services at a Glance

Seasonal Activities

Inside Transit



Current Events & Transit Updates

Riders' News

Please visit here for latest announcements and links to holiday schedule information. Information on holidays and Ride On schedules can also be found below under Ride On Schedules.

Ride On Delays and Detours on the hour
This is where you can find the current Ride On service conditions.

'S' Service Plan - Snow storms and special circumstances.
'S' Service Plan - en español

Division of Transit Services

Ride On - The Division's central mission
Special Transportation - Services for seniors and people with disabilities

Ride OnRide On Schedules

Ride On Schedules - Where you can find schedules for 80 bus routes Ride On operates
'S' Service Plan - Snow storms and special circumstances.
Ride On by Stations - 12 Metro stations in Montgomery County
Trip Planning Tools - Information on Google Maps, MyMontgomery and Metro's Trip Planner
Trip Planner (The Ride Guide)- This service is provided by Metro.
Ride On Comments/Complaints Feedback - Help Ride On service to get better every day.
Ride On Subscription - Keep up with schedule changes and rider information.
Ride On Jobs - Current openings at Ride On
MCDOT Home - This will take you to the Department of Transportation home page.
Holiday Schedules - Official Ride On holiday schedules

Fares and Transfers

Ride On Fares
Buying Fare Media in retail stores
Order Call-N-Ride 
Youth Cruiser Pass
Summer Youth Cruiser Pass (June-August)

Kids Ride Free


Bus Advertising - If your business is interested in advertising on Ride On, contact our contractor Direct Media

Informational Safety on how to ride Ride On safely
Ride On transit information
Passenger Bill of Rights and Responsibilities - en español
Disruptive Behavior Notice To Passengers
APTA - American Public Transportation Association
Bike and Ride with Ride On - All Ride On buses are bike rack equipped.
Lost and Found
Getting Around Montgomery County - From here you can find the ways to get to libraries, County Service Centers, schools, parks, rec centers, health centers and many other places with Ride On service nearby.
Night request after 9:00PM
Reading Materials
Title VI

Montgomery County assures that no person shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, as provided by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Civil Rights Act of 1987, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity. For more information or to file a complaint, please contact the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights.

Seniors and People with Disabilities

Metro's Information on Accessibility
Project Ride - Helping People with Developmental Disabilities Use Public Transport

Connect-A-Ride Referral Service

Commuters Guide

Park and Ride Lots in the County   more...
Car Pool/Van Pool
Application for Ride Sharing/Carpool/Vanpool
Commuter Store where you can buy your fare media

Area Transit Links

Connect-A-Ride - (Corridor Transportation Corporation)
MTA Commuter Bus - US 29 and I-270 Corridors
WMATA - Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
MARC Trains - Brunswick and Camden Lines
Metrobus - Schedules
Metrorail - Serving 12 Stations in Montgomery County
Bethesda Circulator - Serves Bethesda
Greyhound - Station at Sligo Ave and Fenton Street, Silver Spring
Arlington Transit ART - Arlington County, Virginia
Alexandria DASH - City of Alexandria, Virginia
Fairfax Connector - Fairfax County, Virginia
Maryland MTA - Maryland Transit Administration
CHART - Coordinated Highway Action Response Team
The Bus - Prince George's County, Maryland
TransIT - Frederick County, Maryland
Howard County Transit - Howard County, Maryland
Shuttle UM - University of Maryland, College Park Shuttle

Area Airports

BWI-Baltimore-Washington International Airport. To get there, check out the B30 Metrobus route. For more information, see Ground Transportation on the BWI web site.
Reagan National - The best way to get there is to take any Ride On bus to a Metro station, get the Red Line, transfer to Metrorail Blue or Yellow lines from downtown and to the Airport. See more info from Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority web site for ground transportation.
Dulles International - Details information from the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority web site for ground transportation.

Summer Air Quality Forecast

Air Quality Index
Clean Air Alternative Ride On is operating 42 natural gas buses, and 15 more are coming soon!

Contact Us

   Inside Montgomery County: Dial 311
   Outside Montgomery County: 240-777-0311
TTY: 301-251-4850
MC311 Online Information Portal

By regular mail:
Montgomery County DOT
Division of Transit Services
101 Monroe Street, 5th floor
Rockville, Maryland 20850

You can get trip planning assistance online using one of these tools, or by dialing 311 inside the County (240-777-0311 outside Montgomery County). TTY for hearing impaired 301-251-4850.

  A World of Montgomery Festival transit schedule is available for those taking public transportation to the event.






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Transit Services · Montgomery County Department of Transportation
Questions/Comments · Inside Montgomery County dial 311 · TTY: 301-251-4850
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