Ride-On

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Ride-On is the public transportation system in Montgomery County, Maryland. They also operate routes into Frederick & Prince George County as well as Washington, D.C.

History

Ride-On began operations on March 31, 1975.

Routes

Number Name Notes
1 Silver Spring-Friendship Heights
2 Silver Spring-Lyttonsville
4 Silver Spring-Kensington Weekday Peak Hours service only
5 Silver Spring-Twinbrook Station
6 Parkside-Grosvenor-Montgomery Mall Weekday service only
7 Wheaton-Forest Glen
  • Weekday Peak Hours service only
  • AM to Wheaton and PM to Forest Glen
8 Silver Spring-Wheaton
  • No Sunday service
  • via Forest Glen Rd.
9 Silver Spring-Wheaton via Amherst Ave.
10 Twinbrook Station-Hillandale
11 Silver Spring-Friendship Heights
  • Weekday Peak Hours service only
  • AM to Friendship Heights and PM to Silver Spring
12 Silver Spring-Takoma via Carroll Ave.
13 Silver Spring-Takoma
  • Weekday Peak Hours service only
  • via Sligo Creek Pkwy.
14 Silver Spring-Takoma
  • No Sunday service
  • via University Blvd.
15 Silver Spring-Langley Park
16 Silver Spring-Takoma via New Hampshire Ave.
17 Silver Spring-Langley Park via Montgomery College
18 Silver Spring-Langley Park
  • via Takoma
  • Sunday service only operates between Langley Park and Takoma only
19 Silver Spring-Northwood
  • Weekday Peak Hours service only
  • AM to Silver Spring and PM to Northwood
20 Silver Spring-Hillandale via Piney Branch Ave.
21 Silver Spring-Briggs Chaney P&R
  • Weekday Peak Hours service only
  • AM to Silver Spring and PM to Briggs Chaney
22 Silver Spring-Hillandale
  • Weekday Peak Hours service only
  • via White Oak Research Center/FDA
23 Friendship Heights-Sibley Hospital via University Blvd.
24 Hillandale-Takoma
  • Weekday Peak Hours service only
  • AM to Takoma and PM to Hillandale
25 Takoma-Langley Park
  • Weekday Peak Hours service only
  • via Maple Ave.
26 Montgomery Mall-Glenmont
27 Hillandale-Adventist Healthcare White Oak Medical Center-Tech Road Park & Ride
28 VANGO Free Circulator
  • No Sunday service
  • Free service from 7AM to 7PM.
29 Bethesda-Glen Echo/Friendship Heights
30 Bethesda-Medical Center Weekday service only
31 Wheaton-Glenmont Weekday Peak Hours service only
32 Bethesda-Naval Ship R&D Center and Wodrock
  • Weekday Peak Hours service only
  • via Cabin John
33 Glenmont-Medical Center Weekday Peak Hours service only
34 Aspen Hill-Friendship Heights Serves Aspen Hill during weekday peak hours only
36 Bethesda-Potomac
  • Weekday service only
  • via Hillandale Rd. and Bradley Blvd.
37 Potomac-Wheaton
  • Weekday Peak Hours service only
  • AM to Potomac Community Center and PM to Wheaton
38 Wheaton-White Flint
39 Glenmont-Briggs Chaney P&R Weekday Peak Hours service only
41 Aspen Hill-Glenmont
42 White Flint- Montgomery Mall No Sunday service
43 Shady Grove-Traville Transit Center-Fallsgrove Center via Shady Grove Adventist Hospital
44 Twinbrook-Rockville Weekday Peak Hours service only
45 Rockville Regional Transit-Twinbrook/Rockville Senior Ctr. No Sunday service
46 Shady Grove/Montgomery College-MD355-Medical Center
47 Rockville-Montgomery Mall-Bethesda
48 Wheaton-Rockville
49 Rockville-Glenmont
51 Glenmont-Norbeck P&R Weekday Peak Hours service only
52 Rockville-Montgomery General Hospital Weekday Peak Hours service only
53 Shady Grove-Glenmont Weekday Peak Hours service only
54 Rockville-Lakeforest via Muddy Branch Rd.
55 Rockville-Germantown Transit Center
56 Rockville-Lakeforest via Quince Orchard Rd. and Darnestown Rd.
57 Shady Grove-Lakeforest via Redland Rd.
58 Shady Grove-Lakeforest
  • via Snouffer School Rd. and East Village.
  • serves Kaiser Permanente on weekdays only.
59 Rockville-Montgomery Village via Gude Dr., Crabbs Branch Way and Deer Park Road
60 Shady Grove-Montgomery Village Weekday Peak Hours service only
61 Shady Grove-Germantown Transit Center via Clopper Road and Girard Street
63 Rockville-Shady Grove
  • Weekday service only
  • via Gaither Road and Piccard Drive
64 Shady Grove-Montgomery Village via Centerway Road and Emory Grove Road
65 Shady Grove-Montgomery Village
  • Weekday Peak Hours service only
  • AM to Shady Grove and PM to Montgomery Village
  • Limited Stops via Mid-County Highway.
66 Shady Grove-Traville Transit Center
  • Weekday Peak Hours service only
  • AM to Traville Transit Center and PM to Shady Grove
  • via Shady Grove Adventist Hospital
67 Shady Grove-Traville Transit Center
  • Weekday Peak Hours service only
  • AM to Shady Grove and PM to Traville Transit Center
  • via Frederick Avenue and Dufief Mill Road
70 Germantown-Bethesda Express
  • Weekday Peak Hours service only
  • Express route via I-270.
71 Shady Grove-Kingsview Park and Ride
  • Weekday Peak Hours service only
  • AM to Shady Grove and PM to Kingsview Park and Ride
  • via I-270 and Mateny Rd.
73 Shady Grove-Cabin Branch Weekday Peak Hours service only
74 Shady Grove-Germantown Transit Center
  • No Sunday service
  • via Great Seneca Highway
75 Clarksburg Correctional Facility-Germantown Transit Center
76 Shady Grove-Poolesville
  • No Sunday service
  • via Kentlands
78 Shady Grove-Kingsview Park and Ride
  • Weekday Peak Hours service only
  • AM to Shady Grove and PM to Kingsview Park and Ride
  • via I-270 and Richter Farm Road
79 Shady Grove-Germantown-Clarksburg
  • Weekday Peak Hours service only
  • AM to Shady Grove and PM to Clarksburg
  • via I-270
81 Rockville-White Flint
  • Weekday Peak Hours service only
  • via Tower Oaks Blvd.
83 Holy Cross Germantown-Milestone Park & Ride-Germantown Transit Center-Germantown MARC
  • No Sunday service
  • via Germantown Transit Center.
  • MARC station served during the weekdays peak perioids only.
90 Shady Grove-Damascus Weekday service only
96 Grosvenor-Rock Spring-Montgomery Mall
  • Weekday service only
  • Montgomery Mall served during off-peak hours only.
97 Germantown Transit Center-Gunners Lake Operates clockwise in the AM, Counterclockwise in PM
98 Germantown Transit Center-Seabreeze Court
  • No Sunday service
  • via Father Hurley Blvd.
100 Shady Grove-Germantown Transit Express Express via I-270
101 Lake Forest-Medical Center (Ride On extRa)
  • Weekday Peak Hours service only
  • Route overlays Route 46 and 55 on MD 355 that serves only 13 stops every 10 minutes.
301 Rockville-Tobytown
L8 Aspen Hill-Friendship Heights WMATA Metrobus route that Ride-On operates on weekends.
T2 Rockville-Friendship Heights
  • WMATA Metrobus route that Ride-On operates on weekends.
  • via Potomac

Fares

Current

Bus Garages

Name Address Notes
Gathersburg 16700 Crabbs Branch Way, Rockville, MD 20855
  • CNG and Diesel Garage
Nicholson 4700 Nicholson Court, Kensington, MD 20895
  • Diesel Garage
  • Only houses 30ft buses
  • Weekdays only as of October, 2021
Silver Spring 8710 Brookville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910
  • Diesel, Diesel Electric-Hybrid, and Electric Garage
  • Underwent renovations to include a solar micro-grid for electric buses.[1]

Bus Roster

Active

Accurate as of 7/2023.

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
59-61 Ride-On 60-a.jpg 2016 Ford
Starcraft Bus
E-450
Allstar
Ford 6.8L
Triton V10
Ford TorqShift® 6R140
6-speed automatic
  • Used for Route 301
  • Contracted to the Jewish Council For Aging
5007-5031 Ride-On 5031-a.jpeg 2009 Gillig Low Floor 29'
(G27E102R2)
Cummins ISL Allison B400R
5032-5059 Ride-On 5050-a.jpg 2013 Gillig Low Floor 29'
(G27E102R2)
Cummins ISL9 Allison B400R
5060-5091 Ride-On 5068-a.jpg 2014 Gillig Low Floor 29'
(G27E102R2)
Cummins ISL9 Allison B400R
5314-5348 Ride-On 5321-a.jpg 2009 Gillig Low Floor 40' HEV
(G30D102N4)
Cummins ISB GM-Allison EP40 hybrid system
  • 5314 was renumbered from 5349.
  • 5348 is retired
5349-5360 Ride-On 5360-a.jpg 2011 Gillig Low Floor 40' HEV
(G30D102N4)
Cummins ISB6.7 GM-Allison EP40 hybrid system
5361-5367 Ride-On 5367-a.jpg 2012 Gillig Low Floor 40' HEV
(G30D102N4)
Cummins ISB6.7 GM-Allison EP40 hybrid system
5726-5746 Ride-On 5737-a.jpeg
Ride-On 5744-a.jpg
2008 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL Allison B400R6
  • Feature bonded side glazing.
  • Three units wrapped in the FLASH Scheme.
5747-5757 Ride-On 5747-b.jpg 2009 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL Allison B400R
5758 Ride-On 5758-b.jpg 2011 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL9 Allison B400R
5759-5770 Ride-On 5761-a.jpg 2013 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL9 Allison B400R
5837-5855 Ride-On 5839-a.jpg 2014 Gillig Low Floor 40' CNG
(G27D102N4)
Cummins Westport ISL G Allison B400R
41000D-41006D Ride-On 41000D-a.jpg 2019 Ford
Starcraft Bus
Transit 350HD
Starlite
Ford 3.2L
PowerStroke I-5
Ford 6R80
6-speed automatic
Used for Ride-On FLEX service
42000D Ride-On 42000D-a.jpg 2016 Gillig Low Floor 29'
(G27E102R2)
Cummins ISL9 Allison B400R
42001D-42039D Ride-On 42014D-a.jpg 2020 Gillig Low Floor 29'
(G27E102R2)
Cummins L9 Allison B400R
43000E-43003E Ride-On 43000E-a.jpg 2019 Proterra Catalyst BE35
44000D-44039D Ride-On 44029D-a.jpg 2016 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL9 Allison B400R
44040C-44055C Ride-On 44040C-a.jpg 2016 Gillig Low Floor 40' CNG
(G27D102N4)
Cummins Westport ISL G Allison B400R
44056D-44072D Ride-On 44072D-a.jpg 2017 Gillig BRT Plus 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins L9 Allison B400R
  • Used on the Route 101 BRT
  • Buses have a special "RideOn Extra" branding and livery for the route
44073D-44080D Ride-On 44078D-a.jpg 2017 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins L9 Allison B400R
44081C-44114C Ride-On 44108C-a.jpg 2017 Gillig Low Floor 40' CNG
(G31D102N4)
Cummins Westport L9N Allison B400R
44115C-44118C 2018 Gillig Low Floor 40' CNG
(G31D102N4)
Cummins Westport L9N Allison B400R
44119C-44141C Ride-On 44130C-a.jpg 2019 Gillig Low Floor 40' CNG
(G31D102N4)
Cummins Westport L9N Allison B400R
44142D-44144D Ride-On 44143D-a.jpg 2019 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins L9 Allison B400R
44145D-44153D Ride-On 44146D-a.jpg 2020 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins L9 Allison B400R
44154E-44163E Ride-On 44159E-a.jpg 2022 Gillig Low Floor EV 40'
(G28D102N4)
Cummins BES Ride-On announced 10 battery electric buses from Gillig to be housed at Silver Spring garage.[2]
46000D-46015D Ride-On 46003D-a.jpg 2019 Nova Bus LFS Artic Cummins L9 Allison B500R
  • Entered service on October 14, 2020
  • Used for Flash BRT

On Order

Fleet
Number(s)
Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
13 buses 2025 NFI XHE40
  • Ride-On announced 13 hydrogen fulled buses to be housed at Gathersburg garage by late 2025.[3]

Retired

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
5001-5006 Ride-On 5003-a.jpeg 2008 Gillig Low Floor 29'
(G27E102R2)
Cummins ISL Allison B400R
5008 1980 GMC Cutaway
5017-5026 1987 Ford E350 Cutaway
5025-5044 1975 Grumman cutaway?
5027-5028, 5030-5032 1988 Ford E350 Cutaway
5037-5039 1991 Ford/ElDorado National E350 Cutaway
5040-5043 1993 Ford E350 Cutaway
5045-5054 1976 Carpenter Corsair
5048-5050 1994 Ford/ElDorado National E350/Hawk
5055-5074 1977 Carpenter Corsair
5075-5094 1978 Carpenter Corsair
5095-5101 1978 Superior
5100-5101 1981 TMC T-30 CityCruiser Caterpillar 3126 Allison MT-740 Originally had Detroit Diesel 6V53T engines.
5100-5130 1997 OBI Orion V
(05.505)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 Allison B400R Ex-WMATA; purchased in 2012.
5102-5133 1979 TMC T-30 CityCruiser Caterpillar 3126 Allison MT-740 Originally had Detroit Diesel 6V53T engines.
5134-5244 1980 TMC T-30 CityCruiser Caterpillar 3126 Allison MT-740 Originally had Detroit Diesel 6V53T engines.
5245-5256 1981 TMC T-30 CityCruiser Caterpillar 3126 Allison MT-740 Originally had Detroit Diesel 6V53T engines.
5257-5297 1984 OBI Orion I
(01.502)
Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison MT-643
5300-5356 1988-1989 Gillig Phantom 30'
(3096TB3208)
Cummins C8.3 Allison MT-647
  • The only order of transit style Gillig Phantoms with CAT 3208T engines.
  • Repowered from Caterpillar 3208T engines in 1995.
5300-5304 Ride-On 5304-a.jpeg 2006 Gillig Low Floor 40' HEV
(G19D102N4)
Cummins ISB Allison EP40
hybrid system
  • Retired in 2020
  • Renumbered from 5750-5754.
5305-5313 Ride-On 5307-a.jpeg 2007 Gillig Low Floor 40' HEV
(G19D102N4)
Cummins ISB Allison EP40
hybrid system
  • Retired in 2020
  • Renumbered from 5755-5763.
5360-5362 1994 Gillig Phantom 35'
(S50T3596)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 Voith D863.3
5363-5377 1995 Gillig Phantom 35'
(35/96TB S50)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 Voith D863.3
5378-5397 Ride-On 5391-a.jpg 1996 Gillig Phantom 35'
(35/96TB S50
Detroit Diesel Series 50 Voith D863.3
5400-5429 1979-81 TMC T-30 CityCruiser Caterpillar 3126 Allison MT-740
  • Ex #51xx-52xx
  • Rebuilt by Midwest Bus in 1990.
5400-5409 1997 Gillig Phantom 35'
(35/96TB S50
Detroit Diesel Series 50 Voith D863.3
5410-5423 1999 Gillig Phantom 35'
(C21B096N4)
Cummins ISM Allison B400R Retired by 2015.
5450-5473 1980-81 TMC T-30 CityCruiser Caterpillar 3126 Allison MT-740
  • Ex #51xx-52xx
  • Rebuilt by National Coach Works in 1990.
5500-5544 1990-1991 BIA Orion I
(01.502)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HTB-748
5546-5547 1993 BIA Orion V
(05.504)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HTB-748
5550-5565 1996 OBI Orion V
(05.503)
Cummins M11 Voith D863.3
5572-5579 1998 OBI Orion V
(05.503)
Cummins M11E Voith D863.3
5580-5591 2001 OBI Orion V
(05.504)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 Voith D864.3 All retired by the end of 2017.
5592-5611 Ride-On 5604-a.jpeg 2002 OBI Orion V
(05.504)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 Voith D864.3 All retired by the end of 2017.
5612-5623 Ride-On 5620-a.jpeg 2001 OBI Orion V
(05.504)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 Voith D864.3 All retired by the end of 2017.
5700-5703 1993 Flxible Metro "D" LNG
(40102-6CTG)
Cummins C8.3G Ex-MTA Maryland 9301-9304; bought in 1995.
5705-5725 Ride-On 5715-a.jpeg 1999 OBI Orion V
(05.501)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 Voith D864.3
5801-5802 1995 OBI Orion VI CNG
(06.501)
Cummins L10G Allison B400R Ex-Orion demos.
5803-5813 1999 OBI Orion V CNG
(05.501)
Detroit Diesel Series 50G Voith D864.3 5804, 5810 were put up for auction in late July 2015.
5814-5821 2000 OBI Orion V CNG
(05.501)
Detroit Diesel Series 50G Voith D864.3 5815, 5816 & 5821 were put up for auction in late July 2015.
5822-5836 Ride-On 5835-a.jpeg 2005 NFI C40LF Cummins Westport C Gas Plus Allison B400R Retired in 2020
5900-5917 Ride-On 5904-a.jpg 2003 OBI Orion VII CNG
(07.502)
Detroit Diesel Series 50G Voith D864.3E All retired in Fall 2017 alongside the remaining Orion 5s.
5918-5932 Ride-On 5920-a.jpg 2004 OBI Orion VII CNG
(07.502)
Cummins Westport C Gas Plus Voith D864.3E Retired in early 2018
5933-5957 Ride-On 5946-a.jpeg 2005 OBI Orion VII CNG
(07.502)
Cummins Westport C Gas Plus ZF 5HP592C
5997-5999 1996 OBI Orion V CNG
(05.503)
Cummins L10G ZF HP590 Ex #5567-5569.

Retired Contract Bus Roster

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
5101-5119 2001 International

ElDorado National Aero Elite

5120-5181 2002 International

ElDorado National Aero Elite

5182-5231 2007 IC Corporation

Champion

LC Series

EZ Trans

International VT 365 Allison 2000 Pulled from service in July, 2012 after a series of fires.
5201-5212 2001 Ford

Startrans

E450 cutaways
5232-5234, 5238-5241,
5243-5246
2004 IC Corporation

Mid Bus

3200

?

International DT 466 Allison 2000
5285-5296 2007 GMC

Champion

C5500

Defender

GMC 8.1L Allison 2000 Pulled from service in July, 2012 after a series of fires.

External Links


District of Columbia Area Transit Agencies
Bus
District of Columbia American University ShuttleDC CirculatorGeorgetown University Transportation ShuttleSouthwest Neighborhood ShuttleWashington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Maryland Maryland Transit Administration • Prince George's County Transit • Ride-OnUniversity of Maryland
Virginia Arlington TransitCUE BusDASH (Alexandria Transit Company)Fairfax ConnectorLoudoun County TransitMetropolitan Washington Airports AuthorityPotomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission
Rail
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