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Ride On fare hike starts Sun.

Increased fares on Montgomery County's Ride On bus service will go into effect June 27.

The fare will be $1.50 with a SmarTrip card, or $1.70 in cash--up from $1.35 and $1.45, respectively. Express Ride On along Route 70 will go up to $3.65.

Regional one-day passes will no longer be available, and the free "Code Red" service on days when the air quality is bad will be suspended.

Kids will no longer ride free (though they can purchase a discount Youth Cruiser pass) and seniors and the disabled will ride free only between 9:30a.m. and 3p.m. weekdays.

The reduced-price transfer window shortens from three hours to two, a move Ride On says puts it in line with Metro's policy.

In February, The Post's Ann Scott Tyson reported that the county decided to increase fares to help close a $600 million budget gap.

Separately, Metro announced that the fare for the riding the Springfield Circulator (routes S80 and S91) will increase to 50 cents.

By Luke Rosiak  | June 25, 2010; 10:20 AM ET
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The fare on Route 70 is now around three times what it was before it was labeled an "Express" route about a year ago. We have been totally slammed by Ride-On and those of us who also ride Metro have been hit even harder.

If they are going to charge these fares, the least they can do is eliminate the local stops in Bethesda and Germantown so it is really a point-to-point Express bus.

They should also offer a separate Monthly Pass for Route 70. We can still use the $30 monthly pass but then we have to add $2.15 in cash each way, which is a major inconvenience. Will Ride-On or Metro ever show any consideration to its regular customers?

Posted by: rme465 | June 26, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Ride on is a bad joke. They don't show up or leave early. They're unprofessional and are dangerous drivers. They have many prejudiced drivers that will pass you by if they dislike something about you. They charge more than they can give. Mo County is just broke so they're taking advantage of Metro's fare hikes.

Posted by: SoupLine | June 27, 2010 2:15 AM | Report abuse

The local stops for the 70 in Germantown aren't really that bad, since 1) there are like six of them total, 2) they add all of a minute to the trip, and 3) they're all along the route the 70 has to take to Milestone anyway. I agree that the ones in Bethesda need to go. The 70, once leaving Germantown, ought to go directly to Bethesda, stopping only at Medical Center. (but on the street where the J7 stops, not in the bus bay. Traffic in the bus bay and making that turn back onto 355 is atrocious)

And, of course, the express fare makes not one ounce of sense. Besides the fact that the bus doesn't even operate express over most of its route, it doesn't say the word "Express" on its route designation signs. Thus, by basic definition, if they can't even label the bus as express on its display, then it ought not be charged as express.

Posted by: pikamander007 | June 28, 2010 12:57 AM | Report abuse

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