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MoCo's Ride On cuts take effect

Kafia Hosh

Montgomery County's Ride On bus system service cuts went into effect Sunday. The changes include reducing the frequency of some routes and eliminating stops on others.

The routes affected include some which connect the eastern and western ends of Metro rail's Red Line. Those routes are popular, letting travelers go from, for example, Rockville to Glenmont without riding 24 stops through downtown--and were particularly benefited riders last weekend when several Red Line stations closed for maintenance work.

The changes come after fare hikes that began on June 27. The increases were needed to close a $600 million budget shortfall that has caused scrambling in Montgomery, including a plan to sell advertising in park toilets and the furlough of some workers last month.

The routes that have eliminated some stops are:
--Route 7 Wheaton to Kensington peak hours service--the line will no longer go to Kensington.
--Route 22 Silver Spring to Hillandale.
--Route 32 Bethesda to Naval Ship Research & Development Center
--Route 33 Glenmont to Kensington to Bethesda. The line now runs from Glenmont to Kensington to Medical Center.
--Route 43 Shady Grove to Shady Grove hospital.

The frequency of the following routes were cut: 1,15, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 34, 36, 43, 46, 47, 48, 49, 56, 57, 60, 61, 70, 83, 93, 97, 100.

--Kafia Hosh

By Kafia Hosh  | September 7, 2010; 3:23 PM ET
Categories:  Commuter Bus, Commuter Rail, Maryland, Red Line  | Tags:  Ride-on  
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It should also be noted, that Montgomery County Department of Public Works & Transportation (Ride-On) has, since the summer of 1996 in its employ, a RideOn Bus Operator (currently at the Gaithersburg Ride-On Facility) who is a CONVICTED Child Molester, operating its buses. Its should also be known to the public, that the Convicted Child Molester, while he was an operator at the Silver Spring RideOn facility, molested the 12 year old daughter of a co-worker. The same co-worker who got him his job w/ RideOn back in 1990. The 12year old victims father was a 2time employee of the month & in 1993, was honored by the then county executive, as the BEST Transit Operator at the Silver Spring RideOn facility.

Yet, MoCo, in its infinate wisdom (haha) decided to fire the victims father & allowed the CONVICTED CHILD MOLESTER to retain his job with the county. Would you want to RideOn a bus, with a CONVICTED Child Molester behind the wheel? Would you allow your children & other family members to board RideOn knowing that they allow a Convicted Child Molester to have supervision of other RideOn bus operators?

Posted by: Robbnitafl | September 7, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

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