MoCo's Ride On cuts take effect
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.
| September 7, 2010; 3:23 PM ET
Categories: Commuter Bus, Commuter Rail, Maryland, Red Line | Tags: Ride-on
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