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Ride On Plans Bus Service Cuts

Montgomery County is making cuts to close a fiscal 2010 budget gap that's expected to be $250 million, and the county's bus service is one of the targets.

The county will hold a public hearing about the Ride On cut proposals on Jan. 13, starting at 6:30 p.m., at the Executive Office Building Auditorium, 101 Monroe St., Rockville.

These are the proposed cuts.
Route 4: Eliminate weekday midday - 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Route 6: Eliminate weekday midday - 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Route 18: Reduce weekday midday frequencies between Takoma Park and Langley Park from 15 to 30 minutes.
Route 26: Eliminate Saturday and Sunday service to Trolley Museum
Route 43: Reduce weekday midday frequencies from 20 to 30 minutes between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Route 63: Abbreviate midday service, with service to the County Health Department on Piccard Drive maintained.
Route 75: Weekday service will be rerouted to the County Correctional Center, Clarksburg Town Center and Gateway Business Park. Service north of Route 121 to the Urbana Park & Ride will be discontinued.
Routes 79/82: Routes combined. Route 79 extended to Clarksburg Town Center via Skylark Drive weekday peak hours replacing Route 82. Bus service eliminated to DOE and through the Milestone neighborhood north of Father Hurley Boulevard.
Route 83: Reduce weekday peak frequency from 15 to 20 minutes between 5 and 9 a.m. and between 3:30 and 7 p.m.
Route 90: Eliminate Saturday service. Eliminate weekday midday service between Damascus and Milestone.
Route 96: Eliminate weekday PM peak service to Montgomery Mall. Service will be discontinued to Montgomery Mall after 4 p.m. Service will be retained between Grosvenor Station and Rockledge/Rock Spring.
Route 98: Reduce weekday peak frequency from 15 to 30 minutes between 5:30 and 9 a.m. and between 4 and 7 p.m.

This isn't a done deal. The last time a round of route-cutting was proposed, County Executive Isiah Leggett decided to do most of it but not all of it. People along certain routes had mounted protests against certain cuts, and that could happen again.

By Robert Thomson  |  December 23, 2008; 6:56 AM ET
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We have two routes near our house with virtually zero ridership, and they both overlap existing lines - the 8 and the 19. Furthermore, my (admittedly anecdotal) experience is that they are about 50% reliable. The 8 *always* leaves early, and the 19 may or may not show up at all. The 8 could be replaced with a simple shuttle around the Forest Glen Metro (particularly to Holy Cross Hospital), and the 19 is duplicated by the 19, C2, C4, and the myriad of Langley Park - Silver Spring connections.

Posted by: vtavgjoe | December 23, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

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