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Montgomery County Proposes Bus Cuts

As part of addressing budget shortfalls this year, Mongomery County has proposed several cuts and changes to its RideOn bus services. A public forum will be held at 6:30 p.m. on March 24 at the Executive Office Building Cafeteria, Terrace Level, 101 Monroe Street, Rockville. A list of proposed changes follows. To see the routes being discussed, see RideOn's Web site.

  • Eliminate weekday service on Routes 3, 7, 31, 53 and 93.
  • Eliminate Saturday service on Routes 29, 98, L8, T2 and Z2.
  • Eliminate Sunday service on Routes 83, L8 and T2.
  • Discontinue weekday service on the Route 32 Woodrock Extension.
  • Eliminate service to Fallsgrove on Route 43.
  • Reduce frequency of Route 43 during peak periods, and Route 15 in the evening, all days (Monday through Sunday).
  • Reduce regular evening service on weekday Routes 17, 34, 49, 57, 61 and 83; on Saturday Routes 17 and 34 and on Sunday routes 34 and 56. Certain trips will continue to operate on these routes later into evening after regular 30 minute service ends.
  • Restructure Routes 6 and 37 and Routes 18 and 25.

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  March 16, 2009; 5:01 PM ET
Categories:  Transportation Politics , transit  
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Posted by: subwayguy | March 17, 2009 8:38 AM | Report abuse

The Montgomery County would expand subsidized parking at the same time as it shrinks bus service. Transit supporters want to use some of the parking subsidies to avoid bus cutbacks. This is written up here:

Posted by: wondering27 | March 17, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

I started taking MARC because Route 61 was unreliable and overcrowded. More than once the bus was filled to capacity and the driver rolled by our stop at Girard and Goshen. Rideon is service poor already.

Posted by: anarcho-liberal-tarian | March 19, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

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