Temporary Metrorail Shutdown Between Friendship Heights and Grosvenor Stations Scheduled for March 9-10 & March 16-17 Will Affect Ride On Bus Bay Locations

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) has announced that due to a temporary Metrorail shutdown between Friendship Heights and Grosvenor stations, Bethesda and Medical Center Metrorail stations will be closed Saturday, March 9 through Sunday, March 10 and Saturday, March 16 through Sunday, March 17.

Per the news release: WMATA will provide express shuttle buses to and from Friendship Heights and Grosvenor, and local shuttles to and from Friendship Heights and Grosvenor via Bethesda and Medical Center to replace trains. To accommodate shuttle service, the following Ride On bus bays will be relocated:

Friendship Heights

  • Ride On Route 34: Will temporarily relocate from Bus Bay K to Bay D
  • Route L8 (Run by Ride On Weekends Only): Will temporarily relocate from Bus Bay K to Bay E
  • Express and Local Shuttles: Bus Bay K (service stop northbound on Wisconsin Avenue, far side of Western Avenue)
  • Bus Bay D: Shared with a community shuttle that operates every 50 minutes on weekends
  • Bus Bay E: Shared with Metrobus N6 that operates every 45 minutes on weekends

Bethesda

  • Local Northbound Shuttle to Grosvenor:  Bus Bay B
  • Local Southbound Shuttle to Friendship Heights:  Bus Bay C

Medical Center

  • Local Northbound Shuttle to Grosvenor: Bus Bay E
  • Local Southbound Shuttle to Friendship Heights: Service stop southbound on Rockville Pike, far side of South Drive

Grosvenor

  • Express Shuttle:  Bus Bay F
  • Local Shuttle:  Bus Bay G

Ride On bus fare is only $1 and monthly passes are $22.50 using SmarTrip, cash, or tokens. Seniors age 65 or older,  persons with disabilities and youth ages 18 and under all ride free using specialized SmarTrip cards.

The Ride On Trip Planner app is a free regional public transportation planner that will find your fastest route.

For the most up-to-date service information, riders should follow @RideOnMCT on XFacebookInstagram, and YouTube. In addition, information is available at rideonbus.com, by subscribing to receive email alerts, or by texting MONTGOMERY RIDEON to 468311 to receive text alerts.

For information on MCDOT programs and services visit montgomerycountymd.gov/mcdot, follow @MCDOTNow on XFacebook and Instagram and subscribe to MCDOT’s “Go Montgomery!” newsletter.

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Now in its 17th year, the Kensington Day of the Book Festival is a family-friendly street festival featuring 150+ renowned authors, poets, and literary organizations. Enjoy live music on five stages, special guest speakers, military veteran writers and comedians, poetry readings, cookbook demos, children's program, and much more.

Admission is free, and attendees will also be able to explore a marketplace of books and food offerings from local vendors.

Not your average book festival! This festival offers something for everyone!

17th Annual Kensington Day of the Book Festival

Sunday, April 21, 2024, 11am-4pm (held rain or shine!)

Howard Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895

www.dayofthebook.com

Instagram: @kensingtonbookfestival

Contact: Elisenda Sola-Sole, Festival Director

[email protected]

301-949-9416 (text preferred)

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