MCDOT to Hold an Online Public Informational Meeting on the Greater Seneca Transit Network on Wednesday, March 15

by Patrick Herron

Per Montgomery County: On Wednesday, March 15 starting at 6 p.m., the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) will hold an online public informational meeting to engage the community on the Great Seneca Transit Network, a new Ride On extRa bus service in and around Shady Grove Medical Center, Rio, and adjacent properties. The meeting will share information, answer questions and allow for MCDOT to receive community feedback.

The Great Seneca Transit Network will provide frequent and equitable transit, improving mobility and crucial access to jobs in the healthcare, biotech, and education sectors as well as healthcare providers, and medical facilities. The network will include five frequent bus routes with dedicated bus lanes, new bus stations and safer pedestrian and bicycle connections in the area. Sustainability is important to MCDOT. Along with reducing the number of single-passenger cars by replacing them with dependable bus service, MCDOT is also transitioning to a zero-emission bus fleet with upgraded facilities.

The network will be implemented in two phases. Phase 1 includes the Lime Line and the Pink Line. Phase 2 includes two additional routes (Cobalt Line and Gray Line) and an extension of the Lime Line.
MCDOT is advancing the initial phase of the project (Phase 1A) through planning, design, and construction and includes:

  • Two bus routes: Lime and Pink
  • Enhanced bus shelters
  • Dedicated bus and bike lanes
  • Signal priority for buses at key intersections
  • Pedestrian access

Online registration is required to attend. An invitation to participate will be emailed to registrants the morning of the meeting. Prior to the virtual meeting, the public is encouraged to review the project website here. MCDOT hosted a pop-up event on Saturday, March 11 at the Rio Lakefront boardwalk in Gaithersburg to share information with residents.

Comments and questions may be submitted by email to All information provided, including questions and comments, will become a matter of public record.

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

For more information on MCDOT programs and services visit, follow @MCDOTNow on TwitterFacebook and Instagram and subscribe to MCDOT’s “Go Montgomery!” newsletter.



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1 comment

Craig Washington March 13, 2023 - 3:40 pm

As long as it does NOT go through the Kentlands, I’m fine with whatever. We have enough EMPTY buses (#56,76) making noise through the neighborhood every 30 minutes- and Saturdays.


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