Montgomery County Will Increase Ride On Bus Service Starting Sunday, May 8, with Direct Service From Kensington to Wheaton Added

by Patrick Herron

“We know that many residents depend upon the Ride On bus system for daily trips throughout the County such as work, daycare, health services and other essential trips,” said MCDOT Director, Chris Conklin. “These service improvements are a step in the right direction. They provide access and opportunity to residents who need it.”

Passengers using Montgomery County’s Ride On buses are encouraged to wear a mask, but are no longer required to wear them. The change to the County’s mask policy comes after the announcement on April 18 that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) decided to suspend enforcement of its mask mandate on all modes of public transportation. TSA’s decision came after a Federal judge’s ruling that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s mask mandate was unconstitutional.

“Ride On is committed to safety and we will continue to provide masks for our riders,” said MCDOT Division Chief of Transit Services Dan Hibbert. “Use of masks is still highly encouraged as COVID-19 remains a threat to our vulnerable.”

Bus interiors will continue to be cleaned by the County’s Department of General Services with hospital-grade disinfectant. Bus filter and ventilation systems are also treated with a disinfectant. Ride On bus service remains free for all riders until at least July 2. Riders can plan trips online with Ride On Real Time. 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 at, or texting MONTGOMERY RIDEON to 468311 to receive text alerts.
For 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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