Ride On Buses to Continue Temporary Free Rides and Rear Door Boarding

The County’s Department of Transportation (MCDOT) yesterday announced that Ride On, Ride On Extra, and Flash will maintain temporary, rear-door boarding and suspended fare collection practices when Metrobus resumes front-door boarding and fare collection on Sunday, Jan. 3.

Metrobus routes serving Montgomery County are operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). They will require a standard payment of $2 by cash, a SmarTrip card, the new iOS SmarTrip phone app, or other accepted passes.

Ride On Flex service remains suspended in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Transit operators throughout the region continue to adjust to provide the best service possible while also protecting our bus operators and passengers,” said MCDOT Director Chris Conklin in a press release. “We hope to get the word out that Ride On bus operations remain unchanged at this time, despite Metrobus adjustment to boarding and fare collection. In an ongoing response to the health crisis, passengers using Ride On, Ride On Extra, and Flash buses will continue to board using the rear door and will not be asked to pay to ride.”

Photo: Elvert Barnes from Silver Spring MD, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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