The county’s Department of Transportation announced an increase in Ride On bus service that will begin on Sunday, March 13.
The Flash bus line along Rt. 29/Colesville Road will resume its full weekday service as well as serve the White Oak campus of the Food and Drug Administration.
Ride On buses will increase service on routes 9, 14, 20, 30, 43, 56, 61, 63, and 100; full schedule information for these routes is available online.
In addition, Ride On extra, which serves a portion of Rt. 355, and the Ride On Flex on-demand service for Wheaton/Glenmont and in Rockville, will resume.
“Many county residents depend upon our Ride On bus system for essential trips,” MCDOT Director Chris Conklin said in a press release. “We are thankful that many of our bus operators have been able to return to work, and we have ramped up our hiring efforts so that we can continue to increase service levels.”
The department said the changes would restore service levels to 86% of the pre-pandemic levels, as many employees who had been sick or exposed to COVID-19 came back to work.
The department is continuing to recruit new bus drivers as well.
The Ride On buses remain free to use until at least July 2, though the federal mask mandate remains in effect for drivers and riders.