Changes to 64 Ride On bus routes will take effect this Sunday, October 10, county officials announced.

25 routes that have higher ridership will see increased trips, and service after midnight will be reinstated for all routes which operated those hours prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Officials said that the changes are based on ridership data and on-time performance of the bus routes.

“Many of our residents rely on public transportation and it is important that we are continually evaluating service needs to ensure coverage,” said County Marc Executive Elrich in a press release.

“Our residents are still feeling the impacts of the COVID-19 epidemic, and I am pleased that my recommendation of extending free bus service until at least Jan. 1 was approved by Council last week.

I encourage everyone to utilize our bus service as a safe, environmentally friendly and free way to get around the County.”

Additionally, for the first time since the pandemic, printed schedules and timetables will be available and distributed along with electronic versions. The new timetables show a start date of Sept. 26, although the schedule changes will go into effect on Oct. 10.

Last week, the County Council voted unanimously to approve a resolution calling for the Ride On fare holiday to be extended through Jan. 1, 2022.