On Oct. 2, Ride On will implement new service between Tobytown Drive in Potomac and Rockville Metro Station via Shady Grove Hospital. Major roads served will include Travilah Road, Wootton Parkway, Falls Road and Great Falls Road. The new route is called Route 301.
In July 2016, Montgomery County Ride On invited public comments on two proposed routings for this service. Ride On developed the service plan after receiving written and oral comments, including at the July 28 public forum at Travilah Elementary School in North Potomac.
Riders will be able to connect to Metrorail and other Ride On services at the Rockville Metro Station and several other major points of interest along the route. Those include:
Thomas S. Wootton High School
Robert Frost Middle School
Travilah Elementary School
Nancy H. Dacek North Potomac Community Recreation Center (which opens Oct. 22 and includes a senior center)
Potomac Oak Shopping Center at Travilah and Glen Roads
Glenstone Museum (limited service)
Rockville LibraryAdventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center
Route 301 will operate seven days a week, between approximately 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. The bus schedule is available online at http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/dot-transit/index.html
On an introductory basis, bus fares will be free throughout October. Beginning Nov. 1,, standard Ride On fares and discounts will apply; these include free fares for seniors and persons with disabilities from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.Monday through Saturday and Kids Ride Free from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For the first month or two, the new service will be operated with a bus that does not have the traditional Ride On paint colors. Riders will see a white bus with Ride On logos.
More information about Ride On schedules and routes is available at www.rideonbus.com.