Beginning January 10, Ride On will make schedule changes to 15 bus routes. Most of the changes modify the bus schedule to more accurately reflect the time it takes for a bus to run its route based on traffic and other conditions, but there are major changes to two routes with serve the Germantown area.
In Germantown the affected service includes Routes 83 and 98.
Route 98, which runs from the Kingsview Park and Ride area and runs throughout Germantown to the Transit Center on Airpark Drive on weekdays, with stops at Clopper Miller Elementary during peak hours. The cuts eliminate weekday service after 8:00 pm; provide Saturday service from 8:30 a. to 7:00 pm and eliminate Sunday service. Also, add one trip to accommodate students as a result of the change in Montgomery County Public Schools start times.
Route 83, which runs from the Milestone Shopping Center to the office park near Dorsey Mill Road through the Waters Landing neighborhood to the Germantown Transit Center, with a stop at the Germantown MARC train station. To help close the County’s significant budget shortfall this fiscal year, service on this route has been reduced as follows: Weekday service remains unchanged; provide Saturday service from 8:30 am to 7:00 pm and eliminate Sunday service.
Minor changes have been made to the Ride On Bus Service to the following routes: 3, 8, 9, 14, 23, 32, 34, 38, 42, 45, 47, 53, 83, 97 and 98. More information about Ride On is available online.
These changes were made after the County considered community input after it planned to eliminate some routes entirely. County Executive Ike Leggett decided to restore most weekday and Saturday service on two Ride On routes that had been proposed for service cuts. The cuts had been proposed in August to help close the significant budget shortfall facing the County in FY16.
Each year, Ride On creates a performance indicator for each route and ranks them accordingly. The performance indicator compares the resources allocated to each route with the number of average daily riders. The routes which were proposed for elimination were among the lowest performing in Ride On’s system.
“Without these weekday and Saturday routes, many younger residents told us they would lack transportation to work, while many seniors expressed concern about getting to their doctor and buying groceries,” said Leggett. “I’m glad we were able to capture public input, restore limited routes and still achieve FY16 savings.”
Members of the public provided written comments and spoke at two public forums regarding proposed service cuts on Routes 83 and 98.