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Ride On Lengthens Free Saturday Hours for Seniors and People with Disabilities

For Immediate Release: Thursday, September 7, 2017


Ride On’s free fare program for seniors and people with disabilities have been expanded to include more hours on Saturdays. Beginning September 2017, the hours run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those with a valid ID can continue to ride free on weekdays from 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Fares are half-price at all other times.

 

“Extending free Saturday hours gives seniors and people with disabilities more options,” said County Executive Ike Leggett.

 

"I was pleased during our budget deliberations this year that the Council was able to add funding to expand free Saturday Ride On service an hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon," said Council President Roger Berliner. "We heard the need for expanded free service to help seniors get where they need to go for a longer portion of the day."

 

To access free or half-price fares, people age 65 and up must show either their Medicare card and photo ID or their Senior SmartTrip card. Senior SmartTrip cards are available at any Montgomery County library for $2 with valid photo ID and proof of age.

 

People with disabilities who are under age 65 can access free or half-price Ride On fares by using a valid Metro Disability ID Card.  All Ride On buses are accessible and more than 90 percent of County bus stops are accessible; efforts to improve the remaining bus stops are continuing.

 

Ride On buses connect passengers to their destinations as well as to other transit lines, especially Metrobus and Metrorail. Most Metrobuses in Montgomery County are part of the ride free program for seniors and people with disabilities.

 

Get Ride On Schedules at www.RideOnBus.com. Or, call 3-1-1 or 240-777-0311.

 

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Release ID: 17-439
Media Contact: Lorraine Driscoll  240-777-6507