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Montgomery County Department of Transportation Reminder: Face Coverings are Required for Bus Passengers

For Immediate Release: Monday, August 23, 2021

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation’s (MCDOT) reminds residents that Federal guidelines continue to require riders to wear face coverings for the duration of their trips when traveling by public transportation. The regulation covers County Ride On buses, Ride On extRa, Flash, Metrobus, Metrorail and when taking taxis or on-demand car services.

MCDOT buses have a supply of face coverings for riders who cannot provide their own.  

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) mask mandate on transit has been extended to January 18. The previous Federal mask order ran through September 13.

All County operated buses including Ride On, Ride On extRa and Flash buses will remain free to all passengers through at least September 2021. Fees were suspended during the onset of the pandemic.

Social distancing continues to be strongly recommended on board the buses and trains and at bus stops and shelters. Bus interiors will continue to be cleaned by the County’s Department of General Services twice daily with a hospital-grade viral disinfectant. Bus filter and ventilation systems are treated each night with a disinfectant.

For the most up-to-date service information, riders should follow @RideOnMCT on TwitterFacebookInstagram, and YouTube. In addition, information is available at or by subscribing to “Ride On Services” email alerts. Riders also can receive text alerts by texting MONTGOMERY RIDEON to 468311.

For information on MCDOT programs and services visit, follow @MCDOTNow on Twitter, and subscribe to MCDOT’s ‘Go Montgomery!’ newsletter.

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Media Contact: Emily DeTitta, 240-372-2282 or

Release ID: 21-113
Media Contact: Emily DeTitta 240-372-2282

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