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Federal Face Mask Requirement on Public Transportation—Including on Montgomery Ride On Buses—Remains in Place Until at Least Jan. 18

For Immediate Release: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Montgomery County has lifted its mask mandate for most public indoor facilities, but many situations still require masks to be worn in the County. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requirement for face coverings on all public transportation remains in place until at least Jan. 18 and pertains to all forms of public transportation in the County.

All passengers are required to wear face coverings when traveling by public transportation. The regulation covers Montgomery County Ride On buses, Ride On extRa, Flex, Flash, Metrobus, Metrorail, taxis and on-demand car services. Riders must wear a face covering for the entire duration of their trip.

All Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) buses have a supply of face coverings for those who cannot provide their own.

Ride On services remain free to all passengers—a temporary change made during the COVID-19 health crisis.

MCDOT buses continue to be cleaned by the County’s Department of General Services twice daily with hospital-grade disinfectant. Bus filter and ventilation systems are also treated each night with a disinfectant.

For the most up-to-date service information, riders should follow @RideOnMCT on TwitterFacebookYouTube and Instagram. In addition, information is available at, by subscribing to receive email alerts or text MONTGOMERY RIDEON to 468311.

For department programs and updates, follow @MCDOTNow on Twitter, visit the department website at, and subscribe to MCDOT’s ‘Go Montgomery!’ newsletter. 

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Release ID: 21-881
Media Contact: Emily DeTitta 240-372-2282
Categories: Transportation