Transit in Montgomery County

The Division of Transit Services accomplishes an essential mobility mission of Montgomery County by connecting people, communities, workplaces, educational institutions, recreational opportunities and many other essential destinations. To the extent that transit reduces the number of vehicles on the roads in Montgomery County, especially during the rush periods, transit increases the efficiency of the infrastructure. Moreover, transit plays a key role in the viability of the local economy and in the livability of our neighborhoods.

Ride On, Ride On extRa, Flex—and FLASH

The Division of Transit Services plans, schedules and manages the County's own Ride On bus system consisting of 375 County owned and operated buses. The Ride On system is designed to complement the service provided by the other transit providers in the County. The Ride On system provides almost 22 million trips per year. Get  Ride On routes and schedules, transit  delays and detours information,  fare and transfer information, and information on  buying transit tickets and passes.

Ride On extRa is our popular limited stop service on MD 355. Look for extRa on other major county corridors in the future.

Ride On Flex is the first on-demand public transit service in the region. Download the Ride On Flex mobile app to ride in the Glenmont, Wheaton and Rockville zones.

FLASH, which has many features of Bus Rapid Transit, will debut in Montgomery County on US 29 in 2020. Additional FLASH service is planned for other major corridors in the future.

Transit Partners in Montgomery County

In addition, the Division coordinates with other transit and transportation providers. The Ride On service is tightly integrated into the services of other providers, including the  Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's Metrobus and Metrorail and the  Maryland Transit Administration'MARC commuter rail and  MTA commuter bus systems. Metrobus in Montgomery County provides 15 million transit trips per year and Metrorail provides 40 million trips per year. From here you can reach our other transit partners and go directly to the  Metro Home Page to get more information about Metrorail and Metrobus, or the  MTA Home Page to get information about the MARC commuter rail system and the  MTA commuter buses serving Montgomery County. You can see which  Metrobus routes serve Montgomery County. For general information regarding WMATA and MARC RAIL, contact Montgomery County Coordinator Gary Erenrich.

Other Transit Programs in Montgomery County

The Division maintains the transit infrastructure supportive of the Ride On system, including Park and Ride lots, County transit centers, bus shelters, bus stops, and trash receptacles.

Special Transportation (Service to Seniors and Persons with Disabilities)

The entire Ride On system is wheelchair accessible. All routes, as well as all Saturday and Sunday service, are operated with wheelchair accessible buses. Additionally, older adults and individuals with disabilities ride free on Ride On and Metro buses in Montgomery County, Monday - Friday 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and half fare at all other times. In addition to the central transit mission of the Division, we provide Special Transportation services to older adults and individuals with disabilities. Some of these services include Call-n-Ride and Same Day Access on-demand taxi service; Medicaid Transportation for Medicaid recipients to access medical services; and MetroAccess—the regional paratransit service also available to Montgomery County residents.


Lose an item on a Ride On bus? Contact our Lost & Found.