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Ride On Reimagined

A comprehensive review of the Montgomery County Bus Network

About The Study

The Ride On Reimagined Study is a comprehensive, forward-looking assessment of the bus network that will result in significant recommended changes to how transit operates in Montgomery County based on current and future needs. This study will take an in-depth look at Montgomery County’s existing and planned transit systems, including Metrobus services that operate within the County limits and the future Purple Line. The study will also provide an opportunity to guide the future direction of Ride On through data analysis and community engagement. The study will have the primary goal of recommending system-wide changes that address the current and future needs of the community it serves for both Ride On and Metrobus services.

The study will examine the current conditions and the anticipated future of Ride On’s service area. The study will engage community leaders, activists, transit riders, and support organizations to gather feedback. An evaluation will be conducted to assess route structure, connectivity, span, and frequency of service through market research analysis, review of land use development, and anticipated technology advancements. The study will also address the County’s priorities to improve racial equity and prevent climate change. The image of transit services is important to attract riders. Therefore, an evaluation of Ride On’s branding will be examined. In conclusion, the study will set the framework for a plan with recommendations and implementation strategies that best align with the transportation goals of Montgomery County.

Final Scope of Work

Next steps

  • Establish final goals and outcomes with stakeholder input. These goals align with the MCDOT Priority Areas: Safety and Vision Zero, Environmental and Climate Resiliency, and Economic Development and Equitable Access. They serve to set expectations for the study and have measurable impacts to evaluate once service concepts are developed.
  • Analysis of the network and service’s existing conditions . This analysis includes county service areas and levels, route alignments, travel patterns, and route classifications, such as local or limited service. Existing conditions set a baseline for how the system operates, and what this study aims to achieve in service improvements.    
  • Data collection continues to support the existing conditions analysis . The data collection effort incorporates ridership data, origin-destination patterns, schedule adherence, previous studies, and trip generators. Data provides a quantitative starting point for the service levels and use of the network. Data gathered will consolidate information from the county’s master plans and transit priority plans, to ensure that this study is in alignment.

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