Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Reminder: Ride On Has Eliminated Paper Passes

Ride On bus passengers are reminded that as of January 31, paper passes, including the Youth Cruiser Pass, have been phased out.  Passengers can now load monthly passes onto their SmarTrip® cards instead. The $45 monthly pass provides customers unlimited rides on Ride On buses for an entire calendar month.  Monthly passes can be loaded onto SmarTrip® cards either in person or online.  When adding value online, customers have the option to purchase monthly passes automatically.  The monthly pass value is then added automatically to a purchaser’s card seven days before the end of each month.

Customers who prefer to add the monthly pass value to a SmarTrip® card in person, may do so at transit stores in Silver Spring and Friendship Heights, at County offices in downtown Rockville, or at various retail stores. The County’s website lists details on all the locations.

Passengers will continue to have the option of paying fares with cash. However, the Ride On monthly pass represents more than a 40 percent savings over paying cash fares on regular Ride On routes.

For information, go to the Division of Transit Services’ website or call 311 (TTY, call 301-251-4850) Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.