September 23, 2021

Input Sought by Monday, Nov. 1, on Comprehensive Bus Network Study

Montgomery County is requesting feedback for a new Ride On Reimagined study. The study will determine guiding principles for a comprehensive assessment of the bus network in the County, including County Ride On buses, Metrobus services that operate within the County limits and the future Purple Line. The study’s goal is to provide significant recommended changes to better serve transit users.

Transit services have been operating for more than 40 years in Montgomery County. Over time, route structure and services have grown to include Ride On Extra, Flex on-demand and Flash Rapid Transit. As the County changes in population, demographics, employment centers and housing, a comprehensive evaluation of the system is needed.

“Transportation funding, investment, and project prioritization are critical tools to combat historic inequities,” said County Executive Marc Elrich. “Transportation services shape our neighborhoods and allow access to jobs and amenities, as well as stimulating economic growth. It is important to connect our communities, support our local businesses, and provide accessibility to those in need. This study will address the County priorities to improve racial equity and address climate change concerns.”

The study will begin this fall and is expected to run for 18-24 months.

“To have an effective transit system that reflects the needs of our riders, we need to hear from all of our community members,” said County Department of Transportation Director Chris Conklin. “This study will shape Montgomery County’s transportation services for years to come. We are asking our riders to help shape the future of our transportation network.”

The County is asking for public comments on the scope of work by Monday, Nov. 1. To access the document online and give feedback, go to

Residents also can email comments to Written comments can be submitted to Montgomery County Department of Transportation, Division of Transit Services, Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe Street, 5th Floor, Rockville, MD, 20850.