Ride On to hold Germantown forum on upcounty routes -- Gazette.Net


Bus riders in northern Montgomery County will have a chance to weigh in on possible changes to two Ride On routes at a public forum Sept. 26 in Germantown.

The changes would affect Routes 83 and 94, extending one and changing the other.

Route 83 would be extended to the future site of Holy Cross Hospital in Germantown by extending the route along Observation Drive through Montgomery College and Germantown.

The route currently runs between the Germantown Transit Center and the Milestone Park and Ride through Dorsey Mill Road, with some service to the Germantown MARC station.

The new Route 94 would originate in Clarksburg and travel on Clarksburg Road, Snowden Farm Parkway, Little Seneca Parkway, Meadow Mist Road, Skylark Road, Ridge Road, Father Hurly Boulevard, Dawson Farm Road and Liberty Mill Road, ending at the lower level of the Germantown MARC station.

The new route is intended to help meet more demand for transit services in the upcounty and connect MARC service to Rockville, Silver Spring and Washington, D.C., according to Ride On.

The Sept. 26 meeting will be held at the Upcounty Regional Services Center at 12900 Middlebrook Road, Germantown. It will begin at 6:30 p.m. and finish after the last speaker is heard. A rain date of Oct. 3 has been scheduled.

Those who would like to speak at the forum must make the request in writing by Sept. 23 by sending their name, address, telephone number, email address and the name of an organization if they speaking on behalf of one to the Division of Transit Services, 101 Monroe St., fifth floor, Rockville, MD 20850.

Two printed copies of their testimony must be supplied for the record.

Sign language interpreters will be provided if requested at least three business days before the forum. Large-print format also is available upon request.

Comments may also be made in writing, by fax or emailed to the Division of Transit Services by Oct. 3. Transit Services can be reached by fax at 240-777-5801 or by email at mcdot.rideonpublicforums@montgomerycountymd.gov.