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In Montgomery County, Ride On Is The Way To Go!

When taking public transportation throughout Montgomery County, the primary choice is Metro.  But if you are a current Metro customer who gets sick and tired of the late to non arrivals, then you should go for the reliable choice and choose Ride On. 

Ride On is Montgomery County’s alternative to Metro.  Offering similar schedules as Metro to destinations throughout the county, Ride On is not only more convenient, but gets you to your destination on time.

I really put their service to the test during the Snowpocalypse of 2010.  In the midst of the massive snowfall, I found most of their routes to be up and operating on time!  When it seemed like the competition didn’t even bother during the storm (and the massive clean up), Ride On (which often runs though residential areas) didn’t even seem to have a delay in service. 

METRO + DOWNTOWN SILVER SPRING = PURE CHAOS

With construction occurring right at the Silver Spring Metro, trying to get around the area can be a headache.  First you have to walk through a maze just to get out of the station to the surrounding streets (i.e.: Colesville Rd and Wayne Avenue).  Then if you transfer from rail to bus (or vice versa), get ready for a little bit of a hike.  Depending on the bus you need, you might have to walk in and around the businesses on Wayne, Colesville and Georgia Avenues because the bus terminals are scattered throughout the district.  

Coupled with big buses speeding in and around the pedestrians on foot, I myself have witnessed a lot of near misses.  The sad part about it is that this chaos will be going on for some time.  I walk by the construction site everyday, and it doesn’t even seem like they’re making any kind of progress whatsoever.  Oh well, all of this in the name of transportation! 

Maryland Cell Phone Ban Begins

Maryland residents and those residents who travel through Maryland need to know that on Friday, October 1, 2010 (this Friday) - cell phone use will become illegal while driving. The offense will be a "secondary" offense, meaning that offenders can only be cited with it if they are pulled over for another primary offense like speeding or running a red light.

Beginning on Friday, people who wish to make a call while driving MUST use a hands free device. The fine will be $40 for the first offense and $100 for subsequent violations of the law.

Texting while driving has been illegal for some time now and already carries a fine.

Maryland is following suit with several other states with cellular phone bans while in operation of a motor vehicle, but it is one of the only (if not the only) state to list the law as a "secondary" offense.

Car Free Day on September 22-Montgomery County Offers Tips on How You Can Participate

Montgomery County Commuter Services (MCCS) invites residents and employees to join the Washington region in celebrating Car Free Day on Wednesday, September 22.  This annual, worldwide event encourages the public to find alternatives to using cars or reduce the amount of driving that day.  Organizers promote the idea that using transit, biking, and walking – instead of driving – will reduce noise, pollution and stress.

            “People throughout the region are re-evaluating their relationship with the car,” said Montgomery County Department of Transportation Director Art Holmes.  “This is great news for transit and great news for the environment.  I encourage everyone to try transportation alternatives that will help us relieve congestion and the stress of commuting.”