Thursday, August 2, 2012
Twenty six Ride On buses were taken out of commission in July.
Update 1:25 p.m.: What was reported as a Ride On bus fire in Takoma Park was actually a false alarm, according to a Washington Post report. There was steam coming out of the bus and it was mistaken for smoke, according to the Post report. A tube inside the bus fell off, and as a result water leaked onto a hot part inside the bus. This caused steam to pour out. Original Story: A Montgomery County Ride On bus caught fire Wednesday night, according to a report on CBS. Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett ordered the 26 remaining Ride On "Champion" buses permanently removed from service in July after a bus caught fire near Bonifant Street and Ramsey Avenue in downtown Silver Spring. It was the second bus fire in July and the seventh in …
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Ride On will operate on a reduced service schedule Thursday and Friday.
After yet another Ride On bus fire, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett has ordered the 26 remaining Ride On "Champion" buses permanently removed from service. The most recent fire occurred Wednesday at Bonifant Street and Ramsey Avenue in downtown Silver Spring, NBC reported. It was the second this month and the seventh in three years. Ride On will operate on a reduced schedule Thursday and Friday, as it does on holidays. All routes will have service, but buses will run less frequently. There are three changes to the posted holiday schedule for Thursday and Friday: Will you be taking Ride On to and from work on Thursday and Friday? Tell us in the comments.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Union leader: County's plan to replace the buses comes "not soon enough."
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating the safety of the county’s Ride On bus fleet after six bus fires in the past three years, the federal agency said this week. The latest fire occurred March 20 on Georgia Avenue near the Glenmont Metro station, NBC4 reported. That fire, along with two others, occurred within the last four months. The county employees union has filed a grievance with the county to keep the buses out of service until the defects are identified and repaired. The union claimed the county violated its collective bargaining agreement by failing to enforce safety and health obligations, WAMU radio reported. The federal investigation involves the International 3200 model buses manufactured between …