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Montgomery County's Ride On buses on holiday schedule after fire

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Montgomery County's Ride On bus system is operating on a reduced schedule following a bus fire in Silver Spring last week.

The entire fleet of Champion buses used by RideOn have been pulled for good. Photo: Brad Bell

The county says there will be service reductions on Monday and Tuesday, but that the system should be back to normal on Wednesday.

Following the fire, the county pulled 26 of the Champion Navistar buses from the road. Officials say there have been a half-dozen fires involving that particular model in recent years.

As a result of the change, commuters in Montgomery County will to adjust their schedules and prepare for some delays.

“I think it’s terrible, it’s unsafe, not only are they putting our lives in danger, it's the passengers,” Ride On bus driver Wayne Ellison said.

With Ride On buses operating on a holiday schedule, busses won’t run as frequently so there may be delays. However, all routes will be in service.

“Bottom line the buses are off the road and our members and the public won’t have to deal with this threat anymore,” UFCW Local 1994 President Gino Renne said.

In addition to the modified schedule, officials have made some changes to provide additional service to customers:

- Route 2 will provide service to Walter Reed

- Route 38 will provide service to the U.S. Postal Training Academy

- Route 54 will provide service to NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology)

Click here to view the Ride On bus schedule.

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