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.
Monday, May 21, 2012
Response to bus fire likely to tie up traffic on the Inner Loop.
Students were evacuated from a school bus on the Capital Beltway's Inner Loop Monday afternoon after the bus caught fire, according to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue. Firefighters responded to the report of the bus fire shortly before 4 p.m. near the River Road exit, according to Capt. Oscar Garcia, a Fire and Rescue spokesman. There was no active fire when responders arrived, Garcia said. Students and staff were evacuated safely and there were no reported injuries, Garcia said. Initial information indicated the bus was not operated by Montgomery County Public Schools, Garcia said. He wasn't immediately able to confirm which school or jurisdiction operated the bus. Students and staff were transported from the scene by a second bus, …
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 …
Monday, July 18, 2011
No children were on the bus and no injuries were reported.
A school bus fire closed all southbound express lanes at the Montrose Road exit Monday morning. The school bus was being driven in for repair work, said Capt. Oscar Garcia, a fire and rescue spokesman. The driver was the only person on the bus. No injuries were reported. Garcia was unable to confirm if the school bus belonged to Montgomery County Public Schools. The fire was extinguished shortly before 11 a.m. Garcia said that the fire may have started in the engine. By 11 a.m. only one lane was getting by the scene on I-270’s main lanes, Garcia said. All local lanes were open. At 11:30 a.m., NBC4 showed live shots of traffic jammed on southbound I-270. NBC4 also posted video shot from its helicopter of the bus fire being extinguished. …