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Montgomery County is considering changes to two Ride On bus routes that would extend service in Germantown and Clarksburg.

The first route, 83, would be extended to the future Holy Cross Hospital site by running along Observation Drive and through Montgomery College’s Germantown campus. Route 83 currently services stops between the Germantown Transit Center and the Milestone Park and Ride Lot near Route 355.

The second route, 94, will “address greater demand for transit service in the upcounty area,” according to a county press release. Route 94, alternatively called “Meet the MARC,” would pick up commuters from Clarksburg and major routes on the way to the Germantown MARC station. According to the release, Route 94 would pick up riders on Clarksburg Road, Snowden Farm Parkway, Little Seneca Parkway, Meadow Mist Road, Skylark Road, Ridge Road, Father Hurley Boulevard, Dawson Farm Road and Liberty Mill Road.

The proposed route would replace the existing Route 94, which runs from the Kingsview Park and Ride lot near Clopper Road to the Germantown MARC station. The last day of service for the current Route 94 would be Oct. 18.

The new Route 94 will ease overcrowding at the Germantown MARC station by allowing riders to use the bus instead of driving and parking at the station, said county spokeswoman Esther Bowring.

Montgomery County is scheduled to hold a public forum at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 26 at the Upcounty Regional Services Center at 12900 Middlebrook Road. Those who would like to testify about the routes must submit a request in writing by providing their name, home address, telephone number, email address and organization, if applicable, to the Division of Transit Services: Ride On Public Forum, 101 Monroe Street, 5th Floor, Rockville, Maryland 20850. Those who will testify at the forum must provide two printed copies of their testimony for the record.

Comments may also be made in writing, by fax to 240-777-5801 or by email to mcdot.rideonpublicforums@montgomerycountymd.gov. Comments and requests to speak may be sent to 101 Monroe St., Third Floor, Rockville, Md. 20850. Materials must be submitted by Oct. 3 to be considered.

Riders and drivers of Montgomery County: stuck in congestion on your morning commute? Seeing major delays on the Red Line? Send me a note at bumper@gazette.net.