Montgomery County Ride On bus system is going plastic for young riders: Starting March 1, the Youth Cruiser SmarTrip card will replace the paper Youth Cruiser passes.
The Youth Monthly Pass, which costs $11, provides unlimited rides to those age 18 or younger for an entire month. The Youth Summer Pass provides unlimited rides from June 1 through Aug. 31, for $18. Both passes provide significant savings over regular fares. Additional value can be added to the Youth Cruiser card, the same as a regular SmarTrip card, for use on Metrorail, Metrobus and other participating transit agencies.
The new cards must be purchased in person, for $2. Proof of age and county residence is required. The cards are available weekdays at the TRiPS Commuter Stores in Silver Spring and Friendship Heights, and the county treasury division in Rockville.
A full list of participating retail outlets is available online.
Riders age 18 and younger also can continue to use Ride On’s Kids Ride Free program from 2 to 7 p.m. weekdays.
More information is at montgomerycountymd.gov/dot-transit/ or by calling 311 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; 301-251-4850 TTY; or 240-777-0311 from outside Montgomery County.
Meanwhile, Ride On continues to offer free rides to passengers 65 or older who have a Senior SmartTrip card or Medicare card with photo ID.
The free rides are offered 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.