Many are using apps to request rides to get from point A to B, but imagine having a smartphone app to request public transportation.
The Montgomery County Department of Transportation has a new program in the works. Ride On is working on a program that will provide an on-demand bus pickup service by using a smartphone app. Montgomery County Department of Transportation Director, Al Roshdieh, said: “We will come pick you up within that geographical area and take you to that destination.”
There will be three zones – Rockville, Glenmont and Wheaton. Riders will soon be able to request pickups at a virtual bus stop near their homes for $2. Commuter, John Mullen, stated: “I would definitely use the app because I think it would be a lot better; that way, you would get more frequency.”
Montgomery County Department of Transportation officials said they will use an 11-passenger bus in each zone. The rideshare app is similar to Uberpool.
“The only way we can deal with our current congestion in this area is to get more people on mass transit,” Roshdieh said. The goal is to get people out of their cars to the Metro stations, especially ones who aren’t close to a bus or train station.
Commuter, Prince Aboubakare, said: “It’s way easier and less complicated, and you get to your destination quicker.” John also added, “It will also get people to take transit during hot Summer days.”
MCDOT officials say they are hoping to get those who don’t use public transportation to start. The program will start in late June.