Orion V 5622
Location: Little Falls Parkway and Dorset Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD
Operator of Vehicle: Ride On (Montgomery County Transit)
Date of Photo: June 11, 2014
Ride On is the county owned and operated bus system in Montgomery County, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, DC. It’s hard to believe, but about 15 years ago, the fleet only had a handful of 40 foot buses. Nowadays, 40 footers dominate. While the first order of 30 foot buses in a number of years was made in 2014, no new 35 foot buses have been ordered in about 10 years. As a result, as the 2016 Gillig Phantoms arrive on the property, the Orion Vs, like the one pictured here, will be retired, leaving no diesel 35 footers in the Ride On fleet and even fewer buses remaining in the “traditional” blue and white scheme. In addition, the arrival of the new Gilligs will mark the retirement of Ride On’s last high floor buses, as Ride On’s fleet will be entirely low floor.
Photos of the new Gilligs, which also feature a new unit numbering scheme, will be plentiful in the months and years to come, so enjoy this oldie but goodie while you can!
For more photos of the Ride On 35 foot Orion Vs, please click here.