Gillig Advantage/BRT 4061
Location: Medical Center Station, Bethesda, MD
Operator of Vehicle: Ride On (Montgomery County Transit)
Date of Photo: October 6, 2017
Exactly one month ago, Ride On, the county operated bus system in Montgomery County, MD, launched its first limited stop service, Route 101 or the Ride On Extra. This route uses a special fleet of BRT styled Gillig Advantage buses. I’m not a huge fan of WMATA’s “MetroExtra” branding for several reasons, but I really like how Ride On has taken this brand from another agency in the area and applied it to itself. The paint scheme and name is clearly derived from WMATA, and to Ride On’s credit, the paint scheme makes it clearer that an approaching bus is a limited stop one than Metro’s scheme. In its first month of service, I had three occasions to take this service, and found the trip to be extremely speedy, though I was admittedly riding against the peak direction of travel each time. The buses have WiFi and USB charging ports on board, but I did not use either feature any of the times I have been on these buses. The buses also still have that new bus smell, so be sure to check it out soon if you want to experience that, too. The Ride On Extra currently operates between Lakeforest Mall and Medical Center Station during weekday rush hours.
For more photos of the Ride On Extra, please click here.