Free and Comfortable Rides in Bethesda

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Photo courtesy of Gazette.netCatching a ride in downtown Bethesda has gotten a little more modern, though some might say a bit less charming. According to, the Bethesda Circulator has traded up from old-fashioned trolleys to new luxury buses for the 2.1 mile, 20-stop route through the city’s downtown area.

While the trolleys were delightful, the new buses also have some nice amenities including cushioned seats, which all will agree are more comfortable than the trolleys’ wooden benches. But the major reason for the change, according to the Bethesda Urban Partnership, was economics. The trolleys had begun to break down more often with replacement parts both expensive and difficult to find, so the new buses will transport the route’s 24,000 daily riders much more efficiently.

Yet the important things have not changed for the Circulator. Just like the trolleys, the buses can carry 29 people and, most importantly, the ride is still free. The major adjustment for locals and tourists will be to recognize the shiny red and yellow bus as their ride, so the BUP is creating a marketing campaign to show off the buses and help increase ridership.

Since 1999, the Circulator program has been getting people around Bethesda for free, and the city is happy to continue this service. Losing the trolleys might make some folks a bit wistful, but this change is a sign that Bethesda is a thriving city that wants to take good care of her citizens.

A free bus system to get you comfortably around Bethesda is just one of the many wonderful services offered. Let me show you all the other reasons why you’ll enjoy living in the Bethesda area. Contact me, Mynor Herrera, today for expert help buying or selling in the DC, MD, & VA areas! I also specialize in Bethesda and Chevy Chase, as well as the sub-divisions of Rosemary Hills, Rock Creek Forest, East Bethesda & Whitehall Condominium.

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