Middlesex County Area Transit (MCAT) Changes Name to Middlesex County RIDE

Middlesex County Area Transit (MCAT) Changes Name to Middlesex County RIDE


Low-cost Public Transit Services include RIDE Routes, RIDE Reservations, and RIDE On Demand


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MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ – Middlesex County officially announces a new name and visual identity for its public transit system, Middlesex County RIDE, formerly known as Middlesex County Area Transit (MCAT). This transformation reflects the Middlesex County Department of Transportation’s commitment to evolving with modern demands and enhancing public mobility for residents, ensuring services are accessible, affordable, reliable, and convenient. Since June 2024, all shuttles, buses, and signage now feature the Middlesex County RIDE branding. RIDE’s current services ― RIDE Routes, RIDE Reservations, and RIDE On Demand (New Brunswick) ― are not impacted by this change.


“Middlesex County RIDE is a reflection of our dedication to delivering resident-friendly public mobility services,” said Middlesex County Commissioner Director Ronald G. Rios. “This new brand identity will help generate more awareness of this low-cost micro-transit system available to all residents. Whether you’re an elderly patient getting to an appointment or a student commuting to school — this is about accessibility and reliability. I encourage all residents and visitors to explore our RIDE services.”


“Affordable and convenient public transportation is crucial for our community’s economic growth,” said Middlesex County Commissioner Charles Kenny, chair of the County’s Transportation Committee. “That’s why we consistently invest in our transportation infrastructure and work hard to enhance our services to address the diverse needs of our residents. By doing so, we support local businesses and improve everyone’s overall quality of life.”


Middlesex County RIDE provides safe, reliable, convenient public mobility options at a low cost. Services include:


  • RIDE Routes: Fixed routes that do not require advance booking, providing easy and reliable transportation options. These shuttles connect with other convenient, fixed-route bus and rail transportation services. There is a suggested fare of $1 for the public and $.50 for seniors and the disabled.
  • RIDE Reservations: Available for residents aged 60 and above, as well as disabled individuals aged 18 and up. Reservations are required, contingent upon availability, and entail shared rides with other passengers. To make a reservation, call 1-800-221-3520.
  • RIDE On Demand: Currently serving the greater New Brunswick area, this service allows users to book rides through the Middlesex County RIDE On Demand app, available in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Riders can be picked up and dropped off anywhere within New Brunswick for $3 per ride. This is a ride sharing service where one or more passengers headed in the same direction, may ride with you. The service operates Monday through Friday from 6 am to 10 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am to 6 pm. For those without digital access, rides can be booked by phone at 732-655-6600.


On Thursday, July 18, Middlesex County RIDE will table at New Brunswick’s Car Show on George Street. This family-friendly event, featuring hot cars, live music, boutique specials, and food at Monument Square Park, is free to the public. Residents can meet the Middlesex County RIDE team, learn more about public mobility options, and see the new branding on their shuttles.


Additionally, the County launched a public service announcement campaign for RIDE to broaden awareness and encourage County residents to take advantage of RIDE services.


To learn more about Middlesex County RIDE, please visit middlesexcountynj.gov/ride.







Middlesex County is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies, three universities, 19 park systems, and world-class healthcare and research facilities making it one of the nation’s most dynamic regions and a leader in technology, transportation, the arts, and food innovation. As one of the most diverse populations in the country, Middlesex County is home to over 860,000 residents living throughout 25 municipalities. The County’s award-winning Middlesex County Magnet Schools system and two-year Middlesex College uphold its position as #1 in the state for best schools, offering secondary and postsecondary education and workforce development programs that create a unique ecosystem where opportunities abound. Conveniently located between New York and Philadelphia, Middlesex County is a leading destination for businesses and residents alike to live, work, and play – and has been since the 17th century. For more information, visit middlesexcountynj.gov and find us on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.




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