Friday, April 24, 2015

Go Montgomery - April 24, 2015

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Leggett and Roshdieh Launch Program to Install Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Public Parking Lots and Garages

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett and Montgomery County Department of Transportation's (MCDOT) Acting Director Al Roshdieh unveiled three new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations with the capacity to charge six vehicles at the Bethesda Capital Crescent (Garage 31) public parking garage. Read more.

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Ride On Sponsors Teen Video Contest; Entries Due May 1

Montgomery County's Ride On bus system is looking for middle and high school students to help spread the word about its free and discounted kids programs by producing a fun and educational video about the Youth Cruiser SmarTrip Card, the Monthly Pass, and the Summer Pass. Winners could win bus passes for an entire year, Ride On gear, and the opportunity to have the video featured on the County's website, Montgomery County Cable Television and Ride On's YouTube channel. Read more.

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Two Bicycle and Pedestrian Priority Area Meetings Planned for Next Week

On Monday, April 27, Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) will hold a public workshop to answer questions about improvements being considered for the Grosvenor/Strathmore bicycle and pedestrian priority area. The improvements could include bulb-outs and sidewalk, curb and curb ramp reconstruction to meet Americans with Disabilities Act best practices.The meeting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Garrett Park Elementary School cafeteria located at 4810 Oxford Street in Kensington, MarylandRead more.

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State Bill Could Speed Up Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvements

 A state bill signed into law by Governor Larry Hogan requires the State Highway Administration (SHA) to act within a year of when Montgomery County designates a location as a Bicycle-Pedestrian Priority Area. SHA would then be required to ensure that the needs of bicyclists and pedestrians are taken into account during all phases of transportation planning, design, construction or expansion.  Read more.

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AAA Says Six in 10 Crashes Caused by Distracted Driving (Article Source: CBS Baltimore, March 25, 2015)

A new study gives a rare glimpse to what goes on when teens take the wheel. Traffic officials say teen drivers have the highest crash rate out of any age group. Their distraction is more severe than ever reported and now a series of videos proves it. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety partnered with the University of Iowa to study the behind-the-wheel behavior of 16 to 19-year-old drivers. Researchers examined nearly 7,000 videos from cameras mounted in vehicles showing what drivers were doing seconds before impact and what was happening on the road. The study reveals distractions were a factor in 58% of crashes. Using a cell phone is behind many close calls. Looking away from the road or talking with passengers also led to collisions.  Read the full article with a link to a video compilation of teen distracted driving crashes online.

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May is Bicycle Safety Month

To celebrate Bike Safety Month, why not consider sharing safety information and resources about biking with family members, friends, neighbors and co-workers? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has materials and ideas available www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/BicycleSafety.


April 24, 2015


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In the Spotlight is a new occasional feature that will highlight some of MCDOT’s outstanding employees and the services they provide to the public

Joseph M. Pospisil  (AKA “Joe”) has been with Montgomery County’s Department of Transportation (MCDOT), Division of Traffic Engineering and Operations for the past eight years.  Although Joes’ family resides in Iowa, MCDOT is fortunate to have him living and working here in Montgomery County. Read more.

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Upcoming Paving and Resurfacing Projects

MCDOT will begin repairs and hot mix asphalt resurfacing of Parkland Drive, Aspen Hill and Randolph Road, between Georgia Avenue and Connecticut Avenue. Resurfacing on Parkland Drive begins in April and is expected to take about five weeks and work hours will be between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Work on Randolph Road will start in May and occur at night Monday through Friday from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., to minimize traffic delays. The project is expected to take about six weeks, weather permitting. Read More.

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MCDOT's Division of Transit Services Now has YouTube Channel

Check out Transit Services’ You Tube channel for information about Ride On and Commuter Services in the County. 
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MCDOT Road Patching Featured in YouTube Video

MCDOT’s Division of Highway Services has posted a short video on its YouTube Channel that explains how crews patch roads. Check it out online.


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In the Spotlight is a new occasional feature that will highlight some of MCDOT’s outstanding employees and the services they provide to the public.


Joseph M. Pospisil  (AKA “Joe”) has been with Montgomery County’s Department of Transportation (MCDOT), Division of Traffic Engineering and Operations for the past eight years.  Although Joes’ family resides in Iowa, MCDOT is fortunate to have him living and working here in Montgomery County. 

Joe has greatly improved safety around school zones and provides engineering and technical services in managing residential and non-residential parking issues, the permit parking program and traffic ordersHe also took the initiative to create geographic information maps that display traffic control devices, parking restrictions, and other elements that have greatly assisted Traffic Engineering staff.   He is a great asset to MCDOT -- thank you Joe!

Ride On Sponsors Teen Video Contest; Entries Due May 1

Montgomery County's Ride On bus system is looking for middle and high school students to help spread the word about its free and discounted kids programs by producing a fun and educational video about the Youth Cruiser SmarTrip Card, the Monthly Pass, and the Summer Pass. Winners could win bus passes for an entire year, Ride On gear, and the opportunity to have the video featured on the County's website, Montgomery County Cable Television and Ride On's YouTube channel.
Email entries to rideon.customerservice@montgomerycountymd.gov or upload them toDrop box by May 1.

For more information, including the contest flyer, rules, and entry form, visit Ride On Kids Ride Free webpage.

Two Bicycle and Pedestrian Priority Area Meetings Planned for Next Week



On Monday, April 27, Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) will hold a public workshop to answer questions about improvements being considered for the Grosvenor/Strathmore bicycle and pedestrian priority area. The improvements could include bulb-outs and sidewalk, curb and curb ramp reconstruction to meet Americans with Disabilities Act best practices. The meeting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Garrett Park Elementary School cafeteria located at 4810 Oxford Street in Kensington, Maryland.

MCDOT will also hold a public meeting on Thursday, April 30 to obtain public input on pedestrian and bicycle improvement designs for Tuckerman Lane. The meeting will be held from 7:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. at the Winston Churchill High School cafeteria located at 11300 Gainsborough Road in Potomac, Maryland.


Leggett and Roshdieh Launch Program to Install Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Public Parking Lots and Garages

 

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett and Montgomery County Department of Transportation's (MCDOT) Acting Director Al Roshdieh unveiled three new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations with the capacity to charge six vehicles at the Bethesda Capital Crescent (Garage 31) public parking garage. Garage 31 is the first to be completed in MCDOT’s program to install additional EV stations in 11 County parking garages and lots over the next few months capable of charging 26 vehicles. MCDOT will then expand the EV program to a total of 24 facilities with the capacity to charge more than 50 vehicles. Read more.
The newly opened Capital Crescent Parking Garage in Bethesda, Maryland has 1,250 parking spaces including six spots, reserved for Electric Vehicle charging.






MCDOT’s Division of Transit Services Now has YouTube Channel


Check out Transit Services’ You Tube channel for information about Ride On and Commuter Services in the County. 


MCDOT Road Patching Featured in YouTube Video


MCDOT’s Division of Highway Services has posted a short video on its YouTube Channel that explains how crews patch roads. Check it out online.