Friday, October 5, 2018

Go Montgomery! October 5, 2018


MCDOT Receives $4.365 Million from U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration to Purchase 10 Electric Buses

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) has received a $4.365 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to replace diesel buses with 10 new, electric buses that will have lower fuel costs and be more reliable with fewer breakdowns. In September 2017, MCDOT received an FTA grant for $1.75 million to purchase four electric buses and charging stations.  Read more.


MCDOT Wins $300,000 Maryland Bikeways Program Grant

MCDOT has won a $300,000 Maryland Bikeways Program grant to prepare a final design for a one-half mile, 10-foot-wide shared use path along Emory Lane and Muncaster Mill Road that will provide better connections with the proposed North Branch Trail and Rock Creek Regional Park. Read more.


Students Invited to Become Vision Zero Youth Ambassadors

MCDOT invites high school students to serve as Vision Zero Youth Ambassadors. Interested students may apply onlinethrough November 5. Selected Youth Ambassadors will have the opportunity to become road-safety leaders in their school and community through this school year. Read more


Gold Mine Road Closed During Bridge Replacement Project

MCDOT has begun a project to replace the Gold Mine Road Bridge, which is located near Chandlee Mill Road. The project requires closure of a portion of Gold Mine Road through summer 2019. Residents can access Gold Mine Road from Chandlee Mill Road to Brook Road. Read more.


Public Meeting Planned about CCT Crossing at Little Falls Parkway, CCT Improvements and Separated Bike Lanes

On Tuesday, October 9 from 6:30-8:30 p.m., MCDOT and Montgomery County Parks will present information about several Capital Crescent Trail projects and separated bike lanes for Downtown Bethesda. Read more.


MCDOT Director Al Roshdieh Joined County Executive at Opening of Pepco Trail

On October 5, County Executive Ike Leggett spoke at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new six-mile, natural surface, multi-use trail that connects Muddy Branch Stream Valley to South Germantown Recreational Park. MCDOT helped to ensure the new trail meshes with the County’s overall trail and road networks and completed safety improvements. Read more.


Greg Road to Close for About Three Weeks

MCDOT will close Greg Road between Georgia Avenue and Riggs Road from October 5 to 29 to repair and paint the bridge over Hawlings River Tributary.  Follow detour signs.


MCDOT’s Walk to School Day Focus School in Gaithersburg this Year

Encourage students to be healthy and join the fun on International Walk to School Day, Wednesday, October 10 at 8:45 a.m.Schools throughout Montgomery County are participating and this year’s focus school is Gaithersburg Elementary School. 35 North Summit Avenue, Gaithersburg. 


Ride On to Hold Public Forum on Proposed Changes to Route 75

MCDOT’s Transit Services invites the public to a forum on November 1 to provide input on proposed changes to Ride On Route 75, which include extending service to the Germantown MARC Station and additional service within the Clarksburg community.  The forum will be held at the UpCounty Regional Services Center, 12900 Middlebrook Road, Conference Room A, Germantown and begin at 6:30 p.m. Read more.


Pepco Work on Westbound River Road at Little Falls Parkway to Temporarily Close Left Turn Lane

Pepco has begun electrical transmission work that will require an initial two-and-one-half month closure of the westbound left turn lane on River Road at Little Falls Parkway. MCDOT has established a detour along Ridgefield Road, Westbard Avenue and Massachusetts Avenue. Read more.


Sign Up for Updates on the Marriott International Headquarters Construction Project in Downtown Bethesda

Regular updates are now available online or sign up to receive them by email. 


Washington Area Conducting Survey as Part of Regional Bus Transformation Project

Through November 16, the public is invited to provide input through a mobility survey on making local bus service a better transportation choice. The survey will assess the opinions, preferences and desires for bus service in the region among bus riders and non-riders alike. Read more. 


October 5, 2018



Columbus Day, Monday, October 8 is Not a County Holiday

All services will be provided according to their normal weekday schedules, including Ride On bus, the TRiPS Commuter Store and Mobile Commuter Store. Payment for parking will be required at public garages, lots and curbside meters.


Update on Road and Concrete Repair Projects

MCDOT is working hard to complete seasonal road paving, sidewalk and curb repair projects before the cold weather sets in. Upcoming projects include:


Attendees Pick Their Favorites at Parking Day 2018

The results are in. People who visited the Parking Day parks in Silver Spring and Bethesda voted for their favorites, and the winners are: Torti Gallas + Partners in Silver Spring and Creative Parties in Bethesda.Read more.
Creative Parties
Torti Gallas + Partners


Update on Wheaton Revitalization Project

The contractor has completed levels P4, P3 and P2 of the parking garage and has begun construction of Level P1. Removal of the overhead Pepco wires along the east side of Grandview Avenue is complete.  View on site construction activitiesRead weekly progress newsletter.
Construction of Elevator Slabs Continues


Friday, September 21, 2018

Go Montgomery! September 21, 2018


Ride On Begins Customer Survey to Guide Planning for Transit Services

To help guide planning for transit services, Ride On is randomly distributing a short survey to passengers. The survey will continue until the end of October. Read more.


MCDOT’s Reza Zarif Invited to Speak at Microsoft Envision Conference

MCDOT’s Reza Zarif was invited to speak at the Microsoft Envision conference. He will be discussing how MCDOT went from a paper and physical map system that assigned, routed and tracked snow plow operations to a digital, cloud-based one using off-the-shelf products. Read more.


MCDOT’s Commuter Services to Sponsor City Cycling Classes with WABA

MCDOT has scheduled four Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) City Cycling classes in Montgomery County. The classes are designed to boost riders’ confidence and teach them skills for all types of situations. Read more.


MCDOT Garages Get “Fall” Cleaning

Now through November, MCDOT garages in Silver Spring, Bethesda and Wheaton are getting their fall thorough scrubbings. Twice a year, garages are completely washed and cleaned from top to bottom. These seasonal cleanings are in addition to the daily routine maintenance the garages receive year-round. 


Participate in the 2018 Walk & Ride Challenge 

Employees in the Bethesda, Friendship Heights, North Bethesda, Greater Shady Grove and Silver Spring Transportation Management districts can now register to participate in the Walk & Ride Challenge to win prizes and get healthy. Register by September 28. Learn more. 


MCDOT to Hold Public Hearing on Two Projects Planned for Clarksburg

The public hearing on two Clarksburg projects, intersection improvements and a new bike path, scheduled for Wednesday, September 26, has been cancelled and will be rescheduled.


Update on Wheaton Revitalization

Levels P4 and P3 of the garage are complete and work on Level P2 is about 80% complete.
Construction of the elevator slabs continues.


September 21, 2018


Car Free Day is Saturday, September 22 – get free rides from the Shady Grove Metro to the Germantown Transit Center, Black Hills Regional Park and the Clarksburg Outlets. 


Celebrate Community Service Day with MCDOT: Donate Bikes, Bike Parts, and Helmets to Low Income Families

Don’t forget to save your bikes for MCDOT’s Community Service Day, October 26.


Thursday, September 20, 2018

Go Montgomery! September 14, 2018


MCDOT to Sponsor Special Car Free Day “Shop and Play” Celebration 


Ride On Service Changes Begin Sunday, September 16

Beginning Sunday, September 16, Ride On will make changes to 19 bus routes. New service will be added to Routes 43 (new Sunday service), 76 (new Saturday service) and 90 (new midday service). Most other changes modify current bus schedules to more accurately reflect the time it takes for a bus to run its route based on traffic and other conditions. Read details.


Learn More About Bethesda Bicycle and Pedestrian Capital Improvement Projects

The public is invited to join MCDOT at a meeting on Tuesday, October 9, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (with a presentation at 6:45 p.m.) in the Bethesda Chevy Chase High School Cafeteria, 4301 East West Highway to discuss the design and construction of proposed bicycle and pedestrian safety improvements in Downtown Bethesda. Read more.


School is in Session: Be Sure You Understand Maryland Law Requiring Vehicles to Stop for School Buses

As the new school year begins, be aware that Maryland Law requires drivers to stop, and remain stopped, for a school bus displaying flashing red lights and an activated stop arm. Learn more about school bus safety and share the Understanding the School Bus Law information flyer with friends and family.


September is National Preparedness Month

Although Hurricane Florence is no longer a significant threat to Montgomery County, now is a perfect time to get organized and re-evaluate your family’s emergency plan. Emergencies such as winter storms, fires, floods and acts of terrorism present a real challenge for all. Sign up for Alert Montgomery.


MCDOT to Hold Public Hearing on Two Projects Planned for Clarksburg

MCDOT invites the public to attend a public hearing on Wednesday, September 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. to provide comments on two proposed projects: Clarksburg Road at MD 355 intersection improvements, which will include a sidewalk and shared use path; and MD 355 Clarksburg Bike Path Project, between Stringtown Road and Snowden Farm Parkway. Read more.


Provide Comments to Metro About Expanding Cash-Free Boarding on Limited-Stop Routes

Metro is considering expanding use of pre-loaded SmarTrip® card-only boarding on selected, limited-stop MetroExtra routes to speed service. The public is invited to provide comments by attending a public hearing on Monday, September 17 at 7 p.m. or taking an online survey, that is open until 9 a.m., September 24. Learn more.

 Bethesda Blasting for Purple Line Construction to Begin Soon
(From Blasting at the site of the old Apex Building at Wisconsin Avenue and Elm Street is expected to begin soon as construction of the Bethesda Purple Line Station and the direct elevator connection to the Red Line platform continues. See article.


Planning Department Invites Public to Kick Off Meeting for Aspen Hill Vision Zero Study

The Montgomery County Planning Department invites the public to the first meeting for the Aspen Hill Vision Zero Study on September 26, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Aspen Hill Library. Attendees will discuss Vision Zero – a plan to reduce fatalities from traffic accidents to zero by combating distracted driving, biking and walking; the role of Montgomery Planning; and how the community can be involved with the study. Spanish translation will be available. Learn more.


Planning Board Continues Discussions on the Veirs Mill Corridor Master Plan

On September 20, the Montgomery County Planning Board will continue its discussions on the Veirs Mill Corridor Master Plan Public Hearing Draft with additional work sessions anticipated in October. Learn more by visiting the plan webpage.


**Correction from previous issue of Go Montgomery**
Resurfacing of Executive Boulevard will occur in spring 2019, not this fall as previously reported.

September 14, 2018



Participate in the 2018 Walk & Ride Challenge 

Employees in the Bethesda, Friendship Heights, North Bethesda, Greater Shady Grove and Silver Spring Transportation Management districts can now register to participate in the Walk & Ride Challenge to win prizes and get healthy.  Registerby September 28 or by September 14 to save $10. Learn more. 


Vote for Your Favorite PARK(ing) Day Parklet and You Could Win a Prize 

Can’t participate in PARK(ing) Day, but plan to check out the fun “parks?” Choose your favorite park by going online and voting. You will automatically be entered into a random drawing for a $25 gift card. Get more information about entering the contest at any of the PARK(ing) Day parks. Read more


Capital Bikeshare Begins E-bike Pilot Program

Capital Bikeshare has launched a pilot project that adds about 100 electric bikes (e-bikes) to its fleet. The bikes will be distributed throughout the region with a handful possibly available at some of Montgomery County’s 83 stations. Riders can unlock the distinctive black e-bikes using their Capital Bikeshare key fob, or from the app, whether they are a current CaBi member or a casual rider purchasing a single trip or 24-hour pass. Learn more.


Update on Wheaton Revitalization

Work has been completed on the two deepest of the five underground garage levels, and work continues on the next one. Utility work is ongoing, including on Grandview Avenue. View on site construction activitiesRead weekly progress newsletter.
Construction of the elevator slabs