Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Go Montgomery *SPECIAL EDITION* February 2, 2016

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MCDOT Responds to “Snowzilla” January 2016

The snowstorm of January 22 was record-setting, dumping between 22 and 38 inches of snow on Montgomery County. According to the National Weather Service, Potomac received the third highest snowfall on the East Coast with 38.5 inches recorded. See what MCDOT did to keep you moving

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Leggett Announces Six-Year Capital Construction Budget; Focus on Education, Job & Business Creation, Affordable Housing, Transit, Road Maintenance

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett released his recommended $4.4 billion FY17 Capital Budget and six-year FY17-22 Capital Improvements Program (CIP) on January 15. The plan includes $192 million in funding for Purple Line-related projects – including a maximum $40 million County contribution to the State for the Purple Line, and $181 million for road maintenance. Read more.

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Become an Exhibitor at the April 30 Montgomery County Greenfest

The 2nd annual Montgomery County GreenFest will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 30 at the Takoma Park Community Center. GreenFest is looking for exhibitors to provide food or display information about their company or organization. For-profit and nonprofit environmentally-focused organizations and vendors are encouraged to participate.  Space is limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is expected to open the second week in February. Read more.

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County Council Asks Governor and MDOT to Construct Full I-270 Interchange at Watkins Mill Road

The Montgomery County Council sent a letter to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and Peter Rahn, the secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation, asking that the state proceed with the original design of the long-planned interchange at I-270 and Watkins Mill Road in Gaithersburg. It was recently learned that the State planned to significantly scale back the project. Read more.

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New Bikeshare Station Planned for Medical Center Metro Station

A new Montgomery County Bikeshare station will soon be added at the Medical Center Metro Station – weather permitting. The station will be located between the Metro station and the Kiss and Ride parking lot. This will be the 53rd Bikeshare station in the County.Read more.

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Employers: Commuter Connections Awards Deadline Extended to February 5

The application deadline for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments' Commuter Connections program has been extended to February 5. The awards recognize regional employers who adopt alternative commuting methods such as transit, teleworking, carpooling/vanpooling and bicycling. These methods help to mitigate traffic congestion and provide for cleaner air through reduced auto emissions. Read more.

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Transportation for America Study Finds Positive Economic Development Benefits Associated with Bus Rapid Transit Projects

Transportation for America unveiled the findings of a new peer-reviewed study that examined existing bus rapid transit (BRT) lines and found strong evidence that BRT systems in the U.S. can generate economic development, attract jobs, retail and affordable housing — at a cost that’s well within reach for many mid-size American cities. Read more.

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Did You Know that Ride On is Free for Montgomery College Students and Kids and Seniors at Certain Times of the Day?

Montgomery College students can ride Ride On for free anytime by showing the driver a valid student identification card with a current semester sticker. Express routes may require an additional fee.

With a Youth Cruiser SmarTrip® card, those ages five through 18 have some great options for getting inexpensive and free rides. Kids ride free on Ride On from 2 to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday. In addition, youth get unlimited rides for only $11/month. See details.
Seniors age 65 years or older with a valid Metro Senior ID Card or Medicare Card and Photo ID ride free on Ride On from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Persons with a disability and a Metro Disabled Identification Card also ride free from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday and attendants either ride free or pay half fare, depending on the time and day.

More information about Ride On fares is available online.

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Go Montgomery *SPECIAL EDITION* February 2, 2016


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Al Roshdieh Approved as Director of the Department of Transportation

Today, the Montgomery County Council approved the appointment of Al R. Roshdieh as Director of the Department of Transportation (MCDOT). Roshdieh has served as MCDOT Acting Director since December 22, 2014. During the past year, he has reinvigorated the department’s mission and staff with a progressive vision for sustainable transportation that is outlined in a vision document that was also released today for the first time.  Read more.

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Roshdieh Releases New Vision for Transportation in Montgomery County

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation’s new director, Al R. Roshdieh, has issued a document that outlines a fresh vision, mission and guiding principles for MCDOT. Developed under Roshdieh’s leadership during his tenure as Acting Director, the document reflects the innovative approach he is taking to create a sustainable transportation system. Read more.

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The full document, “Moving Forward Together,” is available online.

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Here's what Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett said about Al Roshdieh:
“Montgomery County is changing and to thrive we must meet the transportation challenges of the 21st century with fresh, creative solutions. Over the past year while serving as Acting Director, Al Roshdieh has clearly demonstrated that he is the right person to move MCDOT forward. He has focused on transforming the transportation infrastructure to be even more transit-oriented, bikeable and walkable; boosted innovation throughout the department; successfully strengthened relationships with the community and, through public-private partnerships, enhanced economic development. Roshdieh has proven that he has the vision and leadership skills to deliver the first-rate, multimodal transportation system that Montgomery County needs.”



Al Roshdieh Approved as Director of the Department of Transportation


Today, the Montgomery County Council approved the appointment of Al R. Roshdieh as Director of the Department of Transportation (MCDOT). Roshdieh has served as MCDOT Acting Director since December 22, 2014. During the past year, Roshdieh has reinvigorated the department’s mission and staff with a progressive vision for sustainable transportation that is outlined in a vision document that was also released today for the first time.

“Montgomery County is changing and to thrive we must meet the transportation challenges of the 21st century with fresh, creative solutions,” said Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett. “Over the past year while serving as Acting Director, Al Roshdieh has clearly demonstrated that he is the right person to move MCDOT forward. He has focused on transforming the transportation infrastructure to be even more
transit-oriented, bikeable and walkable; boosted innovation throughout the department; successfully strengthened relationships with the community and, through public-private partnerships, enhanced economic development. Roshdieh has proven that he has the vision and leadership skills to deliver the first-rate, multimodal transportation system that Montgomery County needs.”

Roshdieh has served Montgomery County for more than 26 years as Acting Director and Deputy Director of MCDOT, as the Deputy Director of the Department of Public Works and Transportation, Chief of the Division of Operations, and Chief of the Division of Facilities and Services. He has a wealth of experience in developing policy; leading the planning, design, construction and operation of the County’s transportation infrastructure; directing more than 1,300 employees; and managing an annual operating budget exceeding $200 million and a capital projects budget of more than $2.8 billion.

“My goal as MCDOT Director is to foster a transportation system that conserves natural resources, protects the environment, promotes social equity and helps stimulate economic growth,” said Roshdieh. “Montgomery County is a vital and innovative community that has embraced smart growth principles as the path to an even brighter future. I believe that by taking a comprehensive approach to mobility that promotes sustainable alternatives, we will further unlock the County’s economic potential and provide the very best transportation choices to move people and connect places.”

Roshdieh brings to MCDOT a wealth of knowledge and experience in developing transportation and public works policies and systems. He directed the implementation of many County initiatives, including the County Executive’s Pedestrian Safety Initiative, implementation of the Countywide Capitol Bikeshare program and development of the Bus Rapid Transit program. Roshdieh has enhanced economic development and increased the County’s tax base by successfully negotiating numerous public/private partnerships and mixed-use developments in the Wheaton, Bethesda and Silver Spring areas; redefining departmental approaches to enhancing pedestrian and bicycle mobility and safety; encouraging innovation by directing projects such as transit screen installations, electric vehicle charging stations in garages and the County’s first cycle track; winning grants to expand Bikeshare in Wheaton, a shared use path and sidewalk in Clarksburg and a wayfinding system in Bethesda; and earning six National Association of Counties awards.


The Montgomery County Department of Transportation’s new director, Al R. Roshdieh, has issued a document that outlines MCDOT’s new vision, mission and guiding principles. Developed under Roshdieh’s  leadership during his tenure as acting director, the document reflects the fresh and innovative approach he is taking to create a sustainable transportation system.  Entitled “Moving Forward Together: A New Vision for Transportation in Montgomery County,” it outlines MCDOT’s core values as follows:

Guiding Principles:
  • Provide an effective and efficient transportation system
  • Keep our system reliable, safe and secure
  • Engage and support our diverse community
  • Enhance quality of life
  • Be innovative and forward-thinking

The full document, “Moving Forward Together,” is available online.


Roshdieh Releases New Vision for Transportation in Montgomery County

  MCDOT Vision

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation’s new director, Al R. Roshdieh, has issued a document that outlines MCDOT’s new vision, mission and guiding principles. Developed under Roshdieh’s  leadership during his tenure as acting director, the document reflects the fresh and innovative approach he is taking to create a sustainable transportation system.  Entitled “Moving Forward Together: A New Vision for Transportation in Montgomery County,” it outlines MCDOT’s core values as follows:

Guiding Principles:
  • Provide an effective and efficient transportation system
  • Keep our system reliable, safe and secure
  • Engage and support our diverse community
  • Enhance quality of life
  • Be innovative and forward-thinking
The full document, “Moving Forward Together,” is available online.

Monday, February 1, 2016

MCDOT Responds to “Snowzilla” January 2016


The snowstorm of January 22 was record-setting, dumping between 22 and 38 inches of snow on Montgomery County. According to the National Weather Service, Potomac received the third highest snowfall on the East Coast with 38.5 inches recorded.


Here’s what MCDOT did to keep you moving:
  • Crews worked around the clock for nine or 10 days.  They ate and slept at the depots. Half the staff finally went home on Saturday, January 30 and then returned to work on Sunday. The other half worked Saturday and finally went home on Sunday, the 31st
  • Mobilized nearly 1,100 pieces of equipment to clear 5,200 lane miles of County roads. Remember, any road in the County designated by a number, such as River Road, Georgia Avenue, Connecticut Avenue, etc. are cleared by the State Highway Administration. Tree crews were also readied in case there were downed trees.
  • On Thursday and Friday before the storm hit, crews pretreated all roads. Typically, only emergency and main routes are pretreated, but MCDOT took the unusual step of pretreating neighborhood roads as well.
  • Made parking in County lots and garages free for nearly six days.

  • Kept Ride On buses running until 7 p.m. on January 22 – longer than any other regional transit system.
  • Plowed nonstop to keep 1,000 lane miles of emergency and main routes clear throughout the storm to make sure that every household was within one-half mile of a cleared road and could be reached by an emergency vehicle.
  • Cleared main Ride On bus routes to get the bus system back in service as soon as possible.
  • Set up strike teams of plows at each fire station battalion to clear the way for emergency calls.
  • Provided Ride On buses as shuttles for an emergency evacuation of condominium residents during the storm. 
  • Began snow hauling operations. Because of the amount of snow the County received, there just wasn’t enough room to push the snow to the sides of the roads. Instead, it had to be hauled away, particularly in central business districts and from bus routes, main and secondary roads, intersections and even neighborhoods
  • Made sure traffic signals worked and adjusted their timing to try and keep traffic moving, despite reduced lanes on many highways.
  • Initially cleared snow from highest ridership bus stops to quickly provide access to 70 percent of Ride On passengers.
  • Cleared sidewalks at MCDOT facilities, including access to 56 parking lots, garages and park and ride lots and their adjacent 3.5 miles of sidewalks. Cleared miles of sidewalks along properties not owned by the County to improve safety on busy pedestrian routes.
  • Made nearly every street passable within 79 hours of snowfall’s end.
  • Crews remain fully mobilized and continue to widen roadways, improve sight lines, clear intersections and remove snow from some high-traffic sidewalks as resources become available. They have also begun filling potholes.
Watch as Highway crews use a industrial sized snowblower to clear lanes on Watkins Mill Road in Germantown:

Clearing sidewalks on Watkins Mill

These photos were taken during Snowzilla:






For more photos and videos visit Highway Division on Twitter.

Become an Exhibitor at the April 30 Montgomery County Greenfest

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The 2nd annual Montgomery County GreenFest will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 30 at the Takoma Park Community Center. GreenFest is looking for exhibitors to provide food or display information about their company or organization. For-profit and nonprofit environmentally-focused organizations and vendors are encouraged to participate.  Space is limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is expected to open the second week in February.

GreenFest is a celebration of the people and environment of Montgomery County and the role we all play in making it a healthier, sustainable community. It was launched last year as a public-private partnership of 13 governmental agencies and nonprofits to provide a platform for combining education, networking and entertainment -- all focused on the environment.  It is expected to be the largest countywide environmental festival and attract well over 1,000 attendees.

This year’s event will feature family-oriented activities, inspirational speakers, music, films, an electric vehicle show, Do-It-Yourself workshops, food and a documentary screening presented in partnership with the Environmental Film Festival. In addition to a major focus on water-related issues, the event will feature concurrent presentations on energy efficiency and renewable energy, recycling and waste reduction, landscaping, sustainable transportation, and more.



Leggett Announces Six-Year Capital Construction Budget; Focus on Education, Job & Business Creation, Affordable Housing, Transit, Road Maintenance


Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett released his recommended $4.4 billion FY17 Capital Budget and six-year FY17-22 Capital Improvements Program (CIP) on January 15. The plan includes $192 million in funding for Purple Line-related projects – including a maximum $40 million County contribution to the State for the Purple Line, and $181 million for road maintenance. 

“Transportation infrastructure is critical to facilitate economic development, a high quality of life, and commercial and personal mobility,” said Leggett. “My recommended CIP reflects a balanced approach to funding roads ($340.8 million), mass transit ($232.8 million), pedestrian and bikeway facilities ($249.3 million), and highway maintenance ($181 million) - as well as bridges, traffic improvements, and parking ($147.5 million).

“Also included in my capital budget is a new Purple Line project to cover the County’s costs to secure land for right-of-way for the Purple Line as well as coordination and monitoring of the Purple Line and the three County-funded projects - the Capital Crescent Trail, Bethesda Metro Station South Entrance, and the Silver Spring Green Trail.

“This project also includes a maximum $40 million County contribution to the Purple Line project. While my FY17-22 capital budget includes $192.1 million for the four Purple Line- related projects, full costs and the required funding schedule will not be known until the State’s negotiations with the selected Concessionaire are concluded this spring.”

Other mass transit projects in the capital budget will complete construction of transit centers at Montgomery Mall and Takoma Park/Langley, improve the condition of Ride On bus stops and transit Park and Ride lots, and purchase 150 replacement buses. County and State funding has also been included to complete facility planning for the MD 355 and US 29 corridors as the first steps in a comprehensive bus rapid transit system.

Funding for new and improved roads has increased due to project cost increases and projects moving into the FY17 to 22 capital improvements program. Significant transportation projects include:
  • Montrose Parkway East will provide a new east-west road (with bridges, interchanges, sidewalks, and bikepaths) to connect the existing Montrose Parkway/Rockville Pike interchange to Veirs Mill Road. The road will improve access to the White Flint area and to I-270.
  • Goshen Road South will provide traffic congestion relief and safety improvements to the existing Goshen Road by widening existing lanes and adding a median, sidewalks and bikepaths.
  • Snouffer School Road and Snouffer School Road North (Webb Tract) are two related projects that will provide traffic congestion relief and safety improvements (sidewalks, turning lanes, and traffic signals) in the vicinity of the County’s future Multi-Agency Service Park. Both projects will be completed in FY19.    
  • Seminary Road Intersection improvements will realign an existing intersection in Silver Spring to improve traffic flow and enhance safety by adding on-road bike lanes and sidewalks by FY20.
  • East Gude Drive Roadway improvements will provide sidewalk safety improvements and enhance turning lanes at intersections to improve existing and future traffic flows by FY21.
  • Stringtown Road, Clarksburg Transportation Connections, Subdivision Roads and State Transportation projects: These projects represent partnerships with private developers to support development in the Clarksburg area. Work will be completed at various points during FY17 to FY20.
  • Maryland/Dawson Extended: Funding for the City of Rockville has been added to construct curbs, gutters, pavement, drainage, utility relocation, sidewalks and other safety and connectivity improvements to support continued development in the Rockville Town Center.
  • Wapakoneta Road Improvements and the Platt Ridge projects will be completed in FY17.
“Since FY06, I have increased road maintenance funds by $366 million,” said Leggett. “We must continue to aggressively address this issue. My recommended CIP includes $181 million for highway maintenance. Due to fiscal constraints, I was not able to increase funding for highway maintenance as I have done in the past. However, I have accelerated $6.15 million in FY18 funding into FY17, and I will look for opportunities to add funding in future CIP amendments.”