Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Held for New Bikeshare Stations
County Executive Ike Leggett, County Councilmember Roger Berliner, MCDOT Director Al Roshdieh and other dignitaries celebrated the installation of eight, new Bikeshare stations in the Pike District, Twinbrook and the City of Rockville, bringing the County’s Capital Bikeshare network to 82 stations. Read more.
Leggett, Roshdieh, Manna Food’s DeCarlo Kick Off Give and Ride Week, April 15 to 21
Ride On will launch its 31st annual Give and Ride program on Sunday. Donate food in exchange for a free ride and help Manna Food Center feed 11,000 hungry families and provide weekend food to 2,800 needy, elementary school students. Program participation has declined, but the need has increased. Even those who don’t use Ride On can participate by giving donations to any Ride On bus operator or dropping off donations directly to Manna Foods. Read more.
MCDOT Partnership with Public Schools Featured at Launch of “Stay Alert, Stay Alive” Awareness and Enforcement Campaign
The National Safety Council has designated April as Distracted Driving Awareness month. To promote safety, MCDOT and Montgomery County Public Schools are collaborating during Teen Pedestrian Safety Week, April 23 to 27, to reduce collisions resulting from distracted driving and walking. During the last five years, drivers have hit at least 292 teen pedestrians in Montgomery County, and five of those teens died. Read more.
Intersection Improvement Project to Begin in Silver Spring
MCDOT is creating a roundabout to improve the intersection at Judson Court, Judson Road and Henderson Avenue. The project will include new pedestrian and ADA access; storm drains; replacement of curbs; full depth road paving; and installation of signs and pavement markings. Work hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., with temporary lane closures planned between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
MDOT to Hold Open Houses on I-270, I-495 Work
The Maryland Department of Transportation is seeking public input on traffic congestion projects planned for I-270 and the Capital Beltway. Two sessions will be held in Montgomery County on April 18 and 19. Read more.
Maryland Traffic Fatalities Down Nearly 11 Percent in the First Six Months of 2017 (From Spotlight on Highway Safety: Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities by State, 2017 Preliminary Data Governors Highway Safety Association)
Maryland traffic fatalities decreased by 10.9 percent in January through June of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016. The Governors Highway Safety Association has released a report about trends nationwide.
Seven Montgomery County Smart Driver TEK Workshops to be Offered in April by AARP
AARP offers Smart DriverTEK workshops to help drivers better understand the latest high-tech safety features in their current or future car. The 90-minute interactive workshop costs five dollars. Registration is required. Learn more and register online.
Participate in “Give and Ride” April 15 to 21 and Help Feed Area’s Neediest Families
Ride On bus passengers can help needy families and ride free by donating canned or nonperishable food during our 31st annual “Give and Ride” food drive. Ride On will collect donations from Sunday, April 15 through Saturday, April 21. Read more.
Two US 29 Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) open houses will be held April 3 and 4. Find out how BRT will operate, how existing local bus service can better link with the US 29 BRT, about efforts to incorporate art into station designs, and view updates to the station area designs. Learn more.
MCDOT to Rehabilitate Bridge on Montevideo Road
MCDOT will begin a project on or about April 16 to replace the Montevideo Road Bridge in Poolesville, which will require two complete closures of the road, each of which will last for about five weeks. Read more.
MCDOT Doesn’t Just Plow Roads Anymore
MCDOT is committed to ensuring our transportation system is reliable – and that means keeping everyone mobile. That’s why during inclement weather, in addition to the 5,200 lane miles of roads that are cleared, MCDOT also removes snow from more than 50 miles of sidewalks and trails, 295 Ride On bus stops, 500 bus shelters and protected bike lanes.
Bike to Work Day Registration Now Open
On Friday, May 18, 2018 Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association will sponsor Bike to Work Day, an annual celebration of bicycling as a clean, fun and healthy way to get to work. Be one of the first 20,000 to register and receive a free T-shirt when attending. MCDOT sponsors pit stops throughout Montgomery County. Learn more and register online.
Ride On Bus Operator Margaret Douglas Provides Great Service
On March 27, a Ride On bus passenger commended bus operator, Margaret Douglas, and sent Ride On this email:
Today at 5:55 pm, I was picked up on East West Highway towards Friendship Heights and had one of the friendliest bus drivers around! She greeted everybody! She said goodbye when people exited the bus and was happy to be driving. It was refreshing! Kudos to Bus Driver #1!
MCDOT Director Al Roshdieh to be a Guest at Next East County Citizens Advisory Committee
On Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 7 p.m., MCDOT Director Al Roshdieh will update the East County Citizens Advisory Committee on transportation issues of interest to their community. Read more.
MCDOT’s Senior Transportation Services Help Montgomery County Gain Recertification as Age-Friendly Community
Last year was a busy one for MCDOT with the award of a $10 million TIGER grant for the U.S.29 BRT, launch of the Wheaton Revitalization Project, expansion of Bikeshare to Wheaton, start of a major White Flint transformation project and so much more. See report online.
MCDOT’s Approach to Roadway Salt Use: Apply the Minimum Amount Necessary to Ensure Safety
Using salt on County roadways during winter storms is a balancing act. Salt use protects travelers and can save lives. But using too much salt can have environmental impacts. That is why MCDOT uses the minimum amount of salt necessary to ensure public safety. Read more.
MCDOT’s Mobile Commuter Store Comes to You
Upcounty, downcounty, and all around -- the Mobile Commuter Store is on the move to provide valuable one-on-one transportation assistance in your area. Add value or purchase SmarTrip cards, buy Ride On passes and more. Check the weekly schedule or learn more about the Mobile Commuter Store.
Resurfacing Program Resumes
Spring brings the resumption of MCDOT’s Highway Services road repaving program and replacement and repairs to sidewalks, curbs and gutters. Check out the projectsplanned for your neighborhood this season.
Ride On Conducting Customer Survey
Let Ride On know your preferred way of getting information about the bus system and rate your experience with the service. Take a quick, 10-question survey online.
MCDOT to Hold Ride On Roadeo
The Ride On Roadeo encourages drivers to demonstrate their skills to family, friends and co-workers. The winner goes on to compete against other bus drivers from around the world. Read more about the International Bus Roadeo sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association.
Visit MCDOT's Booth at the 4th Annual Montgomery County GreenFest on May 5
The 4th Annual Greenfest, Montgomery County’s largest environmental festival, will take place on Saturday, May 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free event will be held at Jesup Blair Park in Silver Spring. Read more.
March 19, 2018
*REMINDER: During winter storms, go to the County’s snow portal for the latest about closures, preparing for storms and emergency information.
MCDOT to Hold Public Hearing on Establishing Residential Permit Parking in Purple Line Impact Areas in East Silver Spring
A public hearing will be held Wednesday, February 28 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Silver Spring Civic Building. Learn more.
Safety Tips for Biking
Thinking about trying out bikeshare or taking advantage of the County’s new protected bike lanes? Stay safe by following Street Smart biking tips.
Two Red Line Stations to Close for Maintenance This Summer
From July 21 through Labor Day, Metro will shut down the Rhode Island Avenue and Brookland stations on the Red Line for maintenance and conduct other projects this summer and fall that will affect every line. Read more.
Exhibitors and Vendors Can Register for 4th Annual Montgomery County GreenFest to be Held May 5
The 4th Annual Greenfest, Montgomery County’s largest environmental festival, will take place on Saturday, May 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free event will be held at Jesup Blair Park in Silver Spring. Online registration is now open. Read more.
Single Lane Closures Planned Along Rockville Pike in March and April as Construction Begins on Intersection Improvements
As part of MCDOT’s MD 355 Crossing Project at the Medical Center Metro Station, single lane closures are planned for weekdays during March and April between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. as construction begins on intersection Improvements at Rockville Pike/Jones Bridge Road/Center Drive and at Rockville Pike/Woodmont Avenue. Read more.
Mobile Commuter Store is On the Go
Want to buy Ride On passes or MARC train tickets or purchase or add value to a SmarTrip card? Stop by MCDOT’s Mobile Commuter Store for these and other commuter services or one-on-one assistance. Check the store’s upcoming schedule for a location near you.
Consider SoberRide for a Free Ride Home on St. Patrick’s Day
Celebrating on St. Patrick's Day? SoberRide is a great option for getting home safely. Get a FREE ride (up to $15). Learn more.
Public Hearing Planned Concerning Abandonment of a Portion of Reed Street A public hearing is planned to obtain public input on a proposed abandonment of a 3,303-square-foot portion of Reed Street in Bethesda. The hearing will be held on Wednesday March 28, at 7 p.m., in the Executive Office Building Lobby Auditorium, 101 Monroe Street, Rockville. Read more.
Latest Update on Wheaton Revitalization Project -
Demolition of the Regional Services Center Building has begun. Read more about the project’s progress.
Crucial Wheaton-Area Community Services Open in New Permanent Spot - With the closing of the Mid County Regional Services Center, Proyecto Salud Clinic, the Gilchrist Immigration Resource Center, the Adult Behavioral Health Program and Mid County United Ministries are now open in their new permanent homes. Read more.