Friday, April 3, 2020

Go Montgomery! April 3, 2020


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Please note our new website that is constantly updated with the latest transportation information
during the COVID-19 health crisis: www.montgomerycountymd.gov/DOT/covid19.html
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Governor Issues Stay at Home Order 

Earlier this week, Governor Larry Hogan issued a Stay at Home order to protect public health and safety. The order states that no Maryland resident should leave their home unless it is for an essential job or for an essential reason, such as obtaining food or medicine, seeking urgent medical attention, or for other necessary purposes. Read more. 

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County Executive Elrich Holds Virtual Community Briefing to Answer Your Questions About COVID-19

Montgomery County’s top leaders answered questions Thursday night from residents, business owners and first responders at the County’s first COVID-19 Virtual Community Briefing. 
The live event featured County Executive Marc Elrich, Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jack Smith, County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles and Director of the Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Dr. Earl Stoddard who answered questions ranging from testing to distance learning and help for small businesses. Watch Briefing

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COVID-19 Information  

The COVID-19 Outbreak is a constantly evolving situation, and Montgomery County’s Department of Health and Human Services, working with the Maryland Department of Health, will provide updates as they become available at montgomerycountymd.gov/covid19. 

Using Ride On During the Covid-19 Health Crisis


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Ride On Continues to Operate Essential Bus Service  

Under Governor Hogan’s stay at home order, residents are advised to travel only for essential purposes. Ride On continues to operate 35 critical routes routes seven days a week for essential trips, and all service is free. See detailed service information: Essential Service Plan and Map of Routes and Locations of Essential Services.

Map Shows How Operating Bus Routes Align with Essential Services 

Need to take Ride On to an essential service, including healthcare facilities, dialysis providers, pharmacies near hospitals, grocery stores near hospitals, banks near hospitals, Montgomery County Public Schools food distribution sites and operating Metro Stations? Use this online map to see how operating bus routes align with these destinations:  essential services map.

Where's My Bus? 

With regular Ride On service schedules disrupted, note that Ride On Real Time Information only shows bus location. This allows passengers to see when a bus is approaching a bus stop, but does not provide the estimated time of arrival. View the map at rideon.app/busmap. Please note that trip planning apps such as Google Maps, do not reflect current schedule information.

Keeping Riders Safe 

All Ride On bus interiors are cleaned nightly with hospital grade disinfectant. Bus filters and ventilation systems are also treated each night with a disinfectant. 

Ride On Providing Free Rides 

Buses have implemented rear door boarding and are not charging any fare to ride any Ride On bus. Unless you need ramp assistance, board through the rear door.
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Update on County Street, Garage and
Lot Parking


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MCDOT Establishes “Curbside Food Pickup” Zones for Restaurants  

MCDOT continues to expand temporary curbside food pick up zones in Silver Spring, Wheaton, Bethesda and  North Bethesda The zones prevent long-term parking in spots in front of carry-out restaurants and essential services while allowing temporary “standing parking” of 15 minutes or less. Find out which local restaurants are open at MoCo EATS To-Go Guide and help support our local businesses if you can.

MCDOT Relaxes Some Parking Restrictions 

* Parking meter enforcement has been relaxed in areas where businesses remain open for quick pickups— such as restaurants, pharmacies and food stores. 
FREE PARKING is available at the Bonifant/Dixon Garage 55 in Silver Spring and the Auburn/Del Ray Garage 36 in Bethesda. 
Parking enforcement in Residential Parking Permit areas has been suspended. 

MCDOT Offering PCS Permit Refunds 

While Maryland's stay-at-home order is in effect, MCDOT parking customers with PCS (Parking Convenience Stickers) permits may request refunds in-person at the Parking Store in Bethesda or Silver Spring, by phone or by mail. Learn more. 

Status of Commuter Services


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Mobile Commuter Services Store is Closed For Now 

As the County continues its efforts to keep the community safe, MCDOT’s Mobile Commuter Store operations have been temporarily suspended. 

Silver Spring TRiPS Commuter Store Has New Hours  

The TRIPS Commuter Store is open Monday through Friday between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. The store is located on the 2nd level of the Silver Spring Transit Center, 8404 Colesville Road. Essential workers can get transit and trip planning assistance and information.

Other Ways to Get Around


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Metrorail and Metrobus Still Providing Some Service for Essential Travel Only 

Metrorail: Many stations are closedBeginning April 6, service will end at 9 p.m.  View the live train map and special COVID-19 rail system map. 
Metrobus: Metro releases schedule information every week. Beginning April 6, service will end at 11 p.m. Passengers should board through the rear-door, except for customers requesting the use of the ramp. Fare collection is temporarily suspended.  
Stay updated on Metro services and alerts at www.wmata.com/service/status/#main-content.  

County's Bike Map Available Online 

Montgomery County offers nearly 100 miles of bike lanes, bike-friendly shoulders, and separated bike lanes (cycle tracks) countywide. Learn more and visit the interactive map online at bikemap.montgomerycountymd.gov.  

*COVID-19 Transportation Information:
www.montgomerycountymd.gov/DOT/covid19.html
*COVID-19 Closures and Service Updates:
montgomerycountymd.gov/covid19-closures.
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April 3, 2020


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FREE Trips for Essential Workers on Capital Bikeshare and Lyft E-Scooters

Essential workers can enroll for a free 30-day Capital Bikeshare membership or a free 30-day combined membership that includes Capital Bikeshare and Lyft electric scooters. Bikeshare single trip fee reduced from $2 to $1. Learn more

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MCDOT Invites Employers to Teleworking Webinar April 7 From 3 to 4 p.m.

Many employers have had to implement telework programs in the past few weeks with little to no preparation. Attend this free webinar to ask questions and hear telework experts discuss: best practices for quick-starting and ramping up a telework program, tips for management controls and productivity, low-cost technical solutions and more. Email your questions in advance by noon on April 6. Register now.

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In light of the COVID-19 health crisis and out of an abundance of caution, the public forum will be rescheduled. Learn more.

Resources and Volunteer Opportunities


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Volunteering and Being a Good Neighbor During COVID-19:  English | Español

Volunteers Needed 

Looking for ways to help? The Montgomery County Volunteer Center lists opportunities for individuals and organizations to provide services during this critical time, including the Maryland Responds Medical Reserve Corps. Learn more.  

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Montgomery County Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Donations Needed

During these challenging times, one of the most critical needs is for personal protective equipment (PPE) for our healthcare workers on the front lines. Donate gloves, N95 masks, disposable gowns, face shields and hand made masks.

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Montgomery County Food Council Provides Information for Those in Need 

Get information about food assistance resources, and opportunities for individuals and organizations to support community needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.  COVID-19: Recursos y sistemas locales de alimentos y comida 

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Greater DC Diaper Bank Supports Community 

This resource supports the health and well-being of families with diapers, formula, period products and other essentials. Donations are needed. Get help or provide support 

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Have questions or need assistance within Montgomery County? Call 311 or visit
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Friday, March 20, 2020

Special Edition - Go Montgomery!

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During this difficult and uncertain time as our country faces the challenges of addressing the COVID-19 health crisis, officials have asked us to take dramatic action to ensure our own health and the health of our family, friends and community.
I want to share with you what the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) is doing to keep you and our employees safe while trying to maintain the highest possible level of the services that you depend on.
The work that MCDOT does routinely is important in making sure County residents can access food, medicine and services. This is especially true now under these trying conditions. We have continued to build, repair, and maintain infrastructure, we have kept our signal system running, our Taxi Office is providing uninterrupted services, our parking system is adapting to changing conditions, and Transit Services developed an entirely new service schedule—essentially overnight. 
During the past week, MCDOT has put in place innovative new policies to support and enhance the safety of workers and residents.  As examples, Transit Services instituted rear-door boarding and stopped requiring fare payment to provide a safe distance between passengers and bus operators and Parking Services established curbside parking changes to support carryout, pickup, and delivery access at restaurants.
MCDOT has amongst the most dedicated and outstanding employees in the County government. When a weather emergency, flood or disaster occurs, our staff is on the front lines. And facing the COVID-19 crisis is no different.
I want to thank our staff for their creativity and flexibility and their outstanding service as they continue to face the challenges of responding. I especially want to thank our transit operators for continuing to provide a lifeline for so many residents and employees in Montgomery County. Without the dedicated service from these individuals, emergency operations workers and those who work in essential businesses would not be able to access their jobs.
In the days ahead, I am anticipating broader reductions in activity and County services to minimize the spread of COVID-19, but I am confident that MCDOT will be able to continue to adjust and provide the best services that we can for the public.
I am so proud of the MCDOT staff who are doing incredible work to respond to the crisis. We are a team, and every day our team members are stepping up to tackle new challenges, support each other and give their all to the public during this time of uncertainty.
MCDOT Director Chris Conklin
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 Ride On Bus Service

Starting Monday, March 22, Real Time Information will be available and will provide real time information on bus operations under the special schedule.

  • Ride On buses are free for all passengers.
  • Most likely later today we will be announcing further bus service cuts starting Monday.
  • Special Service Plan with modified service details for each bus route.
  • Rear-door boarding.
  • Extra disinfecting of buses, filters and ventilation systems.
  • Weekday suspension of Flex bus on-demand transit and Routes 11, 28, 101 (Ride On extRa) and 129.
  • Saturday suspension of Route 28.
  • View real time bus schedules at rideon.app/busmap.
  • View Special Bus Schedule Details at  www.montgomerycountymd.gov/DOT-Transit/special-plan.html.
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*Status of Upcoming MCDOT Events:
www.montgomerycountymd.gov/dot/calendar.html#/?i=1
*COVID-19 Closures and Service Modifications in Montgomery County:
www.montgomerycountymd.gov/OEMHS/COVID19-Closures.html
*Volunteering and Being a Good Neighbor During COVID-19:  English | Español
For the most up-to-date service information, riders should follow @RideOnMCT on Twitter, visit Ride On MCT on Facebook,
go to RideOnBus.com 
For ongoing department updates, follow MCDOT on Twitter at @MCDOTNowsubscribe to MCDOT news releases or visit MCDOT website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov.dot.
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Zones Established for 15-Minute Food Pick-Up

Curbside parking changes made to help residents and support restaurants that depend upon carryout, curbside pickup and deliveries. Learn more.

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Enforcement Suspended in Residential Parking Permit Areas


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Free Parking at Two Garages

MCDOT is offering temporary free parking at Bonifant/Dixon Garage 5/55 in Silver Spring and Auburn/Del Ray Garage 36 in Bethesda. 

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Residents Encouraged to Reduce Non-Essential Travel  Learn more.

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Friday, February 28, 2020

Go Montgomery! February 28, 2020

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Public Can Still Provide Comments Until March 2 on WMATA's Proposed Fare/Service Plans

The public has until March 2 at 5 p.m. to take a survey and/or provide comments to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) on its proposed budget that includes some reductions in service in Montgomery County. View a summary of the proposed Metrorail and Metrobus service and fare changes in WMATA's budget brochure (available in six languages). Learn more at www.wmata.com/budget.


Public Invited to Town Hall Meeting on Proposed Metro Fare/Service Changes March 2

The town hall, hosted by Montgomery County Council's Transportation and Environment Committee,  will begin at 7 p.m. at the Planning Commission Building, located at 8787 Spring Street in Silver Spring.  RSVPing is encouraged but not required. Learn more

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MCDOT to Present Revised Ride On Bus Change Options Around the US 29 Corridor at March 3 Public Workshop

Based on pubic feedback received in January about planned modifications to Ride On bus service along the US 29 (Colesville Rd/ Columbia Pike) corridor, Ride On has re-evaluated the originally proposed changes and postponed any final restructuring until fall 2020. Learn more.

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Temporary Weekend ICC/MD 200 Closures

Montgomery County drivers who use the Intercounty Connector (MD 200) could be affected by this weekend's closure as the Maryland Transit Authority upgrades hardware and software of all toll facilities. Beginning 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 through 5 a.m. Monday, March 2, westbound traffic will be detoured at I-95. Various detours will continue into April. To sign up for email and text alerts or view real-time traffic cameras for I-95, ICC/MD 200 or the Bay Bridge, visit mdta.maryland.gov.

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MCDOT and Silver Spring Urban District Invites Public to a Listening Session on the Fiscal Health and Parking Rates in the Silver Spring Parking Lot District (PLD) on March 4

Learn more about the current fiscal health of the PLD and provide feedback, suggestions and submit recommendations for the Fiscal Year 2021 Operating Budget. The listening session will begin at 6:30 p.m. in downtown Silver Spring's Civic CenterRead more.

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MCDOT Invites Public to Learn More About Permits Required for Residential EV Charging Stations at March 4 Workshop

MCDOT and the Department of Permitting Services will hold a public meeting at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, beginning at 7 p.m., to brief the community on and receive feedback about the new Residential EV (Electric Vehicle) Charging Permit guidelines that require homeowners to obtain an electrical permit prior to the installation of a residential EV charging station under certain conditions.  Read more.

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Ride On to Participate in Age-Friendly Montgomery Public Forum March 18

Ride On staff will participate in the Age-Friendly Montgomery Public Forum, to be held at Bohrer Park Activity Center in Gaithersburg from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. County Executive Marc Elrich will be the keynote speaker on the topic, "What Can Racial Equity Look Like in an Age-Friendly Community?” Learn more.

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Learn More About MCDOT's Ride On Real Time Web Application

The Ride On real time mobile app on the Google and Apple Play Stores are being deactivated this month and will no longer have accurate real time information. Click here for information on how to load the new web application information source onto your smartphone (rideon.app/locationquery), where you can get the most up-to-date information, such as where is my bus, departure times, find a stop, plan my trip, etc. If you have any questions or issues using the new web-based Ride On Real Time app, contact MC311, email Ride On customer service or send a message on Ride On's social media platforms, Facebook and Twitter.

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Artist Applications to Create Garage Mural for “Paint the Town” Project Due April 6

Calling all artists interested in submitting and executing mural ideas for the exterior of MCDOT's public parking garage 35 in downtown Bethesda, to bring more public art murals to the County’s urban districts. Learn more.

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Keep Current on Purple Line Construction

Stay up-to-date on construction activities by subscribing to inbox updates or texts in English or Spanish. A list of active construction activities—filterable by work zones—can be found at www.purplelinemd.com/construction/construction-updates.

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County Executive Talks About 2020 Priorities and Budget on Montgomery Al Día

County Executive Marc Elrich was a guest on Montgomery Al Día February 18, the County’s Spanish-language radio show on Radio América 900 AM. He discussed his 2020 priorities, the fiscal year 2021 budget, the Maryland legislative session, Census 2020, pedestrian safety and more. Watch the interview here.

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Elrich to Host Online Chat March 12

Join Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich online chat  from 1 to 2 p.m. or submit a question in advance.

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2020 Census Arriving in Households in March

Expect the 2020 Census invitation in your mailbox soon and be sure to respond by mail, phone or online by April 1 (Census Day). Every 10 years, the federal government conducts a population count of everyone in the United States and it is vitally important that all participate so that Montgomery County gets its fair share of funding to support programs such as highway and transportation projects that benefit County residents.  Learn more at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/census.

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Maryland's MVA Celebrated Issuing Three Million REAL IDs

REAL ID will be required for those who plan to fly after October 1. County residents who still need to get their Real ID can make an online appointment with their local Motor Vehicle Administration office, get guidance on what documents are needed and watch video tutorials that explain the process. Learn more at www.mva.maryland.gov/realid/index.htm.

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Work With Us! MCDOT is Hiring

Go to MCG Careers to learn more about:
  • Taxicab Code Enforcement Inspector
  • Traffic Sign and Marking Supervisor
  • Parking Mgmt Public Service Craftsworker
  • Transit Bus Operator
  • Traffic Systems Technician

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ACCEPTING VENDORS: MCDOT Safety Day May 2

Safety Day will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Rockville. We are still looking for vendors to participate, contact Duwan Morris for more information.

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MCDOT Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Making a Difference Throughout the County

It’s been a busy winter for MCDOT’s SRTS program as it reaches out to educate kids across the County on pedestrian and bicycle safety. Nine SRTS events are planned for March and early April in an effort to teach kids the skills they need to be safe walkers and cyclists.

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MCDOT Celebrates 'Bike to Work Day' May 15: Registration Opens March 1

MCDOT will join this year’s regionwide “Bike to Work Day” celebration on Friday, May 15. The first 20,000 people to register and participate will receive a free T-shirt, refreshments and entry into a raffle for a new bicycle. Six pit stops will be hosted by MCDOT. Learn more

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Update on the Wheaton Revitalization Project

The project is currently 91 percent complete and on schedule for substantial completion by the end of May. Learn more about the project online at
www.wheatonproject.com.

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SAVE THE DATE: MCDOT Sponsors Adult Learn to Ride and Confident City Cycling Classes May 2 and June 6

MCDOT and WABA have partnered to offer classes – a bilingual one for those who have never ridden a bike before or have not been on a bike in some time and another for those who want to acquire the skills to ride safely and confidently on streets, bike lanes and trails alike. Learn more.

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