Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Go Montgomery - October 17, 2017

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MCDOT Leaf Vacuum Collection Begins November 6; Continues Through Mid-December

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation’s Division of Highway Services (DHS) will begin its annual collection of leaves in the vacuum leaf collection district starting November 6. DHS provides two collections on every district street during the fall. A third collection may also be provided on an as-needed basis. Read more.

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MCDOT’s Division of Traffic Engineering and Operations Recognized for Implementation of Cost Saving Idea

A team from MCDOT’s Division of Traffic Engineering and Operations (DTEO) was recognized by County Executive Ike Leggett for its participation in the Rewarding Excellence Bonus Incentive Award Program that gives front-line employees who find cost savings half of the first year’s savings.  Read more.

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MCDOT Participates in Walk to School Day at Ronald McNair Elementary School

MCDOT celebrated “Walk to School Day” at Ronald McNair Elementary School in Germantown. MCDOT’s ‘crosswalk zebra’ helped educate kids on the best ways to walk and bike safely. Walk to School Day celebrates healthy habits and promotes pedestrian safety. More photos available on Flickr.

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Wheaton Revitalization Project Making Good Progress

Keep up with the latest progress on the Wheaton Revitalization Project, which is constructing a government office building, below ground parking garage, and a town square. Sign up for email updates, get more information about the project or view the activity at the construction site through an onsite camera  online

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Valleywood Drive Pedestrian Bridge Damaged Following Heavy Rain

The Valleywood Drive Pedestrian Bridge was severely damaged when, during an intense rain storm, erosion caused one of the bridge abutments to collapse. To ensure the public’s safety, MCDOT removed the damaged bridge. MCDOT is working on designing and constructing a temporary crossing while a permanent replacement is designed.

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Transit Signal Priority Helping to Speed Ride On extRa Service Along MD Route 355

Did you know that MCDOT has installed transit signal priority (TSP) at 30 signalized intersections along MD 355 to support the new Ride On extRa transit service?  TSP modifies the traffic signal timing to prioritize a Ride On extRa bus, thereby giving bus passengers a shorter overall travel time. Learn more about Ride On extRa.

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WABA Hosts Community Celebration for Silver Spring’s First Protected Bike Lane

MCDOT Director Al Roshdieh joined Councilmembers Roger Berliner, Hans Riemer and Tom Hucker to celebrate the opening of the Spring Street protected bike lanes that included a community bike ride. Read more about the bike lanes.

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MDOT to Rehabilitate Seminary Road Bridge Over I-495 in Silver Spring

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration is rehabilitating the Seminary Road Bridge over I-495 (Capital Beltway). The $6.2 million project is expected to be complete by the end of 2018.  Read more.

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Portion of Metrorail Red Line to Close for Repairs for 10 Days Starting November 25

The Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Authority (Metro) has announced upcoming track work that will completely close the Red Line between the Silver Spring and Fort Totten stations from November 25 through December 10.  Read more.

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October 16, 2017


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MCDOT Makes Pedestrian and Safety Improvements in Wheaton

MCDOT continues to make pedestrian and traffic safety improvements in North Wheaton communities. Read more.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Transit Signal Priority Helping to Speed Ride On extRa Service Along MD Route 355

Did you know that MCDOT has installed transit signal priority (TSP) at 30 signalized intersections along MD 355 to support the new, Ride On extRa transit service?  TSP modifies the traffic signal timing to prioritize a Ride On extRa bus, thereby giving bus passengers a shorter overall travel time. Learn more about Ride On extRa.

MCDOT Participates in Walk to School Day at Ronald McNair Elementary School

Pictured (from left to right) are Ronald McNair Elementary School Principal Sherry Moses, Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett, MCDOT’s Crosswalk Zebra and Montgomery Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Jack Smith.
MCDOT celebrated “Walk to School Day” at Ronald McNair Elementary School in Germantown. MCDOT’s ‘crosswalk zebra’ helped educate kids on the best ways to walk and bike safely. Walk to School Day celebrates healthy habits and promotes pedestrian safety. More photos available on Flickr.


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Go Montgomery! October 3, 2017

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MCDOT Signs Agreement with Mobike for Dockless Bikeshare in Silver Spring

MCDOT and Mobike have signed a pilot project agreement to bring dockless bike sharing to Silver Spring in October. Read more.
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MCDOT Completes First Protected Bike Lane in Silver Spring

MCDOT’s protected bike lanes on Spring Street are part of a plan to create a network of low-stress biking infrastructure throughout the downtown area. Read more.

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MCDOT Launches New Mobile Commuter Store

Officials held a ribbon cutting ceremony for Commuter Services’ new, mobile commuter store, which sells transit fare media and offers a broad variety of transportation information at handy locations around the County. Read more.

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Leggett, Berliner Celebrate MCDOT Pedestrian Safety Improvements in White Flint

County Executive Ike Leggett, Council President Roger Berliner, Friends of White Flint and the Coalition for Smarter Growth participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony for one of dozens of pedestrian safety improvement projects recently completed or planned in White Flint by MCDOT that support the area’s continuing transformation into a walkable, bikeable, transit-oriented community. Read more.

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Recent Mobility Lab Article Commends MCDOT’s Efforts to Expand Transportation Options

An article by Ethan Goffman discusses how Montgomery County is working to reduce gridlock by creating more multimodal options, including Ride On extRa, Bus Rapid Transit and a greatly enhanced bicycle network. Read more.

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MCDOT Deputy Director Emil Wolanin Part of Panel That Briefed the County Council on the Future of Transportation

Wolanin discussed the emerging technology that will be needed to accommodate autonomous vehicles.  Read more in Bethesda Beat.  See Council packet on the panel.

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Leggett to Celebrate Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 4 at Ronald McNair Elementary School

MCDOT works with schools every year to facilitate Walk to School Day celebrations and selects a focus school to host the County Executive and other dignitaries. This year, Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett, Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner, Councilmember Craig Rice and Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Jack Smith will join parents and students at Ronald McNair Elementary School. 

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October 3, 2017


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Ride Free During October on Ride On extRa

MCDOT launched Ride On extRa on October 2. The limited stop service that operates every 10 minutes on MD 355 during rush hours between Lakeforest Transit Center and Medical Center Metro Station in Bethesda. Read more. Check out our video on this new service.

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Leggett, Berliner Celebrate MCDOT Pedestrian Safety Improvements in White Flint

Pictured (from left to right) are MCDOT Traffic Engineering & Operations Division Chief Venu Nemani, MCDOT Deputy Director Chris Conklin, Friends of White Flint Executive Director Amy Ginsburg, MCDOT Director Al Roshdieh, Council President Roger Berliner, County Executive Ike Leggett, White Flint Coordinator Dee Metz, Coalition for Smarter Growth Montgomery Advocacy Manager Pete Tomao and Friends of White Flint Board Member Jay Corbalis.
County Executive Ike Leggett, Council President Roger Berliner, Friends of White Flint and the Coalition for Smarter Growth participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony for one of dozens of pedestrian safety improvement projects recently completed or planned in White Flint by MCDOT that support the area’s continuing transformation into a walkable, bikeable, transit-oriented community. Read more.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Go Montgomery! Special Edition Ride On extRa

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MCDOT Launches Ride On extRa

Today, County Executive Ike Leggett, County Council Vice President Hans Riemer and Department of Transportation Director Al Roshdieh launched the new, limited stop, Ride On extRa rush hour service on MD 355 that will be free during the month of October 2017. Ride On extRa makes just 12 stops and operates every 10 minutes Monday through Friday, 5:30 – 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 – 7:30 p.m. between Lakeforest Transit Center in Gaithersburg and the Medical Center Metro Station in Bethesda. Ride On extRa connects to half of the County’s transit services, including Metrobus, Metrorail, MARC train, MTA Commuter buses and 44 Ride On routes. The service provides transit signal priority to speed buses and many passenger amenities that promote comfort, including low-floor boarding, free WiFi, USB charging ports and padded seats. Read more.
Look for these specially branded buses... 
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And, the specially branded bus stops.
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The Ride On extRa buses have lots of amenities including information screens that display upcoming stops and other items of interest.
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Mosaic medallion at Lakeforest Transit Center by Arts on the Block 
Ride On and MCDOT’s Department of Transportation Engineering have developed a wonderful partnership with Arts on the Block, a non-profit organization that provides opportunities to teens to obtain real-world experience in art, design and business by executing public and private art commissions with clients across the metropolitan region.
A few years ago, these young artists created mosaics for some of Ride On’s bus stop walls and now young artists from the Apprentice Artists program have designed unique mosaic medallions for each of our Ride On extRa bus stops. See the medallions. Learn more about Arts on the Block.

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October 2, 2017


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“Today we launched Ride On extRa, a new service to provide faster commutes and more transit connections along Route 355 – Ride On’s highest ridership corridor,” said County Executive Ike Leggett.  “This new Ride On extRa service is part of Montgomery County’s ongoing efforts to provide people even more transportation choices that are safe, convenient, and environmentally friendly.”

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“We hope that everyone will take advantage of the free rides in October to try out Ride On extRa,” said MCDOT Director Al Roshdieh. “Use the free WiFi and USB charging ports to get work done or stay in touch and relax in the comfortable seats. We hope once you experience the convenience and speed of Ride On extRa, you’ll become a regular rider.”

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