Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Go Montgomery! June 18, 2019

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Ride On Flex Begins June 26 -- App Now Available for Download

Get ready to try Flex, Ride On’s first on-demand service, by downloading the free Ride On Flex app from Apple or Google store and becoming familiar with it now. Use the app to request rides in the Rockville and Glenmont/Wheaton service areas. Learn more.

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MCDOT Shares Flex Plans with Other Regional Bus Systems

MCDOT’s Deanna Archey was a featured speaker at the June 11 Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Private Providers Forum and discussed the upcoming launch of Ride On Flex. Flex is the first on demand public transit service in the Washington region.

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Lime Bike Delivers More E-bikes and E-scooters

On June 1, MCDOT’s dockless vehicle pilot program was expanded to more areas in the east and west parts of the County and now includes e-bikes and e-scooters. Listen to MCDOT’s Sandra Brecher on the Kojo Nnamdi Show as she discusses safety and how MCDOT regulates these personal mobility vehicles.  Take a survey to share your thoughts.

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MCDOT Wins Three 2019 NACo Achievement Awards

MCDOT won three National Association of Counties (NACo) awards in 2019 for its Call-n-Ride Transportation Program, Car Free Day Shop and Play promotion and FLASH Transit Outreach Program.  The awards honor innovative, effective county government programs that enhance services for residents. Learn more.

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Two MD 355 FLASH Open Houses Scheduled for June 26 and 27

Join MCDOT for one of two open houses to learn more about proposed options for the FLASH, a new BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) service along MD 355. Displays will feature evaluation and preliminary engineering results, and staff will be available to answer questions and hear your ideas. Learn more about BRT in Montgomery County.

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New Maryland Law Permanently Increases Fine for Passing a Stopped School Bus

A new law now in effect in Maryland has made permanent the $500 fine for passing a stopped school bus and created a fine of $250 if a school bus camera detects a driver violating the law. Montgomery County Police report that during the 2018 to 2019 school year, 51,000 drivers risked the safety of school children. Learn more about when and where to stop for school buses.

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Bring the Kids to MCDOT’s Pop-up “Traffic Garden” in Kensington

Don’t miss the ‘Cycling in the Circle’ event on June 30 at Warner Circle Park in Kensington where kids can practice safely navigating roadways, get a bike and helmet check, collect giveaways and more. View flyer.

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Volunteers Needed for iCan Shine Bike Camp in Takoma Park

On June 24 to 28, MCDOT's Safe Routes to School Program will partner with Takoma Park to offer a free bike safety camp. The camp teaches children with disabilities to ride a conventional bike and become lifelong independent riders. Learn more and volunteer.

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MCDOT to Hold Public Hearings for Proposed Road Abandonments in Bethesda

MCDOT invites the public to attend two public hearings on June 26 to provide input on the proposed abandonments of a portion of Kentbury Drive and Andrus Road in Bethesda for future redevelopments.

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Get Outside and Volunteer During Great Outdoors Month

It's Great Outdoors Month, a time to step outside and enjoy the natural world. Why not volunteer while you’re at it? Help an Adopt A Road program participant keep their road segment clean—or commit for a year by adopting your own road.

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Upcoming Closures and Detours

  • Chandlee Mill and Gold Mine Roads Intersection to Close June 17 - detour route will remain in place over the summer during a bridge replacement.
  •  Pedestrian Detour at Paul Sarbanes Transit Center for Purple Line Work - A work zone established by the Purple Line Transit Constructors will impact pedestrians at the Silver Spring Metro. Learn more.
  • Lane Closures Expected on Connecticut Avenue - Intermittent lane closures to relocate utilities will occur on MD 185 at Jones Bridge Road through the end of 2020. Learn more about this BRAC intersection improvement project.

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Volunteers Sought for Montgomery County’s Climate Workgroups

Montgomery County is launching a planning process to develop prioritized actions and strategies to meet its greenhouse gas emission reduction goals of 80 percent by 2027 and 100 percent by 2035. The County is seeking volunteers with expertise to serve on technical workgroups. Apply by June 30. Learn more.

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Storm Tips For Residents

The hurricane and summer storm season has begun. The National Weather Service is urging residents to familiarize themselves with what to do before, during and after a severe storm. Learn more.

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June 18, 2019


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“Just had an outstanding #customerservice experience on phone with @MCDOT_Parking to renew a parking permit. Not a joke, they always have friendly and capable staff on the phones. Other agencies and cable providers could learn something!”
--Michan C.
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Update on Residential Roadway Resurfacing and Paving Projects

Update on Residential Concrete Projects


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Kids Ride Free Expanded! Now Kids Can Take Ride On Any Day or Time for Free

Starting July 1, kids in grades kindergarten to 12 will be able to ride free on Ride On all day every day. Just show a Youth Cruiser SmarTrip card or school ID to the bus operator. Read more.

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Plenty of Bicycle Parking Available in County-Owned Garages and Lots

Looking for a place to park your bike while in one of the County’s urban districts? All of MCDOT’s parking lots and garages in Bethesda, Silver Spring and Wheaton have bike racks for public use.  Get there using Ride On – all buses in the fleet have bike racks.

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Wheaton Revitalization Project on Schedule

The MCDOT project to build a new Town Center and office building to house several County departments and The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission headquarters is on schedule and 64 percent complete. Night work to place underground conduits along Triangle Lane, between Lot 13 and Reedie Drive, will begin June 20 and will not interfere with traffic during the day. See the latest newsletter.

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Click Here for Transportation-related services holiday schedule for Thursday, the 4th of July.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Go Montgomery! May 29, 2019

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MCDOT and Dockless E-Scooter / E-Bike Companies Offer Safe Rider Training Sessions June 1 as Program Launches

Don’t miss one of the free training sessionsoffered in Silver Spring and Rockville on Saturday, June 1, to mark the launch of an e-scooter / e-bike pilot program in certain areasof the county. Starting in June, Lyft, Bird and Lime will begin offering dockless vehicles in these areas at no cost to the County. Read more.

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Elrich, MCDOT and Other Officials Get Autonomous Vehicle Demo

During a tour of Robotic Research in Clarksburg, officials took a ride in Olli, an autonomous electric shuttle. Similar shuttles may one day be used to supplement transit options in Montgomery County. Read more.

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Wheaton Safety Walk Identifies Ways to Improve Conditions for Pedestrians, Bicyclists and Motorists

MCDOT Director Al Roshdieh, County Executive Marc Elrich, Council President Nancy Navarro and other officials looked at opportunities to make the area in and around the Wheaton Central Business District safer for all road users and improve ADA access. View photos.

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Elrich, Conklin Activate MCDOT’s Newest HAWK Beacon in Aspen Hill

County Executive Marc Elrich and MCDOT Deputy Director Chris Conklin joined Councilmembers Sidney Katz and Evan Glass to activate the County’s newest high intensity activated crosswalk (HAWK) beacon in the 3900 block of Aspen Hill Road. Learn more about how this signal protects pedestrian safety between two busy shopping centers. 

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MCDOT Celebrates National Public Works Week with MCDOT Day and Truck Show

MCDOT gave the public an opportunity to see some of its specialized equipment in action and learn more about MCDOT’s services. View MCDOT Day newsletter.

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US29 FLASH Update

Excavation and grading in preparation for the relocated bus station and a new bike share platform are underway in front of the Shoppes of Burnt Mills on US 29. Utility excavation is in progress on Castle Boulevard between Castle Ridge Circle and Castle Terrace. Forms are being erected for the new concrete curb and gutter at the bus platform in the Burtonsville Park & Ride Lot. More about FLASH.

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MCDOT Promotes Transportation Careers at Take Your Child to Work Day

MCDOT entertained and engaged children at the County’s Take Your Child to Work Day event. The young visitors learned about transportation careers and innovations.

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GreenFest Draws Large Crowds; Free Ride On Shuttle Carries Hundreds to Brookside Gardens

Area residents hopped the free MCDOT Ride On shuttle at Glenmont Station for the annual celebration of sustainable living held this year in Brookside Gardens. Among the many attractions, the popular MCDOT booths offered remote-controlled truck play for children, bike and pedestrian safety aids, native trees and so much more. Learn more.

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MCDOT Begins Semi-Annual Spring Cleaning of County Parking Garages

The Division of Parking Management has begun its semi-annual washing of the interior of all 21 County-owned parking garages in Silver Spring, Bethesda and Wheaton. The washings are taking place on nights and weekends through mid-June. 

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Check Out MCDOT's ‘Don’t be Distracted Creative Contest’ Winners

Four high school, middle school and elementary school entries were chosen as winners of MCDOT’s Don't be Distracted Creative Contest. The works of art and videos, created by students, urge everyone to help prevent distracted walking and driving.

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It’s Not Too Late: Take Ride On’s Website Usability Survey

To help provide better transit information, Ride On has put together a short, eight-question survey to get input from passengers. Take the survey.

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Construction Activity Continues Inside Medical Center Metro Station

The next phase of MCDOT’s MD 355 (Rockville Pike) Crossing Project has begun with activity inside the Medical Center Metro Station. The project is creating a safe pedestrian passageway between the Medical Center Metro Station and the Walter Reed National Military Center Bethesda. Learn more about the project status and the new entrance coming to Medical Center Metro Station.

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Ride On Schedule Changes

As of May 12, Ride On made several changes to bus routes 14910 (Sunday only) 16, 20, 24 and 34 (Saturday only). In addition, time changes were made to the following routes to better reflect actual travel times: Routes 43, 48, 57, 58, 60, 63, 66, 67, 70, 71, 74, 78 and 79. There is no longer a Route 63X; this service has been added to Route 63. View details.

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Wayne Avenue Cycle Track Construction Well Underway 

Wonder what is happening along Wayne Avenue? A protected bikeway is under construction and the first island for a protected intersection at Second and Spring streets has been installed. The new Wayne Avenue median is almost finished, making room for the cycle track and enhancing safety by preventing mid-block u-turns.

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May 29, 2019


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Outstanding Customer Service

Mr. Ermine Jackson on Route 54 has been an outstanding Ride On bus driver and a person of character. He is a soft-spoken man who greets all his customers in a very friendly manner.  Especially during the months when the weather was colder, it was greatly appreciated that Mr. Jackson was always on time. As a long term Ride On customer, I am happy to see drivers who combine professionalism and a commitment to safety with excellent customer service. 
--Val S.

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MCDOT Extends National Bike Month Celebration into June

Feel more confident while using your bike to commute, run errands or just for fun. MCDOT is co-sponsoring a number of activities in June:

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Bike to Work Day a Great Success

On Bike to Work Day, MCDOT’s six sponsored pit-stops saw record-breaking attendance, while a pop-up bike lane in downtown Bethesda drew appreciation from bikers navigating streets with heavy construction activity. See photos of the event, and learn how some riders combine biking with Ride On for an easier commute.

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MCDOT’s Annual Give and Ride Campaign Collects Hundreds of Pounds of Food for Needy Families

Ride On bus passengers rode free while helping hungry families by donating canned or nonperishable food during MCDOT’s 32nd annual “Give and Ride” food drive, held in partnership with Manna Food. Read more.

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Wheaton Revitalization Project on Schedule

The MCDOT project to build a new Town Center and office building to house several County departments and The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission headquarters remains on schedule and is expected to be completed in summer 2020. See the latest newsletter.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Special Edition * MCDOT DAY & TRUCK SHOW is MAY 11

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County Residents Invited to MCDOT Day and Truck Show on May 11

MCDOT invites Montgomery County residents to join us for MCDOT Day and Truck Show on Saturday, May 11, at the Gaithersburg Depot for a day of fun with trucks. Kids of all ages can enjoy demos on a wide range of vehicles, including a claw truck, gradall, bucket truck, dump truck and loader. Rounding out the on-site fleet will be a flusher truck, sidewalk snow removal equipment, skidloader, patch truck, leafing truck, plow truck, salt brine truck, backhoe, line painting truck and Ride On bus. The event will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 17000 Crabbs Branch Way in Gaithersburg.

A Message from MCDOT Director Al Roshdieh

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“We enjoy pulling back the curtain and letting Montgomery County children and their families see all the equipment that we employ to keep you moving and connected. We hope residents will come out to enjoy a day of fun.”

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In addition to the demos, visitors are invited to play with remote controlled toy trucks, learn about MCDOT operations and collect giveaways.
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Tour one of the newest Ride On Buses
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Come climb aboard and see our trucks in action.
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Ample parking is available at the Gaithersburg depot, which is also reachable by Ride On Route 43 and close to Shady Grove Metro.
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View the Truck Show Brochure


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FRONT END LOADER
In winter, front end loaders help us mobilize for roadway salt treatment.
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SNOW PLOW TRUCK
MCDOT clears snow from 5,200 lane miles of County roads, about 50 miles of sidewalks and trails, 295 Ride On bus stops and 500 bus shelters.
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STREET SWEEPER TRUCK
MCDOT cleans over 4,055 lane miles of roads and collects over 750 tons of abrasives and debris that would otherwise wash into storm drains and our waterways.
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LEAF VACCUUM TRUCK
Vacuum trucks collect over 109,114 cubic yards of leaves for composting into Leafgro, a fertilizer sold to local retailers.
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GRADER PAVING TRUCK
MCDOT resurfaces over 178 lane miles of primary, arterial and residential roadways and maintains about 2,000 miles of curbs and gutters.
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BRINE TRUCK
Use of brine trucks to pretreat roads before winter storms helps us reduce our salt use.
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BUCKET TRUCK
MCDOT helps improve the health, diversity and expanse of the County's tree canopy of 350,000 street trees by providing tree trimming/pruning, removal, planting, stump removal and insect and tree disease control.