Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Go Montgomery! August 14, 2019


Ride On Launches Family Friendly Stroller Policy  

All bus operators on regular Ride On routes now allow passengers with strollers to use the bus ramp. When the priority seating area of the bus is not occupied, passengers may park a stroller there and allow the child to remain seated. Learn more 


Caring and Alert Ride On Bus Operator Helps Reunite Missing Person With His Family 

Ride On bus operators are often called upon to look out for their passengers in unexpected ways. Recently, Ride On Bus Operator Owen Keys noticed an individual still sitting in the back of his bus. After speaking with the passenger, Keys thought he recognized him from a newly released description of a critically missing person. Thanks to Keys’ quick action, Police were able to get the missing individual back to his family.  


Purple Line Work Continues at Silver Spring Metro and Bonifant Street  

For the next four weeks, expect temporary lane closures on Bonifant Street between Georgia Avenue and Fenton Street from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and weekends. Learn more about the State’s construction activities in and around the Silver Spring Transit Center. 


How Should Cars Treat Bike Lanes?

When making a right turn, when is it okay for cars to move into a bike lane—and when is it dangerous? Check out this illustrated blog for the skinny on safe right turns.


New Parking Rates in Two Bethesda Garages Begin in Mid-August  

Beginning August 19, MCDOT will increase parking rates at the Waverly Garage (Garage 47) from $1.00 to $1.25 per hour, and decrease rates at the Metropolitan Garage(Garage 49) from $1.25 to $1.00 per hour. The new rates are intended to encourage parkers to use less crowded garages. Learn more. 


Maryland Transportation Authority Seeks Public Comment on Tolling Options 

With a toll modernization system coming online next year, the Maryland Transportation Authority is seeking public comment on a package of tolling options that would provide cost savings for customers. Read more. 


Keep Up With the Progress on Montgomery County’s First Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Line 

Construction of the FLASH BRT line on US 29 is well underway. Follow the progress on Twitter with #US29Flash.


County Advances Two More Bus Rapid Transit Projects to Next Stage 

Two long-awaited Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) projects on Route 355 and Veirs Mill Road have been advanced to the next stage of engineering. Read more. 

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Silver Spring Is Getting The Region's First 'Protected Intersection' in Early Fall 

Under construction and expected to be completed by early October, Montgomery County’s first protected intersection will be located at Spring Street and Second Avenue in downtown Silver Spring. Part of a largerSecond Avenue bike infrastructure project, the intersection is designed to better protect pedestrians and cyclists. Read more.


MCDOT to Feature Transportation Services at September 5 Senior Forum and Resource Fair 

Join us to learn about MCDOT’s enhanced mobility and senior services. Learn more. 


Maryland Department of Transportation Reduces Speed Limits on Some Roads in Montgomery County 

Here's a list of speed reduction routes in the County. 


Update on MCDOT’s Crossing Project 

Two new Metro entrance elevators are being constructed on the Navy Side of Rockville Pike, along with a connecting passageway from the mezzanine level to new elevators. During weekdays August 12-16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., right lane closures will occur on both the north and south bound lanes of Maryland 355 between South Drive and Woodmont Avenue. Construction has begun inside the Medical Center Metro Station. Read more. 


Update on MCDOT’s White Flint Project 

White Flint is getting a makeover through new construction and reconstruction of highways and arterial roads, including intersections, that will result in a more walkable, bikeable community. Utility infrastructure relocation and construction continues and is expected to be completed this summer. Read more.


MCDOT Attends Commuter Information Day at Washington Adventist Hospital 

MCDOT provided transit options and information to Takoma Park hospital employees who will commute to the new White Oak Medical Center opening in Silver Spring on August 25.   


MCDOT Celebrates Safe and Sound Week  

For MCDOT, providing a safe work environment is job one. MCDOT is proud to support Safe + Sound Week, a campaign of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Running August 12-18, Safe and Sound Week is an annual nationwide event that recognize the successes of workplace safety and health programs and offers information and ideas on how to keep America's workers safe.    


Grammy and Emmy Winner Arturo Sandoval Headlines 16th Annual Silver Spring Jazz Festival Saturday, August 24  

This free event features two stages of afternoon and evening entertainment. New this year, the Jazz Festival is scheduled the weekend before the Labor Day holiday to make it the County’s end-of-the-summer celebration. It will be held from 3 to 10 p.m. in Veterans Plaza located at One Veterans Place. Learn more. 


Update on MCDOT’s Wheaton Revitalization Project 

The project to build a new Wheaton Town Square, office building and parking garage remains on schedule for May 2020 and is currently 68% complete. Coming up: Grandview Avenue will be closed to traffic on Saturday August 24 and on Saturday, September 7. Follow live project progress by viewing the online camera. Read the most current newsletter. 


August 14, 2019



Update on Residential Roadway Resurfacing and Patching Projects


MCDOT to Observe Labor Day Holiday, Monday, September 2 

  • County Offices are closed
  • Ride On – operates on a Sunday schedule
  • Ride On Flex – closed
  • TRiPS Commuter Store (Silver Spring) – closed
  • TRiPS Mobile Commuter Store – closed
  • Parking at public garages, lots, curbside meters – free
  • Metrorail and Metrobus – visit


MCDOT to Celebrate at MCPS Back-To-School Fair August 24 

Join MCDOT in a fun kickoff to the 2019–2020 school year at Westfield Wheaton for free children’s activities, health screenings, giveaways and more.  Learn more.   


Get Hands-On with County Vehicles at Clarksburg Outlet  

Plan to attend the family friendly Touch-A-Truck Event on Saturday, August 17 from noon to 4 p.m. and meet employees who operate County trucks and Ride On buses. Learn more. 


Attend the Montgomery County Fair 

Stop by Ride On's booth for information on transit services and giveaways, August 9-17. For more information about the fair, visit 


Biking Classes for Kids and Adults Coming Up in Montgomery County 

Eager to try your hand at navigating traffic? What about getting on a bicycle for the first time? Check out classes offered through MCDOT’s partnership with the Washington Area Bicyclist Association. Learn more.  


Register by 8/23 for the September Walk & Ride Challenge

Want to get or stay in shape? Teams in each of our five Transportation Management Districts that take the most steps between September 9 and September 27 are eligible for special prizes. Learn more


MCDOT Completes Residential Street Sweeping

More than 950 tons of debris was collected on over 4,055 miles of residential roads. Street sweeping keeps our storm drains from getting clogged and keeps pollution from our waterways.


Friday, July 26, 2019

Go Montgomery! July 26, 2019


State Agrees to Evaluate Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties Alternative for I270/I495 Traffic Relief Plan That Includes Multimodal Options

Montgomery and Prince George’s counties have successfully advocated for evaluation of a more complete and environmentally sensitive approach to the State’s plans for easing congestion on I-270 and I-495. The new alternative to be studied includes managed lanes, reversible lanes, active traffic management techniques, spot improvements, expansion of park & ride facilities and dedicates some toll revenues to already planned transit projects. Read more.


WMATA Board Votes to Make Permanent the Elimination of Grosvenor Turnbacks  

The December 17, 2018 elimination of Metrorail turnbacks at Grosvenor is now permanent thanks to a vote of the WMATA Board on July 25. The elimination increased ridership, significantly reduced train overcrowding, reduced wait times, improved station circulation, did not adversely impact Red Line on-time performance, improved service for customers at White Flint and stations north and did not cause issues with train spacing or operations.  Read more.


MCDOT Parking Featured in July’s IPMI Magazine

The July issue of International Parking & Mobility Institute Magazine highlights MCDOT’s use of thoughtful parking management techniques in the administration of the Bethesda, Silver Spring and Wheaton parking lot districts. Read the full article.


Ride On Flex Recently Featured in Mobility Lab News

Ride On Flex, the new on-demand public transit service operating in the Rockville and Glenmont/Wheaton areas, was the subject of a story about microtransit. Read the full story.   


Silver Spring VanGo Circulator Gets a Starry New Look

Beginning July 24, the free, hop-on, hop-off, downtown shuttle began sporting an eye-catching design based on Van Gogh’s Starry Night painting. The special look gives the MCDOT Transit-operated VanGo its own unique look. Learn more about the VanGo service.


Long-term Colesville Road Lane Closures Begin Tonight

As work on the Purple Line ramps up at the Silver Spring Transit Center, the right lane of southbound Colesville Road will be closed between 2nd Avenue and East-West Highway. See the Purple Line construction updates, or sign up to receive them by text or email.


Temporary Traffic Changes Expected on Rockville Pike July 26 to August 4

As part of the project to construct a pedestrian underpass under MD 355 at the Medical Center Metro Station, traffic changes are planned at Woodmont Avenue and Rockville Pike. Read more.


New Parking Rates in Two Bethesda Garages Take Effect in Mid-August

MCDOT will modify parking rates of the Waverly Garage (Garage 47) and the Metropolitan Garage (Garage 49) on or about August 19.  These new rates will optimize occupancy and meet the customer service goals and transportation trends within the Bethesda Parking Lot District. Learn more.


Update on Wheaton Revitalization

The MCDOT-managed project to build a new Wheaton Town Square, office building and parking garage remains on schedule for May 30, 2020 and is currently 68% complete. View the most current newsletter and see the live onsite camera online.


July 26, 2019



Update on Residential Roadway Resurfacing and Paving Projects

Update on Residential Concrete Projects


MCDOT to Host Free e-Scooter Training in Silver Spring and Bethesda

Ever wanted to try an e-scooter? If so, take a free spin on Saturday, July 27 in Silver Spring from 10 a.m. to noon or Bethesda from 1 to 3 p.m.  Learn safety tips and basic scooter laws, too. Participants must be 18 or older and have a valid driver’s license. Read more.


Montgomery County Agriculture Fair

Keep your eyes out for banners on Ride On buses promoting this year's Agriculture Fair August 9 - 17. Ride Rides, play games, visit animals, craft exhibits, food and entertainment. Be sure to visit Ride On's booth for information on services and giveaways. Learn more at


Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Go Montgomery! July 16, 2019


Tried Ride On Flex to Get Around in the Glenmont, Wheaton and Rockville Areas?

Ride On Flex is the Washington region’s first on-demand public transit service—and more than 1,000 Montgomery County residents have already downloaded the Ride On Flex mobile phone app. Learn more about this innovative, corner-to-corner service that costs only $2. Watch our short video and County Cable Montgomery's County Report This Week.


MCDOT-Sponsored Pop Up “Traffic Garden” in Kensington Draws Families, Young Cyclists

About a hundred Montgomery County families showed up for Cycling in the Circle at Warner Circle Park in Kensington to give some of our littlest residents a chance to navigate MCDOT’s first pop-up “traffic garden,” learn the rules of the road and practice safely biking and walking. Read more.


Commuter Connections Recognizes MCDOT-Supported Toole Design Group for Making Commuting Easy

MCDOT celebrates the accomplishments of Silver Spring-based Toole Design Group, which was honored for its outstanding commuter incentives at Commuter Connections 2nd annual Employer Recognition Awards.


Montgomery County Leaders Mark July 1 End of Silver Spring Metrorail Turnbacks

For more than a decade, MCDOT and Montgomery County leaders have been working to end Metrorail’s Red Line turnbacks of half of the trains at Silver Spring. Now, all peak hour morning and afternoon trains leaving Washington, D.C. travel all the way to the eastern terminus at the Glenmont station, effectively doubling service for Glenmont, Wheaton and Forest Glen residents. Read more.


MCDOT Responds to Record Setting July 8 Rain Storm

MCDOT crews sprang into action to reopen flooded roads, repair sinkholes, remove downed trees and deal with the aftermath of a storm that produced two to five inches of rain in just one hour. MCDOT activated its Storm Operations Center to manage crews and coordinate with the County’s Emergency Operations Center. View photos.


Planned Rockville Pike Lane and Sidewalk Closures for July 12-26

A number of lane and sidewalk closures are planned over the next two weeks as part of the project to build a pedestrian underpass under Rockville Pike. Read more.


Can the DC Region Make Buses a Mainstream Way People Get Around?

MCDOT has introduced Ride On Flex and next year will launch the FLASH Bus Rapid Transit service on US 29. See the July 5th Mobility Lab article by Ethan Goffman about ways buses can be used to improve commutes throughout the region.


Update on Wheaton Revitalization

The MCDOT-managed project to build a new Wheaton Town Square, office building and parking garage is about 67 percent complete. Verizon utility work along Triangle Lane has been completed. Construction of the Penthouse roof and the interior of the office building are underway. In the underground garage, electrical, mechanical, and sprinkler installation is nearly complete and painting is ongoing. Learn more about the project and see the live onsite camera.


County Executive Elrich Thanks Workers at “Topping Off” Ceremony for MCDOT’s Wheaton Office Building

County Executive Marc Elrich thanked workers for reaching the Wheaton Office Building’s “topping off,” which is part of a three-year revitalization project in the Wheaton Triangle Business District. Read more.


Updated Vision Zero Website Showcases Montgomery County’s Efforts to Eliminate Traffic Deaths and Reduce Serious Injuries

Want to know more about the County’s efforts to reduce traffic-related deaths? An updated Vision Zero website now brings together information on the efforts of Montgomery County departments and agencies. Read more. 


White Flint Project Update

The White Flint project is constructing highways, arterial roads and intersections and relocating utilities to realize the vision for the White Flint District. Those plans include improved sidewalks, bikeways, trails, paths, public use space, parks and recreational facilities, mixed-use development, enhanced streetscapes and transit-oriented development around the Metro station. Construction activities anticipated for the next two weeks beginning July 14 are detailed online.


County Launches 2019 Online Resident Survey

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich wants residents to know the County has launched an online survey to gauge residents’ assessment of their local government, its services and their quality of life. Residents are invited and encouraged to participate online by clicking here. This survey will be open until July 19 and can be taken in English, Spanish, or Chinese.


July 16, 2019



Update on Residential Roadway Resurfacing and Paving Projects

Update on Residential Concrete Projects


Kids Ride Free All Day, Every Day

The Kids Ride Free program expanded on July 1 so that those 18 years old or younger now ride free anytime on Ride On. Starting October 1, kids will need a Youth Cruiser SmarTrip card. Learn more.


View the Virtual Open House and Learn More About Planning for a MD 355 Bus Rapid Transit Line

Learn more and provide feedback on the study that is assessing options for a FLASHBus Rapid Transit line for MD 355.


MCDOT's Mobile Commuter Store to Visit Lawn Summer Concert  on July 31

The Commuter Mobile Store will be participating at The Mansion at Strathmore's Live From the Lawn concert on Wednesday, July 31, 6 - 8 p.m. at 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda.


Ride On Marks Customer Appreciation Day July 23 at Silver Spring Metro

Look for Ride On outside Silver Spring Metro 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. July 23. Stop by the table for information and giveaways!


MCDOT Dockless Vehicle Pilot Program Expansion

The pilot program now includes e-bikes and e-scooters and has been expanded to include two service areas, East and West Montgomery County. Help us by taking the survey.


County Offers Tips on the Heat

With temperatures rising, County officials are urging residents to take precautions to protect themselves against heat-related illnesses. Learn more.