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Roshdieh Announces Release of New Departmental Sustainability Policy to Coincide with County’s GreenFest Celebration

Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) Director Al Roshdieh released a refreshed Sustainability Policy for the department that provides a framework for creating an even more sustainable transportation system. Sustainability in this context is much broader than consideration of environmental impacts. It is a holistic approach that balances the impact of our actions on the environment, economy and society. MCDOT has also incorporated education and outreach efforts as a sustainability goal to inform residents, businesses and visitors of the importance of their choices in supporting a sustainable future. Read more.

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Renovated Colesville Highway Maintenance Depot Opens; Plaque Honoring Leo Brooks Unveiled

Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) Director Al Roshdieh and MCDOT Highway Services Division Chief Richard Dorsey celebrated the reopening of the Colesville Highway Maintenance Depot. The 1981 antiquated facility has been refurbished and expanded to provide better service to the public in the eastern part of the County. In addition, a plaque was installed to honor the memory of Leo Brooks, a Colesville Depot employee who lost his life last year while on the job. Read more.

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MCDOT Was Active Participant in This Year’s GreenFest; Roshdieh was Featured Speaker at “Leave Your Car at Home” Workshop Sponsored by Local Community Green Groups

Montgomery County Department of Transportation's (MCDOT) booth at this year’s GreenFest was a big success, attracting hundreds of residents who wanted to learn more about the department’s “green initiatives,” including plans for a Bus Rapid Transit system, Ride On, Bikeshare and bike trails, pedestrian safety, commuter services, electric vehicle charging stations in parking garages, street sweeping and leaf collection. Read more.

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New Westfield Montgomery Mall Transit Center Serves Ride On Routes 6, 26, 42, 47 and 96, and Metrobus Routes J2 and J3.

The new Westfield Mall Transit Center opened on May 1 and features many customer amenities, including bus bays for both Ride On and Metrobus for easy transfers, protection from the weather, plenty of convenient commuter parking, bicycle racks, real-time information displays showing the future arrival times of buses, and heated waiting areas with seating. Read more.

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MD 355 Bus Rapid Transit Open House Scheduled for May 3

The Maryland Department of Transportation and the Montgomery County Department of Transportation are hosting an open house from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Gaithersburg High School Cafeteria so that the public can learn more about and provide input on plans to develop Bus Rapid Transit along the MD 355 corridor from Bethesda to Clarksburg. Read more.

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The Faces of Transit: How Modern Public Transportation is Good for All of Us

Casa de Maryland and the Coalition for Smarter Growth are hosting a conversation about transit that focuses on how the Purple Line and Bus Rapid Transit will help residents get to work, create more jobs, and bring neighbors together. The discussion is planned for Tuesday, May 3, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Silver Spring Civic Center. Read more.

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Montgomery County's Metropolitan Branch Trail Plans Are Ready for Review and Comment

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation has completed designs for the remaining northern section of the Metropolitan Branch Trail. Read more.

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MCDOT Installs 57th Bikeshare Station

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation has installed its 57th Capital Bikeshare station at East West Highway and 16th Street in Silver Spring. The station has 19 docking stations and 10 bikes. Close to many apartment buildings, it is about a mile from the Paul S. Sarbanes Silver Spring Transit Center. More information about Bikeshare is available online.

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Ride On Bus Schedule Changes

Ride On service changes to 14 bus routes began Sunday, May 1 for Routes 4, 23, 29, 31, 37, 44, 46, 54, 57, 59, 63, 64, 75 and 81. Most of the changes involve only minor time adjustments so that bus schedules more closely match actual travel times in traffic.

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Celebrate Bike to School Day on May 4

Bike to School Day is an annual event that encourages children to safely bicycle or walk to school. The event builds on the popularity of Walk to School Day, which is celebrated across the country – and the world – each October. Learn more.

Roshdieh Announces Release of New Departmental Sustainability Policy to Coincide with County’s GreenFest Celebration


Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) Director Al Roshdieh today released a refreshed Sustainability Policy for the department that provides a framework for creating an even more sustainable transportation system. Sustainability in this context is much broader than consideration of environmental impacts. It is a holistic approach that balances the impact of our actions on the environment, economy and society. MCDOT has also incorporated education and outreach efforts as a sustainability goal to i  nform residents, businesses and visitors of the importance of their choices in supporting a sustainable future.

“The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) recognizes that the County’s expanding transportation system has far-reaching impacts,” said Roshdieh. “The way our streets are planned, the range of available transportation options, and the way in which projects are constructed and maintained all influence our environment, physical health, economic well-being, social cohesion and the resiliency of neighborhoods over time. These broader issues are at the heart of MCDOT’s sustainability goals that guide our programs, designs and policies.”

MCDOT is committed to fully incorporating sustainable policies in our strategic approach and the goals are outlined below:

Environment: Plan and implement a transportation system that broadly considers ecosystem and climate impacts, reduces and prevents waste and pollution, uses renewable resources and sustainable sources of energy, and reduces energy consumption.

Economy: Support a public transportation infrastructure that stimulates economic prosperity, promotes economic development and is cost effective and efficient.

Society: Provide a system that is accessible, affordable, safe and secure, equitable, and improves the health and quality of life for people who use it and live near it. Consider the basic needs of diverse residents and businesses and provide access and mobility for all. Give back to communities by volunteering and donating resources.

Education: Ensure that residents, businesses and visitors are well informed about their sustainable travel options, help them make more sustainable decisions in their daily lives and support them in their choices.


Creating a sustainable transportation network is embodied in MCDOT’s mission, vision and guiding principles. These core values provide the framework for the Sustainability Policy that will help MCDOT achieve a first-rate, multimodal system. The Sustainability Policy outlines strategic objectives for each of MCDOT’s five mission-oriented guiding principles based on the four sustainability goals. See below.

Under Roshdieh’s leadership, MCDOT developed a new vision, mission and guiding principles that reflect the department’s refreshed direction. Entitled “Moving Forward Together” it outlines MCDOT’s core values:

MCDOT’s Vision:
A seamless transportation system for people of all ages, incomes and abilities that supports a vibrant and sustainable community.

MCDOT’s Mission:
To move people and connect places with the best transportation choices and services.

Guiding Principles:
• Provide an effective and efficient transportation system
• Keep our system reliable, safe and secure
• Engage and support our diverse community
• Enhance quality of life
• Be innovative and forward-thinking

“Through innovative approaches, we are creating a 21st century system that moves more people in fewer vehicles,” said Roshdieh. “A sustainable future means a higher quality of life for everyone in Montgomery County -- now and for generations to come.”

MCDOT will have an exhibit at GreenFest, which will be held Saturday, April 30 at the Takoma Park Community Center. Roshdieh will be a panelist at a workshop sponsored by Poolesville Green, GreenWheaton, Bethesda Green and Silver Spring Green on sustainable transportation in Montgomery County.

In addition, MCDOT is a co-sponsor of an environmental scavenger hunt, is featuring a hybrid electric Ride On bus in the electric car show, and is sponsoring an awards ceremony for its annual photography contest and landscape beautification competition winners. The awards will be presented at Piney Branch Elementary School at 1:30 p.m.

The Sustainability Policy and MCDOT’s vision document, “Moving Forward Together” are available on MCDOT’s website.





Renovated Colesville Highway Maintenance Depot Opens; Plaque Honoring Leo Brooks Unveiled

Highway Services Division Chief Richard Dorsey, MCDOT Director Al Roshdieh and Diane Brooks, widow of Leo Brooks, with plaque honoring this MCDOT employee who died on the job.
Montgomery County Department of General Services (DGS) Director David Dise and Department of Transportation (MCDOT) Director Al Roshdieh celebrated the reopening of the Colesville Highway Maintenance Depot.

“The Colesville Depot has been refurbished and expanded to provide more efficient highway maintenance operations, bring it into compliance with current life-safety and ADA standards, allow for better readiness of Highway crews in weather-related emergencies, provide more repair bays for truck and highway equipment repairs, and add more exterior facilities to store roadway maintenance bulk materials,” said Leggett. “It’s also fitting today that we remember one of our own, Leo Brooks, who worked at this depot and died while on the job.”

The improvement and expansion of the Colesville Depot includes state of the art equipment and facilities to assist employees in maintaining roadways. MCDOT’s Colesville and six other depots responded to 27,000 service requests in 2015, handling snow removal, pavement repairs, sidewalk repairs, road shoulder maintenance, mowing, debris removal, tree pruning, street sweeping, stormwater maintenance, leaf collection, storm clean-up and drainage-related issues. MCDOT staff at the Colesville Depot maintain 1,077 lane miles of County roadways and DGS also has staff there who maintain and repair MCDOT vehicles.

Roshdieh and Highway Services Division Chief Richard Dorsey unveiled a plaque honoring Leo Brooks, a Montgomery County staffer at the depot who died while driving an MCDOT vehicle.

“The revitalization and expansion of the Colesville Depot will greatly improve MCDOT’s ability to provide the east county with a higher level of service, especially when responding to seasonal storms,” said MCDOT Director Al Roshdieh. “I want to thank County Executive Leggett for his commitment to upgrading MCDOT’s facilities to ensure that staff have the proper resources to do their work for the public. I’m also privileged at this building rededication to unveil a plaque honoring the memory of Leo Brooks, a dedicated MCDOT employee who was based here in the Colesville Depot.”

“The re-opening of the expanded Colesville depot is the most recent example of our on-going commitment to renovate and improve older public facilities, thereby extending the public’s investment and delivering better services to them,” said Dise.

The Colesville facility, originally built in 1981, has doubled in size from 5,596 square feet to 12,505 square feet. It will provide better accommodations for transportation employees. Staff stay overnight at the depot, working round-the-clock shifts until all roads are cleared of snow or an emergency is over. The improved accommodations include a crew and assembly area, locker rooms, full commercial kitchen, a conference room and an administrative office. Additionally, there are four vehicle maintenance bays, a tools warehouse and upgraded mechanical and electrical systems. The Colesville depot has a new roof, sprinkler system, emergency generator and ADA-compliant access.
Exterior improvements include a new salt barn that holds 8,500 tons of salt, three fabric canopy structures to protect other roadway materials, and steel-framed truck sheds for Highway Services’ dump trucks and equipment used for road maintenance. The site serves as a regional refueling station for County vehicles and has underground storage for gasoline and diesel fuel.

The improvements reflect the County’s sustainability and environmental sensitivity initiatives. Specifically, the depot meets LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) guidelines by employing smart technology, integrated stormwater management and bio-retention areas. More than 75 percent of the construction and demolition debris from the refurbishment was recycled. The building is designed to use 18 percent less energy and 45 percent less water than a standard building.


The Depot is located on 11.5 acres adjoining Colesville Park and Paint Branch Park on Cape May Road. Construction cost $7.8 million. The general contractor was Tech Contracting Company and the design consultant was Whitman Requardt and Associates. Both firms are located in the Baltimore area.

MCDOT Was Active Participant in This Year’s GreenFest; Roshdieh was Featured Speaker at “Leave Your Car at Home” Workshop Sponsored by Local Community Green Groups


Montgomery County Department of Transportation's (MCDOT) booth at this year’s GreenFest was a big success, attracting hundreds of residents who wanted to learn more about the department’s “green initiatives,” including plans for a Bus Rapid Transit system, Ride On, Bikeshare and bike trails, pedestrian safety, commuter services, electric vehicle charging stations in parking garages, street sweeping and leaf collection. MCDOT’s Highway Services had a popular activity for kids – remote controlled trucks that transported tiny bags of the County’s composted leaf product called Leafgro. In addition, “Zellie Zebra” made her debut to encourage everyone to walk safe and cross at the crosswalk.

MCDOT Director Al Roshdieh was a featured speaker at the “Leave Your Car at Home” workshop sponsored by Poolesville Green, GreenWheaton, Bethesda Green and Silver Spring Green. Roshdieh discussed the department’s new vision, mission, guiding principles and sustainability policy and highlighted its efforts to make the County more bikeable and walkable and expand transit and transit-oriented development. His presentation is available online.

MCDOT was a co-sponsor of an environmental scavenger hunt, featured a hybrid electric Ride On bus in the electric car show, and held its annual awards ceremony for the photography contest and landscape beautification competition winners.

To view more photos of MCDOT at GreenFest click here.




MCDOT Installs 57th Bikeshare Station




The Montgomery County Department of Transportation has installed its 57th Capital Bikeshare station at East West Highway and 16th Street in Silver Spring. The station has 19 docking stations and 10 bikes. Close to many apartment buildings, it is about a mile from the Paul S. Sarbanes Silver Spring Transit Center. More information about Bikeshare is available online.




New Westfield Montgomery Mall Transit Center Serves Ride On Routes 6, 26, 42, 47 and 96, and Metrobus Routes J2 and J3.

Cutting the ribbon are (from left to right) MCDOT Director Al Roshdieh, Council President Nancy Floreen, Westfield
Montgomery Senior Vice President, Clive MacKenzie and MCDOT Transit Services Division Chief Carolyn Biggins
Montgomery County officials joined Westfield Montgomery Mall leaders to celebrate the opening of the Westfield Montgomery Mall Transit Center. The relocated center provides additional customer amenities and better traffic circulation.

“The County is proud to manage a transit center that connects riders to seven bus lines, eight Metrorail stations and a signed bike route,” said Leggett. “This transit center provides better bus circulation and passenger amenities, while making room for Westfield’s future expansion plans.”

The new transit center includes six covered bus bays, three bus layover spaces, more passenger seating and more room for buses to park, make turns and lay over. Convenient commuter parking includes 156 automobile parking spaces and bicycle racks that accommodate 20 bikes.

Additionally, passengers will enjoy a well-lit, seated waiting area with glass wind breaks and radiant heat, as well as a display of real time bus arrival information and 24-hour surveillance cameras.  The Westfield Montgomery Mall Transit Center currently provides 2,500 passenger boardings daily.

Westfield Montgomery Mall Transit Center was open to the public on Sunday, May 1, 2016. The new
transit center will serve the same bus routes as the previous center, i.e., Ride On bus routes 6, 26, 42, 47 and 96 and Metrobus routes J2 and J3.  

The Transit Center is a public/private partnership. The total project cost was approximately $7 million dollars. Westfield Montgomery spent $6 million and Montgomery County spent $1.1 million in a jointly managed construction project.  Montgomery County began managing operations of the transit center in April.

In the new configuration, buses accessing the new transit center will enter and exit via Motor City Drive. The three bus bays at the existing transit center just off Westlake Terrace will close when the new transit center opens on Sunday, May 1. However, a bus stop will remain on Westlake Terrace for routes 42 and 47 to and from Rockville.

Buses travelling to and from the Westfield Montgomery Mall Transit Center connect riders to the Bethesda, Medical Center, Grosvenor/Strathmore, White Flint, Twinbrook, Rockville, Silver Spring, and Glenmont Metrorail stations. In terms of bicycle access, the Transit Center is adjacent to Westlake Terrace which has bike lanes from Westlake Drive to Fernwood Road. Additionally, Westlake Terrace is part of a bike route with wayfinding signs that guide cyclists to their destinations from Westfield Montgomery Mall to the Bethesda Capital Crescent Trail and central business district.


For more photos of the grand opening of Westfield Mall Transit Center click here.

MCDOT Director Al Roshdieh, Division of Transit Chief Carolyn Biggins and Transit Program Manager Deanna Archey celebrated the opening of the new transit center at Westfield Montgomery Mall. 


Ride On Bus Schedule Changes


Ride On service changes to 14 bus routes began Sunday, May 1 for Routes 4, 23, 29, 31, 37, 44, 46, 54, 57, 59, 63, 64, 75 and 81. Most of the changes involve only minor time adjustments so that bus schedules more closely match actual travel times in traffic.