Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Go Montgomery! August 8, 2018


MCDOT Makes Emergency Repairs to Reopen Roads

Record rains resulted in the failure of culverts underneath Father Hurley Boulevard and Game Preserve Road. MCDOT responded to the emergencies and has now reopened both roads. Pictured are repairs in progress at Game Preserve Road. See additional photos online.


Construction Begins to Replace Park Valley Road Bridge in Silver Spring

MCDOT began construction in July to replace the 1931-vintage Park Valley Road Bridge over Sligo Creek with a wider bridge and sidewalk. The project also includes the realignment of a portion of the Sligo Creek Trail to enhance pedestrian and bicycle access and safety. Read more.


MCDOT Seeks Proposals to Redevelop Site of Public Parking Garage in Bethesda

MCDOT is seeking proposals from qualified teams to redevelop Public Parking Garage 47 in the Bethesda Parking Lot District, located at the intersection of Montgomery Avenue and Waverly Street. Read more or view the details of the Request for Development Proposals Solicitation.


Reminder: Ride On to Hold Public Forum on Proposed New Services on Wednesday, August 8

The public is invited to attend a forum in Germantown and provide input on the following enhancements proposed for Ride On bus routes:
  • New Sunday service on the Route
  • New Saturday service on the
    Route 76
  • New midday service on the Route


Celebrate Car Free Day on  September 21, 22 and 23

Car Free Day is a worldwide event that encourages greener methods of travel to get around other than driving alone by car.  Start looking for ways you can go Car Free and take the pledge to be eligible to win prizes.


Passenger Praises Ride On extRa

A Ride On customer recently sent this email about the Ride On extRa, Route 101:
I wanted to send some praise to everyone in your department for the wonderful Ride On Express 101 Route.  I used it for the first time a couple of weeks ago after taking my car in for a recall.  Since I have my own car, I rarely use the bus, but I found everything about this service to be wonderful.  The information screens at the stations were great, the buses were on time, and drivers friendly.  The route got me exactly where I needed to be when I needed to be there and back again. Please keep up the great work!


New Ride On User Guide Now Available

Ride On has a new, handy user guide with information on fares, tracking your bus, trip-planning resources, SmarTrip Cards®, accessibility, transfers and more. Printable brochures are available online.


County Council Approves Master Plan of Highways and Transitways 

The County Council unanimously approved the Master Plan of Highways and Transitways on July 24. The update provides a comprehensive summary of all significant existing and planned highway and transitway facilities within the County. Read more or view the plan. 


Friendship Heights Bus Bays Above the Metro Station to be Temporarily Relocated

Beginning August 5, the Friendship Heights bus bays at 2 Wisconsin Circle above the Metro Station were relocated along area streets during a renovation by Chevy Chase Land Company of the second floor above the Friendship Heights bus loop. The construction is expected to take about two months. For more information call 301-654-2690.


County Executive Leggett Seeking Applicants for Silver Spring Transportation Management District Advisory Committee

There are six vacancies on the Silver Spring Transportation Management District Advisory Committee for representatives from three large and three small businesses located in the Silver Spring Central Business District. Read more and apply by August 13.


August 8, 2018



Highway Services Continues Seasonal Infrastructure Improvement Projects


Become a Capital Bikeshare Bike Angel

Capital Bikeshare has begun a new program that allows riders who improve the availability of bikes and docks to earn rewards. Learn more.


Bethesda Circulator is a Free and Easy Way to Get Around in Downtown Bethesda

The free Bethesda Circulator bus makes a loop around downtown Bethesda, stopping next to the Bethesda Metro station, County parking lots and garages and more. There’s even a bike rack on the bus.  Go online to see the Circulator route and schedule and to download the free mobile app for iPhone and Android. 


Don't Drown, Turn Around

With all the heavy rain we've gotten, flooded roads are not uncommon. Montgomery County’s Fire & Rescue Service urges drivers not to attempt to drive through or across a flooded road, as it only takes about four inches of swift water to move a car. Be safe. Turn around. Take another, safer route.


Wheaton Revitalization Update

Progress continues on major concrete pours for the garage and walls. Follow project progress in real time through an onsite camera. See weekly newsletter.


Monday, July 23, 2018

Go Montgomery! July 20, 2018


Metro Board Approves Eliminating the Grosvenor Turnback Beginning December 2018

For several years, MCDOT has led County efforts to eliminate the turnbacks of Metrorail at the Grosvenor Station. Last week, these efforts succeeded when the Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) Board took final action to extend continuous Red Line service to Shady Grove starting December 2018. Read more


MCDOT Awarded Transportation Alternatives Grant to Design Missing Link in the Forest Glen Road Sidewalk

MCDOT has received a $248,000 grant to complete a preliminary design for a sidewalk on the north side of Forest Glen Road in Silver Spring that will close a missing pedestrian gap. The sidewalk will extend from Woodland Drive to Sligo Creek Parkway, providing access to the Forest Glen Metro Station, Forest Glen Medical Center, Holy Cross Hospital, Sligo Creek Stream Valley Park and Sligo Creek Trail. Read more.


MCDOT Leads Project to Reduce Streetlight Energy Consumption

MCDOT is leading a project that could annually save the County $858,000 by reducing streetlight energy consumption and maintenance costs while taking advantage of a PEPCO energy incentive program that will provide $895,000 towards the effort. If the County Council approves the funding later this month, MCDOT will replace high-pressure sodium lamps in the County’s 26,000 streetlights with energy efficient light-emitting diode (LED) lamps. Learn more.


MCDOT Director Roshdieh Speaks at a Forum on the Future of Downtown Wheaton

MCDOT Director Al Roshdieh addressed the audience on July 18 at a Wheaton Urban District Advisory Committee forum regarding a vision for the future of downtown Wheaton. MCDOT is leading the Wheaton Revitalization project that is key to future redevelopment. Read more.


MCDOT Seeks Public Input on Proposed “NextGen TDM” County Code and Executive Regulations Changes

MCDOT held a public open house to discuss proposed changes to the process for implementing multi-modal programs for new development projects and for certain employers. Public comments are being accepted by email online.  Learn more.


MCDOT Seeks Federal Funding for VIVA White Oak Transportation Projects

To catalyze the redevelopment of VIVA White Oak, the County is seeking $25 million in Federal BUILD grant funding, supported by over $49 million in County-approved matching funds, for master planned transportation and infrastructure projects, including constructing two planned County roads; improving FDA Boulevard; making intersection improvements at US 29 at Industrial Parkway and Tech Road and MD 650 at Lockwood Drive; providing new and more buses for the White Oak Circulator Ride-On Service; constructing the MD 650 Bikeway shared use path; and widening the existing Industrial Parkway to accommodate bike lanes. The US Department of Transportation will make the awards December 18, 2018. View project proposal.


Ride On to Hold Public Forum on Proposed New Services for Routes 43, 76 and 90

The public is invited to attend a forum on Wednesday, August 8 in Germantown and provide input on the following enhancements proposed for Ride On bus routes:
-New Sunday service on the Route 43-New Saturday service on the Route 76
-New midday service on the Route 90
Written comments will be accepted through August 5. Read more.


dataMontgomery Publishes New Transportation-Related Datasets

During 2018, dataMontgomery published new datasets on road closures and crash incidents that are available to the public. The dataMontgomery program provides the public with the opportunity to review and analyze County information and recently released its Fiscal Year 2019 Annual Report. See the full report online.


Four-Week, Single Lane Closure on Rockville Pike Continues  

Through Friday, August 3, one southbound lane on Rockville Pike will be closed to traffic between National Institutes of Health Gateway Drive and Woodmont Avenue, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather and work conditions permitting. During the lane closure, sidewalks and storm sewers will be reconstructed where roadway and pedestrian improvements were completed. 


Keep Up to Date on Purple Line Construction Activities

The Maryland Transit Administration website lists the latest construction activities planned throughout the Purple Line work zone. View ongoing projects online


State to Hold Public Workshops on Easing Beltway/I-270 Congestion

State transportation officials will host a workshop for the Bethesda community on plans to ease congestion along I-495 and I-270 on Wednesday, July 25, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Thomas W. Pyle Middle School. Or, view a virtual workshop and information about alternatives, or make comments online.


Two Red Line Metrorail Stations to Close from Saturday, July 21 to Monday, September 3: Closures to Extend to Takoma Station on July 28 and 29

Metro track work will require the closure of two Metrorail stations - Rhode Island Avenue and Brookland stations - from July 21 through September 3. There will be no Red Line service between the Fort Totten and NoMa-Gallaudet U stations.  On July 28 and 29 only, the Takoma Station will also be closed. MCDOT is helping to publicize the closures and selling MARC Train tickets at our Silver Spring TRiPs Store and Mobile Commuter Store. Read more.


July 20, 2018



MCDOT to Hold Annual PARK(ing) Day Celebration on September 21

MCDOT is encouraging artists, planners, businesses, organizations, groups and individuals to participate in International PARK(ing) Day on September 21 by temporarily transforming a metered parking space into a fun, parklike spot. Businesses, organizations and non-profits are encouraged to promote their services. See website for more information and to apply. 


Spring Cameron Garage Closes Up to 75 Spaces Until Mid-September to Make Repairs

During a routine inspection of the garage at 8700 Cameron Street, Silver Spring, MCDOT staff noticed signs of possible structural weakness in one area. An in-depth evaluation will be conducted and, as a precaution, a portion of the garage has been closed to the public. The remaining 825 spaces in the garage are safe to use. Read more


Customer Compliments Ride On Driver

One of MCDOT’s top priorities is providing great customer service, and it’s always nice to hear that our staff is doing a great job. Recently, Ride On received the following compliment about bus operator Kevin Shelton: “He is always punctual, friendly, upbeat and has an excellent attitude. After a long day at work, it's refreshing to encounter someone with such a positive attitude on my commute home. He is friendly to passengers, other drivers, and pedestrians, always giving others the right of way and making sure safety is a priority. I would like to extend my thank you to him for making my day brighter on my commute home.” 

Update on Wheaton Revitalization Project

Progress continues with concrete pours for the building foundation and the bottommost level of the garage. Also underway is waterproofing of the outside face of the vertical walls and underground Pepco utility work along Grandview Avenue and Ennalls Avenue. View the live camera feed online.
Progress on Wheaton Revitalization Project Concrete Pours

Friday, June 29, 2018

Go Montgomery! June 29, 2018


Four More MCDOT Parking Facilities Now Have Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

MCDOT’s Division of Parking Management has installed electric vehicle charging stations in three more Bethesda garages and a parking lot in Silver Spring, bringing the total number of stations in MCDOT parking facilities to 16. The stations have the ability to charge 32 electric vehicles. Read more.


Construction to Begin Soon in Downtown Silver Spring to Add More Bike Lanes and the First Protected Intersection on the East Coast

MCDOT will soon start construction of a cycle track (separated bike lane) along Second and Wayne avenues from Spring Street to Georgia Avenue, and bike lanes on Cameron Street from Second to Georgia avenues. The lanes are part of a larger network of bike facilities that will enhance bicycle mobility and safety in Silver Spring. The project also includes the first East Coast protected intersection at Spring Street and Second Avenue. Read more


Two Pay By Phone Payment Options Now Available at All County Parking Meters

MCDOT has completed transitioning all County parking meters to accept both Parkmobile and MobileNow! pay-by-phone payment options. Montgomery County is one of the first jurisdictions in the country to expand mobile parking payment to two companies. Read more.


WMATA Board Approves Funding to End Red Line Turnbacks, But More Steps Remain

The Metro Board voted to provide funding to eliminate the Red Line turnbacks at Grosvenor, extending more Red Line service to Shady Grove. However, a study to assess whether the current infrastructure is adequate to handle the change will be completed in July. MCDOT has lobbied to end the turnbacks for years. Read the Washington Post story.


WDVM Story Features MCDOT’s Lookout Program, Which Informs Travelers About New Safety Infrastructure

MCDOT’s Gary Erenrich, special assistant to the Director, and Sandra Brecher, Commuter Services Section chief, were recently featured in a WDVM story about a MCDOT education program, “Look Out For Each Other.” Watch full story.


Two Montgomery County Employers Recognized by MWCOG Commuter Connections

MCDOT’s Commuter Services works closely with employers to promote ‘Better Ways to Work.’ Two of those employers were recently recognized by Commuter Connections at its 21st annual employer Recognition Awards that honored The Donohoe Companies, Bethesda, and IQ Solutions, Rockville. Read more.


Leggett Seeks Applicants for Taxicab Services Commission

County Executive Isiah Leggett is seeking applicants to fill one vacancy on the Taxicab Services Commission for a public member who must represent people with disabilities. The deadline to apply is July 13.  Read more and apply online.


MCDOT BRT Staff Featured at National Conference

MCDOT's Darcy Buckley made two presentations this week at the National Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Conference, discussing Montgomery County's public participation process for BRT projects and the development of BRT station prototypes. Learn more on BRT


SoberRide Offering Free Rides on Independence Day, Wednesday, July 4

The Washington Region Alcohol Program’s (WRAP) 2018 Independence Day SoberRide program is offering free, Lyft rides up to $15 between 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 4, and 4 a.m.,Thursday, July 5.  Read more.


County's Holiday Schedule


June 29, 2018



Highway Services Construction Season Well Underway

So far this season, MCDOT’s Highway Services has completed 82 roadway resurfacing projects, totaling 247 lane miles. Upcoming projects include:
Residential Roadway Resurfacing Projects:
   * Drews CourtPotomac
   * Metz Drive Subdivision,     Germantown
Permanent Patching Projects:
   * Hewitt AvenueAspen Hill
   * Boiling Brook Parkway     Rockville
   * Rippling Brook Drive     Colesville
   * Springbrook Village     Subdivision, Silver Spring
   * Beech AvenueBethesda 
   * Seneca Crossing Drive     Germantown
   * Park Mill DriveRockville     Mill Run Drive, Derwood
   * Derwood Station Phase I     Derwood


Don't Text and Drive

As “Don't Text and Drive Month” comes to an end, MCDOT is encouraging everyone to continue practicing safe driving all the time and put an end to texting and driving for the long term. Join the campaign at: #DontTextAndDrive 

Reinforcing Mat Installed Prior to Second Concrete Pour

Update on Wheaton Revitalization Project

The project’s underground garage is under construction and utility work continues along Grandview and Ennalls avenues. Get more information and view the live camera