Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Ride On Named Employer of the Year by CSAAC

Ride On was named Employer of the Year by Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children (CSAAC).

Ride On contracts with CSAAC to employ autistic individuals who distribute timetables at Metro and MARC stations.  Learn more about CSAAC online.  

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board Seeks Members

Applications Due at Noon on December 11

Community leaders and interested residents from across the Washington region are invited to apply for membership on the 2015 Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) to the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB). Applications are due by noon on Thursday, December 11.

The mission of the 15-member CAC is to promote public involvement in TPB’s regional transportation planning. The TPB coordinates transportation planning for the metropolitan Washington region, and includes elected local officials, representatives from transportation agencies, and other key officials.

To apply, complete the online application, the PDF application, or the print application.

For more information or to request a paper application, contact Lamont Cobb by email or phone at (202) 962-3200.

Members Sought for Bethesda Urban Partnership, Inc. Board of Directors

Application Deadline is December 8

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett is seeking applicants to fill one vacancy on the 11-member Bethesda Urban Partnership, Inc. Board of Directors, for a residential representative who lives within the Bethesda urban district. The incumbent member is eligible to apply for reappointment.

The Bethesda Urban Partnership is responsible for the maintenance of streetscape and streetscape amenities, the promotion and organization of promotional activities, the Bethesda Arts and Entertainment District and management of the transportation management district.
Members serve three-year terms without compensation, but are eligible for reimbursement for travel and dependent care for meetings attended. The Board currently meets in Bethesda on the third Tuesday of every other month at 7:45 a.m., with the exception of August and December.

County Executive Isiah Leggett is committed to representation on all of the County’s boards, committees, and commissions that is reflective of, and responsive to, County residents. Public participation contributes to the work of County government and provides an important service to the community when a variety of issues, concerns, and viewpoints are presented.

Applicants of diverse backgrounds, professions, gender, geography, disability and ethnicity are encouraged to apply. An application, consisting of a brief cover letter and resume, should be sent by mail to County Executive Isiah Leggett, 101 Monroe Street, 2nd Floor, Rockville, MD  20850, or by email. Home and employment addresses, as well as contact phone numbers and email addresses should be included. Applicants should indicate the position for which they are applying.

Members of County boards, committees and commissions may not serve on more than one such group at a time. Leggett’s appointments are generally subject to confirmation by the County Council. Applications of individuals selected for appointment to groups that are confirmed by the Council are made public as part of the confirmation process.

For more information, contact Beth Gochrach by email or by phone at 240-777-2528.
For Immediate Release: November 17, 2014

Ride On Honors Its “Best of the Best” Drivers at Ceremony

Three of the drivers with no accidents during 21 years of driving were honored: Robert James, Lucas Guzman and Stephen Richardson. They are pictured with Art Holmes, Carolyn Biggins and Mike Nesselt, Acting Depot Chief.

At a Transit Awards Ceremony held on November 19, Montgomery County Department of Transportation Director Arthur Holmes, Jr. and Transit Services Division Chief Carolyn Biggins honored Ride On bus drivers for their excellent customer service, willingness to go the extra mile, and commitment to safety and quality.

One award from each depot, Silver Spring, Nicholson Court and Gaithersburg, was presented in the following categories:

Customer Service Award was William Oliver, Raul Ortellado and Rex Thompson.
On Time Performance Award was James Boddie, Jose Contreras and Cheryl Nicholson.
Safe Work Award was Ricardo Cabrera, Robert James and Clovis Wheeler.
Supervisor of the Year was Eric Sims of the Silver Spring Depot.

In addition, drivers with no accidents for five, ten, 15 and 21 years were honored. 

Ride On Holds Bus Roadeo

Winner will Represent County at International Event

Ride On bus operator Alexander Folgar won Ride On’s Bus Roadeo and will represent Ride On at the American Public Transportation Association's International Bus Roadeo in Ft. Worth, Texas next spring. He'll be matching his skills against the best drivers from around the world. To win, Folgar maneuvered his 35-foot vehicle through a variety of obstacles.

Folger has been a bus operator with Ride On for 13 years. He worked out of the Silver Spring Depot for three years and has been at the Gaithersburg Depot for the past 10 years.

51st Montgomery County Bikeshare Station Installed in Silver Spring

Montgomery County's Bikeshare network has expanded to 51 stations with the installation of a new station this month in Silver Spring. The station is located at Spring Street and Second Avenue. Silver Spring now has 16 stations.

More information about Bikeshare is available online as are maps of all the station locations.

Ride On Wins Award
Ride On was named Employer of the Year by Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children (CSAAC). Ride On contracts with CSAAC to employ autistic individuals who distribute timetables at Metro and MARC stations.

Learn more about CSAAC online.

Washington Region Launches Fall Street Smart Pedestrian Safety Campaign

With the shorter hours of daylight at this time of year, it’s more important than ever for people to take care as they drive, walk and bike. Street Smart launched a fall safety campaign to remind area drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists to pay attention and obey traffic safety laws. To make sure they do, area police have stepped up enforcement during November and will ticket and fine violators – whether on foot, a bike or behind the wheel. Street Smart reminds everyone to share the road and look out for each other.

Fall and winter can be the most dangerous times of the year for pedestrians. When out in the dark, bicyclists and pedestrians are urged to wear reflective items or flashing lights to ensure they are visible to drivers. Never assume drivers see you when you are in the road.

The Street Smart campaign offers the following safety tips:

• If you’re driving, look twice for people in crosswalks and stop for walkers and bicyclists.
• If you’re biking, ride in the direction of traffic and stop at red lights.
• And if you’re walking, cross in the crosswalk and wait for the "walk" signal.

Learn more about the campaign.