Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Go Montgomery! August 2, 2017


New Ride On extRa Buses Arriving Now

See one of the new Ride On extRa buses at this year’s Montgomery County Agricultural Fair at the Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg from August 11 through 19. Learn more about the service that launches October 2 by watching a short video


MCDOT Responds During Wettest Weekend of the Year

MCDOT’s Storm Operations Center was activated during this past weekend’s deluge to respond to service calls.  Staff reopened 20 roads that were closed due to flooding or downed trees. 


Take a Survey About Improving Bus Service Along US 29

Let us know how Montgomery County’s local bus service on and near US 29/Colesville Rd/Columbia Pike (Ride On and Metrobus) could be improved.
Take this short five-to-ten minute survey, which will be used to help design MCDOT’s first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line.


Comment on the County’s Draft Vision Zero Plan to Eliminate Traffic Fatalities by 2030

Review the County’s Vision Zero Two Year Action Plan and provide your feedback by taking this survey


MCDOT Installs Traffic Signal at Multi-Agency Service Park

To improve pedestrian and traffic safety, MCDOT constructed a traffic signal at Snouffer School Road and Allison Hollow Way that was activated in July.


MCDOT Successfully Promotes Pedestrian Safety at Imagination Bethesda

Children and parents visited MCDOT’s tent to learn more about pedestrian safety and take the walk and drive safe pledge. Read more.


MCDOT’s Efforts to Expand Safe Biking Opportunities Featured in Washingtonian Magazine

Montgomery County was commended for leading the DC area in bicycling infrastructure. Read more.


SHA Begins Beltway Resurfacing Project on I-495 In Montgomery County

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration has begun a safety and resurfacing project on the Outer Loop of I-495 between Seminary Road and the I-270 west spur. Read more.


Residents Invited to Public Meeting to Learn More about SHA Project to Rehabilitate Seminary Road Bridge over I-495

Beginning this summer, the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration will rehabilitate the bridge on Seminary Road over I-495. Read more about the project and/or attend a public meeting.


WSSC Projects to Impact Traffic on Georgia Avenue and Colesville Road

This month, WSSC will begin replacing and relocating water mains along two very busy roads – Georgia Avenue, from Denley Road to Connecticut Avenue, and Colesville Road, from Georgia Avenue to the entrance of the Beltway.

August 2, 2017



MCDOT Continues Infrastructure Repairs

Learn more about MCDOT’s projects to repair roads, bridges and drainage:
Residential Roadway Resurfacing
Patching Project
Bridge and Bridge Deck Replacement
Drainage Improvement Projects
  • Briars Road from Olney-Laytonsville Road to Bowie Mill Road, Rockville
  • Just Completed: Kingstead Road Culvert Replacement, Damascus


Ride On Hiring Full-Time and Substitute Bus Operators

Ride On is looking for applicants with excellent communications skills, and the ability to serve the riding public with honesty and integrity. Learn more.


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Monday, July 17, 2017

Go Montgomery! July 14, 2017


First Ride On extRa Bus Arrives

In October, Ride On will begin a limited stop, faster service on Maryland 355 between the Lakeforest Transit Center and the Medical Center Metro Station. Preview the specially branded buses at events this summer and fall, including the County Fair. Learn more about Ride On extRa.


Leggett and Berliner Send Transportation Priorities Letter to MDOT

Montgomery County has updated its priorities for state investment in transportation infrastructure. The annual list identifies the County’s most important transit, pedestrian, bicycle and other projects for state funding.  Read the full letter.


Metro Work This Weekend to Close Bethesda and Medical Center Metro Stations

The Bethesda and Medical Center Metro Stations will be closed from 7 a.m. on Saturday, July 15 through closing on Sunday, July 16. Free shuttle buses will operate. Learn more.


Join in the Fun and Participate in PARK(ing) Day

MCDOT is encouraging artists, planners, businesses, organizations, groups and individuals to participate in International PARK(ing) Day on September 15 by temporarily transforming a metered parking space into a fun, parklike spot. Learn more and apply online.


Leggett Joins Governor at Groundbreaking for I-270 Watkins Mill Interchange

County Executive Ike Leggett joined Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, local officials and business leaders to announce the beginning of construction of the $97.71 million I-270 interchange project at Watkins Mill Road. See press release.


Lane Closures Planned for Next Four Weekends on Rockville Pike in Bethesda at NIH/Walter Reed

Over the next four weekends, MCDOT will close lanes on Rockville Pike (MD 355) between Woodmont Avenue and Wilson Drive, near the Medical Center Metro Station, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) at Naval Support Activity Bethesda. Read more.  En Espanol Aqui


Underground Blasting to Occur at MD 355 and the Medical Center Metro Station

As part of the Crossing Project at the Medical Center Metro Station, three underground test blasts are expected to occur the week of July 17, with the first planned for Monday, July 17, weather permitting. Read more.  En Espanol Aqui


July 14, 2017




Full Depth Permanent Pavement Patching to Begin in August in Meadowbrook Estates in Germantown

MCDOT will preserve pavement in this neighborhood by patching with hot mix asphalt. Read more.
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“Ride On Rocks” According to One Happy Passenger

It’s always great to hear from a satisfied customer. Ride On recently received this email:
“This evening I was riding on the 5 bus to Twinbrook and there was an incident I would like to report. The driver, who told me her name was Margaret, greeted me with a huge smile and a welcoming 'good evening sir.' I watched as she greeted each passenger with the same infectious joy. Then, an older woman got on the bus. The driver, Margaret, carefully asked the woman where she was getting off. She then stopped there, even though the elderly woman had neglected to ring for the stop. There's a lot of reasons that Ride On rocks, and one is drivers like Margaret.”


Friday, June 30, 2017

Go Montgomery!! June 30, 2017


Ride On to Operate on a Saturday Schedule on Tuesday, July 4

Only Routes with Saturday service will operate. Visit for more information.


Ride On Assists During SafeTrack Surge 16

To assist WMATA, MCDOT’s Ride On used five buses to shuttle 1,000 passengers a day during the most recent Surge that closed the Shady Grove and Rockville Metrorail stations for about a week. Read more about other ways MCDOT assisted.


Spring Street Separated Bike Lanes Under Construction

Separated bike lanes in downtown Silver Spring will run along Spring Street from Second Avenue on the west to Ellsworth Drive and will continue along Cedar Street to Wayne Avenue. Follow the progress on Twitter at #bikeMD #SpringStreetBikeLane or learn more online.

MCDOT Makes Going Car Lite or Car Free Easier by Providing Parking Spaces for Zipcar
MCDOT has designated 55 on-street, lot and garage parking spaces in Bethesda, Silver Spring, Wheaton, North Bethesda and Friendship Heights to Zipcar vehicles. Check locations online.

SoberRide Offering Free Rides on Independence Day, Tuesday, July 4
The Washington Region Alcohol Program’s (WRAP) 2017 Independence Day SoberRide program will be offering free rides on Lyft of up to $15 between 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 4 and 2 a.m., Wednesday, July 5.  Read more.

Bike to Work Day 2017 Breaks Records  
This year's D.C.-area Bike to Work Day broke records as one of the nation's largest Bike to Work Day (BTWD) events. Read more.

Ride On Participates in Age-Friendly Montgomery Initiative
To raise seniors’ awareness of transportation and mobility options, Ride On is promoting its Call-n-Ride discounted taxi service, Connect-A-Ride transportation information and referral service, and free Ride Onservice for seniors and persons with disabilities. Read more..

MCDOT Hosts Visiting Groups from Uganda and South Korea
MCDOT’s Highway Services is a regular stop for visiting delegations from the International Road Foundation (IRF), which promotes dialogue and shares program ideas across multinational borders and among agencies. Read more.

MDOT SHA Making Improvements on Darnestown Road and Veirs Mill Road
This summer, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) State Highway Administration (SHA) is resurfacing and making safety improvements on Darnestown Road and Veirs Mill Road. Read more.

Public Comments Sought on Bicycle Master Plan
The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is seeking comments on their preliminary bikeway recommendations. View the Bikeway ReactMap online.

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On July 1, New Regulations to Extend Trail Hours Take Effect
Starting Saturday, July 1, Montgomery Parkshas new rules that allow bikes on paved trails from 5 a.m. to midnight on official paved and natural surface trails. Read more.  


June 30, 2017




Highway Services Continues Road Improvement Projects in July


Ride On Receives Customer Compliments in May

Read some of the great things customers had to say about Ride On and its operators during the month of May.