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Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Go Montgomery - May 3, 2016
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
May 3, 2016
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.
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.
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.