Saturday, December 9, 2017

Go Montgomery! Snow Edition

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Five One-Minute Videos Answer the Most Frequently Asked Questions About Snow Removal

Montgomery County has produced five, short, videos that provide key information about what to expect during snow storms: 


Clearing Sidewalks of Snow and Ice - If You Own Property, It's Your Responsibility

Clearing sidewalks within 24 hours after the end of a snowstorm is a civic responsibility that keeps our communities and neighbors safe – and it’s the law. Property owners are required to clear sidewalks in front of, and alongside, their properties. Read more.


Who Clears the Snow?

MCDOT is responsible for clearing snow from 5,200 lane miles of County-maintained roads – but this doesn’t include every road in the County. Read more, or find out who plows your street by visiting the County’s Snow Portal.


Numbered Roads are State Roads: Contact State Highway to Report Issues

Report problems on State roads (numbered roads in the County) to the Statewide Operations Center online or by calling 1-800-543-2515 or 410-582-5650. 


Ride On S (Storm) Service Plan

When severe weather or emergencies are expected to disrupt Ride On bus service on weekdays, Ride On has the option of operating under its “S” or Storm Service Plan. Learn more: English and Spanish. Check for Ride On service interruptions.


During Snowstorms, When is Parking Free in County Garages?

During a County-Executive declared snow emergency in Montgomery County, the MCDOT Director may announce that parking is free in County-owned garages. Getting cars off roads enables faster snow removal. Check the Snow Portal or MCDOT’s website for announcements during storms.


When Snow or Ice is Predicted, MCDOT Springs into Action

MCDOT has 200 Highway Services employees and 175 pieces of equipment to handle snow operations. If more resources are needed, contractors can be called upon to immediately provide hundreds of pieces of additional equipment and plow operators. Learn more about how MCDOT tackles winter storms. 


Be Prepared for Winter Storms: What to Do Before, During and After a Storm

During winter storm season, learn what you can do to keep you and your family safe. Read more.


Montgomery County Offers Cold Weather Information for People and Animals

When it's cold, protect yourself, your family and your pets by following these cold weather tips.


Winter Safety Tips for Drivers, Pedestrians, Snow Shovelers and More

Check these winter safety tips for drivers, pedestrians and snow shovelers and learn more about staying safe at home and in your car. Read more.



DECEMBER 9, 2017


Sign Up for Alert Montgomery

Automatically receive notifications about emergencies, weather conditions, program and school closures, traffic and more by signing up for Alert Montgomery. 


Get Updates Online at the Snow Portal

One handy, online location provides information on the latest delays and closings, the status of plowing in your neighborhood, submitting a service request, or getting more snow-related information. 


Winter Safety Tips


Who to Call

Call 311 (or 240-777-0311 if outside the County) for information about the status of County programs and services, to report unshoveled sidewalks or for other assistance. Oget information online.
First Energy/Potomac Edison: 1-888-544-4877
BG&E: 1-800-685-0123
PEPCO: 1-877-737-2662

Downed Wires and Trees “Hot” or sparking wires911
Downed trees: 311
Police Emergency: 911
Police Non-Emergency:
Montgomery County Public Schools: 301-309-6277 (MCPS); Spanish Hotline:

Call 311
Recycling and Trash Collections - for updated information about the collection schedule during snow storms,sign up for email and/or text updates, follow DSWS on Facebook and Twitter

Friday, December 1, 2017

Go Montgomery! December 1, 2017


November 30, 2017


MCDOT Wins Grants for Four Bikeshare Stations and Safe Routes to School Program

MCDOT has received a Bikeways Grant Award from the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Maryland Bikeways Program to install four bikeshare stations along the Bethesda Trolley Trail. In addition, MCDOT received a grant to conduct pedestrian and traffic safety enforcement and education at targeted schools. Read more.

Spin Dockless Bikeshare Begins in Silver Spring December 8

MCDOT has signed an agreement with Spin dockless bikeshare and 100 bikes will be placed in Silver Spring starting the evening of December 7. Spin is the third company to participate in Montgomery County’s dockless bike demonstration project, joining LimeBike and OfoRead more.


WMATA Seeks Feedback on Access Improvements at Bethesda, Silver Spring and New Carrollton Stations for MTA’s Purple Line Project

WMATA is seeking input on changes at three Metrorail stations. Complete an online survey by December 15 or attend an open house and public hearing on Tuesday, December 5. Read more.

Wheaton Revitalization Progress

Starting in mid-December, the Mid-County Regional Services Center Building will be demolished as part of the planned Plaza development south of Reedie Drive. View the progress in real time or get more information about the project.


Ride On Assists with DEP’s Gift Outside the Box! Campaign

The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection is sponsoring a holiday campaign with a little help from MCDOT’s Ride On bus system. Thirty-six buses feature an exterior ad and 250 Ride On buses have an interior bus card promoting making sustainable choices, supporting local businesses and encouraging volunteerism. Read more about the campaign. 

Leggett, Regional Leaders Launch Purple Line Corridor Community Development Agreement

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett joined Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, University of Maryland President Wallace Loh and other regional leaders as they committed to create pathways to opportunity for those who work, live and invest in the Purple Line corridor. Read more


Leggett to Hold Five FY19 Operating Budget Forums in January; Residents’ Feedback Crucial in Determining Priorities

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett is holding five budget forums, starting January 8, to seek input from residents about the Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) Operating Budget. Read more.



Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Go Montgomery! November 20, 2017

WMATA to Close Red Line Between Silver Spring and Fort Totten November 25-December 10In Addition, Silver Spring, Forest Glen, Wheaton and Glenmont Stations Will be Closed December 2-3    Read more.


MCDOT Adding Another Option for Pay-By-Phone Parking

MCDOT recently contracted with Parkmobile, in addition to MobileNow!, to offer parking patrons more pay-by-phone payment options. MCDOT is phasing in the ability to use Parkmobile for County on-street, lot and garage meters over the next six months. Read more.


County Cable Montgomery Features MCDOT’s Snow Preparation Efforts

Montgomery County's most dedicated employees are getting ready for old man winter. Susan Kenedy has more on preparations for this upcoming season. View.


Metro Seeks Public Input on Changes to Improve Access to the MTA's Purple Line Project

At the request of the State of Maryland, Metro is considering changes at the Bethesda, Silver Spring and New Carrollton Metrorail stations to improve customer access to Maryland Transit Administration Purple Line facilities. Attend an open house, complete an online survey or provide feedback. Read more.


MCDOT’s BRT Manager to be Featured Speaker at Suburban Maryland Transportation Alliance Meeting

MCDOT Rapid Transit System Development Manager Joana Conklin will be a featured speaker at the next event sponsored by the Suburban Maryland Transportation Alliance, a group that advocates for for transit and roadway improvements.  Register here.


Leggett Seeks Applicants for Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee

County Executive Isiah Leggett is seeking applicants to fill four public member vacancies (including a representative of people with disabilities) on the Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee. The application deadline is December 6.  Read more and apply online.


Status of the Wheaton Revitalization Project

Excavation for the building and garage foundations continues and is scheduled to finish in early-January 2018. Follow the project’s progress through an on-site camera video. Weekly progress newsletters are available online.


Ride On’s Executive Connector Proving to be Popular Travel Option for Employees Near White Flint Metro

For those who work on Executive Boulevard or East Jefferson Street between Old Georgetown and Montrose roads, Ride On’s Executive Connector service is proving to be a fast and easy way to travel to and from work. View schedule.


Montgomery County Becomes First in the State to Have Protected Bicycle Infrastructure on State Highways

Montgomery County is the first jurisdiction in Maryland to provide green bicycle pavement markings on state roads. Read more


MCDOT to Replace Culverts Under Kinster Drive in Germantown

MCDOT will close a section of Kinster Drive for about four months for an emergency replacement of failed pipes under the road. Read more.


MCDOT Park(ing) Day Celebration Featured in The Parking Professional, November Issue

View the creative uses of parking spaces as communities from across the country participated in this year’s worldwide event.

November 20, 2017



Transportation Holiday Schedule for Thanksgiving Day, November 23

  • Ride On will follow a Sunday schedule
  • Metrorail and Metrobus
    information is available at online.
  • TRiPS Commuter Store at the Silver Spring Transit Center and the Mobile Commuter Store will be closed.
View all Montgomery County government closures online.  


County Report This Week Highlights Ride On extRa

County Council President Roger Berliner and MCDOT Director Al Roshdieh take a trip on Ride On extRa – the County’s new limited stop service between the Lakeforest Transit Center and the Medical Center Metro Station. Watch now.