Wednesday, April 19, 2017

MCDOT to Sponsor Bikeshare Bicycle Safety Training Classes Conducted by the Washington Area Bicyclist Association in April, May and June

Want to try using Bikeshare but need a refresher on riding safely? MCDOT is sponsoring bicycle safety training for Bikeshare users that will be conducted by the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA).

Join one of the following City Cycling Classes. Advance registration is encouraged; however, a limited number of walk-in registrants will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis. Select a class date and location from the list below and then follow the link to register.

April 23, 2017
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
9605 Medical Center Dr.
Rockville, MD 20850
May 6, 2017
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
5020 Battery Ln
Bethesda, MD 20814
May 20, 2017
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission Parking Lot
8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910
June 10, 2017
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
at 10400 Fernwood Road
Bethesda,  20814
June 17, 2017
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
5312 Friendship Blvd.
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Thanks to MCDOT’s sponsorship, classes are just $10, or are no-cost to participants in the MC Liberty Program, which offers free Bikeshare memberships and training to low income residents. To determine if you qualify for MC Liberty, contact Commuter Services at (240) 777-8380 or email.

WABA's City Cycling classes help riders comfortably and confidently share the road with cars and provide useful skills and techniques.  At each class, students have the option of joining the Introduction to City Cycling group or the Confident City Cycling group to learn appropriate bike-handling skills. Afterwards, go on a ride on nearby streets to test your skills.

Ride On Passengers Offer Praise for Outstanding Service

Read some of the compliments Ride On received January through March. Read more.

Go Montgomery! April 18, 2017

Go Montgomery



Participate in Ride On’s Give and Ride April 23-29 and Help Feed Area’s Neediest Families – You Don’t Need to be a Passenger to Help

Donate a nonperishable and get a free ride on Ride On.

New, 19-dock Capital Bikeshare Station funded by EYA.

City Cycling classes help riders comfortably and confidently share the road with cars.

Build community and improve the environment with events for all ages.

Spaces converted to allow two-hour parking and more ADA spaces added. 

Meeting planned for 7 p.m. at Highland Elementary School.

Analysis reviews availability of short term bike parking in 19 areas.

Construction of Multimodal Crossing Project will continue through 2021.

Metro to Replace Station Escalators at Medical Center and Friendship Heights
Metro continues to replace aging escalators to improve service.

Learn more and provide input on plans to improve transportation in Clarksburg.


April 18, 2017



Highway Services to Begin Pavement Repair Projects in April

MCDOT plans patching projects on Tuckerman Lane in Rockville and Thayer Avenue in Silver Spring and roadway resurfacing in the Kenwood Neighborhood in Bethesda.


Ride On Passengers Offer Praise for Outstanding Service

Read some of the compliments Ride On received January through March.



Friday, April 7, 2017

Ride On Announces Launch of New, Limited Stop Service This Fall; Ride On extRa Will Expand Transit Options on MD 355

Go Montgomery


Ride On Announces Launch of New, Limited Stop Service This Fall; Ride On extRa Will Expand Transit Options on MD 355

To kick off Montgomery County Department of Transportation's (MCDOT) celebration of Transportation Week during Earth Month, Ride On announced that, in October, it will launch a new, limited stop, higher speed service on Maryland Route 355 called the Ride On extRa, which will provide a faster option for bus riders during rush hours. The service will make only 12 stops between the Medical Center Metrorail Station in Bethesda and the Lakeforest Transit Center in Gaithersburg, which will allow Ride On extRa to provide faster service with “Less Stop. More Go.”
Buses will run every 10 minutes from 5:30 to 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. At Ride On extRa bus stops, passengers will be able to take advantage of connections to Metrorail, 15 Metrobus routes, MARC Brunswick Line, MTA Commuter buses, and 42 Ride On routes.

“Maryland Route 355 is one of the most heavily used corridors in Montgomery County, so while we continue to plan for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) on this roadway, the new Ride On extRa service will move people more quickly in modern, sleek vehicles with enhanced amenities,” said Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett. “Giving travelers more options can reduce the number of cars on this highly congested thoroughfare and ease the commute for the remaining drivers.”

For Ride On extRa, MCDOT will use 17 new, specially branded buses with easy access boarding, WiFi and USB charging ports. Ride On extRa’s bus shelters will feature real time information displays. The new service will accept standard SmarTrip cards and passes, as well as cash.  To eliminate delays that occur when passengers add cash to SmarTrip cards on board the bus, passengers will not be able to load cash on to SmarTrip cards on the bus.
A Transit Signal Priority (TSP) system will expedite travel speeds for Ride On extRa. The TSP will detect Ride On extRa buses as they approach a traffic signal and could provide a few extra seconds of green light to allow the bus to get through the intersection.
Ride On extRa will be a premium, rush-hour service. In the future, a full BRT system will operate all day, seven days a week and have dedicated lanes, where feasible; higher capacity, articulated buses; and upgraded stations with level boarding and payment machines. Ride On extRa rush hour service will complement the full schedule of more local service offered along Route 355 via Ride On 46 and 55.
During the County’s Earth Month celebration sponsored by the Department of Environmental Protection, the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) will be promoting Transportation Week with activities and events that inform the public about its commitment to the environment and transportation alternatives that are more sustainable. Learn more. 
Learn more about Ride On extRa and BRT online.



April 7, 2017


Al Roshdieh, MCDOT Director
“To realize a future for Montgomery County that includes a first-rate, multimodal transportation system, MCDOT is expanding choices for all the users of our network,” said MCDOT Director Al Roshdieh. “Ride On extRa is an interim step to BRT that will enhance transit options with faster service, expand transit capacity on the busy Maryland Route 355 corridor, and lure more drivers out of their cars.”



Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Go Montgomery! April 3, 2017

Go Montgomery



Participate in “Give and Ride” April 23-29 and Help Feed Area’s Neediest Families

Get a free ride on Ride On by donating food or children’s items.


MCDOT Conducting Parking Study in Bethesda; Cameras Temporarily Installed in Most Bethesda Garages

Cameras installed until April 7.


Attend the “Virtual” US 29 Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Open House Anytime

Learn more about BRT and provide input.


Zion Road Reopened After Bridge Repairs Completed

Bridge repairs and road resurfacing now complete.


MCDOT to Close Single Lanes on Rockville Pike Near Medical Center Metro Station April 5-7

Expect closures between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day. 


Montgomery County Named 2016 Tree City USA for 21st Consecutive Year

Arbor Day Foundation honors County’s urban forest management.


MCDOT to Close Two Lanes on Rockville Pike Near Medical Center Metro Station Overnight, April 9-13

Project underway to build pedestrian walkway under MD 355.


SHA Installs New Signal at Veirs Mill Road and Turkey Branch Parkway 

SHA makes safety improvements.


CashKey Parking Meter Payment System to End on June 30

Turn in keys by deadline for refunds.


Public Invited to Community Meeting to Discuss Proposed Safety Improvements to the Tech Road and Prosperity Drive Intersection

Meeting planned for April 10, 7 p.m. at Montgomery Housing Partnerships.


April 3, 2017



Residential Street Sweeping to Begin April 10

Check daily schedules online starting next week.


Click here to contact 311 to report things in need of repair.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Participate in “Give and Ride” April 23-29 and Help Feed Area’s Neediest Families

Give and Ride April 23-29 ---------runs April 1-29

Montgomery County’s Ride On’s annual food drive is returning for its 30th year. Pay it forward by donating a non-perishable food item when you board any Ride On bus April 23rd through the 29th.  Healthy food and drink items for kids are especially encouraged. We’ll do our part by giving you a FREE ride in return. Let’s work together to make sure no one goes hungry in Montgomery County.”
Read the press release.