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. 

Bike to Work Day 2017 Breaks Records

(L-R) Montgomery County Director of  Transportation Al Roshdieh, County County Councilmember Sidney Katz, Rockville Mayor Bridget Newton, and MCDOT's Bruce Johnson pick a raffle winner during the Rockville Town Square Bike to Work Day Pit Stop.
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. On May 19, about 18,700 cyclists at 85 pit stops in the Washington metropolitan region celebrated biking as a healthy commuting option by pedaling to work. MCDOT sponsored six pit stops.
Since 2001, the region’s BTWD participation has significantly grown from a few hundred registrants and five pit stops. According to census data, commuting to work by bike is becoming increasingly popular in the Washington metropolitan region. annual event is co-sponsored by Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA). The event was created in 1956 by the League of American Bicyclists as part of National Release ID: 17-144 
Media Contact: Esther Bowring 240-777-7155

MCDOT Hosts Visiting Groups from Uganda and South Korea

Visit from South Korean delegation 

Visit from Uganda delegation
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.

Highway Services staff, Steve Suprata, Tim Serrano, Melissa Garner and Josh Faust, met with representatives from the Ugandan Ministry of Transportation on June 13, and on June 21, they hosted a delegation from the South Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transit.  Both visiting groups were interested in learning more about Montgomery County’s transportation and Highway Services programs and responsibilities and sharing information about their operations.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Plan Ahead for SafeTrack Suge 16 - Go Montgomery Special Edition


No Metrorail Service Will be Provided June 17 to 25 Between Shady Grove and Twinbrook During Metro’s SafeTrack Surge #16: Affected Red Line Passengers are Urged to Seek Alternatives

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) last SafeTrack surge -- Surge #16 – will completely close the Shady Grove and Rockville Red Line stations from Saturday, June 17 through Sunday, June 25. Metro will be providing shuttle bus service from the Shady Grove and Rockville stations, but is urging commuters to avoid the stations if possible, particularly during weekday, peak travel hours and consider telecommuting, ride sharing and other alternatives. Travelers are also encouraged to consider using the Brunswick Line MARC Train from Metropolitan Grove or starting their Metrorail trip at Twinbrook, White Flint, Glenmont or Wheaton stations. For Bus, Train and Parking options click here.
MCDOT Commuter Services provides assistance with telework, alternate work schedules, carpooling, vanpooling, use of car-sharing and Capital Bikeshare. To learn more, view Commuter Services telework video and webinar or to receive free, expert consulting services call 240-777-8380 or email.
To improve bus and traffic flow MCDOT will:
  • Coordinate with Montgomery County and Rockville Police to provide traffic control to improve bus operations at key locations.
  • Monitor traffic flow and adjust traffic signals in areas most affected by SafeTrack to improve bus operations and traffic flow.
  • Suspend MCDOT road repair projects along key commuter routes affected by the surge.
  • Request that the Maryland State Highway Administration restrict lane closures and construction projects along key routes affected by the surge.

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Use Capital Bikeshare During SafeTrack

The regional bike share service may be an option. MCDOT has 70 Bikeshare stations throughout the County, including the Shady Grove and Rockville areas. Check locations online.
Use a credit card for a $2 single trip fare, good for up to 30 minutes, or an $8 daily fare.


Consider Using Montgomery County Libraries When Telecommuting

Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) are a resource for telecommuters who are impacted by Surge 16. Read more.

For more information, contact Montgomery County’s 311 Call Center 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday by calling 311 from within the County, 240-777-0311 from outside the County or use Maryland Relay Services.   Online help from 311 is always available.