Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Go Montgomery! December 20, 2017


MCDOT Continues Making Pedestrian and Traffic Safety Improvements Along Arlington Road in Bethesda; Recent Study Recommendations Already Being Implemented

MCDOT recently completed a wide-ranging safety evaluation of the entire length of Arlington Road in Bethesda that recommended improvements to make this corridor safer for pedestrians and motorists. Read more.


Dockless Bikeshare Expands to Takoma Park

The City of Takoma Park has joined MCDOT’s Dockless Bikeshare Pilot Program, expanding the availability of Limebike, Mobike, Ofo and Spin bikes into Takoma Park. Read More.


County’s Legislative Priorities for 2018 State Session Detailed

Montgomery County has outlined its transportation and other priorities for the 2018 State Legislative Session Transportation. Read more.


SoberRide Free Rides Now Available Through January 1, 2018

Those ages 21 or older can take advantage of WRAP's 2017 Holiday SoberRide program, in partnership with Lyft, that will be offered nightly between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m. from Friday, December 15, 2017 until Monday, January 1, 2018.  Read more.


MCDOT Replacing Three Failed Storm Drains Under Kinster Drive in Germantown

This emergency repair project will take about four months to complete and requires closure of Kinster Drive. Read more.


Red Line Waterproofing Project Extended

Metro is advising customers of evening and weekend service changes on the Red Line starting Friday, December 22, and continuing through Thursday, February 15, to extend a water leak-mitigation project and improve reliability. Trains will single track during the evening and late-night hours on weeknights, in addition to weekends. Read more.


Learn More About the Law Requiring Motorists to Stop for School Buses

Maryland law requires motorists to stop for school buses with activated flashing red lights and stop arms. Learn more about what is required.


Ride On’s Bus Stop Improvement Program Presented on National ADA Network Webinar

Ride On Customer Amenities Unit Manager Stacy Coletta and Department of General Services ADA Title II Compliance Manager Nancy G. Greene were invited to present a webinar to the National ADA Network on MCDOT’s bus stop improvement program. Read more.


Three Public Right-of-Way Abandonment Public Hearings Scheduled for January 23

MCDOT will hold three public hearings on January 23 in the Executive Office Building (101 Monroe Street, Rockville) Lobby Auditorium to consider requests for public right-of-way abandonments of a 30-foot storm drain in the Cedar Ridge Subdivision, Laytonsvlle; storm drain right-of-way along Harness Point Way, Clarksburg Town Center Subdivision; and a portion of Planning Place adjoining 8787 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring. Read more.  


Planning Board to Hold Public Hearing on Draft Bicycle Master Plan

The Montgomery County Planning Board will hold a public hearing on the draft Bicycle Master Plan on January 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Planning Department headquarters, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD. Get more information or provide written comments by email.  


County Holds Recognition Ceremony for NACo Award Winners, Including Five for MCDOT

Montgomery County recently held a ceremony to recognize the departments and individuals who won awards from the National Association of Counties. MCDOT won awards for the following projects: GIS Data Collection of Culverts; Mobile Automatic Vehicle Locator; Uninterruptable Power Supply / Battery Backup for Traffic Signals; Ride-On Route 301 – Tobytown Isolated Community; and Nebel Street One-Way Separated Bike Lanes Project. Award winners are listed on NACo’s website

December 20, 2017


MCDOT’s Short, One-Minute Videos Provide Key Information During Snowstorms


Connect with Other Commuters Using the CarpoolNow App  

Commuter Connections' free CarpoolNow app makes carpooling convenient by matching drivers and riders heading in the same direction. Learn more about CarpoolNow.


Updates on Wheaton Revitalization Project

Excavation for the building foundation is nearly complete and is expected to be done by late-January. Excavation for the south Tower Crane footer is complete, the concrete foundation will be placed next week and the tower crane will be delivered and erected on January 6, weather permitting. Sign up for updates or view the on-site camera

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.