Wednesday, November 27, 2019

MCDOT Reminds Motorists to Drive Sober this Holiday Season


The extended Thanksgiving holiday is one of the most heavily traveled times of the year and most fatal for drunk driving crashes. Specifically, Thanksgiving Eve is known as one of the busiest nights for bars and restaurants and sometimes referred to as “Black Wednesday,” as it largely includes social binge drinking (consumption of a high volume of alcohol in a short period of time), drunk driving, and underage drinking.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), from 2013 to 2017, more than 800 people died in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday period, making it one of the most dangerous holidays on our roadways. For that reason, NHTSA and its partners are conducting a social media blitz featuring two hashtags #BoycottBlackoutWednesday and #DitchDanksgiving to help deliver lifesaving messages into the public conversation and encourage positive actions that can help reduce impaired driving.

Aligned with our support of Vision Zero, MCDOT aims to assist law enforcement and to educate the public on the dangers and consequences of impaired driving. MCDOT reminds residents that these high-risk activities, combined with the sheer number of drivers on the road, make it an especially dangerous holiday for alcohol-related collisions.

Wondering how you can avoid a perilous situation on Thanksgiving weekend? Follow these NHTSA tips if you’ve been drinking or see a possible drunk driver:
·         Plan in advance and designate a sober driver before the first drink.
·         Buzzed driving is drunk driving. Don't risk it.
·         Never let family or friends drive if they have had too much alcohol to drink.
·         If you don't have a designated driver, contact a friend or family member, use public transportation, a taxi or ride share service like Uber or Lyft.
·         Whether riding or driving, ALWAYS wear your seat belt.
·         If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local law enforcement. If you see a suspected drunk driver on the roadway this holiday season – or any time of the year – please call 9-1-1 to report the driver to authorities. It could save lives and help everyone enjoy a safe and happy holiday.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Go Montgomery! November 19,2019

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Chris Conklin is the New MCDOT Director  

On Oct. 29, Christopher Conklin was confirmed by the Montgomery County Council as the new MCDOT Director. Conklin has served as Deputy Director for Transportation Policy since 2016. Read the press release. 

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Thank You and Farewell to Al Roshdieh

Following a 30-year career with the MCDOT and nearly five years as the department’s director, Al Roshdieh retired on Nov. 1. Attending a tribute to Roshdieh were people from throughout Montgomery County, including County Exective Marc Elrich. Learn more.

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County Executive Elrich Attends MCDOT's Snow Summit

County Executive Marc Elrich reviewed the County’s readiness for the 2019-2020 winter storm season at MCDOT's annual Snow Summit. Among those joining Elrich were MCDOT Director Christopher Conklin and Highway Services Chief Richard Dorsey. View photos.

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MCDOT Opens Rebuilt Park Valley Road Bridge Over Sligo Creek in Silver Spring

At the dedication, County Executive Elrich and MCDOT Director Chris Conklin talked about the significant safety improvements that the new bridge delivers, while preserving the character of the original bridge—including its stone design. The bridge and reconfigured trail project will improve pedestrian and bicycle safety, access to the hiker/biker trail, will meet ADA standards and improve traffic safety. This project is an example of County's efforts to modify infrastructure in a manner that supports the goals of the County's Vision Zero program. Read the press release.

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County Launches Month-Long ‘Be Safe, Be Seen’ Campaign

MCDOT joined other County departments and agencies to launch an aggressive campaign to make drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists aware of the added perils that come with decreased hours of daylight. “Be Safe, Be Seen” events will be held at Ride On bus stops and high schools this month. Learn more.

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MCDOT to Enhance Sustainable Salt Practices During Snow Removal

MCDOT will be using new environmental controls to better balance salt use during snow removal operations this winter.
Learn more.

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

DEP is sponsoring a holiday campaign launched Nov. 15 with advertising support on MCDOT’s Ride On buses. The “Gift Outside the Box” campaign encourages residents to make more sustainable choices by reducing waste, supporting local businesses and encouraging volunteerism during the holiday season. Learn more.

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Elrich and Officials Call for State to Return Corridor Cities Transitway (CCT) to Maryland Transportation Plan 

On Oct. 28, County Executive Marc Elrich led County Councilmembers, Federal, State and municipal officials and Montgomery County business leaders in expressing their disappointment with the Maryland Department of Transportation’s decision to eliminate the CCT from the draft of the State 2020-25 Consolidated Transportation Program. Learn more.

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Street Smart Safety Campaign Warns of Increase in Pedestrian Crashes  

The DC area's StreetSmart campaign reports a 14 percent increase in the number of pedestrian fatalities between 2017 and 2018 regionwide. Law enforcement officials will step up efforts to ticket drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists who break safety laws, such as failing to stop for people in crosswalks or not signaling. 

 

Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week 

Last week marked a national observance to remind drivers to MOVE OVER or slow down when passing traffic incidents and emergency vehicles. Each year, emergency responders, police officers and highway works experience close calls or are injured and some are even killed while responding to incidents on our roadways. Learn more.

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MCDOT to Hold Public Hearing for Proposed Sidewalk Construction on Oak Drive/MD 27 Dec. 4

MCDOT invites the public to attend a public hearing on December 4 at 7 p.m. to provide comments concerning construction of a sidewalk that provides disabled citizens, pedestrians and bicyclists safer travel to schools and nearby public attractions or facilities. Learn more.

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MCDOT to Hold Public Hearing for Proposed Sidewalk Construction in Olney Acres/Macduff Avenue Community Dec.11

MCDOT invites the public to attend a public hearing on December 11 at 7 p.m. to provide comments concerning construction of a sidewalk that provides disabled citizens, pedestrians and bicyclists safer travel to schools and nearby public attractions or facilities. Learn more.

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2019 Walk & Ride Challenge Winner

This year's competition was fierce but friendly. The annual event encourages Transportation Management District employees to incorporate walking into their daily routines and consider transportation options other than driving alone. The first place winner was Team Happy Feet from Linowes and Blocher, walking 282,262 steps during the three-week competition. 

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Slower Growth in Working Memory Linked to Teen Driving Crashes 

Source: Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania
Research into why adolescent drivers are involved in motor vehicle crashes, the leading cause of injury and death among 16- to-19-year-olds in the United States, has often focused on driving experience and skills. But a new study suggests that development of the adolescent brain may play a critical role in whether a teenager is more likely to crash. Read more.

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Participate in the County’s Pedestrian Master Plan Process

Public input is a vital part of the planning process for the Pedestrian Master Plan. If you were not able to attend the Nov. 13 event, you can still participate by posting photos and videos of your walk in Montgomery County use #WalkingHere on social media or online.

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New Federal Bill Aims to Counter Alarming Rise in Pedestrian Deaths with Funding for Safer Streets 

A plan to re-prioritize federal transportation spending was introduced by members of Congress after recent reports showing an alarming rise in pedestrian and cyclist fatalities on the nation’s roadways. 
Read more.

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MDOT Recognizes Law Enforcement Officers for Impaired Driving Prevention Efforts  

The Maryland Department of Transportation recognized 131 law enforcement officers from 30 state, county, and local police agencies, including Montgomery County, for their commitment to enforcing the state’s impaired driving laws. Read more.

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A Transportation Q&A: Elrich Talks Highways, Tolls, Buses and More 

Bethesda Beat Staff interviews Marc Elrich about Montgomery County traffic in the November/December issue of the Bethesda Magazine. Read article.

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November 19, 2019


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View more Montgomery County holiday schedule changes.

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MCDOT Began Leaf Collection Nov. 11

MCDOT began leaf vacuum collections in the leafing district that will continue through mid-December. Residents are asked to pile leaves near the street, but off the road. Avoid placing leaves on road shoulders, bike lanes and rain gardens. Learn more.

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MCDOT Held Learn-to-Ride e-Scooter Class Nov. 2

Lyft and Lime taught proper e-scooter use and laws, and provided e-scooters for test rides. Residents must be 18 or older to rent and wear a helmet. Watch a video on the dos and dont’s of e-scooter riding. MCDOT's dockless e-scooter
pilot program is available in select areas.

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MCDOT's Safe Routes to School Hosted Bike Rodeo Nov. 13

Dufief Elementary School students brought their bikes, scooters and helmets to school  for the Safe Routes to School bike rodeo. Students learned the rules of the road, how to perform hand signals, run drills and safety tips. 

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Record 176 Bicycles Donated at MCDOT’s Annual Bike Drive 

MCDOT and Rockville Bike Hub thank the community for their generosity in donating a record number of child and adult bikes and bike parts this year at MCDOT's annual collection event. The bikes are refurbished and then go to low-income residents in the County. Learn more and read the article  featured in Bethesda Magazine.

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MCDOT Honors Teen Safe Driving Week by Hosting Youth Safety Lab

MCDOT and the National Organization for Youth Safety (NOYS) hosted a Youth Safety Lab at Glenmont Local Park in Wheaton to help young drivers and future drivers be better prepared for experiences behind the wheel. Learn more.

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MCDOT Promotes 'Be Safe Be Seen' Campaign at Seneca Valley High School

This aggressive daylight-savings safety campaign tour is engaging seven high schools that have the highest number of students who walk to and from school. High school education efforts also aim to reach new and learning drivers. MCDOT, MCPD and MCFRS visited over 10 classrooms this month. Find out who MCDOT will visit next.

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MCDOT Brings Street Smart’s VR Challenge to Burtonsville

MCDOT partnered with the Burtonsville Volunteer Fire Department to bring the Street Smart VR Challenge vehicle to its open house on Oct.12. The Street Smart Safety Team connected with over 200 parents and children to educate about pedestrian, vehicle, and bicycle safety. Even the County Executive stopped by to learn about the impacts of the VR Challenge. Learn more at bestreetsmart.net.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

MCDOT Begins Leaf Collection Nov. 11; Continues Through Mid-December


This fall, MCDOT will do two leaf vacuum collections on every district street through mid-December, weather permitting. Residents are asked to pile leaves near the street, but off the road. Avoid placing leaves on road shoulders, bike lanes and rain gardens to avoid disruption to traffic and safety. Learn more.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

MCDOT Offers Tips for a Safe Halloween

 

Ensure that trick or treaters have a safe and fun Halloween by sharing these safety tips:
  • Always use the crosswalk
  • Cross with the “walk” Symbol
  • Make eye contact with drivers
  • Walk without texting
  • Look for cars in all directions before crossing
  • Wear BRIGHT at NIGHT

Be SAFE…Be SEEN on Halloween!


Friday, October 18, 2019

Go Montgomery! October 18, 2019

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TODAY Until 2:00 p.m. Donate Bicycles and Parts to Aid Low Income Families

MCDOT will once again sponsor a bike collection for this year’s Community Service Month celebration. Donate bicycles and parts suitable for all ages from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside the Council Office Building parking garage at the corner of East Jefferson and Monroe Streets in Rockville. Rockville Bike Hub has partnered with MCDOT and will make any necessary repairs to get donated bikes back into good riding condition. Learn more.

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MCDOT Partners to Host Youth Safety Lab Monday, Oct.21

MCDOT and the National Organization for Youth Safety (NOYS) will host a Youth Safety Lab on Oct. 21 at Glenmont Local Park. High and middle schoolers are encouraged to attend for a fun and interactive way for students to learn about traffic safety and the rules of the road. This event is held during National Teen Safe Driving Week as a culmination of the Vision Zero Youth Ambassador Program, which is a collaboration between MCDOT and NOYS to encourage youth to have an active role in road safety efforts and improvements.
Register now!

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MCDOT Opens First ‘Protected Intersection’, Bicycle Signal and Bikeometer in Silver Spring

MCDOT joined the County Executive, councilmembers, and other supporters of bicycle infrastructure to open the first “protected intersection” in the region. The intersection at Spring Street and Second Avenue in Silver Spring connects a new half-mile “cycletrack” with a previously completed section to form a 1.2-mile bikeway. Also, the State’s first bicycle traffic signal provides indication of a safe route for cyclists. A nearby digital "bikeometer" displays a live count of cyclists and scooters passing each day. Learn more about this project.

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Purple Line Outreach Fair Planned for October 31

The Office of Procurement and the Purple Line Transit Constructors will host a construction outreach and networking event in Silver Spring on October 31 to provide information about procurement opportunities to Montgomery County businesses. Ride On will be one of the exhibitors, sharing information on transit services available to people who live and work in the County. Learn more.

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MCDOT Asks TMD Residents to Take Transportation Survey

MCDOT is conducting a five-minute survey of residents who live in multi-family dwellings in the BethesdaNorth BethesdaShady Grove and Silver Spring Transportation Management Districts (TMDs) to find ways to improve transportation services in their area. Take the survey and enter a drawing for a $25 gift card. TMDs provide services to encourage the use of transit and other commuting options in Montgomery County's major business districts.

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Input Sought on Proposed Sidewalks in the Bethesda Bradmoor Community

MCDOT invites the public to attend a public hearing on November 6 to provide comments on the proposed construction of a sidewalk that will enhance access for those with disabilities, pedestrians and bicyclists and provide for safer travel to schools and nearby public attractions and facilities. Learn more.

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MD 355 Bus Rapid Transit Request for Information

MCDOT held an Industry Forum on October 14, 2019, for the MD 355 Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Request for Information (RFI) to introduce the concept design and planning that has been completed to date and provide opportunity for Q&A on the project and the RFI. The purpose of the RFI is to gather knowledge in best practices, emerging technologies, and innovative opportunities for implementing a cost-effective BRT service along MD 355 from Bethesda to Clarksburg. The event included a livestream for remote participants and a tour of the 22-mile corridor under consideration. While the focus of the RFI is on the MD 355 corridor, resulting ideas may have merit for other BRT corridors in the county. Responses to the RFI are due back to MCDOT on December 6, 2019.

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MCDOT Holds Public Workshop on Proposed Bike Lanes on Amherst Avenue

MCDOT hosted a public workshop, last week, for residents to learn about the proposed bike lanes along Amherst Avenue from Arcola Avenue to Windham Lane in Wheaton. MCDOT is working to improve the bicycle and pedestrian network to support safe options for commuting, shopping, traveling to school, and recreation. This effort provides safe, convenient, efficient and comfortable movement of cyclists and pedestrians, and aligns with the County’s overall Vision Zero goals.

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Leadership Montgomery Uses Ride On to Tour Agriculture Reserve

The County's Office of Agriculture and MCDOT have been partnering to provide educational tours of the County’s Agriculture Reserve. In September, Leadership Montgomery members visited the Agriculture History Farm Park and three local farms to learn about the importance of and experience the agriculture work taking place in Montgomery County.

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Montgomery Lawmakers Concerned About Fund Cut for ‘Crucial’ CCT Transit Project

An October 10 Maryland Matters article by Bruce DePuyt detailed Montgomery County lawmakers’ “extreme disappointment” with the Maryland Department of Transportation’s decision to remove the Corridor Cities Transitway, a long-planned transit line, from the state’s list of funded priority projects.

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Metro Riders Encouraged to Use Phones to Report Safety Concerns

According to a WTOP’s Kristi King, monitoring social media is one way officials discover something isn’t safe on Metrorail. That’s how a train running with an open door came to light last May. Read more

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Driving is the Largest Source of Greenhouse Gas

A New York Times article presents an interactive map showing how much carbon dioxide emanates from metropolitan areas. Emissions are growing fastest in cities and suburbs — even ones with decent transit, although in cities with poor transit, emissions per capita are higher. Learn more.

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Improvements Scheduled for Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring

WUSA9 reports that the Maryland State Highway Administration announced plans to revamp a one-mile section of Georgia Avenue between Forest Glen Metro and its intersection with 16th Street. Preliminary plans call for dedicated turn lanes, a two-lane bike path, new sidewalks and narrower lanes to even the flow of traffic. Read more.

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October 18, 2019


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MCDOT Sponsors First Learn to Ride e-Scooter Class Nov. 2

Take a test ride, learn safety tips and other basic scooter laws at MCDOT’s Learn to Ride Scooter Class held at Montgomery College Rockville’s front parking lot 13 at 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Participants must be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license. No registration required, walk ins accepted.

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MCDOT Cosponsors Adult Learn to Ride Bike Class Nov. 2

If you’re feeling less than confident about hopping on a bike, one of these classes may be for you!  MCDOT and the Washington Area Bicyclists Association (WABA) have teamed up to offer a class for adults who never ridden a bike before or have tried to learn and have not been successful. The class is 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Montgomery College Rockville’s front parking lot 13. Learn more.

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Try the New and Improved ‘Ride On Real Time’ App and Provide Your Feedback to Ride On

Ride On’s Real Time app is now web-based, enhancing accuracy and adding many new features. The app is usable on all devices, including computers, tablets and phones; ADA compliant; provides updated bus schedule information every five seconds; and offers a trip planner feature. See for yourself and let Ride On know what you thinkLearn more about all the new improvements and upgrades.

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Wheaton Revitalization Update

Starting on or about October 14 and continuing for about 12 weeks, Reedie Drive will temporarily become a one-way street westbound between Georgia Avenue and Grandview Avenue. Triangle Lane will remain open to traffic at all times. The MCDOT project to build a new Town Center, office building for County agencies and departments and underground parking garage is about 76 percent complete. Learn more about the project at www.wheatonproject.com

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Public Transportation Trips Increase by 11 Million from 2018

An article in Transportation Today reported that during the second quarter of 2019, Americans took more than 2.5 billion passenger trips on public transportation, an 11 million trip increase from 2018.

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WJLA Reports That Metro Ridership is on the Rise

Metro has seen the largest percentage increase in riders in the country compared to other transit agencies.

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A Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Study Reports Area Commuter Driving Less

Fewer commuters are driving alone and increasingly choosing transit or telework.
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