Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Go Montgomery! May 29, 2019


MCDOT and Dockless E-Scooter / E-Bike Companies Offer Safe Rider Training Sessions June 1 as Program Launches

Don’t miss one of the free training sessionsoffered in Silver Spring and Rockville on Saturday, June 1, to mark the launch of an e-scooter / e-bike pilot program in certain areasof the county. Starting in June, Lyft, Bird and Lime will begin offering dockless vehicles in these areas at no cost to the County. Read more.


Elrich, MCDOT and Other Officials Get Autonomous Vehicle Demo

During a tour of Robotic Research in Clarksburg, officials took a ride in Olli, an autonomous electric shuttle. Similar shuttles may one day be used to supplement transit options in Montgomery County. Read more.


Wheaton Safety Walk Identifies Ways to Improve Conditions for Pedestrians, Bicyclists and Motorists

MCDOT Director Al Roshdieh, County Executive Marc Elrich, Council President Nancy Navarro and other officials looked at opportunities to make the area in and around the Wheaton Central Business District safer for all road users and improve ADA access. View photos.


Elrich, Conklin Activate MCDOT’s Newest HAWK Beacon in Aspen Hill

County Executive Marc Elrich and MCDOT Deputy Director Chris Conklin joined Councilmembers Sidney Katz and Evan Glass to activate the County’s newest high intensity activated crosswalk (HAWK) beacon in the 3900 block of Aspen Hill Road. Learn more about how this signal protects pedestrian safety between two busy shopping centers. 


MCDOT Celebrates National Public Works Week with MCDOT Day and Truck Show

MCDOT gave the public an opportunity to see some of its specialized equipment in action and learn more about MCDOT’s services. View MCDOT Day newsletter.


US29 FLASH Update

Excavation and grading in preparation for the relocated bus station and a new bike share platform are underway in front of the Shoppes of Burnt Mills on US 29. Utility excavation is in progress on Castle Boulevard between Castle Ridge Circle and Castle Terrace. Forms are being erected for the new concrete curb and gutter at the bus platform in the Burtonsville Park & Ride Lot. More about FLASH.


MCDOT Promotes Transportation Careers at Take Your Child to Work Day

MCDOT entertained and engaged children at the County’s Take Your Child to Work Day event. The young visitors learned about transportation careers and innovations.


GreenFest Draws Large Crowds; Free Ride On Shuttle Carries Hundreds to Brookside Gardens

Area residents hopped the free MCDOT Ride On shuttle at Glenmont Station for the annual celebration of sustainable living held this year in Brookside Gardens. Among the many attractions, the popular MCDOT booths offered remote-controlled truck play for children, bike and pedestrian safety aids, native trees and so much more. Learn more.


MCDOT Begins Semi-Annual Spring Cleaning of County Parking Garages

The Division of Parking Management has begun its semi-annual washing of the interior of all 21 County-owned parking garages in Silver Spring, Bethesda and Wheaton. The washings are taking place on nights and weekends through mid-June. 


Check Out MCDOT's ‘Don’t be Distracted Creative Contest’ Winners

Four high school, middle school and elementary school entries were chosen as winners of MCDOT’s Don't be Distracted Creative Contest. The works of art and videos, created by students, urge everyone to help prevent distracted walking and driving.


It’s Not Too Late: Take Ride On’s Website Usability Survey

To help provide better transit information, Ride On has put together a short, eight-question survey to get input from passengers. Take the survey.


Construction Activity Continues Inside Medical Center Metro Station

The next phase of MCDOT’s MD 355 (Rockville Pike) Crossing Project has begun with activity inside the Medical Center Metro Station. The project is creating a safe pedestrian passageway between the Medical Center Metro Station and the Walter Reed National Military Center Bethesda. Learn more about the project status and the new entrance coming to Medical Center Metro Station.

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Ride On Schedule Changes

As of May 12, Ride On made several changes to bus routes 14910 (Sunday only) 16, 20, 24 and 34 (Saturday only). In addition, time changes were made to the following routes to better reflect actual travel times: Routes 43, 48, 57, 58, 60, 63, 66, 67, 70, 71, 74, 78 and 79. There is no longer a Route 63X; this service has been added to Route 63. View details.


Wayne Avenue Cycle Track Construction Well Underway 

Wonder what is happening along Wayne Avenue? A protected bikeway is under construction and the first island for a protected intersection at Second and Spring streets has been installed. The new Wayne Avenue median is almost finished, making room for the cycle track and enhancing safety by preventing mid-block u-turns.


May 29, 2019



Update on Residential Road Repairs


Outstanding Customer Service

Mr. Ermine Jackson on Route 54 has been an outstanding Ride On bus driver and a person of character. He is a soft-spoken man who greets all his customers in a very friendly manner.  Especially during the months when the weather was colder, it was greatly appreciated that Mr. Jackson was always on time. As a long term Ride On customer, I am happy to see drivers who combine professionalism and a commitment to safety with excellent customer service. 
--Val S.


MCDOT Extends National Bike Month Celebration into June

Feel more confident while using your bike to commute, run errands or just for fun. MCDOT is co-sponsoring a number of activities in June:


Bike to Work Day a Great Success

On Bike to Work Day, MCDOT’s six sponsored pit-stops saw record-breaking attendance, while a pop-up bike lane in downtown Bethesda drew appreciation from bikers navigating streets with heavy construction activity. See photos of the event, and learn how some riders combine biking with Ride On for an easier commute.


MCDOT’s Annual Give and Ride Campaign Collects Hundreds of Pounds of Food for Needy Families

Ride On bus passengers rode free while helping hungry families by donating canned or nonperishable food during MCDOT’s 32nd annual “Give and Ride” food drive, held in partnership with Manna Food. Read more.


Wheaton Revitalization Project on Schedule

The MCDOT project to build a new Town Center and office building to house several County departments and The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission headquarters remains on schedule and is expected to be completed in summer 2020. See the latest newsletter.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Special Edition * MCDOT DAY & TRUCK SHOW is MAY 11


County Residents Invited to MCDOT Day and Truck Show on May 11

MCDOT invites Montgomery County residents to join us for MCDOT Day and Truck Show on Saturday, May 11, at the Gaithersburg Depot for a day of fun with trucks. Kids of all ages can enjoy demos on a wide range of vehicles, including a claw truck, gradall, bucket truck, dump truck and loader. Rounding out the on-site fleet will be a flusher truck, sidewalk snow removal equipment, skidloader, patch truck, leafing truck, plow truck, salt brine truck, backhoe, line painting truck and Ride On bus. The event will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 17000 Crabbs Branch Way in Gaithersburg.

A Message from MCDOT Director Al Roshdieh

“We enjoy pulling back the curtain and letting Montgomery County children and their families see all the equipment that we employ to keep you moving and connected. We hope residents will come out to enjoy a day of fun.”

In addition to the demos, visitors are invited to play with remote controlled toy trucks, learn about MCDOT operations and collect giveaways.
Tour one of the newest Ride On Buses
Come climb aboard and see our trucks in action.

Ample parking is available at the Gaithersburg depot, which is also reachable by Ride On Route 43 and close to Shady Grove Metro.


View the Truck Show Brochure

In winter, front end loaders help us mobilize for roadway salt treatment.
MCDOT clears snow from 5,200 lane miles of County roads, about 50 miles of sidewalks and trails, 295 Ride On bus stops and 500 bus shelters.
MCDOT cleans over 4,055 lane miles of roads and collects over 750 tons of abrasives and debris that would otherwise wash into storm drains and our waterways.
Vacuum trucks collect over 109,114 cubic yards of leaves for composting into Leafgro, a fertilizer sold to local retailers.
MCDOT resurfaces over 178 lane miles of primary, arterial and residential roadways and maintains about 2,000 miles of curbs and gutters.
Use of brine trucks to pretreat roads before winter storms helps us reduce our salt use.
MCDOT helps improve the health, diversity and expanse of the County's tree canopy of 350,000 street trees by providing tree trimming/pruning, removal, planting, stump removal and insect and tree disease control.