Friday, January 18, 2019

Go Montgomery! January 18, 2019


Montgomery County Celebrates End of Metro’s Red Line ‘Turnback’ at Grosvenor

Metro has ended the practice of turning back half of Red Line trains at Grosvenor during rush hours. All peak hour morning and afternoon trains leaving Washington, D.C., now travel to the Shady Grove station. Read more


Metro Welcomes Bicycles on Trains at Rush Hour

Metrorail customers can now bring their bikes on trains at any time. Read more.


MCDOT Joins Elrich in Discussion of the Future of Wheaton

County Executive Marc Elrich and MCDOT met with the Wheaton Urban District Advisory Committee and residents to discuss a wide range of topics, including the Wheaton Revitalization Project, which is constructing a new 14-story County office building and town square.


Talbot Avenue Bridge in Silver Spring Reopened to Pedestrians

On January 7, MCDOT reopened the Talbot Avenue Bridge to pedestrian traffic after repairing a damaged support beam. Read more.


New Lyttonsville Place Bridge Has Opened

Purple Line Transit Partners opened the new Lyttonsville Place Bridge in Silver Spring. MCDOT closed the Temporary Connection at Stewart Avenue and reinstated Ride On’s Route 2 bus service. Read more.  


No Reservations Required When Taking Ride On's Route 301 Bus to Glenstone Museum in Potomac

The popular Glenstone Museum generally requires advance reservations, but none are needed for those who take Ride On’s Route 301 bus to the museum in January and February. Four buses run daily from the Rockville Station between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. 


New Ride On Bus Service Begun from Clarksburg to Germantown MARC Station

Ride On is now offering rush hour bus service on Route 75 between Germantown MARC Station and the Germantown Transit Center via Germantown Road (MD 118).  Read more.


Dockless E-Bikes Now Available in North Bethesda

MCDOT has signed an agreement with LimeBike to allow the company to provide electric dockless bikes (“e-bikes” ) in North Bethesda. Dockless bikeshare began in Silver Spring and Takoma Park last year. Read more.


MCDOT Partnered with Westfield Wheaton Mall on Street Smart Campaign

MCDOT partnered with Westfield Wheaton Mall and the Street Smart team for a virtual reality skills challenge and other pedestrian safety programming. The Street Smart Safety Campaign is aimed at reducing the number of pedestrian and bicyclist injuries and deaths in the region.


Elrich Seeks Applicants for Taxicab Services Commission

Montgomery County is seeking applicants to serve on the Taxicab Services Commission. Openings are for one representative of the public and two taxicab industry representatives. Learn more and apply by February 8, 2019.  


Two Additional Garages Now Accept Mobile App Payment for Parking

Patrons of the Amherst Garage (Garage 45) in Wheaton and King-13th (Garage 16) in Silver Spring can use MobileNOW! or ParkMobile apps to pay for parking.  These free apps help make it easy to find and pay for parking. Learn more at


Montgomery County Means Business

Check out the 2019 issue of Montgomery County Economic Development and discover the top 10 reasons to live, work and invest in Montgomery County. Read the publication here.


Metro Restores Free Customer Parking on Saturdays

In response to customer feedback, Metro eliminated Saturday parking fees for Metrorail customers. Riders who use Metrorail will park for FREE on weekends, with the exception of special events. Read more.


January 18, 2019

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County Offices Will Be Closed January 21


Some Ride On Schedules Changed This Month

Montgomery County’s Ride On bus service made several route changes on Sunday, January 6 to add new services. Read more

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MCDOT Issues Inaugural Edition of the White Flint West Project News

The vision for the White Flint West District is to improve sidewalks, bikeways, trails, roads and more. MCDOT has created a website and e-newsletter to provide project updates - subscribe now!




Wheaton Revitalization Project Update

The building’s first and second floor columns have been installed and work has begun on the third floor. Read more about the project’s construction and follow the progress in real time by viewing the on-site camera.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Special Snow Edition - Go Montgomery!

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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, lots and on-street spaces. 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 Animals

When it's cold, protect 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 17, 2018


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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. 



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. Or get 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:

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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.