Friday, September 22, 2017

Go Montgomery - September 22, 2017



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MCDOT’s Ride On Bus System Awarded $1.75 Million FTA Grant to Purchase Electric Buses and Charging Stations

Montgomery County has received an award from the Federal Transit Administration Low or No Emission Competitive program for $1.75 million to purchase electric buses and charging stations for Montgomery County’s first zero-emission buses. Read more.

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Ride On Service Changes in September Included Start of New Services

Ride On began two new services on Sunday, September 17 that included the Executive Connector along Executive Boulevard and East Jefferson Street and an extension of service in Clarksburg; as well as other changes. Read more.

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PBS Sniper Documentary Filming Includes Tribute to Conrad Johnson

PBS is filming a documentary about the 2002 sniper shootings in the D.C. area. Conrad Johnson, a Ride On bus operator, was killed on October 22 in Aspen Hill. Some of the drivers who worked with Johnson were interviewed about that terrible day. The documentary is expected to be released next year. 

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Wheaton Revitalization News

MCDOT is leading construction of a new County office building and town square in the Wheaton Triangle. Learn more about small business assistance, the relocation of Mid-County Regional Services Center offices and other project news. Read more.

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Metro Testing Abilities-Ride Program in Maryland

Starting Monday, September 18, MetroAccess customers now have a new, more flexible option for travel within Maryland with the launch of the Abilities-Ride Program. The program offers an alternative to MetroAccess service by allowing eligible customers to use on-demand taxi services--without sharing a ride--at a discounted rate. More.

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WSSC Project Along Colesville Road in Silver Spring Will Impact Traffic on US 29

WSSC will be replacing and relocating nearly two miles of transmission lines and water mains on US 29/Colesville Road and the connections to intersecting streets between Georgia Avenue and the entrance to the Beltway. Work will continue until spring 2019. More.

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Get Purple Line Construction Updates and Notifications

Construction of the Purple Line by the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) and their contractor, Purple Line Transit Partners, has begun. More information is available on the MTA website.  

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SHA Projects May Affect Motorists

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration will begin:
  • An intersection improvement project on westbound MD 198 (Sandy Spring Road) at Riding Stable Road in Burtonsville. More.
  • Resurfacing of I-270 between MD 121 (Clarksburg Road) and the Frederick County line. More.

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Bike Share in Two Montgomery County Parks

Montgomery Parks has teamed up with Zagster, Inc. to bring a bike share program to the parks. The program launched in Black Hill Regional Park and Wheaton Regional Park on August 24. Learn more.

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Planning Department to Hold Three More Community Meetings on Highways and Transitways Master Plan

The Montgomery County Planning Department is holding community meetings in September and October to solicit feedback from the public on proposed changes to the Master Plan of Highways and TransitwaysMore.

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September 22, 2017


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Parking Day 2017: This Successful Celebration Featured Lots of Creativity and Fun in Silver Spring and Bethesda


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MCDOT Continues Progress on Residential Road Resurfacing Projects

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MCDOT Continues Progress on Residential Curb Repair and Replacement


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PBS Sniper Documentary Filming Includes Tribute to Conrad Johnson

Pictured at the Silver Spring Bus Depot, which features a plaque dedicated to Conrad Johnson, are (from left to right): Sean Jackson, Joshua Fraser, Maurice Blalock, Nelvin Ransome, Mansfield Jones, Eric Sims, Johnny Stephens and Craig Smith
PBS is filming a documentary about the 2002 sniper shootings in the D.C. area. Conrad Johnson, a Ride On bus operator, was killed on October 22 in Aspen Hill. Some of the drivers who worked with Johnson were interviewed about that terrible day. The documentary is expected to be released next year.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Go Montgomery! September 6, 2017

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Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for Purple Line

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett joined Governor Hogan, U.S. Secretary Elaine Chao, Senator Chris Van Hollen, members of the Montgomery County Council and other dignitaries to launch construction of the Maryland Transit Administration’s Purple Line - a 16.2-mile Light Rail project with 21 stations. Learn more about the project.

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Held for Stringtown Road

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett celebrated the reopening of Stringtown Road between St. Clair Road and Snowden Farm Parkway following an extensive project to widen the road from two to four lanes and add bike paths and a sidewalk that connect to the Greenway Trail. Read more.

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Needwood Road Bike Path Opens

County Executive Ike Leggett, MCDOT Director Al Roshdieh and others celebrated the opening of the Needwood Road Bike Path, Phase I, that provides access to the Shady Grove Metro Station and connects to the Rock Creek Regional Trail from the Intercounty Connector (ICC) Trail. Read more.

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MCDOT Installs 72nd Bikeshare Station

MCDOT’s newest Bikeshare station is located at Key West Avenue and Diamondback Drive. It’s the second of two, 11-dock stations purchased by the developers of Camden Shady Grove and conveyed to the County. It’s also the 28th station in the Rockville/Shady Grove/Life Sciences Center Bikeshare Network. Learn more about Bikeshare.

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Ride On extRa Announcement of Free Service in October Featured on MyMCMedia

Watch the story on MyMCMedia about Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett’s announcement at this year’s County Fair that the limited stop MD 355 Ride On extRa service, which begins October 2, will be free the entire month of October.  Learn more about Ride On extRa.

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Ride On Ride Free Program Expands Hours for Seniors and Persons With Disabilities on Saturdays

Seniors and persons with disabilities can now ride free on Ride On Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. in addition to Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with valid identification. Read more.

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Montgomery Parks Offers Bike Share Program at Black Hill Regional

Going biking at Black Hill Regional Park and Wheaton Regional Park just got a lot easier. Bikes are now offered as part of a new BikeShare program. Read more.

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MCDOT Participated in Glenmont Forest Neighbors Civic Association Block Party

MCDOT staff joined the community and other County departments and agencies to celebrate a beautiful summer day with residents and discuss transportation services.

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September 6, 2017


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Don’t Forget: Last Day to Register for PARK(ing) Day is Friday, 
September 8

Create your very own mini park for a day. Learn more and apply online.

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MCDOT Highway Services Continues Infrastructure Maintenance

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The Danger is Real

We all want our kids to stay safe this school year. Every driver can contribute to protecting our kids by knowing and obeying the Maryland school bus laws. Read more about the law.

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MCDOT Installs 72nd Bikeshare Station


MCDOT’s newest Bikeshare station is located at Key West Avenue and Diamondback Drive. It’s the second of two, 11-dock stations purchased by the developers of Camden Shady Grove and conveyed to the County. It’s also the 28th station in the Rockville/Shady Grove/Life Sciences Center Bikeshare Network. Learn more about Bikeshare.

Needwood Road Bike Path Opens

Pictured are (from left to right) Bill Michie, Rockville Citizens Bicycle Advisory Committee member; Maryland Department of Transportation Charles Glass; Washington Area Bicyclists Association Board Member Peter Gray; MCDOT Director Al Roshdieh; Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett; WABA Member Joe Fritsch; County Councilmember Hans Riemer and MCDOT Needwood Road Bike Trail Project Manager Rebecca Park.
County Executive Ike Leggett, MCDOT Director Al Roshdieh and others celebrated the opening of the Needwood Road Bike Path, Phase I, that provides access to the Shady Grove Metro Station and connects to the Rock Creek Regional Trail from the Intercounty Connector (ICC) Trail. Read more.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Held for Stringtown Road

Pictured are (from left to right) Kate Kubit, vice president Elm Street Development; Frances Foreman, a longtime resident; MCDOT Director Al Roshdieh; County Councilmember George Leventhal; Margaret Foreman, a longtime resident; County Councilmember Craig Rice; Joann Woodson, president of Clarksburg Historical Society, Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett; and David Flanagan, president of Elm Street Development.
Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett celebrated the reopening of Stringtown Road between St. Clair Road and Snowden Farm Parkway following an extensive project to widen the road from two to four lanes and add bike paths and a sidewalk that connect to the Greenway Trail. Read more.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Go Montgomery! August 24, 2017

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Leggett Announces Free Fares on New MD 355 Ride On extRa Service during October 2017
Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett announced that the new, faster, Ride On extRa rush hour service beginning October 2 on Route 355 will be free, on an introductory basis, during the month of October. Read more.

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MCDOT Installs Another New Bikeshare Station

MCDOT installed the 71st Bikeshare station in its network at Corporate Boulevard and Omega Drive in Rockville. The station was purchased by the developers of Hanover Shady Grove. This is the 27th Bikeshare station in the Rockville/Shady Grove/Life Sciences Center area. Read more.

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Pledge to Go Car Free or Car Lite on Friday, September 22

Join people worldwide in celebrating Car Free Day by pledging to travel by transit, bicycling or walking; telework; or use carpools or vanpools. Complete the pledge and be automatically entered into a raffle for prizes. Learn more and take the Car Free Pledge online.

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MCDOT to Rebuild Transportation Infrastructure in the Cabin John Community

MCDOT’s Highway Services Division is beginning an extensive rehabilitation project in the Cabin John community to completely rebuild and repave streets and reconstruct sidewalks, curbs and gutters. Read more.

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Reminder: Reserve a Space for PARK(ing) Day -- Apply by September 8

Be a part of international PARK(ing) Day by transforming a parking space for a day into a fun, parklike spot. PARK(ing) Day will be held this year on Friday, September 15. Apply online by September 8. 

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Metro Begins Project to Rehabilitate Grosvenor-Strathmore Park & Ride Garage

Metro has begun a rehabilitation project at the Grosvenor-Strathmore Park & Ride garage that will remove about 250 parking spaces each work day. Read more.

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Planning Department Seeks Input on Update to Master Plan of Highways and Transitways

The Montgomery Planning Department is in the process of updating the Master Plan of Highways and Transitways and is seeking input through a recently launched digital interactive feedback mapRead more.

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Motorists Should Expect Traffic Impacts During Two-Year WSSC Project to Replace Aging Water Mains Along US 29

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission is replacing a water line on US 29 (Colesville Road) between I-495 (Capital Beltway) and MD 97 (Georgia Avenue).  Expect single and double lane closures weekdays between 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Weekend work may occur between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., and occasional evening work also may take place between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. the following day. Read more.

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August 24, 2017


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MCDOT Continues Progress on Road Resurfacing Projects


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