Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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WMATA to Close Red Line Between Silver Spring and Fort Totten November 25-December 10In Addition, Silver Spring, Forest Glen, Wheaton and Glenmont Stations Will be Closed December 2-3    Read more.


MCDOT Adding Another Option for Pay-By-Phone Parking

MCDOT recently contracted with Parkmobile, in addition to MobileNow!, to offer parking patrons more pay-by-phone payment options. MCDOT is phasing in the ability to use Parkmobile for County on-street, lot and garage meters over the next six months. Read more.


County Cable Montgomery Features MCDOT’s Snow Preparation Efforts

Montgomery County's most dedicated employees are getting ready for old man winter. Susan Kenedy has more on preparations for this upcoming season. View.


Metro Seeks Public Input on Changes to Improve Access to the MTA's Purple Line Project

At the request of the State of Maryland, Metro is considering changes at the Bethesda, Silver Spring and New Carrollton Metrorail stations to improve customer access to Maryland Transit Administration Purple Line facilities. Attend an open house, complete an online survey or provide feedback. Read more.


MCDOT’s BRT Manager to be Featured Speaker at Suburban Maryland Transportation Alliance Meeting

MCDOT Rapid Transit System Development Manager Joana Conklin will be a featured speaker at the next event sponsored by the Suburban Maryland Transportation Alliance, a group that advocates for for transit and roadway improvements.  Register here.


Leggett Seeks Applicants for Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee

County Executive Isiah Leggett is seeking applicants to fill four public member vacancies (including a representative of people with disabilities) on the Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee. The application deadline is December 6.  Read more and apply online.


Status of the Wheaton Revitalization Project

Excavation for the building and garage foundations continues and is scheduled to finish in early-January 2018. Follow the project’s progress through an on-site camera video. Weekly progress newsletters are available online.


Ride On’s Executive Connector Proving to be Popular Travel Option for Employees Near White Flint Metro

For those who work on Executive Boulevard or East Jefferson Street between Old Georgetown and Montrose roads, Ride On’s Executive Connector service is proving to be a fast and easy way to travel to and from work. View schedule.


Montgomery County Becomes First in the State to Have Protected Bicycle Infrastructure on State Highways

Montgomery County is the first jurisdiction in Maryland to provide green bicycle pavement markings on state roads. Read more


MCDOT to Replace Culverts Under Kinster Drive in Germantown

MCDOT will close a section of Kinster Drive for about four months for an emergency replacement of failed pipes under the road. Read more.


MCDOT Park(ing) Day Celebration Featured in The Parking Professional, November Issue

View the creative uses of parking spaces as communities from across the country participated in this year’s worldwide event.

November 20, 2017



Transportation Holiday Schedule for Thanksgiving Day, November 23

  • Ride On will follow a Sunday schedule
  • Metrorail and Metrobus
    information is available at online.
  • TRiPS Commuter Store at the Silver Spring Transit Center and the Mobile Commuter Store will be closed.
View all Montgomery County government closures online.  


County Report This Week Highlights Ride On extRa

County Council President Roger Berliner and MCDOT Director Al Roshdieh take a trip on Ride On extRa – the County’s new limited stop service between the Lakeforest Transit Center and the Medical Center Metro Station. Watch now.


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Go Montgomery! November 8, 2015

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Leggett Holds Briefing on County’s Snow Preparedness

County Executive Ike Leggett discussed the County’s readiness for winter storms at MCDOT’s Gaithersburg Depot in front of the largest salt barn on the east coast. Joining Leggett were MCDOT Director Al Roshdieh,  MCDOT Highway Services Chief Richard Dorsey and County Councilmember Sidney Katz.


County Leaf Vacuum Collection Underway; Will Continue Through Mid-December

MCDOT collects leaves in the vacuum leaf collection district twice on every street. The schedule is available online. Read more.


Residents Can Learn More About the US 29 BRT at an Open House

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) on US 29 will be the first of its kind in the State of Maryland. Join the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) at one of three open houses in November and learn how the BRT will provide an easier, faster, more reliable, and less stressful way to travel. Read more.  En Espanol.


Ride On Public Forum to be Held on New US 29 Limited Stop Service to Begin in January

On November 29, Ride On will hold a public forum to provide the public with an opportunity to comment on a new, limited stop service along US 29 (Columbia Pike) called Route 129 that will operate between the Spring Transit Center and the Burtonsville Park and Ride Lot. Read more.


Highway Services to Make Emergency Repairs to Major Culvert on Kinster Drive in Germantown

Three, 96-inch, corrugated metal storm drain pipes underneath Kinster Drive have failed and Highway Services will begin a four-month project to replace them. The project will require closure of a portion of the road. Read more.


Leggett Presents Two-Year “Vision Zero” Action Plan

County Executive Isiah Leggett presented his Two-Year “Vision Zero” Action Plan toward eliminating severe and fatal collisions in Montgomery County. Read more.


MCDOT’s Mobile Commuter Store Featured on CCM

County Cable Montgomery featured MCDOT’s ADA accessible Mobile Commuter Store in a recent story. Watch Now


County Launches 2017 Online Resident Survey

Montgomery County has launched an online survey to gauge residents’ opinions of their local government, its services and their quality of life. Take the survey between November 1 and 15 in English, Spanish, or Chinese.  Learn more about the survey.Take the online survey.


Update on Wheaton Revitalization Project

Main project activities include excavation for the building and garage foundations, which should continue into early January 2018. Demolition of the Mid-County Regional Services Center Building will begin in December. View live camera footage of the project’s progress online. 


Metro Riders' Advisory Council Seeks Volunteers

Metro's Riders' Advisory Council is seeking candidates to fill available positions on the volunteer council. Learn more and apply online.


November 8, 2017


MCDOT Preparing for Winter Storm Season
MCDOT held an all-day exercise to test the preparedness of the County’s snow plans and fleet. Read more. New this year is a map that shows the 60-plus miles of sidewalks MCDOT is responsible for clearing. 
Watch the following 30-to-60 second videos to learn more about how you can be prepared for winter weather:
Visit the County’s snow portal for more information.


Be a Good Neighbor When Parking Dockless Bikes

A dockless bikeshare demonstration project in Silver Spring is providing new travel options – and an opportunity to be a good neighbor when parking a bike by ensuring it is not blocking access for pedestrians, transit users, or those who use a wheelchair or have mobility impairments. Park on publicly-owned land or use the preferred parking areas marked by signs along Ellsworth Street next to Veteran’s Plaza and behind the Silver Spring Transit Center along Ripley Street. See map.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Go Montgomery! October 27, 2017


Dockless Bikeshare Begins in Silver Spring

Two dockless bikeshare companies, Limebike and Ofo, have begun operations in Silver Spring, making Montgomery County the first suburban jurisdiction in the U.S. to have such a system. Read more.


Tuesday is Last Day to Take Ride On extRa for Free

Try Ride On extRa while it’s still free. The limited stop service between the Lakeforest Transit Center and Medical Center Metro operates during rush hours. Read more.


Roshdieh to Participate in Community Meeting on Bicycling

County Council Vice President Hans Riemer and Council President Roger Berliner, the County Planning Department, MCDOT and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association will host a community meeting on Wednesday, November 1 to discuss bicycling issues in and around Bethesda. Read more.


Highway Services Completes Projects to Benefit the Environment Under Partnership with DEP

This year, MCDOT swept about 4,000 lane miles of roads and removed 700 tons of abrasives and debris left behind after the winter snow season that would otherwise have found their way into storm drains and eventually waterways. MCDOT also cleaned five miles of pervious pavement to improve stormwater filtering performance. Read more.


Follow the Progress of the Wheaton Revitalization Project

View construction activity through a camerainstalled at the site. The Mid-County Regional Services Center building will be demolished in December to make way for the new Town Center. Learn more.


MCDOT’s Community Service Day Bike Donation Event a Success

As part of Community Service Week, MCDOT sponsored a bicycle drive and collected 120 child and adult bikes, 21 bike helmets, bike wheels, training wheels and bike gears, all of which were donated to Rockville Bike Hub. Read more.


New Same-Day Service for Metro Access Customers Available in Montgomery County

Abilities-Ride is a new same-day service for MetroAccess customers. In Montgomery County, Regency Taxi will be the primary service provider, with some support from other transportation providers. Regency calls this program "ARMON." Read more.


Leggett Seeks Applicants for Taxicab Services Commission

County Executive Ike Leggett is seeking applicants to fill one vacancy on the Taxicab Services Commission for a non-owner taxicab driver. The deadline to apply is November 8. Read more and apply online.


POSTPONED: Public Hearing Planned for October 31 for Abandonment of Portion of Right-of-Way Along Second Avenue and Fenwick Lane Silver Spring

A public hearing planned for Tuesday, October 31 has been postponed and will be rescheduled for a future date.


MCDOT to Hold Public Hearings on Construction of Three Sidewalks

On November 7, the Montgomery County Department of Transportation will hold public hearings to present information about proposals to build three sidewalk projects in Kensington, Barnesville and Silver Spring. Read more.


October 27, 2017



Highway Continues Concrete Repair and Replacement Projects Before Winter 


SoberRide Offering Free Rides This Weekend

The Washington Region Alcohol Program’s 2017 Halloween SoberRide program will be offering free rides on Lyft for up to $15 between 10 p.m., Saturday, October 28 and 4 a.m. Sunday, October 29. Read more.


Transportation Holiday Schedule on Veterans Day, November 10

Ride On and Metrorail and Metrobus will operate on holiday schedules and the TRiPS Mobile Commuter Store will not operate. The TRiPS Commuter Store in the Silver Spring Transit Center will be open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. A list of all County government closures is available online.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Go Montgomery - October 17, 2017

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MCDOT Leaf Vacuum Collection Begins November 6; Continues Through Mid-December

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation’s Division of Highway Services (DHS) will begin its annual collection of leaves in the vacuum leaf collection district starting November 6. DHS provides two collections on every district street during the fall. A third collection may also be provided on an as-needed basis. Read more.


MCDOT’s Division of Traffic Engineering and Operations Recognized for Implementation of Cost Saving Idea

A team from MCDOT’s Division of Traffic Engineering and Operations (DTEO) was recognized by County Executive Ike Leggett for its participation in the Rewarding Excellence Bonus Incentive Award Program that gives front-line employees who find cost savings half of the first year’s savings.  Read more.


MCDOT Participates in Walk to School Day at Ronald McNair Elementary School

MCDOT celebrated “Walk to School Day” at Ronald McNair Elementary School in Germantown. MCDOT’s ‘crosswalk zebra’ helped educate kids on the best ways to walk and bike safely. Walk to School Day celebrates healthy habits and promotes pedestrian safety. More photos available on Flickr.


Wheaton Revitalization Project Making Good Progress

Keep up with the latest progress on the Wheaton Revitalization Project, which is constructing a government office building, below ground parking garage, and a town square. Sign up for email updates, get more information about the project or view the activity at the construction site through an onsite camera  online


Valleywood Drive Pedestrian Bridge Damaged Following Heavy Rain

The Valleywood Drive Pedestrian Bridge was severely damaged when, during an intense rain storm, erosion caused one of the bridge abutments to collapse. To ensure the public’s safety, MCDOT removed the damaged bridge. MCDOT is working on designing and constructing a temporary crossing while a permanent replacement is designed.


Transit Signal Priority Helping to Speed Ride On extRa Service Along MD Route 355

Did you know that MCDOT has installed transit signal priority (TSP) at 30 signalized intersections along MD 355 to support the new Ride On extRa transit service?  TSP modifies the traffic signal timing to prioritize a Ride On extRa bus, thereby giving bus passengers a shorter overall travel time. Learn more about Ride On extRa.


WABA Hosts Community Celebration for Silver Spring’s First Protected Bike Lane

MCDOT Director Al Roshdieh joined Councilmembers Roger Berliner, Hans Riemer and Tom Hucker to celebrate the opening of the Spring Street protected bike lanes that included a community bike ride. Read more about the bike lanes.


MDOT to Rehabilitate Seminary Road Bridge Over I-495 in Silver Spring

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration is rehabilitating the Seminary Road Bridge over I-495 (Capital Beltway). The $6.2 million project is expected to be complete by the end of 2018.  Read more.


Portion of Metrorail Red Line to Close for Repairs for 10 Days Starting November 25

The Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Authority (Metro) has announced upcoming track work that will completely close the Red Line between the Silver Spring and Fort Totten stations from November 25 through December 10.  Read more.


October 16, 2017



MCDOT Concrete Replacement Projects



MCDOT Makes Pedestrian and Safety Improvements in Wheaton

MCDOT continues to make pedestrian and traffic safety improvements in North Wheaton communities. Read more.