Thursday, November 18, 2021

MCDOT's Go Montgomery! Transportation Newsletter is Now Available - Nov. 18, 2021



White’s Ferry Study by Montgomery and Loudoun Counties Completed

White’s Ferry is a historic cable ferry crossing the Potomac River, connecting Montgomery County in Maryland and Loudoun County in Virginia. White’s Ferry ceased operations on Dec. 28, 2020, following a Circuit Court opinion in a private lawsuit over the use of private land for the ferry landing in Virginia. In response MCDOT, the Loudoun County Department of Transportation and Capital Infrastructure jointly undertook a study to evaluate the long-term feasibility and reliability of the ferry service and help identify possible alternatives and courses of action. Learn more here.



MCDOT is Hiring Ride On Bus Operators

MCDOT has immediate openings for full-time and part-time Ride On bus operators. The positions offer applicants 21-and-over paid CDL license training, a competitive benefits package and a fun, supportive atmosphere, with ongoing professional development opportunities.

Transportation is one of the County’s most important resources. MCDOT’s Ride On bus service achieves an essential mission of the County by connecting people, communities, workplaces, educational institutions and many other essential destinations. MCDOT owns and operates nearly 400 buses.

Supporting residents and visitors with transit options and infrastructure, MCDOT is a large organization with about 1,300 employees. Potential applicants can get more information and apply at  Search “Operator” or position code IRC51804.


MCDOT Continues Leaf Collection Through Mid-December

Two collections will take place on each leaf collection district street. The leaf vacuum collection district is bounded by I-495; I-270; the Rockville City limits; Norbeck, Bel Pre and Bonifant roads; Northwest Branch Park; and the District of Columbia and Prince George’s County lines. Find out if your home is in the leaf district by entering your address here.

Residents are asked to pile leaves near the street, but not on the road. Check out the video on how to prepare leaves properly and why it is important to keep leaf piles clear of trash and off of the streets. 

If you are looking for a way to help your community, but still want to remain socially distanced and outdoors, please consider reaching out to your elderly neighbor or neighbors with disabilities to ask if they need help raking their leaves. Raking leaves is a great way to help others while getting good exercise.

What Happens to Your Leaves Once Collected?

You've likely seen Leafgro at your local garden center but, do you know where it comes from? Leaves collected from MCDOT's leaf collection program are stored for a year, then mulched, composted, and then packaged to be sold as Leafgro®. Profits from sales are put directly back into the leafing program. Learn more here.


'Open Parkways’ Program Extends Hours for the Thanksgiving Holiday

Montgomery Park’s “Open Parkways Program” was launched at the start of COVID-19 to provide additional space for safe outdoor recreation and exercise. The following roads will be open to pedestrians and cyclists:

Wednesday, Nov. 24, 9 a.m. through Sunday, Nov 28, 4 p.m.:

  • Sligo Creek Parkway from Old Carroll Ave. to Piney Branch Rd. (1.1 miles) and from Forest Glen Rd. to University Blvd. West (1.5 miles)    
  • Beach Drive from Connecticut Ave. to Knowles Ave. (2.7 miles)

Wednesday, Nov. 24, 7 a.m. through Sunday, Nov. 28, 4 p.m.:

  • Little Falls Parkway from River Rd. to Arlington Rd. (1 mile)

Did you know? You can apply to bring a smaller version of Shared Streets to your neighborhood - submit a block permit for four days of recreation. Learn more here.


MCDOT Holds  Virtual Public Forum on Proposed Ride On  Bus Route 4 Service Changes on Dec. 7

The proposed routing would extend services on Route 4 to terminate at the Wheaton Metrorail Station. For additional information access the Ride On website for the full notice and session handout. Click here to join the forum at 6:30 p.m.


MCDOT Installs Third Protected Intersection in Montgomery County

MCDOT is installing a protected intersection at the corner of Fenton Street and Cameron Street in downtown Silver Spring. The work is part of MCDOT’s Cameron Street to Planning Place Bikeway project. This and other MCDOT projects will effectively create a continuous separated bikeway corridor from Spring Street to the Metropolitan Branch Trail at Fenton Street and King Street.

The county’s first protected intersection was installed at Second Avenue and Spring Street in 2019. Read the Source of the Spring article here.


Construction On The Purple Line Is Set To Resume This Spring With a New Contractor

Maryland Transit Solutions will be the new contractor to build the 16-mile light rail line, pending approval from the Board of Public Works. Read the DCIST article here.  


Public Invited to Corridor Forward: The I-270 Transit Plan Public Hearing on Dec. 9

The purpose of the Corridor Forward Transit Plan is to evaluate and prioritize transit options to serve communities and employment centers along the I-270 corridor.  The planning process includes opportunities for public input and proposes dedicated bus lanes that build on existing master planned projects. 

The Montgomery County Planning Board will start the hearing at 6:30 p.m. and will broadcast live and made available on demand. Residents can sign up here to testify either in person (if vaccinated) or virtually via Microsoft Teams. 


Public Invited to Thrive Montgomery 2050 Virtual Listening Session on Nov. 30 

The Montgomery County Council will hold a community listening session to hear from residents about Thrive Montgomery 2050. It will be hosted virtually via Zoom on Nov. 30, 2021, starting at 7 p.m. The Council encourages both those who have not heard of the plan before and those who have been following the plan closely to review the draft plan and pre-register to speak at the session. 

Thrive Montgomery 2050 is a framework to guide land use planning for housing, economic development, equity, transportation, environmental sustainability and more for the next three decades in Montgomery County. Learn more here.



Metrorail Weeknight Service Adjustments for Monday, Nov. 15 through Friday, Nov. 19

Metrorail service will begin at 5 a.m. and close at midnight Monday through Thursday and at 1 a.m. on Friday. Trains will serve 89 of 91 stations. Customers are advised that Metro will continue to operate reduced service levels through at least Nov. 30, due to the removal of all 7000-series railcars from service in relation to last month's Blue Line derailment investigation. Learn more here.

Rockville, Shady Grove Metro Station Reopening Delayed Until January

The reopening of two Metro stations that were closed in September so a platform canopy could be demolished and reconstructed will be delayed by a month, learn more here. To receive biweekly construction and other project updates, sign up here.



MCDOT’s Beach Drive Bridge Replacement Project in Kensington to Reopen in Early April

The construction project on Beach Drive in Kensington, between Kensington Parkway and Old Spring Road, has been accelerated by the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) so that a two-lane vehicle bridge can be replaced and the road reopened by April 1. The road has been closed since Aug. 30.

Since the project began, traffic has been detoured through MD 185 to MD 192 to Stoneybrook Drive and Beach Drive. The roadway is now scheduled to be reopened to traffic on April 1, although the contractor will be performing final paving, striping and landscaping in early July.

A new pedestrian bridge constructed as part of the project was opened on Sept. 1. Learn more here.

A Portion of Great Seneca Highway is Closed in Germantown Until Friday, Nov. 19

The right lane and sidewalk along Great Seneca Highway between Kentlands Boulevard and Main Street will be closed weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. while American Directional Drilling installs a new pipe for a Comcast Fiber Line. For questions contact Stanley Powell, Construction Manager at 301-606-7133 or

A Portion of Emory Lane and Muncaster Mill Road in Olney Closed

MCDOT has closed Emory Lane at Muncaster Mill Road for construction, allowing local traffic only, for culvert replacement work. Detour signs are posted. 

Pleasant View Park Construction Has Begun in the City of Gaithersburg 

Construction on a new park, located on Route 28 at the former site of the Consumer Product Safety Commission campus, has begun and is expected to be completed in February 2023. Pleasant View Park is a planned 9.84-acre park with community gardens, a bicycle skills course, pavilions, playground, fitness pods, and welcome plaza. Learn more here

In The News

Public Transit Use is the Key to Lowering Transportation Emissions

Many officials, city leaders and experts are reminding people that the key to meeting climate goals in the transportation sector is to take public transit. Read the CityLab article here.

Bus Systems Are Eyeing Lower Fares, Leaving Passengers and Advocates to Wonder at What Cost

Bus systems across the Washington region are reexamining fares to address income inequalities and racial disparities as they try to lure riders back. But those discussions are at a crossroads, with operators and policymakers weighing whether financial benefits to riders outweigh the loss of fare revenue. Read the Washington Post article here.

Pandemic Didn't Slow Down Drunk Driving or Speeding in Part of DC Region

Despite stay-at-home orders and the reduction of restaurant dining and bars, some serious traffic violations increased in some local communities during the pandemic. A News4 I-Team review of police data from nearly a dozen major local police departments shows arrests for driving under the influence remained at — or exceeded — pre-pandemic levels throughout 2020 and early 2021. Read the NBC Washington article here.


For department updates, follow @MCDOTNow on Twitter, visit the department website at or sign up to receive the latest MCDOT news release.

November 18, 2021



Holiday Schedule for Thanksgiving Day Nov. 25

View more schedule changes here.


Montgomery Al Dia' Spanish Radio Show Interviews MCDOT Director Chris Conklin

The 'Montgomery Al Dia' Montgomery County’s Spanish language radio show talked about several transportation updates that included Ride On hiring for bus operators, Flex On Demand bus service, Flash coming to Veirs Mill Road in Rockville, free taxi service for seniors and individuals with disabilities for testing and vaccination appointments, and the Ride On Reimagined study. Watch online here.


MCDOT’s Flash Vehicle and Zeal the Safety Zebra Will Be Featured in Silver Spring’s Thanksgiving Parade This Saturday, Nov. 20

The Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade will usher in the holiday season on Saturday, Nov. 20, in Downtown Silver Spring. The parade kicks off at 10 a.m. with marching bands, and Thanksgiving-themed costumes and as well as a 12-foot turkey.  The parade route is one mile along Ellsworth Drive, to and along Georgia Avenue, ending at Spring Street. 

View a list of roads that will be closed for the parade here.


MCDOT Reminds Residents to Plan Out Their Evenings This Holiday Season & Never Drink and Drive

During the Thanksgiving weekend, millions will hit our nation's roads, eager to spend time with family and friends. It’s one of the busiest travel times of the year and the most dangerous. More people on the roadways means the potential for more vehicle crashes. A popular trend, Thanksgiving Eve, or “Blackout Wednesday,” highlights - and even encourages - the heavy consumption of alcohol on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.  Remember: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.

  • From 2015 to 2019, 135 drivers involved in fatal crashes on Thanksgiving Eve were alcohol-impaired, and over the entire holiday period, nearly 800 people died in alcohol-impaired crashes.
  • During the 2019 Thanksgiving holiday period, more than four times as many drivers were involved in a fatal crash and 10,142 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes.

Follow these NHTSA tips if you’ve been drinking or see a possible drunk driver:

  • Buzzed driving is drunk driving. Don't risk it.
  • Plan ahead. 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.
  • If you see a suspected drunk driver on the roadway call 9-1-1 to report the driver to authorities. It could save lives and help everyone enjoy a safe and happy holiday.
  • Never let family or friends drive if they have had too much alcohol to drink. Take the keys away and make arrangements for him/her to get home safely.



MCDOT’s Walk & Ride Challenge Was a Success

MCDOT’s annual Walk & Ride Challenge had great results –104 teams with nearly 400 participants completed 47,784 total steps in 24,892 miles, in the three-week event that raised morale, enhanced health and provided team-building benefits. The annual event encourages teams of employees who work in the County’s Transportation Management Districts to incorporate walking into their daily routines. 


MCDOT Attends Marian Fryer Town Plaza's HallowWheaton Event 

Did you see Monster Flash at HalloWheaton on Oct. 30? MCDOT’s Flash vehicle made an appearance, dressed as a monster that residents could tour as a haunted house. Staff passed out giveaways and talked about the Flash coming to Veirs Mill Road and Wheaton.

Also, the Safe Routes to School staff talked about pedestrian safety awareness to trick-or-treaters and Zeal, MCDOT’s safety mascot greeted families, took photos and passed out safety tips and reflective gear to be safe and seen at night.


Download the SaferCar App to Check for Vehicle Safety Recalls "Safe Cars Save Lives"

Don't risk your safety, that of your loved ones, or others on the road by failing to address any open vehicle recall. Add your vehicle info in this free SaferCar app to receive recall information to your phone. Download the app for Android or iOs. If you think your vehicle may have a safety-related issue, contact NHTSA online or call 888-327-4236. Learn more about vehicle recalls at


To report flooding, clogged storm drains, potholes, streetlight outages and for leafing questions, contact MC311 by dialing 311 or submit your request online at

Thursday, November 4, 2021

MCDOT's Go Montgomery! Transportation Newsletter is Now Available! November 4, 2021


Alternative Transportation Options Available in Montgomery County for Riders Impacted by Metrorail Slowdown

As a safety measure, Metro has taken its 7000-series railcars out of service, which comprises approximately 60 percent of its railcar fleet. The result is that Metrorail is operating with reduced service on all lines. Longer wait times and concerns of overcrowding amidst the lingering COVID-19 health crisis have left many travelers searching for alternatives. MCDOT has put together some alternative ways to get you where you need to go. Get the details here.


As Daylight Saving Time Ends this Weekend, MCDOT and Vision Zero Promote Pedestrian Safety

The fall and winter months bring less daylight and darker commuting hours. The end of Daylight Savings Time begins overnight this Saturday and clocks will need to be turned back one hour. Getting darker earlier can lead to an increase in crashes between drivers and pedestrians. Past records show that two-thirds of all fatal pedestrian injuries over the last four years occurred between dusk and dawn.

To address the changing conditions, MCDOT continues to make upgrades to streetlights and crosswalks to protect pedestrians and urges residents to lookout for each other and obey the rules of the road. This collaboration is facilitated by the County’s Vision Zero Initiative, which is committed to reducing, and eventually eliminating all traffic-related deaths. 

Safety tips:

  • Drivers should be on the lookout for pedestrians, bicyclists, and children.
  • Drivers should reduce speed, turn on headlights earlier and be alert.
  • Wait for the walk signal. If there is no traffic signal, make sure it’s clear to cross. Look left, right and then left again before crossing.
  • If there are no sidewalks, walk against traffic so drivers can see you more clearly.


MCDOT's Leaf Vacuum Collection Begins Nov. 8, and Continues Through Mid-December

MCDOT will begin its annual leaf vacuuming with two collections in every leaf collection district street this fall. This year, a resident can easily find the collection schedule online by simply entering an address.

The leaf zone is bounded by I-495, I-270, the Rockville City limits, Norbeck, Bel Pre and Bonifant roads, Northwest Branch Park, the District of Columbia and Prince George’s County lines.

Prior to collection, signs will be posted along streets directing residents to the online leaf collection map and collection date information. 

Residents are asked to pile leaves near the street, but off the road. Avoid placing leaves on road shoulders, bike lanes and rain gardens as leaves in these areas can disrupt traffic, negatively impact stormwater drainage, hamper snow removal operations and become a fire hazard for automobiles parked over them. Leaf piles also limit the availability of residential parking, and when wet, can pose a hazard to cyclists and pedestrians. Learn more here.


Corridor Advisory Committee Seeks Feedback on Veirs Mill Road Bus Rapid Transit/Flash Bus, System Expansion in Virtual Meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 10

Montgomery County’s Corridor Advisory Committee (CAC) will hold a virtual meeting from 6:30-8 p.m., to provide an update and seek feedback on the future Veirs Mill Road Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)/Flash Bus project.

During the meeting, organized by the MCDOT, residents will be asked for their views on station access and design. MCDOT recently completed preliminary engineering and is preparing to begin the final design. All CAC meetings are open to the public. Get more information here


See MCDOT's New Connecting Our Communities Document

MCDOT has recently published a “Connecting Our Communities” document that includes information about the department and highlights MCDOT’s three priority areas: Safety and Vision Zero, Environment and Climate Resiliency, and Economic Growth and Equitable Access and related highlights.  

Transportation is one of the County’s most important resources, supporting residents and visitors with transit options and infrastructure. Learn more about MCDOT by viewing the document here.


Residents will have an opportunity to provide feedback on the Dale Drive Share Used Path & Safety Improvements Project for the design and construction of a new eight-foot wide shared use path along the north side of Dale Drive. Learn more here.


Input on Taxi Services Sought From Residents 65+ and the Disability Community

The Department of Health and Human Services, MCDOT and the Taxicab Services Commission are conducting a survey of county residents 65 and older and residents with disabilities to learn about their experiences using taxi services.

The survey focuses on taxi service that is part of MetroAccess, Abilities Ride, Call-n-Ride, and Medicaid Transportation.

You can complete the survey here or by phone, 240-777-1350. The deadline to complete the survey is Friday, Nov. 26. Learn more here.


County Council Prepares Bill Regulating E-Scooters

Montgomery County introduced Bill 36-21Motor Vehicles and Traffic – E-Scooters – Operating Requirements and Registration to establish registration and operating requirements for low-speed, electric scooter use in the County.

A public hearing for the bill is scheduled on Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 1:30 p.m. Register to attend here.  



Reduced Metrorail Service to Continue at Least Through Nov. 15

Metro continues to work with the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission on a plan to get 7000-series railcars safely back into service. Metro is working to grow the number of trains available for daily service. Learn more here.

Customers are encouraged to use Metro’s Trip Planner tool for current schedule updates, and Metro’s Live Train Map provides real-time information on where trains are. Customers are also encouraged to sign up for MetroAlerts.

Metro Announces Schedule Delays for Rockville Canopy Replacement Project

Shady Grove and Rockville Stations now expected to reopen in January. Learn more here.

Current Metro News:

  • Metrorail Update: More Cars, Better Wait Times Promised This Week - In a Monday afternoon update, Metro said it has made progress getting more trains on the track and improving wait times, but it will be a while before schedules are back to normal. Read the WTOP article here.

  • Metro Proposes Fare Cuts - Metro General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld is proposing to lower late-night fares to a flat $2 to help service workers and boost traffic to restaurants and events, discount monthly passes aimed at commuters, and cut the price for unlimited seven-day passes to target teleworkers. Read the Washington Post article here.

  • Problems With Metro Prompts FTA to Examine Other Transit Systems - After Metro pulled its 7000-series railcars out of service last month due to a wheel defect, the Federal Transit Administration is issuing a safety advisory calling on other transit systems to report on their cars’ wheel gauges. Read the Washington Post article here.



Baltimore Road Remains Partially Closed Through November

The closed portion is between Gladstone Drive and Broadwood Drive in Rockville. Motorists can take Veirs Mill Road to get around the closure.  The goal is to make the road safer for pedestrians by adding safety measures at several intersections, including sidewalks and creating easier access to the Rockville Metro Station. Learn more here.

A Portion of Great Seneca Highway to Close Between Nov. 9 - 12

American Directional Drilling will install a new 2-inch Comcast fiber line pipe along Great Seneca Highway at the intersection of Kentlands Boulevard in Gaithersburg.

The right lane and sidewalk along Great Seneca Highway between Kentlands Boulevard and Main Street will be closed weekdays, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Signs and barriers will be posted. Pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists should travel undistracted through the work zone and may need to add extra time to their commute. For questions contact Construction Manager, Stanley Powell at 301- 606-7133 or

Construction Continues for Pepco's White Flint Substation  Project

Pepco is constructing a new substation in the North Bethesda / White Flint area to deliver energy to nearby families and business. As part of this project, a 6-month construction effort on a micro-tunnel is in the works on the westbound lanes of Randolph Road, between Nebel Street and Parklawn Drive that allows east bound traffic only. West bound traffic will be detoured down Parklawn Dr. to Rockville Pike-MD-355. Sidewalks on Randolph Rd. will remain open to pedestrians throughout the duration of the micro-tunnel construction.

Flaggers and officers are posted to help coordinate traffic going to local businesses. "We're Open" signs have been placed in front of all business entrances to encourage patronage during construction. All traffic control measures will remain in place 24/7 until the work is completed.


National Drowsy Driving Prevention Week Nov. 1-7

Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, is a good time to remember that drowsy driving is impaired driving and is responsible for more than 6,400 U.S. deaths annually. According to the National Sleep Foundation, about half of U.S. adult drivers admit to consistently getting behind the wheel while feeling drowsy.  

MCDOT encourages everyone to prioritize sleep and drive when alert and refreshed. Learn more here.


Mass Transit Options Proposed for MD I-270 Corridor

As the Montgomery County’s planning department rolled out recommendations for reducing traffic congestion along Maryland’s Interstate 270 corridor, planners said additional mass transit options should be considered, including dedicated bus lanes. Read the WTOP article here.


For department updates, follow @MCDOTNow on Twitter, visit the department website at or sign up to receive the latest MCDOT news releases.

November 4, 2021



MCDOT manages the Shared Streets program, which allows residents and businesses to use public spaces for in-street activities such as biking, walking, outdoor dining and retail activity.

Shared Streets aims to bring residents together in a safe outdoor environment while supporting County businesses that have struggled from the economic impacts of COVID-19. Learn more here.


Transportation Schedule for the Veterans Day Holiday, Thursday, Nov. 11

  • County offices - Closed.
  • Ride On and Flash bus service - Operates on a Holiday schedule.
  • Ride On Flex on demand bus service - Normal operations.
  • Metrorail and Metrobus - Normal weekday schedule.
  • Marc Train - Operates on the enhanced R schedule.
  • TRiPS Commuter Store at Silver Spring Transit Center - Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  
  • TRiPS Mobile Commuter Store - Closed  
  • Parking at Bethesda, Silver Spring and Wheaton Public Garages, lots and curbside meters - Free 

View more schedules here


Join Our Team!  

MCDOT is hiring for the following positions:

  • Program Manager I
    IRC51625 - Grade 23, Transit Services
  • Capital Projects Manager
    IRC51002 - Grade 28, Transportation Planning and Design Section
  • Public Service Craftsworker 
    RC50425 - Grade 15, Division of Parking Management
  • Traffic Management Technician I
    IRC49742 - Grade 15, Division of Traffic Engineering & Operations

For more county jobs go to MCG Careers. View this video on how to apply online.


Adult Learn to Ride Bike Classes Were a Success

MCDOT's two bike classes scheduled this month are now sold out. We plan to hold more adult bike classes this coming Spring 2022. Learn about future events this fall by following Commuter Services on Twitter and Instagram.



Be Alert While Driving This Fall

Deer mating season is right around the corner, and MCDOT reminds motorists to be vigilant. During this time deer travel across roads in often unpredictable patterns at all times of the day and night. Many other wildlife species are also more active this time of year, as they search for food to prepare for the coming winter. Learn more here.


Have You Seen The New Hawk Beacon in Downtown Silver Spring? 

MCDOT installed another High-Intensity Activated Crosswalk, also known as a HAWK beacon, at the intersection of Fenton St. and Roeder Rd. in downtown Silver Spring. Learn how Hawk signals work here.


MCDOT's Safe Routes to School Program Reaches Over 4,000 Residents and Students During Walktober

In October, the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program visited many locations to promote pedestrian safety and distributed reflective gear to over 4,000 residents.

Zeal, MCDOT's safety mascot, hosted “walk to school day” every Wednesday at four elementary schools, wrapping up at Wheaton Woods where Zeal visited 27 classrooms to talk to students about walking and biking safety and distributed reflective gear.  

In November, SRTS plans to visit High Schools to talk about distracted walking and driving.

For additional activities follow SRTS on FacebookInstagram or Twitter and sign up to receive the quarterly newsletter.


MCDOT Announces First of it's Kind Impaired Vision Toolkit

MCDOT's new toolkitPlanning and Designing Streets to be Safer and More Accessible for People with Vision Disabilities will serve as a model for national guidance to facilitate accessibility for people who are blind or have low vision by outlining optimized strategies for public engagement, staff training and improved pedestrian walkway design. 

For more information watch this interview with MCDOT's Project Manager, Matt Johnson, here.


Download the ParkMobile App to Pay for Parking in Bethesda, Silver Spring and Wheaton

Parkmobile is now available at approximately 14,000 parking spaces, making it easy and convenient to pay for parking with your mobile phone. Simply download the Parkmobile app and register within minutes.

Scan the QR code with your mobile camera to download the app.



To report down tree limbs, potholes, flooding, streetlight outages, storm drain issues, sidewalk damage and leafing questions, contact MC311 by dialing 311 or visit