Friday, January 17, 2020

Go Montgomery! January 17, 2020

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Elrich Releases Recommended FY 21-26 Capital Improvements Program (CIP) Budget that Includes Funding for Significant Transportation Improvements

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich introduced his recommended $4.23 billion CIP that included funding to enhance safety for pedestrians, bikers and drivers; support transit-oriented development; move forward on more Bus Rapid Transit; enhance funding for Vision Zero; expand infrastructure maintenance for roads, bridges, culverts and sidewalks; and convert streetlights to reduce energy consumption. Read more.


Metro Red Line Service Closed Between Glenmont and Silver Spring This Weekend  

WMATA is shutting down Red Line Metro service between Glenmont and Silver Spring this Saturday, January 18 through Monday, January 20.  Free shuttle bus service will be available between the Glenmont and Silver Spring stations.  More information is available online, or call 202-637-7000.


Elrich Kicks Off New ‘Salt-Wise’ Campaign Urging Homeowners to Use Less Salt During Winter Storms to Reduce Environmental Impacts  

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich kicked off a new effort to encourage homeowners to use less salt on sidewalks and driveways during winter storms. When overused, excess salt ends up in stormwater drains, local streams and eventually, the Chesapeake Bay and raises sodium levels in the water supplyRead more.  View a Channel 9 story about the campaign featuring an interview with MCDOT Director Chris Conklin.


MCDOT to Hold Public Meeting on Fenton Village Bike and Pedestrian Projects on January 21 

MCDOT will brief the community on several  bicycle and pedestrian safety improvement projects in the Fenton Village and downtown Silver Spring areas. The projects include the Fenton Street/Maryland 410 Intersection Redesign, Grove Street Neighborhood Greenway Pilot Project and Fenton Street Bikeway Study. Learn more.


Public Hearing on Proposed Jones Lane Sidewalk to be Held in  Darnestown on January 22 at Jones Lane ES 

Public input is essential in helping MCDOT determine whether or not to proceed with constructing all or a portion of proposed sidewalks. The Jones Lane sidewalk will enhance safety for those with disabilities, pedestrians and bicyclists travelling to schools and nearby public attractions and facilities. Learn more.


MCDOT to Hold Open Houses About  Ride On Bus Service Changes for US 29 

On January 27 and 29, join the MCDOT staff at one of two open houses to learn about planned modifications to Ride On bus service along the US 29 (Colesville Rd/ Columbia Pike) corridor.
The changes will better align regular Ride On service with the new, higher frequency, limited-stop service, called teh FLASH, when it begins operation later this year. Read more or visit


MCDOT Extends Dockless
 Pilot Program  

MCDOT has authorized three companies to continue the docklesse-scooter pilot program for another six months within certain areas. View a list of the operating rules and a map of the test areas. Take a brief, five-minute survey to let MCDOT know your opinions.


Elrich Discusses Transportation Issues During January 9 Virtual Town Hall  

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich Elrich held a virtual town hall earlier this month  and answered a number of questions about transportation. The town hall is an online forum that allows County residents to send questions, or comments, directly to the County Executive. See questions and answers.


What to Expect During Construction of MCDOT’s Crossing Project Over the Next Week 

MCDOT is improving safety and mobility for people and vehicles at the Medical Center Metro Station, near the Medical Center Metro Station, National Institutes of Health and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at Naval Support Activity Bethesda. Read more.


MDOT SHA Announces Lane Closures for Montgomery County Beginning January 16  

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) State Highway Administration (SHA) has announced planned lane closures in the County related to major construction projects. Work schedules may be affected by the weather. Read more.


Get Updates from the County SNOW PORTAL 

This handy, online website provides information on the latest delays and closings, the status of plowing in your neighborhood, up-to-date snow-related information and submitting a service request.


January 17, 2020



Transportation-Related Schedule Changes for January 20

  • County Offices - Closed.
  • Ride On - Operates on a Sunday schedule. 
  • Ride On Flex - Does not operate.
  • Commuter Stores - Closed.
  • County Parking - Free.
View more schedule changes.

snow winterguide
With snow in the forecast this weekend, be sure to view  MCDOT’s Winter Guide for tips and resources.


Elrich Highlights Accomplishments in First State of the County Address 

On January 15, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich delivered his first ‘State of the County’ address. View a video of his address.


Ride On User Guides are Available in Seven Different Languages

To get one, email Ride On or visit a TriPs Commuter Store.


MCDOT Helps to Promote Safety at Montgomery Blair HS    

MCDOT joined Councilmember Will Jawando as he launched the #DrivingItHome safety campaign, which encouraged school seniors to pledge to drive responsibly. MCDOT distributed educational materials and safety reflectors to students. Learn more.


MCDOT Participated in Lunar New Year Celebration at Northwood HS  

On January 12MCDOT distributed pedestrian, bicycle and traffic safety information and resources to more than 1,000 attendees at the Association of Vietnamese Americans Lunar New Year Festival at Northwood High School. This annual festival maintains and preserves Vietnamese customs and traditions with crafts, food and entertainment.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Go Montgomery! December 31, 2019


Silver Spring Transit Center Bus Stop Location and Schedule Changes Begin Jan. 5  

Purple Line construction will impact the following Ride On bus routes in and outside the Paul Sarbanes Transit Center for the next several months. Learn more. 


MCDOT Activates HAWK Beacon in Bethesda  

MCDOT continues efforts to enhance pedestrian safety by activating the newest high intensity activated crosswalk (HAWK) beacon where Tuckerman Lane is crossed by the Bethesda Trolley Trail. The beacon flashes yellow when a pedestrian presses the signal button, then turns solid yellow and finally red to stop oncoming traffic; pedestrians are then given a walk signal. Learn more. 


MCDOT Wins Award of Excellence for Region's First Protected Intersection 

The Second/Wayne Avenue Cycletrack in Silver Spring has won an Engineering Excellence Award from ACEC/MW. The project included the State's first protected intersection, a two-way separated bike lane, a floating bus stop, and the County's first bicycle traffic signal and bikeometer. Learn more about this project and award. 


Fenton Village Bike and Pedestrian Projects Community Meeting to be Held Jan. 21

MCDOT will host a public meeting to brief the community on and receive feedback about several bicyclist and pedestrian and safety improvement projects in the Fenton Village and downtown Silver Spring areas. The projects to be discussed are:
  • Fenton Street / MD 410 Intersection
  • RedesignGrove Street
     Neighborhood Greenway Pilot
  • Fenton Street Bikeway Study


Orientation and Mobility Assistance to be Offered to Visually Impaired Customers of Silver Spring Transit Center  

Orientation and Mobility specialists will offer appropriate guidance for navigating the temporary bus and pedestrian changes around the Silver Spring Transit Center on January 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meet at the Silver Spring Metro Station, south entrance in downtown Silver Spring. RSVP to Marybeth Cleveland, O&M Specialist at, subject line JANUARY 11 or call 301-412-4224. For a few days before and after January 11, additional County staff will be stationed around the Silver Spring Transit Center/Metro Station to help direct people to the locations of the temporary bus stops.  


MCDOT to Hold Public Hearing About Proposed Sidewalk on Jones Lane in Darnestown, Jan. 22

MCDOT invites the public to provide comments concerning construction of a sidewalk proposed to facilitate safer travel on Jones Lane in Darnestown.  The hearing will start at 7 p.m. in the Jones Lane Elementary School located at 5110 Jones Lane, Darnestown. 


MCDOT's Purple Line Coordinator Interviewed on Montgomery Al Dia

Maricela Cordova, MCDOT's Purple Line Coordinator, was interviewed on Montgomery Al Dia about upcoming community impacts resulting from the Purple Line construction.  Montgomery al Dia's is the County's Spanish 'live' radio show on Radio América 900 AM. See interview conducted in English and Spanish.


Update on Pedestrian Master Plan 

Earlier in December, staff updated the Montgomery County Planning Department on the Pedestrian Master Plan, a comprehensive project to improve pedestrian safety and comfort across Montgomery County, making it safer and walkable for pedestrians of every age and ability. [See the December 19 staff report.] The update included a summary of community outreach and education efforts. Residents are invited to comment on the Pedestrian Level of Comfort Map, which allows community members to visualize the varying comfort of the county's sidewalks, pathways, trails and street crossings for pedestrians. 


Alderton Road to Temporarily Close During Storm Drain Construction 

MCDOT will be excavating replacing a storm drain culvert along Alderton Road in Silver Spring, beginning in early January 2020 for about three months. Construction work will occur between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. 


Montgomery County Native Inspires Funding for State Bike Projects 

(December 20, 2019 by Kate Masters) 
Longtime cycling advocate and Montgomery County native Kim Lamphier wasn’t alive to see more funding awarded to bike trails across the state. But friends say she would be gratified by a December 20 announcement from Gov. Larry Hogan, who pledged $3.8 million to the state’s Bikeways Network Program for the next two years. Read the Bethesda Beat article. 


MCDOT’s US 29 Flash Bus Rapid Transit Project Featured on WAMU 

(December 20 by Jordan Pascale) 
In an online article, “Five D.C.-Area Transportation Projects To Watch For In 2020”, MCDOT’s plans to have buses arrive every 7.5 minutes during peak rush hours and 15 minutes otherwise along the Route 29 corridor. The service will run from 5 a.m. to 12 a.m. every day, providing a critical, reliable transit link. Follow @Flash_BRT on twitter or visit to learn more.


Ensure Your E-ZPass Transponder is Mounted Properly

Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) tweeted last week, asking riders to make sure their transponders are mounted correctly, otherwise it may not work.
Learn more.


Share Now (Car2Go) Will Only be Available Through the End of February

Starting February 29, Share Now, the car-sharing service, will no longer be available in North America. The company will be pulling back its service to focus on 18 European cities. Read the Washington Business Journal article.


SmarTrip App Coming Soon to Apple

Metro's long awaited mobile payment system app is coming to iPhone and Apple Watch next year. Riders will be able to use a virutal SMarTrip card stored in their Apple Wallet to tap in at fare gates and load value through their phones. More announcements to come! Read the Washington Post article.


Ten Safety Tips for Driving at Night From

An estimated 90 percent of all driver decisions are based on what the driver can see. Yet at night, one's vision is compromised, which may account for the fact that approximately 40 percent of all fatal motor vehicle accidents occur at night. Now is a good time to take steps to ensure your safety when driving at night. See 10 tips. 


SuperShuttle Ceases Operations to Reagan National and Dulles International Airports

SuperShuttle, the service that ferries travelers to and from airports across the country, stopped serving Dulles International and Reagan National last Sunday, amid reports that the company is shutting down operations entirely at the end of the year. Read the Washington Post article.


December 31, 2019



Transportation-Related Schedule Changes for  New Year's Day

  • County Offices - Closed.
  • Ride On - Operates on a Sunday schedule. 
  • Ride On Flex - Does not operate.
  • Commuter Stores - Closed.
View more schedule changes.


Don't Drink and Drive this Holiday Season, Use SoberRide For Free!

Why risk driving impaired on New Year’s Eve when there’s an option for a free ride home for up to $15? The Washington Regional Alcohol Program - WRAP - is offering its Holiday SoberRide® program, in partnership with Lyft, nightly from 10 p.m. until 4 a.m. through January 1, 2020. Learn more.


Metrorail Service Will Stay Open Later on New Year's Eve

Riders will be able to take Metro until 2 a.m. on New Year's Eve, but the system will open late on New Year's Day. Learn more at


Work with us! MCDOT is hiring for the following positions:

  • Manager III - Transit (applications due 1/2/20)
  • Program Specialist I – Transit Communications (applications due 1/3/20)
  • Senior Transit Information Systems Technician (applications due 1/7/20)
  • Engineer III/II/I - Traffic (applications due 1/8/20)
  • Capital Projects Manager – Parking (applications due 2/14/20)
  • Transportation Systems Technician I/II/III (applications open until filled)
Go to MCG Careers to learn more.


MCDOT Partners With AAA on Promoting Safety

The Safe Routes to School team partnered with AAA's talking robotic car "Otto the Auto" to educate students at Travilah Elementary School about pedestrian and bike safety and distribute safety reading materials and reflective bags. 


Online Interactive Bike Map Helps You Get Around

Did you get a new bike over the holidays? Looking for places to ride in Montgomery County? Check out MCDOT's interactive BIKE MAP online.


Bike, Ride or Walk - Be Safe, Be Aware!

There may be fewer bikes on our roadways during cold weather, but it's still important to remember to allow at least 3 feet when passing a cyclist. Bicyclists most follow all the rules of the road when riding in traffic. Be on the lookout for one another and read these tips for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers.

snow winterguide
Go Montgomery's Snow Edition Now Available!


MCDOT Hosts VR Safety Challenge at Westfield Wheaton Mall

On Dec.14, educational safety materials and giveaways were distributed to over 2,000 shoppers, who had a chance to participate in an interactive, virtual reality experience, where participants encounter multiple traffic scenarios and learn ways to reduce injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists.


Try Ride On Flex 

If you haven’t already, try Flex, Ride On’s first on-demand service. Download the free Ride On Flex app and use it to request weekday rides in the Glenmont/Wheaton and Rockville areas. Learn more at