Thursday, August 4, 2022

MCDOT's Go Montgomery! Transportation Newsletter - August 4, 2022


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Montgomery County Ride On Bus Resumed Fare Collection on Monday, Aug. 1, with New Rate Set at $1

After 28 months of temporarily suspending fare collection due to the COVID-19 health crisis, MCDOT’s Ride On bus system has resumed fare collection on all services, including Ride OnRide On extRaFlex, and Flash. The new fare is set at $1.

The one-way pre-pandemic fare was $2 per ride and monthly passes, which were $45 per rider prior to the health crisis, are now $22.50. 

County bus fares remain free for seniors (age 65 and older), persons with disabilities and youth under 19 (older if still in high school). Specialized SmartTrip cards are needed and can be obtained through the MCDOT Mobile Commuter Store, Silver Spring TRiPS Commuter Store, any County library or the Montgomery County Division of Treasury in Rockville. Students can also obtain their specialized ‘Youth Cruiser’ card through their school.

For riders transferring from a Metrobus, the Ride On fare will be free. The cost is $1 for riders transferring from Metrorail to Ride On. Ride On passengers transferring to a Metrobus will have to pay the $1 difference in fare. 

The new rates were recommended in a “Fare Equity Study” conducted by MCDOT that recommends the balance of benefits and costs, with benefits primarily accruing to the populations the County is hoping to support. 

To decrease boarding time and reduce long lines, riders are encouraged to use SmarTrip cards or the SmarTrip mobile app (available for Apple and Android). Riders without pre-paid fares are asked to have the exact fare readily accessible.


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REMINDER: SmarTrip Cards Issued Before 2012 Are Due for Replacement

WMATA has installed new faregates at rail stations and upgraded fareboxes on buses. As a result, SmarTrip cards purchased before 2012 will no longer work. If the serial number on the back of your card does not include “0167” it needs to be replaced. For step-by-step instructions on how to replace old cards or transfer balances including Smart Benefits, visit the SmarTrip Card Replacement webpage here. Customers can transfer their balance from a virtual card here.


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Montgomery County ‘FareShare’ Program Can Help Commuters with Monthly Travel Expenses If They Use Public Transit or Vanpools

Commuters working in Montgomery County can get reimbursed up to $280 a month for using public transit, or vanpooling, by asking their employers to set up a transportation benefits program. MCDOT’s “FareShare” program offers reimbursements to local businesses for their employees’ costs for commuting to work by public transit—and the money is tax-free.

In addition to vanpools, the program could cover expenses incurred by commuters using Ride On bus, Metrobus, Metrorail or MARC train to commute to and from a workplace within Montgomery County.

Businesses looking to implement or expand a transportation benefit program must commit to covering the first $25 per month of travel costs for employees who use buses or vanpools. The County will cover expenses over the initial $25, up to $280 a month. The full subsidy could be as high as $3,360 per year, per employee. It is tax-free for both the employee and the employer. Learn more here.


New Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon Signals

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Hawk signal was recently installed on Willard Avenue in Chevy Chase.

Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon Signals, sometimes called HAWK (High-Intensity Activated Crosswalk) signals, are designed to help pedestrians safely cross busy streets. The beacon remains dark until a pedestrian presses the signal's push button and activates the signal.

For the pedestrian, this signal works like other pedestrian-activated push-button traffic signals in the County, by stopping traffic with a red signal, allowing pedestrians to cross with a WALK signal.

For motorists, the button activates a flashing yellow signal to alert approaching drivers that a pedestrian is present and that they should be prepared to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk. The light then turns to a solid yellow and then red light. Drivers are expected to come to a complete stop on red and may proceed when the light goes dark, and the pedestrian has safely moved safely out of the crosswalk.

Montgomery County has installed several of these signals in high-traffic areas. MCDOT has been conducting community outreach near these pedestrian beacons to promote their use and educate both drivers and pedestrians on how to use them.

Check out some photos of our recent outreach at the following new HAWK locations: 

Tonight, Thursday, Aug. 4, between 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. the outreach team will be by the Shops at Wisconsin Place promoting the new pedestrian Hybrid Beacon that was installed at Willard Avenue and Hills Plaza in Chevy Chase.

The MCDOT team has plans to visit additional communities over the next few months. Check out the Pedestrian Safety website for updates, here


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Public Invited to Virtual Hearing on the Boyds Transit Center on Tuesday, Aug. 16

Starting at 7 p.m., MCDOT will discuss the 70% design plans for the Transit Center and the public will have an opportunity to provide feedback. 

The Boyds Transit Center project will provide a new bus loop and parking lot on the former Anderson property at the Boyds MARC station. This project will address the increased demand for commuter parking at the Boyds MARC station and future Ride On service expansion from Clarksburg to the MARC station.

Online registration is required to attend. Learn more here.


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Proposed Transit Network to Support the Great Seneca Science Corridor and Surrounding Areas

The Great Seneca Transit Network project will advance the planning, design, and implementation of a new bus network to support the Great Seneca Science Corridor and surrounding areas. 

The network would include 11 stations, dedicated bus lanes and bike lanes, transit signal priority at seven intersections, and new bike and pedestrian connections. The plan is for hubs at the Shady Grove Metrorail Station, the Universities at Shady Grove, and Adventist Shady Grove Hospital. This bus network will provide frequent and reliable connections between Kentlands, Crown Farm, King Farm, the Universities at Shady Grove, Adventist Shady Grove Hospital, Shady Grove Metro, Rockville, and other key destinations in support of the Great Seneca Science Corridor Master Plan. The service, which will be branded as Ride On extRa, is slated to start in 2024. 


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Council Asks Residents to Complete Survey on Thrive 2050 Plan Related to Racial Equity and Social Justice

The County Council is asking for residents to participate in a survey that will help guide councilmembers in evaluating the racial equity and social justice portions of Thrive Montgomery 2050 draft plan, according to a press release

Suggestions from the survey will be incorporated into a chapter of the plan dedicated to those topics. There is also an invitation in the survey to sign up for in-person focus groups. The work behind the plan is expected to start this September. Learn more here.


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Diary of a Pandemic Bus Driver

Amid unmasked riders and simmering tensions, a San Francisco bus operator recounts the personal toll of rolling through the Covid-19 crisis. Read the Bloomberg article here.


METRO NEWS

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Rockville Metro Station East Side Closure – Temporary Bus Stop Relocations – Extended Through Early October

The ongoing Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Administration (WMATA) construction and paving work at the Rockville Metrorail station has been extended through at least early October 2022. All bus stops on the East Side will remain closed and temporarily relocated due to this project, which began on Tuesday, June 7. Bus stops have been moved from the east side to either the west side or on the street at MD 355. Wayfinding signs have been placed at the Metro station to help riders locate their bus stops. Learn more here.

Red Line Metro Trains Single-Tracking Until Thursday, Aug. 4

Red Line metro trains are single-tracking between the Silver Spring and Forest Glen metro stations after 10 p.m. each night this week for preventive maintenance. Learn more here.

Shorter Waits Have Started on Blue, Orange and Silver Metro Lines  

Welcome news for customers who ride the Blue, Orange and Silver Metro lines. Trains are arriving every 15 minutes on weekdays, matching service on the Green and Yellow lines. 

The increased availability of railcars will allow Metro to continue running additional trains as needed to reduce crowding and keep trains on standby throughout the system in the event a train is taken out of service due to unexpected maintenance issues. Learn more here.


UPDATE ON CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

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Long-term Lane Closure on Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda

On or about Thursday, Aug. 25, Purple Line crews will institute a long-term lane closure of the southbound right lane of Wisconsin Avenue at Elm Street to allow vehicles to access the Purple Line Bethesda station work zone. The closure will remain in place until the completion of the station work. For details about this work and other planned construction in Chevy Chase, Lyttonsville and Silver Spring click here.

MDOT SHA Making Safety Improvements at US 29 Locations in Montgomery County 

Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) State Highway Administration (SHA) is currently working on several projects to improve safety and mobility at key intersections along US 29 in Montgomery County over the next several months. Work on these projects will take place between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekdays. Learn more here.


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Biden Administration Announces New PROTECT Formula Program to Help Communities Build Resilient Infrastructure

In an ongoing effort to combat the effects of climate change and address the growing costs of extreme weather events negatively impacting communities, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced in a press release the new guidance and $7.3 billion in formula funding to help states and communities better prepare for and respond to extreme weather events like wildfires, flooding, and extreme heat.


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Light Rail and Complementary Development Have Broad Effects on Travel Behavior

The goal of investing substantially in public transportation infrastructure and complementary transit-oriented development (TOD) is to create positive outcomes for communities, including reducing carbon emissions, increasing access to jobs, and reducing reliance on personal vehicles. Two new studies highlight additional impacts of these investments: transit infrastructure leading to increased levels of physical activity and TOD residents forgoing driving for non-commute trips.

In one study, researchers reviewed past studies to identify the link between light rail transit (LRT) and physical activity. They found a positive correlation between the presence of LRT and walking, with LRT spurring an increase in walking in seven out of eight studies. With increases ranging from 7 to 40 percent, LRT can be a catalyst for walkable, sustainable neighborhoods. Read the SSTI.us article here.


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Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022


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MCDOT is in the Process of Combining Social Media Accounts 

Follow us @MCDOTNow on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.


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Watch this video on Ride On’s fare return at the new $1 rate.


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Visit MCDOT at the Montgomery County  Agriculture Fair, Aug. 12 - 20

MCDOT will be onsite every day between 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Be sure to stop by and meet Ride On bus operators who will be available to answer questions, distribute route information, maps and learn about Ride On Flex, Flash and extRa bus service. The pedestrian safety team will also be distributing safety educational materials and reflective gear. For information on the fair visit mcagfair.com


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New Ride On User Guide Now Available

The new user guide is a great resource for transit users and includes trip planning resources, rider and safety tips, SmarTrip card information and includes a list of transit pricing in Montgomery County.


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Get Ready for Back to School and Sign Up for the Safe Routes to School Newsletter

Summer is still in full swing, but school will be starting up again soon. Safe Routes to School is a nationwide program that aims to improve safety for students who walk and bike to school. Take a minute and sign up for the newsletter here and learn more about promoting safety, traffic rules and encouraging students to participate in the program.


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MCDOT Installs Two New Dynamic Speed Signals on Piney Meetinghouse Road in Potomac

Last week, MCDOT installed new "dynamic speed signs" (DSS) that inform drivers of their actual real-time speed on Piney Meetinghouse Road as part of a pilot program under the Montgomery County Vision Zero initiative to eliminate severe injuries and fatalities from traffic-related incidents by 2030.

Several other sections of County roads will have DSS signals installed this year.


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MCDOT Participated in National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 2

MCDOT joined the Montgomery County Police Department, along with local first responders, community organizations, and local businesses for Annual National Night Out. 

The Flash outreach team was at the White Oak Garden Apartments in Silver Spring.

The Pedestrian Safety team and Mobile Commuter Store were at the Kentlands in Gaithersburg. View photos from the event here.


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Participate in Community Heat Mapping Campaign

On Sunday, Aug. 7 learn about how to stay cool during extreme heat resilience in Montgomery County here.


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Slow Down and Obey the Speed Limit

According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), local roads are more dangerous than highways for speeders. 

In 2020, there were 11,258 people killed in speeding-related crashes, accounting for 29% of all fatal crashes in the United States.

Learn more here.


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Amtrak Trains Moving at Slower Speeds Due to High Temperatures

As temperatures remain high across the country, rail lines exposed to the constant heat can expand and pose a risk to trains that travel across them at high speeds. To keep riders and employees safe, Amtrak imposes heat restrictions that require conductors to slow down. Read the WRIC-TV article here.


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Ride-Hailing is Becoming More Electrified, Despite the Barriers

An increasing number of Uber and Lyft trips in the United States, Canada and other countries are happening in a zero-emission car, as ride-hailing platforms push for electric vehicle adoption. Read the GovTech article here.


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Registration is Open for the Makeover Montgomery 5 Conference 

This 3-day conference runs from Saturday, Sept. 22 through Monday, Sept. 24 in Wheaton and will focus on all aspects of planning for resilience in the areas of the economy, neighborhoods, infrastructure and the environment. The Montgomery Planning Department is seeking regional ideas to help Montgomery County and other municipalities thrive. Learn more here.


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Call 311 to Get it Done

It's storm season. If you come across debris blocking the road or the sidewalk or street light outages contact MC311 Customer Service Center by calling 311 in the County or 240-777-0311, 711 for MD Relay TTY, from anywhere, Monday - Friday 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. or follow on Twitter @311MC311.


Thursday, July 21, 2022

MCDOT's Go Montgomery! Transportation Newsletter - July 21, 2022


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Montgomery County Ride On Bus to Resume Collecting Fares on Monday, August 1, with New Rate Set at $1

After 28 months of temporarily suspending fare collection due to the COVID-19 health crisis, MCDOT’s Ride On bus system will resume fare collection on all services, including Ride OnRide On extRaFlex, and Flash. Fares will continue to be free throughout July. The new fare will be set at $1.

The one-way pre-pandemic fare was $2 per ride. Monthly passes, which were $45 per rider prior to the health crisis, will be $22.50 starting Aug. 1. The new fares were supported by County Executive Marc Elrich and approved by the County Council in May.  

County bus fares will be free for seniors (age 65 and older), persons with disabilities and youth under 19 (older if still in high school). Specialized SmartTrip cards are needed and can be obtained through the MCDOT Mobile Commuter Store, Silver Spring TRiPS Commuter Store, any County library or the Montgomery County Division of Treasury in Rockville. Students can also obtain their specialized ‘Youth Cruiser’ card through their school.

For riders transferring from a Metro train or bus, the Ride On Fare will be free. Ride On passengers transferring to a Metro bus will have to pay the $1 difference in fare.

The new rates were recommended in a “Fare Equity Study” conducted by MCDOT and released in October. The study recommended the balance of benefits and costs, with benefits primarily accruing to the populations the County is hoping to support. 

To decrease boarding time and reduce long lines, riders are encouraged to use SmarTrip cards or the SmarTrip mobile app (available for Apple and Android). Riders without pre-paid fares are asked to have the exact fare readily accessible.


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Montgomery County to Develop Affordable Housing, Add Parks and Operate Parking Garage in Downtown Bethesda

Last Thursday, July 14, County Executive Marc Elrich announced an innovative new development project that would transform two Bethesda Parking Lot Districts (PLD), Lots 25 and 44, to almost 300 affordable and deeply affordable housing units. The project is a joint venture with private partners and will also include a greenway between Highland and West Virginia Avenues as envisioned in the Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan. The County Executive was joined at the announcement by Montgomery County Councilmember Andrew Friedson, whose district includes this area.

The development will also replace the surface parking spaces with approximately 145 public parking spaces in a turnkey, underground public parking garage owned by MCDOT. The County Executive, MCDOT and the Department of Housing and Community Affairs (DHCA) collaboratively worked on the joint venture to incorporate deeply affordable Moderately Priced Dwelling Units (MPDUs) in the multi-family buildings proposed for Lots 25 and 44. Learn more here.

View photos here or watch the press conference here.


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New Ride On Bus Route 27 Service to Adventist Healthcare White Oak Medical Center Began on Sunday, July 17

The new route operates between Hillandale Transit Center and the Tech Road Park and Ride lot with stops along Powder Mill Road, Cherry Hill Road, Plum Orchard Drive, Broadbirch Drive, and Tech Road.

The route has connections with Metrobus, Ride On, and Flash bus routes, as well as other transportation services within the network. View the bus route 27 map here.


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‘Paint the Town’ Competition Adds New Mural to MCDOT’s Bethesda Public Parking Garage at Woodmont Avenue

The “Paint the Town” initiative promotes public art by commissioning local artists to paint murals in Downtown Bethesda. Montgomery County Executive Mark Elrich joined members of the Bethesda arts community, MCDOT and business leaders on Wednesday, July 13 to dedicate a mural on MCDOT’s Woodmont Corner public parking garage, located at 7730 Woodmont Avenue. JahOne was the selected artist and completed the mural. See the mural and photos from the event here. Learn more about the artist and his work here.


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MCDOT Hosts Summer Rise Program to Teach High School Students About Various Highway Safety Positions

Summer RISE is an initiative led by the Montgomery County Public Schools’ (MCPS) for juniors and seniors to participate in a real-life career-based educational learning opportunity, engaging in hands-on learning opportunities related to their field of interest. The program runs during the weekdays beginning Tuesday, July 5 and wraps up with a closing ceremony on Friday, July 29.

The MCDOT Highway Services Division keeps our residents safe through clearing trees in roadways, snow removal, flood response, storm management, national disaster response as well as seasonal services like street cleaning and leaf collection.


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MCDOT’s Priority Bus Project Supports Faster and More Efficient Transportation

The Bus Priority Project provides for the planning, design and construction of improvements to bus service. The Bus Priority Project includes multiple projects that improve local bus timing, ease of access and safety such as marked dedicated bus lanes; queue jumps; passenger boarding and alighting improvements; implementation of transit signal priority; enhanced bus stops; and other similar improvements that will increase reliability and result in faster buses throughout Montgomery County.

These improvements will advance the transit network as specified by master plans. Potential improvements may also be identified through other planning and transit operations studies or requested by community members. 

Faster, safer, and more reliable transit will help encourage residents to ditch their cars in favor of riding the bus. For more details click here.


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County Council Enacts Legislation Requiring Climate Impact Statements for Future Legislation

The Montgomery County Council unanimously voted Tuesday, July 12 to pass Bill 3-22, requiring a climate assessment for each bill, zoning text amendment, master plan and master plan amendment pending before the Council. 

The bill aims to curb climate change effects and facilitate the County’s efforts to reach its climate goals. Learn more here.


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Montgomery Planning Invites Public to Fairland and Briggs Chaney Master Plan Community Event on Friday, July 22

Meet Montgomery Parks and Planning staff and other community partners for this fun and engaging, family-friendly community event at the M-NCPPC Fairland Recreational Park (3928 Greencastle Road, Burtonsville, MD) in the north lot from 5 to 8 p.m. Food, music and entertainment will be provided. Participants are encouraged to share ideas on the future of parks and recreation in the Fairland and Briggs Chaney communities, meet community partners from across the county and grab some free treats. No RSVP is required, stop by anytime between 5 and 8 p.m.

This event is hosted by Montgomery Planning and is one of a series of community visioning workshops for the Fairland and Briggs Chaney Master Plan.


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Montgomery Planning Releases Pedestrian Master Plan’s Draft Design, Policy, and Programming Recommendations

Montgomery Planning has released the first draft of the countywide Pedestrian Master Plan and is seeking public comments, officials announced here

Planners are asking the public to attend and provide feedback at community meetings scheduled between 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Wednesday,  September 7 (virtual) and Tuesday, September 13 (in-person).

The recommendations vary from physical infrastructure improvements to changing driver behavior and are intended to support elected officials and county departments in their work.


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MDOT MVA Highway Safety Office Awarded Grant to Help Law Enforcement Combat Impaired Driving

The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration’s (MDOT MVA) Highway Safety Office was awarded a grant to support the state’s efforts to prevent motor vehicle crashes involving drug-impaired drivers. 

The nearly $40,000 grant will help fund advanced training and skill development for Maryland law enforcement agencies to detect drivers under the influence of drugs

Between 2016 and 2020, an average of 30 people were killed and nearly 900 injured yearly in Maryland crashes involving a driver impaired by drugs – including illicit drugs and medications. Learn more here.


METRO UPDATES

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Weekend Service Adjustments for Saturday, July 23 Through Sunday, July 24

Learn more here.

Rockville Metro Station East Side Closure – Temporary Bus Stop Relocations – Extended Through Early October

The ongoing Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Administration (WMATA) construction and paving work at the Rockville Metrorail station has been extended through at least early October 2022. All bus stops on the East Side will remain closed and temporarily relocated due to this project, which began on Tuesday, June 7. Bus stops have been moved from the east side to either the west side or on the street at MD 355. Wayfinding signs have been placed at the Metro station to help riders locate their bus stops. Learn more here.


ROAD CLOSURES

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Temporary Lane Closures on Rock Spring Drive in Bethesda

MCDOT has begun an infrastructure preservation project causing temporary lane closures and some parking restrictions on Rock Spring Drive from Old Georgetown Road to Fernwood Road, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.   

The project will entail full-depth patching, pavement milling, utility adjustments, paving with hot mix asphalt, and replacing lane markings and is expected to be completed in five to six weeks, weather permitting.

Access to residences will be available at all times. For questions, contact James Kisner, project manager at 240-777-7623.

A Portion of MD 355 Closed for Gas Main Work

Washington Gas and NPL Construction has closed the right southbound lane of MD 355 at Marinelli Road during the weeknights between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. to replace a gas main. Work is scheduled to be completed no later than Friday, August 5.

Ride On bus operations will not be affected and all business access will remain open. NPL and Washington Gas will communicate with businesses to ensure that normal business will not be affected and all work pertaining to individual business gas service will be at a minimum.

For questions contact either: 

Bradley Swint, NPL Construction Crew Supervisor
571-220-2452 / bswint@gonpl.com

David Morgan, WGL Construction Supervisor
571-389-2969 / dmorgan@washgas.com.


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An Early Look at Plans for New Rail, Pedestrian Bridges Over the Potomac

The $2 billion rail project between D.C. and Virginia is on track to double capacity over the Potomac River by 2030. Virginia is advancing a $2 billion plan to expand freight and passenger train traffic over the Potomac River. 

The plan calls for a new two-track span parallel to the Long Bridge, which serves as the main route for trains traveling south of the nation’s capital. The new span between Washington and Arlington would double train capacity to support commerce and increasing demands for passenger rail along the busy East Coast corridor.

The project will also add a pedestrian and bike bridge between Long Bridge Park in Arlington and East Potomac Park in the District, creating a walkable connection from the growing Crystal City neighborhood to the Southwest Waterfront area. Plans call for the project to be completed by 2030.

Read the Washington Post article here.


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Thursday, July 21, 2022


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MCDOT is in the Process of Combining Social Media Accounts 

Follow us @MCDOTNow on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.


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SAVE THE DATE:
MCDOT to Participate in Montgomery County's Agriculture Fair in Gaithersburg, August 12 Through 20

MCDOT will be staffing a booth every day between 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.  Be sure to stop by and meet Ride On bus operators who will be available to answer questions, distribute route information, maps and more. The pedestrian safety team will also be distributing safety educational materials and reflective gear. For information on the upcoming fair visit  mcagfair.com


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MCDOT Ride On Hosted Customer Appreciation Day at the White Oak Transit Center 

On Wednesday, July 19 Ride On staff greeted riders between 4-6 p.m. to thank them and provide a chance for feedback on service. Keychains, flashlights, tee shirts and water bottles were distributed.

Check out our calendar for other upcoming events here.


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Begins August 1
Get Your SmarTrip Card Here or Download the App On Your Mobile Device Here.


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SAVE THE DATE:
MCDOT Sponsors Annual Bike Drive on Friday, October 14

Do you have an extra bicycle you no longer need?

This bike collection drive, in honor of October's Community Service Month, will provide bicycles for kids and adults in need.

Donated child and adult bikes and parts will be collected between 7 a.m. - 2 p.m., outside of the Council Office Building parking garage that is located at the corner of East Jefferson Street and Monroe Street in Rockville.

The bikes collected will be refurbished and equitably distributed to applicants within Montgomery County. Tax receipts will be available for donations.


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MCDOT Promotes Pedestrian Safety at Summerfest in Gaithersburg

On Saturday, July 2, MCDOT's Pedestrian Safety team took part in this summer festival at Bohrer Park, sharing safety information and distributing reflective items.

MCDOT has FREE programming options that provide pedestrian and bicycle safety education and outreach to Montgomery County residents. For more information email us here.


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Spin Offers Safety Tips While Riding E-Scooters

Learn more here.

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Electric Vehicle (EV) News

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Electric Vehicle Sales Hit New Record 

In the second quarter of 2022, electric vehicles made up 5.6% of new-car sales in the United States.

The market share for electric vehicles nearly doubled year over year despite supply shortages and high prices, according to data released by Cox Automotive. For the first half of 2022, buyers snapped up 370,726 EVs. Read the Smart Cities Dive newsletter here.


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Alternative Fuel Corridors Now Cover All US States

The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration has announced the latest round of Alternative Fuel Corridor designations which will help build out the national electric vehicle charging network.

Currently, 190,000 of the 222,000 miles of the National Highway System is supported.


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Drivers Wanted Electric Vehicles Even Before Gas Prices Skyrocketed

A growing number of U.S. drivers wanted to own electric vehicles even before gasoline prices began skyrocketing, according to results of a survey conducted by Consumer Reports. The newly released report shows that 71% of respondents said they were interested in buying or leasing an EV, and 14% said they would "definitely" buy or lease an EV if they were "to get a vehicle today." Read the Route Fifty article here.


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Maryland EV Charging Rebates Available

The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) has new funding for residential and commercial EV supply equipment as of July 1. Check MEA’s website for updates and instructions on how to apply.

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Call 311 to Get it Done

It's storm season. If you come across debris blocking the road or the sidewalk or street light outages contact MC311 Customer Service Center by calling 311 in the County or 240-777-0311, 711 for MD Relay TTY, from anywhere, Monday - Friday 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. or follow on Twitter @311MC311.