Monday, July 17, 2017

Go Montgomery! July 14, 2017

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First Ride On extRa Bus Arrives

In October, Ride On will begin a limited stop, faster service on Maryland 355 between the Lakeforest Transit Center and the Medical Center Metro Station. Preview the specially branded buses at events this summer and fall, including the County Fair. Learn more about Ride On extRa.

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Leggett and Berliner Send Transportation Priorities Letter to MDOT

Montgomery County has updated its priorities for state investment in transportation infrastructure. The annual list identifies the County’s most important transit, pedestrian, bicycle and other projects for state funding.  Read the full letter.

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Metro Work This Weekend to Close Bethesda and Medical Center Metro Stations

The Bethesda and Medical Center Metro Stations will be closed from 7 a.m. on Saturday, July 15 through closing on Sunday, July 16. Free shuttle buses will operate. Learn more.

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Join in the Fun and Participate in PARK(ing) Day

MCDOT is encouraging artists, planners, businesses, organizations, groups and individuals to participate in International PARK(ing) Day on September 15 by temporarily transforming a metered parking space into a fun, parklike spot. Learn more and apply online.

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Leggett Joins Governor at Groundbreaking for I-270 Watkins Mill Interchange

County Executive Ike Leggett joined Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, local officials and business leaders to announce the beginning of construction of the $97.71 million I-270 interchange project at Watkins Mill Road. See press release.

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Lane Closures Planned for Next Four Weekends on Rockville Pike in Bethesda at NIH/Walter Reed

Over the next four weekends, MCDOT will close lanes on Rockville Pike (MD 355) between Woodmont Avenue and Wilson Drive, near the Medical Center Metro Station, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) at Naval Support Activity Bethesda. Read more.  En Espanol Aqui

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Underground Blasting to Occur at MD 355 and the Medical Center Metro Station

As part of the Crossing Project at the Medical Center Metro Station, three underground test blasts are expected to occur the week of July 17, with the first planned for Monday, July 17, weather permitting. Read more.  En Espanol Aqui

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Full Depth Permanent Pavement Patching to Begin in August in Meadowbrook Estates in Germantown

MCDOT will preserve pavement in this neighborhood by patching with hot mix asphalt. Read more.
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“Ride On Rocks” According to One Happy Passenger

It’s always great to hear from a satisfied customer. Ride On recently received this email:
“This evening I was riding on the 5 bus to Twinbrook and there was an incident I would like to report. The driver, who told me her name was Margaret, greeted me with a huge smile and a welcoming 'good evening sir.' I watched as she greeted each passenger with the same infectious joy. Then, an older woman got on the bus. The driver, Margaret, carefully asked the woman where she was getting off. She then stopped there, even though the elderly woman had neglected to ring for the stop. There's a lot of reasons that Ride On rocks, and one is drivers like Margaret.”

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Go Montgomery!! June 30, 2017


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Ride On to Operate on a Saturday Schedule on Tuesday, July 4

Only Routes with Saturday service will operate. Visit www.RideOnBus.com for more information.

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Ride On Assists During SafeTrack Surge 16

To assist WMATA, MCDOT’s Ride On used five buses to shuttle 1,000 passengers a day during the most recent Surge that closed the Shady Grove and Rockville Metrorail stations for about a week. Read more about other ways MCDOT assisted.

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Spring Street Separated Bike Lanes Under Construction

Separated bike lanes in downtown Silver Spring will run along Spring Street from Second Avenue on the west to Ellsworth Drive and will continue along Cedar Street to Wayne Avenue. Follow the progress on Twitter at #bikeMD #SpringStreetBikeLane or learn more online.

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MCDOT Makes Going Car Lite or Car Free Easier by Providing Parking Spaces for Zipcar
MCDOT has designated 55 on-street, lot and garage parking spaces in Bethesda, Silver Spring, Wheaton, North Bethesda and Friendship Heights to Zipcar vehicles. Check locations online.

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SoberRide Offering Free Rides on Independence Day, Tuesday, July 4
The Washington Region Alcohol Program’s (WRAP) 2017 Independence Day SoberRide program will be offering free rides on Lyft of up to $15 between 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 4 and 2 a.m., Wednesday, July 5.  Read more.

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Bike to Work Day 2017 Breaks Records  
This year's D.C.-area Bike to Work Day broke records as one of the nation's largest Bike to Work Day (BTWD) events. Read more.

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Ride On Participates in Age-Friendly Montgomery Initiative
To raise seniors’ awareness of transportation and mobility options, Ride On is promoting its Call-n-Ride discounted taxi service, Connect-A-Ride transportation information and referral service, and free Ride Onservice for seniors and persons with disabilities. Read more..

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MCDOT Hosts Visiting Groups from Uganda and South Korea
MCDOT’s Highway Services is a regular stop for visiting delegations from the International Road Foundation (IRF), which promotes dialogue and shares program ideas across multinational borders and among agencies. Read more.

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MDOT SHA Making Improvements on Darnestown Road and Veirs Mill Road
This summer, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) State Highway Administration (SHA) is resurfacing and making safety improvements on Darnestown Road and Veirs Mill Road. Read more.

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Public Comments Sought on Bicycle Master Plan
The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is seeking comments on their preliminary bikeway recommendations. View the Bikeway ReactMap online.

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On July 1, New Regulations to Extend Trail Hours Take Effect
Starting Saturday, July 1, Montgomery Parkshas new rules that allow bikes on paved trails from 5 a.m. to midnight on official paved and natural surface trails. Read more.  

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Highway Services Continues Road Improvement Projects in July


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Ride On Receives Customer Compliments in May

Read some of the great things customers had to say about Ride On and its operators during the month of May. 
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Bike to Work Day 2017 Breaks Records

(L-R) Montgomery County Director of  Transportation Al Roshdieh, County County Councilmember Sidney Katz, Rockville Mayor Bridget Newton, and MCDOT's Bruce Johnson pick a raffle winner during the Rockville Town Square Bike to Work Day Pit Stop.
This year's D.C.-area Bike to Work Day broke records, as one of the nation's largest Bike to Work Day (BTWD) events. On May 19, about 18,700 cyclists at 85 pit stops in the Washington metropolitan region celebrated biking as a healthy commuting option by pedaling to work. MCDOT sponsored six pit stops. 

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Since 2001, the region’s BTWD participation has significantly grown from a few hundred registrants and five pit stops. According to census data, commuting to work by bike is becoming increasingly popular in the Washington metropolitan region.



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MCDOT Hosts Visiting Groups from Uganda and South Korea


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Visit from Uganda delegation
MCDOT’s Highway Services is a regular stop for visiting delegations from the International Road Foundation (IRF), which promotes dialogue and shares program ideas across multinational borders and among agencies.

Highway Services staff, Steve Suprata, Tim Serrano, Melissa Garner and Josh Faust, met with representatives from the Ugandan Ministry of Transportation on June 13, and on June 21, they hosted a delegation from the South Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transit.  Both visiting groups were interested in learning more about Montgomery County’s transportation and Highway Services programs and responsibilities and sharing information about their operations.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Plan Ahead for SafeTrack Suge 16 - Go Montgomery Special Edition

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No Metrorail Service Will be Provided June 17 to 25 Between Shady Grove and Twinbrook During Metro’s SafeTrack Surge #16: Affected Red Line Passengers are Urged to Seek Alternatives

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) last SafeTrack surge -- Surge #16 – will completely close the Shady Grove and Rockville Red Line stations from Saturday, June 17 through Sunday, June 25. Metro will be providing shuttle bus service from the Shady Grove and Rockville stations, but is urging commuters to avoid the stations if possible, particularly during weekday, peak travel hours and consider telecommuting, ride sharing and other alternatives. Travelers are also encouraged to consider using the Brunswick Line MARC Train from Metropolitan Grove or starting their Metrorail trip at Twinbrook, White Flint, Glenmont or Wheaton stations. For Bus, Train and Parking options click here.
MCDOT Commuter Services provides assistance with telework, alternate work schedules, carpooling, vanpooling, use of car-sharing and Capital Bikeshare. To learn more, view Commuter Services telework video and webinar or to receive free, expert consulting services call 240-777-8380 or email.
To improve bus and traffic flow MCDOT will:
  • Coordinate with Montgomery County and Rockville Police to provide traffic control to improve bus operations at key locations.
  • Monitor traffic flow and adjust traffic signals in areas most affected by SafeTrack to improve bus operations and traffic flow.
  • Suspend MCDOT road repair projects along key commuter routes affected by the surge.
  • Request that the Maryland State Highway Administration restrict lane closures and construction projects along key routes affected by the surge.

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Use Capital Bikeshare During SafeTrack

The regional bike share service may be an option. MCDOT has 70 Bikeshare stations throughout the County, including the Shady Grove and Rockville areas. Check locations online.
Use a credit card for a $2 single trip fare, good for up to 30 minutes, or an $8 daily fare.

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Consider Using Montgomery County Libraries When Telecommuting

Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) are a resource for telecommuters who are impacted by Surge 16. Read more.

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For more information, contact Montgomery County’s 311 Call Center 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday by calling 311 from within the County, 240-777-0311 from outside the County or use Maryland Relay Services.   Online help from 311 is always available.