Friday, September 11, 2015

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Celebrate Capital Bikeshare's Fifth Anniversary with MCDOT's Commuter Services

The region’s Capital Bikeshare system is celebrating its fifth anniversary and MCDOT’s Commuter Services will be joining in the festivities. Read more.


Metro Announces Silver Spring Transit Center to Open September 20

On Sunday, September 20, Metro will open the Paul S. Sarbanes Silver Spring Transit Center. This new center is located next to the Silver Spring Red Line Metrorail station and features more than 30 bus bays serving Ride On, VanGo, Metrobus and the University of Maryland shuttle. Read more.


Montgomery County to Host Purple Line Presentation and Informational Open House

The public is invited to attend a presentation by the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) to hear more about the State’s recent changes to the Purple Line project. The Purple Line is a proposed light rail line that will run from Bethesda in Montgomery County to New Carrollton in Prince George’s County. Read more.

Montgomery County’s TRiPS Commuter Stores Offer Personalized Service; Staff Can Help Residents Sign Up for Parking Space Pay-by-Phone System
The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) TRiPS Commuter stores in Silver Spring (map above) and Friendship Heights help residents with alternative transportation services and provide instruction on using the parking meter pay-by-phone service called MobileNOW!  Read more.


Bike Lanes to be Added to Four Roadways Undergoing Resurfacing

As part of Montgomery County Department of Transportation's (MCDOT) commitment to expanding the County’s bike network, it is installing more bike lanes whenever possible where road work is underway.  Read more.


Leggett Seeks Applicants for New Greater Shady Grove Transportation Management District Advisory Committee

County Executive Isiah Leggett is seeking applicants to fill vacancies on the newly established Greater Shady Grove Transportation Management District Advisory Committee.  Applications are due September 15. Read more.


School is Back in Session – Be Sure to Stop for School Buses and Avoid a $125 Ticket

Keep children who ride school buses safe. Under Maryland law, drivers travelling in both directions must stop and wait until a school bus's red lights stop flashing before proceeding. The only exception is on a divided highway of four lanes or more with a median separation, either a physical barrier or a wide space, such as a swale. In that case, only traffic following the bus must stop.
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SHA Seeks Public Input on Improvements Needed along MD 97

If you shop, work, or own a business along MD 97 (Georgia Avenue), the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) would like to hear from you. Read more.


Capital Bikeshare Expanding

Sixty more Capital Bikeshare stations are coming to the DC metro area --  with seven of them in Montgomery County. Two of the stations will be funded by developers The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) expects to take delivery of the equipment by the end of this year. Read more.


Ride On Launches Another Way to Stay in Touch with its New Quarterly Newsletter

Ride On has launched a new, quarterly newsletter called Ride On Review to share its good news with customers and the public. It’s just another way to stay up to date on the latest news, services and information from Ride On. Read more.


Older Drivers Can Receive a Free CarFit Checkup in September

Older drivers can sign up for a free CarFit checkup, which is an interactive program that demonstrates how seniors can make their vehicle "fit" them to increase safety and mobility on the road. Read more.


Ride On's Youth Monthly Bus Passes Now on Sale

Montgomery County residents who are 18 years of age or younger can get unlimited rides on Ride On for $11 a month by purchasing Ride On’s Youth Monthly Pass, which must be loaded onto the Youth Cruiser SmarTrip Card. Read more.


Montgomery Parks Invites Public to a Meeting on September 16 about Proposed Changes to the Countywide Park Trails Plan

Montgomery Parks is planning a comprehensive amendment to the Countywide Park Trails Plan that uses updated methodologies, tools and strategies to plan and implement major park trail systems throughout the County. Parks invites the public to hear more at a meeting scheduled for Wednesday, September 16 at 7 p.m. at the Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks Shady Grove Maintenance Yard Training Room (enter under the green awning), 16641 Crabbs Branch Way, Rockville. Read more.


Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Study Finds Speed Cameras Have Significantly Reduced Deaths and Injuries in Montgomery County

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has issued a report stating that Montgomery County’s speed-camera program has led to long-term changes in driver behavior and substantial reductions in deaths and injuries.  The IIHS presented the research at the annual meeting of the Governors Highway Safety Association in Nashville. Read more.


Montgomery Parks Begins Installing Signs along Rock Creek Hiker-Biker Trail

Montgomery Parks has begun installing trail signage along the 14-mile Rock Creek hiker-biker trail and its hard-surface trail connectors from Lake Needwood to the District of Columbia border. The project is scheduled to be completed by October 30. Read more.


September 11, 2015


Update on Highway Services Projects

  • MCDOT will begin a project this fall to rehabilitate the pavement, curbs and sidewalks in the Edgemoor/Bradley Hills community in BethesdaRead more.
  • This month, Highway Services begins an eight-week project to repair sidewalks and curbs in the Gold Mine Crossing neighborhood of BrookevilleRead more
  • Highway Services has completed a culvert replacement project ahead of schedule along Izaak Walton Way in PoolesvilleRead more.
  • Beginning this month, Highway Services will repave Seven Locks Road from Tuckerman Lane to Democracy Boulevard. Read more.


MCDOT Completes Intersection Improvement Project to Reduce Traffic Congestion on Sam Eig Highway

In August, the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) opened a third northeast-bound lane between Great Seneca Highway (Maryland Route 119) and Diamondback Drive to reduce traffic congestion for vehicles entering Sam Eig Highway. Read more.

Transportation Engineering Begins Constructing Connection from Rainbow Drive to Thompson Road in Cloverly

Montgomery County Department of Transportation has begun a project in Cloverly to extend Rainbow Drive from its current terminus to Thompson Road. The extension will be 24 feet wide with two lanes. The road will have a grass ditch on both sides and a four-foot-wide concrete sidewalk on the south side. Sections of the existing road will also be resurfaced. Read more.


SHA Begins Improvement Projects in Gaithersburg and Bethesda

The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) has started three projects to improve traffic flow in Montgomery County:
  • A $765,000 improvement project at the MD 119 (Great Seneca Highway) and Kentlands Boulevard/Orchard Ridge Drive intersection in Gaithersburg. Read more. 
  • Resurfacing for a $1.4 million intersection safety improvement project along MD 124 (Midcounty Highway) at Saybrooke Oaks Boulevard / Woodfield Road. Read more.
  • An $825,000 project to widenRiver Road and add a left turn lane at the Willard Avenue intersection that should be completed in late fall 2016. Read more.

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