Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Al Roshdieh Approved as Director of the Department of Transportation

Today, the Montgomery County Council approved the appointment of Al R. Roshdieh as Director of the Department of Transportation (MCDOT). Roshdieh has served as MCDOT Acting Director since December 22, 2014. During the past year, Roshdieh has reinvigorated the department’s mission and staff with a progressive vision for sustainable transportation that is outlined in a vision document that was also released today for the first time.

“Montgomery County is changing and to thrive we must meet the transportation challenges of the 21st century with fresh, creative solutions,” said Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett. “Over the past year while serving as Acting Director, Al Roshdieh has clearly demonstrated that he is the right person to move MCDOT forward. He has focused on transforming the transportation infrastructure to be even more
transit-oriented, bikeable and walkable; boosted innovation throughout the department; successfully strengthened relationships with the community and, through public-private partnerships, enhanced economic development. Roshdieh has proven that he has the vision and leadership skills to deliver the first-rate, multimodal transportation system that Montgomery County needs.”

Roshdieh has served Montgomery County for more than 26 years as Acting Director and Deputy Director of MCDOT, as the Deputy Director of the Department of Public Works and Transportation, Chief of the Division of Operations, and Chief of the Division of Facilities and Services. He has a wealth of experience in developing policy; leading the planning, design, construction and operation of the County’s transportation infrastructure; directing more than 1,300 employees; and managing an annual operating budget exceeding $200 million and a capital projects budget of more than $2.8 billion.

“My goal as MCDOT Director is to foster a transportation system that conserves natural resources, protects the environment, promotes social equity and helps stimulate economic growth,” said Roshdieh. “Montgomery County is a vital and innovative community that has embraced smart growth principles as the path to an even brighter future. I believe that by taking a comprehensive approach to mobility that promotes sustainable alternatives, we will further unlock the County’s economic potential and provide the very best transportation choices to move people and connect places.”

Roshdieh brings to MCDOT a wealth of knowledge and experience in developing transportation and public works policies and systems. He directed the implementation of many County initiatives, including the County Executive’s Pedestrian Safety Initiative, implementation of the Countywide Capitol Bikeshare program and development of the Bus Rapid Transit program. Roshdieh has enhanced economic development and increased the County’s tax base by successfully negotiating numerous public/private partnerships and mixed-use developments in the Wheaton, Bethesda and Silver Spring areas; redefining departmental approaches to enhancing pedestrian and bicycle mobility and safety; encouraging innovation by directing projects such as transit screen installations, electric vehicle charging stations in garages and the County’s first cycle track; winning grants to expand Bikeshare in Wheaton, a shared use path and sidewalk in Clarksburg and a wayfinding system in Bethesda; and earning six National Association of Counties awards.

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation’s new director, Al R. Roshdieh, has issued a document that outlines MCDOT’s new vision, mission and guiding principles. Developed under Roshdieh’s  leadership during his tenure as acting director, the document reflects the fresh and innovative approach he is taking to create a sustainable transportation system.  Entitled “Moving Forward Together: A New Vision for Transportation in Montgomery County,” it outlines MCDOT’s core values as follows:

Guiding Principles:
  • Provide an effective and efficient transportation system
  • Keep our system reliable, safe and secure
  • Engage and support our diverse community
  • Enhance quality of life
  • Be innovative and forward-thinking

The full document, “Moving Forward Together,” is available online.