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Thursday, August 4, 2016
Go Montgomery - August 4, 2016
First of Three Red Line SafeTrack Surges Nearly Over: SafeTrack Surge #7 Affecting the Red Line Begins August 9
SafeTrack Surge #7: Shady Grove to Twinbrook. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) SafeTrack Surge #6 is winding down and will end on August 7. From the following Tuesday, August 9, through August 18, WMATA will start SafeTrack Surge #7 to repair the portion of the Metrorail Red Line between Shady Grove and Twinbrook. Read more.
Commuter Services Video Encourages Employers to Offer Telework as a Commuting Option During SafeTrack
MCDOT's Commuter Services has created a quick, one-minute video aimed at employers to encourage them to consider telework during SafeTrack and beyond. Read more.
Chris Conklin is New MCDOT Deputy Director for Transportation Policy
Christopher Conklin has been appointed as the new Deputy Director for Transportation Policy with the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT). Conklin spent 23 years at the planning, engineering, and environmental firm VHB, where he most recently was Managing Director for the National Capital Region.Read more.
MCDOT to Sponsor Parking Day Celebration; Residents/Businesses Encouraged to Participate
MCDOT is encouraging artists, planners, businesses, organizations, groups and individuals to participate in International PARK(ing) Day on September 16 by temporarily transforming a metered parking space into a fun, parklike spot. Read more.
Kagan Wins Agreement from Hogan to Fund Shuttle Bus Service During Metro SafeTrack Repairs
Senator Cheryl C. Kagan, backed by a broad coalition of Chambers of Commerce, transportation advocates, environmental groups and municipalities, urged Governor Larry Hogan to cover Ride On’s $1 million cost of providing shuttle bus service during Metro's SafeTrack maintenance of Montgomery County’s Red Line.. Read more.
Council Asks Governor to Provide Critical Safety Improvements at the Veirs Mill Road/Turkey Branch Parkway Intersection Following Another Fatal Accident
Following a second fatal accident within a few months at the Rockville-area intersection of Veirs Mill Road and Turkey Branch Parkway, the Montgomery County Council has asked to take more aggressive action.. Read more.
2016 Walk & Ride Fall Challenge Registration Now Open
Register now for the 2016 Walk & Ride Challenge that runs from September 11 through October 1. Read more.
New Respect the Space Campaign Focusing on Disability Parking Signs
Montgomery County’s continuing “Respect the Space” campaign has launched a new initiative to help ensure that the signage for disability parking spaces complies with legal standards. Read more.
Carroll Avenue in Takoma Park Closed for One Year for Bridge Construction
As part of a $12 million MD 195 (Carroll Avenue) Bridge rehabilitation project, the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) has closed MD 195 between Jefferson Street and Flower Avenue for one year. Read more.
Leggett Joins Hogan at Announcement of $229.6 Million Plan to Reduce Congestion along I-270 Corridor
County Executive Ike Leggett joined Governor Larry Hogan at his announcement that he is investing $100 million for innovative congestion management ideas on I-270 and $129.6 million for an interchange at I-270 and Watkins Mill Road. Read more.
Construction Begins on Nebel Street Separated Bike Lanes
MCDOT has begun constructing separated bike lanes on Nebel Street in White Flint. MCDOT hopes to begin work this fall on separated bike lanes along Spring Street in Silver Spring. Read more.
Adopt a Road Volunteers Making Our Environment a Better Place
During fiscal year 2016, more than 1,150 volunteers reported collecting litter from County roadways under the Adopt a Road program. Read more on how you can help to maintain a clean and attractive environment and protect the Chesapeake Bay.
August 4, 2016
Leggett Hails $10 Million Federal Grant for County Bus Rapid Transit Along Route 29
County Executive Ike Leggett congratulated MCDOT on the news that Montgomery County has been selected by the United States Department of Transportation for a $10 million TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant. Read more.
MC311 Extending Hours During SafeTrack
To help travelers during SafeTrack, MC311 will be open an additional two hours from August 1 through August 18. Read More.
County Reports This Week Features MCDOT's Director Al Roshdieh and Ride On's Phil McLaughlin Talking About Safetrack. View the show online.
MCDOT Prohibiting Metered Parking
MCDOT is prohibiting metered parking along some main corridors to improve bus operations and traffic flow during SafeTrack Surge 6.