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SAVE THE DATE: Montgomery County GreenFest is April 30

15 Apr 2016 10:44:00 EST

MCDOT will be an active participant in this year’s GreenFest, which will be held outside of the Takoma Park Community Center on Saturday, April 30 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. We hope to see you there! Here’s some ways to find out more about what MCDOT is doing to enhance the environment and promote sustainability:

• Visit MCDOT’s exhibit to learn more about what we do and pick up some great giveaways. There’ll be a fun activity for kids.
• Come hear MCDOT Director Al Roshdieh, who will be a featured speaker at a talk about sustainable transportation sponsored by four local community green groups – Poolesville Green, Green Wheaton, Bethesda Green and Silver Spring Green. The panel will be held in the Takoma Park Community Center from 3 to 4 p.m. Other speakers include Casey Anderson, Montgomery County Planning Board chair; Jessica Zdeb, Toole Design Group; and Pete Tomao, Coalition for Smarter Growth.
• Look for one o ...more

Donate Food and Get a Free Ride on Ride On - April 24 to 30

14 Apr 2016 16:18:00 EST

Ride On is sponsoring its 30th annual Give and Ride food drive from April 24 to 30 that benefits both passengers and needy families. When a Ride On customer donates a canned or nonperishable food item, they’ll receive a free bus ride. All donations go to the non-profit Manna Food Center, which distributes food to the County’s neediest residents. Healthy, single serve, kid-friendly food items in plastic containers are especially in demand, as are baby food, formula, toddler food, juice and diapers.

"The Give and Ride program is a wonderful opportunity for bus riders to conveniently help those who are going hungry, and for the County to recognize the donors’ generosity,” said Montgomery County Department of Transportation Director Al Roshdieh. “It’s another great way to show our community spirit by giving and sharing.”

Food collection bags will be placed near the fare box on all of Ride On’s buses. Ride ...more

Look for Street Teams and Greater Police Enforcement of Traffic Safety Laws as Part of Street Smart Campaign

12 Apr 2016 08:51:00 EST

Over the next month to promote the regional Street Smart safety campaign messages aimed at reducing pedestrian and bicyclist collisions, regional Police departments will be enforcing traffic safety laws and street teams will be distributing tips encouraging safe behaviors. The complete list of their activities is shown below and efforts in Montgomery county are highlighted:

Monday, 4/11, 11:30AM – 2:30PM
Campaign Kickoff at Silver Spring Transit Center, Silver Spring, MD

Monday, 4/18, 4PM-7PM
14th Street and U St Corridors, NW, Washington, DC

Tuesday 4/19, 4PM-7PM
Central Ave near Addison Road Metrorail station, Seat Pleasant, MD

Wednesday, 4/20, 4PM-7PM
Wheaton Triangle, Montgomery County, MD

Thursday, 4/21, 4PM-7PM
Wiehle Ave. between Rt. 267 and Chestnut Grove Sq, near Wiehle-Reston Metrorail Station, Fairfax Cou ...more

Roshdieh Joins Officials at Street Smart Kickoff Asking Drivers, Pedestrians and Bicyclists to be Alert and Obey Safety Laws;
Law Enforcement Out in Full Force This Spring to Ensure Safe and Alert Travel Behaviors

12 Apr 2016 08:21:00 EST

Spring is in full swing, and Washington-area residents are enjoying warmer weather, which means more people walking and biking. Transportation officials from the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia, including Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) Director Al Roshdieh, gathered in Silver Spring to urge drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists to exercise caution, watch out for each other, and follow traffic safety laws.

The event marks the launch of the spring Street Smart public awareness and enforcement campaign. To drive home the call for safety, police departments throughout the D.C. area will support the campaign with increased enforcement of traffic laws that protect people walking and biking.
From April 11 to May 8, regional law enforcement will step up their efforts to identify and ticket drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists who break traffic safety laws. Violations such as failing to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks, running red lights, ...more

Purple Line Now to Hold Forum

11 Apr 2016 09:18:00 EST

Purple Line Now will hold a forum with a panel discussion to present information about the public private partnership that will build the Purple Line. The State of Maryland retains ownership and fare-setting authority on the Purple Line, and the private partner will design, build, operate, maintain, and finance it. At the workshop, representatives from the public-private partnership will be introduced and speakers will provide an overview of the next steps for getting the project built.

The forum is planned for April 21 at the Montgomery College, Silver Spring Campus from 6 to 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required because space is limited.


TODAY: Street Smart Initiative Reminds Motorists, Pedestrians and Bicyclists
to Obey Traffic Safety Laws or Face Fines
Effort Aims to Save Lives by Reducing Collisions with Bicyclists and Pedestrians

11 Apr 2016 08:11:00 EST

Starting today, as Washington-area residents travel around the area, they are likely to see more law enforcement officers on roads, as well as teams of walking “Tired Faces” billboards, as part of the semi-annual Street Smart public safety campaign, which aims to reduce traffic crashes and pedestrian and bicyclist injuries and fatalities.

With warmer weather inviting more residents to enjoy the outdoors, local safety officials remind drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists to be extra vigilant. More people will be walking and biking throughout the area, so commuters need to watch out for each other and follow traffic safety laws. In 2015, 69 pedestrians and six bicyclists lost their lives in traffic crashes in the Washington area.

WHAT: News conference and kickoff for the spring Street Smart pedestrian and bicycle safety campaign with officials from throughout the District of Columbia, Maryland and Northern Virginia attending.

WHEN: ...more

Residential Street Sweeping to Begin April 18

07 Apr 2016 12:25:00 EST

Starting April 18, Montgomery County’s residential roadways will get a spring cleaning with the launch of the annual street sweeping program on about 4,000 of the County’s more than 5,000 curb miles of roads. The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) removes abrasives and other debris left behind after the winter snow season and improves the appearance and safety of County streets. MCDOT focuses first on roads in sensitive watersheds as identified by the County’s Department of Environmental Protection and, if needed, these streets will receive additional sweepings.

“MCDOT is committed to serving the public in a sustainable way that enhances the County’s environmental quality, and our annual street sweeping program plays a major role in reducing pollutants flowing to the Chesapeake Bay,” said MCDOT Director Al Roshdieh. “Street sweeping not only improves the appearance of our neighborhoods, it also protects the ...more

MDOT and MCDOT to Hold MD355 Bus Rapid Transit Corridor Planning Study Open Houses

07 Apr 2016 11:47:00 EST

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), in partnership with the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT), invites the public to attend two open houses to learn more about and provide input on plans to develop Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) along a portion of the MD 355 corridor from Bethesda to Clarksburg. At the open houses, residents will have the opportunity to meet the project team and get more information about:

• How BRT works, what it looks like and other details about operations; 
• The study process and schedule;
• Existing conditions in the study area; and  
• A draft preliminary purpose and need statement for the project.

The first Open House is scheduled for Thursday, April 28, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Bethesda–Chevy Chase High School Cafeteria, 4301 East-West Highway, Bethesda.

The second Open House will be held Tuesday, May 3, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Ga ...more

SHA to Hold Public Meeting on Project along US 29 to Improve Safety and Accessibility

05 Apr 2016 09:48:00 EST

The Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration (SHA) will hold a public meeting to provide information about a project being designed to improve safety and accessibility along 0.3 miles of US 29 (Columbia Pike) from Lockwood Drive to Burnt Mills Avenue. The meeting will be held on Thursday, April 21, at Burnt Mills Elementary School, 11211 Childs Street, Silver Spring from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The informational meeting will acquaint the public with project conceptual designs. SHA staff will make a brief presentation at 7 p.m. The public is then encouraged to walk at their own pace through a display area that will feature maps and other project information. SHA representatives will be available to answer questions.

The project is expected to improve pedestrian connectivity by:

• Constructing a new sidewalk adjacent to southbound US 29 from Lockwood Drive to Burnt Mills Avenue and adjacent to eastbound Burnt Mills ...more

Latest Edition of Go Montgomery!, MCDOT's Transportation Blog Now Available

01 Apr 2016 16:42:00 EST

The latest edition of Go Montgomery is now available online. It contains articles on:

  • MCDOT Expands Bikeshare with Two New Stations
  • To MCDOT, Spring Means Road Resurfacing Resumes
  • MCDOT to Hold Public Hearings for Two Proposed Sidewalk Projects on April 14
  • Purple Line-Related Utility Work to Begin in April in Downtown Bethesda; Washington Gas Must Replace a Gas Line Before Construction of the Bethesda Metro Station South Entrance
  • Commuter Services to Host FREE Webinar on Transit Benefits on April 7
  • Get Your ...more