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Press Releases - Department of Transportation

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For Immediate Release: Thursday, July 2, 2020


New I-270 Interchange Off Watkins Mill Road Now Open; Montgomery County Contributed $4.9 million to Support Economic Development and Congestion Relief

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) opened a new interchange on I-270 that provides direct access from the interstate to Watkins Mill Road in Gaithersburg. The $124 million project will enhance access to Montgomery County’s technology corridor, which is home to dozens of thriving businesses and development.

Montgomery County contributed $4.9 million for design and engineering. County Executive Marc Elrich participated in a virtual ribbon cutting hosted by MDOT SHA Learn more.


Montgomery County is First Government to Offer Free Bike Match Program in the Washington Region

As the County expands activities through phased reopenings, more people - including both essential and non-essential workers - are in need of safe, reliable, and inexpensive travel to work and other places throughout the County. That’s why BikeMatchMoCo was created. This new, FREE service, connects people with extra, unused bicycles to individuals who need them. BikeMatchMoCo facilitates a direct, person-to-person donation. More than 100 requests for bikes have come in during the first week of the program, so the need is clear. Please sign up to donate if you can. Learn more

Have a bike or need a bike? Go online and complete the registration form or we can mail it to you, call 240-777-8380.


Shared Streets Arlington Road and Montgomery Parks Car-Free Streets Begin Thursday for Extended Holiday Weekend

Arlington Road is closed to cars and open to pedestrians and cyclists to connect Downtown Bethesda to Little Falls Parkway from 9:00 a.m. today, July 2, to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, July 5.
MCDOT launched its new “Shared Streets” program to support safe, physically distanced activity during the COVID-19 health crisis.
Learn more at


MCDOT Further Expands Ride On Bus Service Starting July 5

Ride On will activate additional buses on routes already in service to provide more frequent trips and increase capacity as the County continues reopening during Phase 2. Face coverings are required at all times. Riders are asked to maintain distance where possible, board at the rear door of the bus unless ramp is needed, and service remains free to all passengers. Learn more.

View the Essential Plus bus service schedule at


MCDOT’s Construction Management and Inspection Teams Recognized for Outstanding Service 

MCDOT is very proud that its Division of Transportation Engineering Construction Management and Inspection teams have been recognized as "High Risers" by County Executive Marc Elrich and Chief Administrative Officer Andrew Kleine for their exceptional work during the COVID-19 health crisis.

MCDOT area engineers and inspectors have shown up every day to perform their jobs despite these difficulties. The projects that the team are implementing provide much-needed infrastructure and safety improvements like White Flint West Transportation, Snouffer School Road South and North, Seminary Road Improvements, Frederick Road Bike Path, and others. Learn more.


Commuter Connections Recognizes Three Employers for Excellence in Employee Commuting Benefits

Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Commuter Connections honored three Montgomery County employers for their exceptional commitment to offering and promoting innovative, alternative, and sustainable commuting programs. Learn more.


MCDOT Launches First Shared Streets Neighborhood Greenways 

On June 19, MCDOT opened two Shared Streets “neighborhood greenways" in Glenmont Hills and Silver Spring. MCDOT employees attended with their families enjoying biking and walking in the greenway, while demonstrating safe and appropriate behavior following physical distancing and congregating guidelines. Learn more


MCDOT Invites Public to Virtual Meeting on US 29 Mobility and Reliability

The meeting will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22.  The following will be discussed:

*Roadway and transit priority alternatives considered;
* Potential bicycle and pedestrian improvements;
* Traffic results and project cost estimates.

Learn more about this meeting, review meeting materials and register to attend.


New MCDOT Program Allows Residents to Request ‘Slow Streets’ In Their Neighborhoods

During the early stages of reopening, MCDOT quickly turned downtown streets into open-air dining venues and closed roads near trails to create temporary greenways, making more space for overcrowded trail users. Now, residents can request that their neighborhood streets get the “shared streets” treatment to open them up for safer walking, biking and play.  Read Jordan Pascale's June 25 WAMU story.


Metro Reopened 15 Metrorail Stations as of June 28

Metro reopened 15 rail stations that were previously closed as part of the transit agency’s COVID-19 response, including the Grosvenor-Strathmore Station. In addition, Metro has added more frequent buses and greater capacity to the system’s 14 busiest bus routes.  Learn more.


MTA to Begin Expanded Service July 12 and 13

The Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration will expand its local bus, light rail, MARC train, and commuter bus service July 12 and 13 during  Maryland's COVID-19 Phase 2 recovery. View details at


Three State Highway Administration Major Road Projects by MDOT Will Have Significant Impact for Extended Periods on Montgomery County Traffic on I-495, I-270 and US Route 29

  • Emergency repairs will begin after the July 4 holiday to the inner loop of I-495 (Capital Beltway) Northwest Branch Bridge between MD 650 (New Hampshire Avenue) and MD 193 (University Boulevard) are expected to last through mid-July. Daytime and nighttime intermittent single- and multiple-lane closures between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays and between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. overnight.
  • Roadwork has already started on a summer-long MDOT SHA project to resurface southbound I-270 from Rockville to Bethesda, causing major delays each day. Drivers are advised to plan ahead, consider alternate routes or expect extra commute times if they travel on or around the routes under repair. Drivers also are asked to take extra caution to help keep workers safe.
  • Work has begun on planned $5.7 million safety and resurfacing project that covers about four-mile section of US 29, between St. Andrews Way (near Sligo Creek Parkway) and Stewart Lane is expected to last two years.

Learn more details for I-495 and US Route 29 projects. Learn more details on I-270 project.


WABA Offers New Bike Buying 101 Online Class, July 7

What kind of bike should I buy? Should I buy new or used? How does bike sizing work? Where should I purchase? I’m new to riding and there are so many options, WHERE DO I START??

If you have asked yourself any of these questions, this webinar is for you! Join WABA Instructor and Black Women Bike member, Robyn, at 6 p.m., as she discusses everything you’ve ever wanted to know about buying a bike. She’ll simplify your research process to narrow down your options and identify the benefits, perils, and hidden costs of each. She’ll also discuss how to adjust your bike shopping process during the pandemic.This webinar is FREE to join. Invite friends and family members and be sure to bring plenty of questions.


Metro Board Seeks Members for Riders' Advisory Council

The Metro Board of Directors is seeking to fill open seats on the Riders' Advisory Council  (RAC), the 11-member panel that advises the Board on policy topics that may affect customers, such as fares, system hours, and frequency of rail and bus service. Applicants are currently being sought to fill three "at-large" seats. To be considered, RAC nominees should be regular Metro riders (during non-pandemic times), live within Metro's service area, and be members of the public who do not hold elected office, work for Metro or any of its contractors. Applications are due July 8. Learn more



July 2, 2020



Transportation-Related Schedule for the Fourth of July Holiday, July 3 and 4

  • County Offices – Closed July 3;
  • Ride On – Operates Essential Plus Service- Saturday Schedule July 3 & 4;
  • TRiPS Commuter Store in Silver Spring – Closed July 4;
  • Public garages, lots, curbside meters - Free July 3.

View the press release for more transportation-related schedules.


Have a Safe Fourth of July Weekend

The Fourth of July holiday is one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to impaired-driving crashes. Residents are urged to abstain from drinking alcohol before driving, or to find an alternate ride. Bottom line: If you plan on drinking, plan on not driving. Follow these guidelines for a safe holiday:

  • Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage, do not drive. 
  • Do you have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.
  • Impaired walking and cycling can also be dangerous. Walk with a non-impaired companion, or find another form of transportation provided by others.


"United Montgomery, Stronger Together"

Watch at 8 p.m., Friday, July 3 at


Fear of Public Transit Got Ahead of the Evidence

Many have blamed subways and buses for coronavirus outbreaks, but a growing body of research suggests otherwise. Read Janette Sadik-Khan and Seth Solomonow's June 14 Atlantic article.


Montgomery County Is Shutting Down Some Roads For Streateries

Many restaurants are taking advantage of MCDOT's Shared Streets to use outdoor street space for  customers ustomers. Read DCist's Jordan Pascale's June 10 article.


Montgomery Parks Open Streets are Open an Extra Day

The Fourth of July weekend means an extra day of rest and relaxation and an extra day for our shared and car-free streets. Run, bike, and walk almost seven miles of open roads on Beach Drive and Little Falls and Sligo Creek Parkways from today, July 2, 9 a.m., to Sunday, July 6, 6 p.m.


Germantown Streetery at Blackrock

Join Black Rock Center for the Arts on Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4 from 5 pm to 9 p.m. Featuring safe, appropriately-distanced seating for up to four people per party. Seating is limited and will be available on a first-come first serve basis. Learn more.


Remember to Wear a Face Covering When Taking Public Transportation and  When Visiting TRIPS Commuter Store

Always wear a face covering inside public places, and outdoors when it is difficult to maintain physical distance. A properly fitted mask covers both your nose and mouth. For more information about face coverings, visit the County's COVID-19 Information Portal at


Bethesda Circulator is Back! 

The free Bethesda Circulator bus, which stops at or near all county parking garages and elsewhere in downtown Bethesda, is back. View the route map and the list of location stops.


Report a Violation

Montgomery County is currently in Phase 2 of reopening. For information about how to report a violation of the executive order, visit the County’s website at


Wheaton Revitalization Update

The project is  at 99+-percent completion. As noted over the past 7-weeks the impacts of COVID-19 led to a revised Substantial Completion date of July 9, 2020. Read the most current newsletter or visit for more information. 

Release ID: 20-139
Media Contact: Hannah Henn 240-777-8389

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