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MCDOT’s Mobile Commuter Store Reopens with New Safety Protocols

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, September 9, 2020

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation’s (MCDOT) TRiPS Mobile Commuter Store (MCS) reopened this week to add value to or purchase regular and Senior SmarTrip cards, the Ride On Youth Cruiser Pass and other Ride On passes and MARC Commuter Rail passes. (Note that for now during the COVID-19 pandemic, Ride On remains free.) Patrons can also register for Capital Bikeshare and obtain key fobs, and obtain transportation information, schedules and maps. Knowledgeable staff inside the MCS help customers complete transactions and they provide customized advice about the best routes or passes for their situation.

MCS is following County guidelines to protect employees and patrons in the following ways:

  • Require masks for all staff and customers.
  • Maintain six-foot distances for customers and staff. 
  • Use a plexiglass barrier at the service counter.
  • Provide hand sanitizer for both staff and customers. 
  • Frequently sanitize touch points. 
  • Provide a staff member inside the MCS to help customers.
  • Provide an additional staff member to monitor the entrance to the MCS to ensure adequate social distancing is maintained.
  • Limit customers to one at a time at the service counter, unless accompanied by a young child or a member of their household.

This week’s schedule is:

Wednesday 9/9
6:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.       Germantown Transit Center, 19945 Aircraft Drive, Germantown 
11:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.        Village of Friendship Heights Community Center, 4433 South Park Ave., Chevy Chase

Thursday 9/10
6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.        White Oak Transit Center, 11525 Lockwood Drive, Silver Spring
10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.        Friendship Heights, 5471 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase (meter #2711, 2713 and 2715  

Friday 9/11
6:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.          Burtonsville Crossing Park & Ride, 391 National Drive, Burtonsville
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.        Lake Forest Transit Center / Lakeforest Park & Ride, 701 Russell Ave., Gaithersburg 

MCDOT’s MCS is a 38-foot Winnebago that is outfitted as a full-service commuter store that brings transportation services directly to commuters, residents and tourists throughout the County.  The MCS helps promote the use of transit and other travel options that reduce traffic congestion and are a critical part of MCDOT’s balanced and comprehensive transportation system. By traveling to customers, the MCS provides the added convenience and accessibility to the broader segment community so they can take advantage of MCDOT’s transportation services.

 Check the weekly schedules online or learn more about the Mobile Commuter Store.

For transportation updates, follow @MCDOTNow on Twitter, visit MCDOT’s transportation resource page for COVID-19subscribe to MCDOT news releases or subscribe to MCDOT’s ‘Go Montgomery!’ newsletter.

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Release ID: 20-167
Media Contact: Hannah Henn 240-777-8389

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