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MCDOT's Go Montgomery! Transportation-Related Newsletter is Now Available! September 25, 2020

For Immediate Release: Friday, September 25, 2020


MCDOT Ride On to Reinstate Real Time Bus Information and Improve Schedules this Sunday

Starting September 27, Ride On will provide more frequent service on 26 routes that have increased demand and eliminate some Saturday and Sunday service that was in place in response to the COVID-19 health crisis. These changes will bring service to nearly 80 percent of pre-pandemic levels. Read the press release, available in English or Spanish.


MCDOT Rolls Out First Ride On Electric Buses

County Executive Marc Elrich and other local officials unveiled the County’s first four electric Ride On buses at the David F. Bone Equipment Maintenance and Transit Operations Center on September 3. Each of the 35-foot buses produce zero emissions during operations and also contribute to reducing noise pollution through their noticeably quiet operation. Learn more.

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MCDOT's Wheaton Revitalization Project Completed On Time and On Budget

MCDOT successfully delivered a new downtown Wheaton center that is one of the largest projects of its kind ever built by the County. The Wheaton Revitalization project includes a 14-story office building designed to LEED Platinum standards; a new Town Square; underground parking; street level retail and pedestrian safety improvements

Read the special edition newsletter.  


MCDOT’s Full Service Mobile Commuter Store Reopens with New Safety Protocols

MCDOT's TRiPS, full-service, Mobile Commuter Store, a 38-foot Winnebago that travels around the County to various locations, has reopened. At the store, add value to or purchase regular and Senior SmarTrip cards, the Ride On Youth Cruiser Pass, other Ride On passes and MARC commuter rail passes. You also can also register and get key fobs for Capital Bikeshare and obtain transportation information, schedules and maps. Learn more about how staff are protecting customers.

Want to see the Mobile Store at a location near you? Submit your suggestion online at


Deadline Extended to October 16 for Public Input on I-495/I-270 Managed Lane Study 

County Executive Marc Elrich encourages residents to testify at the last in-person hearing in October to provide comment on the feasibility of adding tolled lanes to portions of I-495 and I-270. For those who do comment, be sure to send a copy of testimony or comments to the County Executive or County CouncilLearn more.


MCDOT to Participate in Walkinar for Walktober

Join us for Maryland's first ever WALKTOBER, a month where the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) and other partnering agencies will promote and host events and webinars spotlighting Maryland pedestrians' safety, health, and commuting options in current walk programs and initiatives throughout October. The free webinars -or "Walkinars"- highlight how we can collectively rally around walking, an activity that is both central to the state's Active Transportation efforts and a critical component promoting public well-being. MCDOT's Sandra Brecher, Section Chief of Commuter Services, will represent the County on a Walkinar scheduled for October 29. Register for the Walkinars here.

Throughout Walktober learn about:

  • The ease and accessibility of walking as exercise
  • How to safely use pedestrian infrastructures
  • How to incorporate walking in your daily routine within the provisions of social distancing and other restrictions.

Mark your calendar for Walk Maryland Day on October 7.  Learn more at


MCDOT’s Highway Services Win Honorable Mention from Public Technology Institute for Snow IQ System

MCDOT's Division of Highway Services was awarded the 2020 Public Technology Institute (PTI) Solutions Award Honorable Mention for outstanding use of technology to improve services during the winter. MCDOT’s Snow IQ provides storm clean-up information to the public and staff in real-time. Learn more.


MCDOT Director Chris Conklin Discusses Department Actions Taken During the COVID-19 Health Crisis at WTS’s Virtual Meeting

On September 10, members of the Women Transportation Seminar (WTS) DC Chapter held an online Coffee Chat with Conklin and Strategic Innovations Manager Hannah Henn to discuss how MCDOT is responding to the COVID-19 health crisis. Read the WTS article for more details.


BUP Completes 'Paint the Town' Mural on MCDOT Garage

A new outdoor mural on the Woodmont - Rugby Garage is livening up downtown Bethesda. Sponsored by the Bethesda Urban Partnership, the contest was held in conjunction with MCDOT. Read BUP's press release.

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Upcoming MCDOT Public Hearings and Meetings in September

Residents will have an opportunity to present virtual oral and/or written comments about the following projects:

September 29: Grove Street Neighborhood Greenway plans to improve  bicycle and pedestrian safety in downtown Silver Spring between Sligo Avenue and Bonifant Street.

September 30North High Street Extension Facility Planning Study weights conceptual alternatives for a roadway extension of North High Street to Morningwood Drive in Olney that include improvements to pedestrian and bicyclist safety and enhanced connections. 

September 30: Childs Street and Rainbow Drive proposed sidewalk in Silver Spring.


Metro Service Cuts and Schedule Changes Coming

Metro will consider shorter hours, potential service cuts, schedule changes and other cost-cutting measures to balance its budget if Federal CARES Act Funding runs out. Read Metro's press release.


MCDOT to Provide Update on White Flint Project October 8

Join MCDOT in an online community meeting on October 8 to hear an update on the Western Workaround project in White Flint. To register for this online meeting visit


Virtual Meeting on I-270 Transit Plan to be Held Later This Month

Montgomery Planning is considering potential transit opportunities that could serve the I-270 Corridor. The plan will take a strategic look at prioritizing travel options based on the County’s economic, environmental and community needs, and create a roadmap detailing the major steps to realize the highest-priority project(s). The virtual kick-off meeting is September 30 from noon to 1 p.m. Learn more at


Metro Riders Can Now Use Their Apple Devices to Pay for Rail and Bus 

SmarTrip® — the way to pay for Metro and all regional transit providers in the Washington, DC area  — is launching on iPhone and Apple Watch, giving riders new and unparalleled convenience. Riders can simply hold their device near the card reader to pay, rather than a physical card, anywhere SmarTrip is accepted, including rail, bus, and regional partners.

Pay for Ride On once fares are reinstated too. For more information, visit


MDOT SHA Begins Lane Extension Project on  I-270 in Montgomery County

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) started work on a $2.7 million improvement project on southbound I-270 (Eisenhower Highway) between MD 121 (Clarksburg Road) and MD 109 (Old Hundred Road) in Montgomery County.  Learn more.

View the Project Portal for a list of all MDOT SHA projects. For real-time traffic conditions on Maryland roadways, visit​. 


Two Visualize 2045 Initiatives Reach a Milestone

Two initiatives were recently approved, the National Capital Trail Network and the Transit Access Focus Areas, that will create a network of bike trails that connect throughout the region and to make it easier to bike and walk to transit. Visualize 2045 is the federally mandated, long-range transportation plan for the National Capital Region that is developed by the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board. Learn more at  


Downtown Silver Spring Retail and Restaurant Customers Asked to Take Survey

Take a survey by Streetsense and the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation to describe your retail and restaurant customer experience in downtown Silver Spring. The survey will be used to develop a new initiative to assist independently owned restaurants and retail establishments adapt to new public health requirements and changing consumer spending habits in light of COVID-19.


Greater Washington Partnership Releases Results from Regional Transit Tracker and Return to Work Survey

The Greater Washington Partnership has created a new tool to help transit riders make decisions about how to safely use public transportation during the COVID-19 health crisis. The Capital COVID-19 Transit Tracker helps riders find the safest time to ride public transportation.

Findings from a newly-released Capital COVID Snapshot will help employers and public agencies collaboratively reopen the Capital Region's economy safely, gradually and sustainably.


Article on Flash Bus by Dan Reed, Greater Greater Washington, September 16, 2020

A recent article in Greater Greater Washington took a look at the new FLASH April Lane station and discussed the benefits of the 14-mile, transit line that will run along Route 29 (Colesville Road and Columbia Pike) from the Silver Spring Metro station to Burtonsville, making 11 stops along the way. Read full article.


Upcoming Rockville Pike (MD 355) Partial Road and Sidewalk Closures Through October 9

The northbound right lane of Rockville Pike (MD 355) between Tuckerman Lane and Strathmore Avenue (MD 547) will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the adjacent sidewalk will be closed continuously until October 9. Learn more.


Fill Out Your Census Form by Sept. 30 to Help Montgomery County

Montgomery County could lose out on $4.6 billion in federal funding over the next 10 years for schools, hospitals, roads and social services. It is vitally important that everyone participate by September 30. Learn more at or
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MCDOT Partners with the Recreation Department to Bring Bike Safety to Youth 

Join us this weekend for Back to School Bike Tours, a bicycle education program that teaches biking basics, rules of the road, proper helmet fitting, and how to communicate with hand signals. Those attending will receive a free helmet. Learn more.


Child Passenger Safety Week September 20-26

Every day in America, millions of parents and caregivers travel with children in their vehicles. While some children are buckled in properly in the correct car seats for their ages and sizes, many are not, if they are buckled up at all. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly half (46%) of car seats are misused. NHTSA’s Child Passenger Safety Week, is a campaign dedicated to helping parents and caregivers make sure their children ride as safely as possible — every trip, every time. Learn more and visit



To thank those taking transit, MCDOT staff greeted riders between 7 and 9 a.m. at the Friendship Heights Metro Station, Bethesda Metro Plaza, Silver Spring Transit Center, Shady Grove Metro, and the Germantown and Lake Forest transit centers. They passed out free hand sanitizer, face coverings, transit information and a chance to win a $200 SmarTrip Card or Capital Bikeshare annual membership. Car Free Day is a worldwide event that encourages traveling in ways that are greener than driving alone. It’s not too late to take the pledge at


Montgomery Parks Continues Open Parkways Program

The Open Parkways initiative includes 2.6 miles of Sligo Creek Parkway,1.3 miles of Little Falls Parkway and 2.7 miles of Beach Drive. Little Falls Parkway will be open on weekends from 7 a.m. Saturday mornings to 6 p.m Sunday evenings. Sligo Creek Parkway and Beach Drive will be open from 9 a.m., Friday mornings to 6 p.m. Sunday evenings. 


Regional Surveys Explore COVID-19 Impact on Telework and Commuting

Commuter Connections, a program of the National Capital Region's Transportation Planning Board surveyed employers about teleworking at their organizations, including questions about the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic on telework. Learn more.


Bird Offers Free Electric Scooter Rides to Teachers this Month

The new Free Rides for Teachers program offers teachers up to two free 30-minute rides per day and is valid until Sept. 30. Teachers can experience a clean, traffic-free and socially distanced way to get around, whether they’re commuting to class or picking up supplies for online learning.  

Bird also offers free scooter rides to medical and emergency personnel


Capital Bikeshare Celebrated 10 Year Anniversary 

On September 20, Capital Bikeshare celebrated its 10th birthday. Since 2010, it’s grown from 1,200 to more than 26,000 members, and they’ve taken 27 million trips, totaling 150 million miles. Read the Greater Greater Washington's article by Caitlin Rogger.


Residents Must Wear Masks

Do your part! Help slow the spread of #COVID19 by wearing a mask in public especially when riding public transportation (such as Ride On, Metro and ride sharing), and when visiting the Trips Mobile Commuter Store or the Commuter Store in the Silver Spring Transit Center. A properly-fitted mask should cover your nose, mouth, and chin, and is secured to your head. View Montgomery County's face covering guidance.


Visit MCDOT Wheaton Revitalization and Shared Streets for Art Pyramids

Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, the traditional one-day Wheaton Arts Parade celebration has become a two-week event, that started Sept. 20. With art installations placed around the downtown area, including the front of the new Wheaton building and on MCDOT's Shared Street, so visitors can experience the works of local artists day or night. For more information and to view art presentations visit


AAA Tells Drivers Not to Hang Masks From Rear-view Mirror

AAA East Central wants to remind drivers that hanging items from a rear-view mirror, including protective masks, is a safety hazard. This has the potential to partially block the drivers field of vision, putting them and others in harm’s way. Read the September 18 LocalDVM article.


To report down trees, sidewalk, streetlight or sign damage, pot holes or other issues call 311 or report it online at


For transportation updates visit MCDOT's COVID-19 website at

Release ID: 20-187
Media Contact: Hannah Henn 240-777-8389

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