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MCDOT's Go Montgomery! Transportation Newsletter is Now Available! November 4, 2021

For Immediate Release: Thursday, November 4, 2021

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Alternative Transportation Options Available in Montgomery County for Riders Impacted by Metrorail Slowdown

As a safety measure, Metro has taken its 7000-series railcars out of service, which comprises approximately 60 percent of its railcar fleet. The result is that Metrorail is operating with reduced service on all lines. Longer wait times and concerns of overcrowding amidst the lingering COVID-19 health crisis have left many travelers searching for alternatives. MCDOT has put together some alternative ways to get you where you need to go. Get the details here.


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As Daylight Saving Time Ends this Weekend, MCDOT and Vision Zero Promote Pedestrian Safety

The fall and winter months bring less daylight and darker commuting hours. The end of Daylight Savings Time begins overnight this Saturday and clocks will need to be turned back one hour. Getting darker earlier can lead to an increase in crashes between drivers and pedestrians. Past records show that two-thirds of all fatal pedestrian injuries over the last four years occurred between dusk and dawn.

To address the changing conditions, MCDOT continues to make upgrades to streetlights and crosswalks to protect pedestrians and urges residents to lookout for each other and obey the rules of the road. This  collaboration is facilitated by the County’s Vision Zero Initiative, which is committed to reducing, and eventually eliminating all traffic-related deaths. 

Safety tips:

  • Drivers should be on the lookout for pedestrians, bicyclists, and children.
  • Drivers should reduce speed, turn on headlights earlier and be alert.
  • Wait for the walk signal. If there is no traffic signal, make sure it’s clear to cross. Look left, right and then left again before crossing.
  • If there are no sidewalks, walk against traffic so drivers can see you more clearly.

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MCDOT's Leaf Vacuum Collection Begins Nov. 8, and Continues Through Mid-December

MCDOT will begin its annual leaf vacuuming with two collections in every leaf collection district street this fall. This year, a resident can easily find the collection schedule online by simply entering an address.

The leaf zone is bounded by I-495, I-270, the Rockville City limits, Norbeck, Bel Pre and Bonifant roads, Northwest Branch Park, the District of Columbia and Prince George’s County lines.

Prior to collection, signs will be posted along streets directing residents to the online leaf collection map and collection date information. 

Residents are asked to pile leaves near the street, but off the road. Avoid placing leaves on road shoulders, bike lanes and rain gardens as leaves in these areas can disrupt traffic, negatively impact stormwater drainage, hamper snow removal operations and become a fire hazard for automobiles parked over them. Leaf piles also limit the availability of residential parking, and when wet, can pose a hazard to cyclists and pedestrians. Learn more here.


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Corridor Advisory Committee Seeks Feedback on Veirs Mill Road Bus Rapid Transit/Flash Bus, System Expansion in Virtual Meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 10

Montgomery County’s Corridor Advisory Committee (CAC) will hold a virtual meeting from 6:30-8 p.m., to provide an update and seek feedback on the future Veirs Mill Road Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)/Flash Bus project.

During the meeting, organized by the MCDOT, residents will be asked for their views on station access and design. MCDOT recently completed preliminary engineering and is preparing to begin the final design. All CAC meetings are open to the public. Get more information here


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See MCDOT's New Connecting Our Communities Document

MCDOT has recently published a “Connecting Our Communities” document that includes information about the department and highlights MCDOT’s three priority areas: Safety and Vision Zero, Environment and Climate Resiliency, and Economic Growth and Equitable Access and related highlights.  

Transportation is one of the County’s most important resources, supporting residents and visitors with transit options and infrastructure. Learn more about MCDOT by viewing the document here.


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Virtual Hearing on the Dale Drive Shared Use Path Construction and Safety Improvements in Silver Spring to be Held on Wednesday, Nov. 17

Residents will have an opportunity to provide feedback on the Dale Drive Share Used Path & Safety Improvements Project for the design and construction of a new eight-foot wide shared use path along the north side of Dale Drive. Learn more here.


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Input on Taxi Services Sought From Residents 65+ and the Disability Community

The Department of Health and Human Services, MCDOT and the Taxicab Services Commission are conducting a survey of county residents 65 and older and residents with disabilities to learn about their experiences using taxi services.

The survey focuses on taxi service that is part of MetroAccess, Abilities Ride, Call-n-Ride, and Medicaid Transportation.

You can complete the survey here or by phone, 240-777-1350. The deadline to complete the survey is Friday, Nov. 26. Learn more here.


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County Council Prepares Bill Regulating E-Scooters

Montgomery County introduced Bill 36-21Motor Vehicles and Traffic – E-Scooters – Operating Requirements and Registration to establish registration and operating requirements for low-speed, electric scooter use in the County.

A public hearing for the bill is scheduled on Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 1:30 p.m. Register to attend here.  


METRO UPDATES

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Reduced Metrorail Service to Continue at Least Through Nov. 15

Metro continues to work with the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission on a plan to get 7000-series railcars safely back into service. Metro is working to grow the number of trains available for daily service. Learn more here.

Customers are encouraged to use Metro’s Trip Planner tool for current schedule updates, and Metro’s Live Train Map provides real-time information on where trains are. Customers are also encouraged to sign up for MetroAlerts.

Metro Announces Schedule Delays for Rockville Canopy Replacement Project

Shady Grove and Rockville Stations now expected to reopen in January. Learn more here.

Current Metro News:

  • Metrorail Update: More Cars, Better Wait Times Promised This Week - In a Monday afternoon update, Metro said it has made progress getting more trains on the track and improving wait times, but it will be a while before schedules are back to normal. Read the WTOP article here.

  • Metro Proposes Fare Cuts - Metro General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld is proposing to lower late-night fares to a flat $2 to help service workers and boost traffic to restaurants and events, discount monthly passes aimed at commuters, and cut the price for unlimited seven-day passes to target teleworkers. Read the Washington Post article here.

  • Problems With Metro Prompts FTA to Examine Other Transit Systems - After Metro pulled its 7000-series railcars out of service last month due to a wheel defect, the Federal Transit Administration is issuing a safety advisory calling on other transit systems to report on their cars’ wheel gauges. Read the Washington Post article here.

ROAD CLOSURES/PROJECTS

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Baltimore Road Remains Partially Closed Through November

The closed portion is between Gladstone Drive and Broadwood Drive in Rockville. Motorists can take Veirs Mill Road to get around the closure.  The goal is to make the road safer for pedestrians by adding safety measures at several intersections, including sidewalks and creating easier access to the Rockville Metro Station. Learn more here.

A Portion of Great Seneca Highway to Close Between Nov. 9 - 12

American Directional Drilling will install a new 2-inch Comcast fiber line pipe along Great Seneca Highway at the intersection of Kentlands Boulevard in Gaithersburg.

The right lane and sidewalk along Great Seneca Highway between Kentlands Boulevard and Main Street will be closed weekdays, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Signs and barriers will be posted. Pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists should travel undistracted through the work zone and may need to add extra time to their commute. For questions contact Construction Manager, Stanley Powell at 301- 606-7133 or stan.powell@ccgcatv.com.

Construction Continues for Pepco's White Flint Substation  Project

Pepco is constructing a new substation in the North Bethesda / White Flint area to deliver energy to nearby families and business. As part of this project, a 6-month construction effort on a micro-tunnel is in the works on the westbound lanes of Randolph Road, between Nebel Street and Parklawn Drive that allows east bound traffic only. West bound traffic will be detoured down Parklawn Dr. to Rockville Pike-MD-355. Sidewalks on Randolph Rd. will remain open to pedestrians throughout the duration of the micro-tunnel construction.

Flaggers and officers are posted to help coordinate traffic going to local businesses. "We're Open" signs have been placed in front of all business entrances to encourage patronage during construction. All traffic control measures will remain in place 24/7 until the work is completed.


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National Drowsy Driving Prevention Week Nov. 1-7

Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, is a good time to remember that drowsy driving is impaired driving and is responsible for more than 6,400 U.S. deaths annually. According to the National Sleep Foundation, about half of U.S. adult drivers admit to consistently getting behind the wheel while feeling drowsy.  

MCDOT encourages everyone to prioritize sleep and drive when alert and refreshed. Learn more here.


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Mass Transit Options Proposed for MD I-270 Corridor

As the Montgomery County’s planning department rolled out recommendations for reducing traffic congestion along Maryland’s Interstate 270 corridor, planners said additional mass transit options should be considered, including dedicated bus lanes. Read the WTOP article here.

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MCDOT's ‘Shared Streets’ Initiative Will be Extended at Least Through March

MCDOT manages the Shared Streets program, which allows residents and businesses to use public spaces for in-street activities such as biking, walking, outdoor dining and retail activity.

Shared Streets aims to bring residents together in a safe outdoor environment while supporting County businesses that have struggled from the economic impacts of COVID-19. Learn more here.


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Transportation Schedule for the Veterans Day Holiday, Thursday, Nov. 11

  • County offices - Closed.
  • Ride On and Flash bus service - Operates on a Holiday schedule.
  • Ride On Flex on demand bus service - Normal operations.
  • Metrorail and Metrobus - Normal weekday schedule.
  • Marc Train - Operates on the enhanced R schedule.
  • TRiPS Commuter Store at Silver Spring Transit Center - Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  
  • TRiPS Mobile Commuter Store - Closed  
  • Parking at Bethesda, Silver Spring and Wheaton Public Garages, lots and curbside meters - Free 

View more schedules here


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Join Our Team!  

MCDOT is hiring for the following positions:

  • Program Manager I
    IRC51625 - Grade 23, Transit Services
  • Capital Projects Manager
    IRC51002 - Grade 28, Transportation Planning and Design Section
  • Public Service Craftsworker 
    RC50425 - Grade 15, Division of Parking Management
  • Traffic Management Technician I
    IRC49742 - Grade 15, Division of Traffic Engineering & Operations

For more county jobs go to MCG Careers. View this video on how to apply online.


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Adult Learn to Ride Bike Classes Were a Success

MCDOT's two bike classes scheduled this month are now sold out. We plan to hold more adult bike classes this coming Spring 2022. Learn about future events this fall by following Commuter Services on Twitter and Instagram.


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Federal Face Mask Requirement on Public Transportation is in Effect Until at Least January 18, 2022


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Be Alert While Driving This Fall

Deer mating season is right around the corner, and MCDOT reminds motorists to be vigilant. During this time deer travel across roads in often unpredictable patterns at all times of the day and night. Many other wildlife species are also more active this time of year, as they search for food to prepare for the coming winter. Learn more here.


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Have You Seen The New Hawk Beacon in Downtown Silver Spring? 

MCDOT installed another High-Intensity Activated Crosswalk, also known as a HAWK beacon, at the intersection of Fenton St. and Roeder Rd. in downtown Silver Spring. Learn how Hawk signals work here.


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MCDOT's Safe Routes to School Program Reaches Over 4,000 Residents and Students During Walktober

In October, the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program visited many locations to promote pedestrian safety and distributed reflective gear to over 4,000 residents.

Zeal, MCDOT's safety mascot, hosted “walk to school day” every Wednesday at four elementary schools, wrapping up at Wheaton Woods where Zeal visited 27 classrooms to talk to students about walking and biking safety and distributed reflective gear.  

In November, SRTS plans to visit High Schools to talk about distracted walking and driving.

For additional activities follow SRTS on FacebookInstagram or Twitter and sign up to receive the quarterly newsletter.


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MCDOT Announces First of it's Kind Impaired Vision Toolkit

MCDOT's new toolkitPlanning and Designing Streets to be Safer and More Accessible for People with Vision Disabilities will serve as a model for national guidance to facilitate accessibility for people who are blind or have low vision by outlining optimized strategies for public engagement, staff training and improved pedestrian walkway design. 

For more information watch this interview with MCDOT's Project Manager, Matt Johnson, here.


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Download the ParkMobile App to Pay for Parking in Bethesda, Silver Spring and Wheaton

Parkmobile is now available at approximately 14,000 parking spaces, making it easy and convenient to pay for parking with your mobile phone. Simply download the Parkmobile app and register within minutes.

Scan the QR code with your mobile camera to download the app.

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To report down tree limbs, potholes, flooding, streetlight outages, storm drain issues, sidewalk damage and leafing questions, contact MC311 by dialing 311 or visit montgomerycounty.gov/311.



Release ID: 21-154
Media Contact: Emily DeTitta, , 240-777-8389

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