DOT Acting Director Announces Organizational Changes to the Department
Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) Acting Director Al Roshdieh today announced organizational changes designed to focus greater attention on alternative transportation choices and streamline the development approval process. According to a county news release, the changes will also allow the Division of Transit Services to better focus on its core mission of providing Ride On bus service.
“By making a few, small, organizational changes, MCDOT can have a big impact on streamlining the development review process and enhancing our focus on options to single passenger vehicles,” said Roshdieh. “Through the moves I am making, the Director’s Office will be more involved in these priority issues.”
The changes, effective today, June 1, will move:
• The Development Review Team from the Division of Traffic Engineering & Operations to the Office of Transportation Policy in the Director’s Office to streamline the development approval process and give it a higher departmental profile. This group will be relocated to the Executive Office Building in Rockville.
• The Commuter Services Section from the Division of Transit Services to the Office of Transportation Policy in the Director’s Office to enhance its coordination with other divisions and our customers on transportation demand management; and
• The Taxi Cab Unit from the Customer and Operations Support Section of the Division of Transit Services to the Director’s Office so this staff have direct access to the Director for policy development.
Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett says that promoting economic development is one of the highest priorities of his administration. According to Roshdieh, moving the Development Review Team to the Office of Transportation Policy will bring a new emphasis and greater accountability to MCDOT’s role in thorough and expedited reviews that could help speed the creation of new jobs. Greater focus by the Director’s Office on Commuter Services will also enhance economic development as it promotes alternatives that reduce traffic congestion, decrease parking demand and improve air quality and mobility, according to Roshdieh.
“I believe these changes are important ones that will greatly improve the efficiency of our operations and enhance MCDOT’s service to the public,” said Roshdieh.