Roshdieh: ‘Our Road Network is Essentially Built Out’

Al Roshdieh

Al Roshdieh is the acting director of MCDOT.

UPDATED The new acting director of Montgomery County’s Department of Transportation (MCDOT) is sharing some of his goals and vision for moving the county forward in an interview posted online on Dec. 29.

Al Roshdieh says the county’s “road network is essentially built out” in an online interview with Esther Bowring, the editor of Go Montgomery.

“We cannot solve traffic tie ups by continuing to build more and more roads,” Roshdieh said. “Even in the less densely populated areas of the County, providing more alternative transportation options, like the Rapid Transit System, and providing better and more frequent links to existing transit will provide greater opportunities to reduce vehicle traffic.”

According to Roshdieh, getting more cars off the road benefits those who have fewer or no alternatives to driving. He also said it will also support Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett’s six point economic plan to better position the county for the future.

“Montgomery County is a vibrant and innovative community that has embraced smart growth principles as the path to an even brighter economic future,” Roshdieh said. “To achieve this vision and further unlock the County’s economic potential, we must continue to transform our transportation infrastructure to be even more transit-oriented, bikable and walkable.”

Roshdieh’s first day as acting director was Dec. 22. He has served Montgomery County for 25 years, according to a news release announcing his appointment.

You can read the entire interview with Roshdieh here.

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