transportation

July 7, 2021 | Joshua Casazza

Three Montgomery County Employers Win Commuter Awards

Three businesses in the Montgomery County Department of Transportation’s (MCDOT) Commuter Services program won regional awards at the Commuter Connections Employer Recognition Awards according to a press release. The awards are given to employers that develop the most innovative and successful commuter programs that focus on reducing the number of single-occupancy drivers. Businesses incorporate the […]

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June 17, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

State Begins Testing Ramp Metering Traffic Control System on I-270

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration announced it is testing a new ramp metering system on the ramp from northbound MD 118 to southbound I-270 in Germantown and will add more flashing yellow signals on other I-270 ramps in the near future. The system uses sensors to detect traffic conditions in real time […]

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June 14, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Upgrading Red Line Tunnel Ventilation Will Mean Single Tracking Beginning in July

Starting in July, the Red Line will single track continuously to upgrade its underground tunnel ventilation system. Metro expects this work “to cause significant impacts for customers, with around-the clock single tracking and station closures,” according to a news release. During this construction, trains will single track between Dupont Circle and Van Ness stations. Two […]

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June 10, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Ride On Flex Service to Start Up Again in July

Montgomery County’s on-demand bus service that was suspended during the pandemic will start up again beginning July 19. Ride On Flex began as a pilot program in 2019 in the Rockville and the Glenmont-Wheaton areas. An 11-passenger bus operated by the county Department of Transportation will not have a fixed route. Instead, riders can request […]

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May 12, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Maryland Scales Back Beltway Widening; No Work on 495 East of 270 Spur

Maryland Department of Transportation announced today that plans to widen the Beltway will end at the 270-495 spur and will not continue east through Chevy Chase and Silver Spring. “After several months of continuous collaboration and listening to agency partners, public officials and stakeholders,” the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Maryland Department of Transportation […]

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March 31, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Ride On Will Continue to be Free Including Transportation to Vaccination Clinic

All Ride On, Ride On extRa and Flash buses will remain free until at least June 30. This reverses the announcement that riders would resume paying beginning April 5. Due to the pandemic, riders have been boarding buses by the rear entrance and not getting close enough to the front and to the drivers to […]

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March 26, 2021 | Jasmine Boykin

Councilmember Glass Advocates for Transportation Accessibility to Future Vaccine Sites

Montgomery County Councilmember Evan Glass sent a memorandum on Thursday regarding transit accessibility to future vaccination sites to the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management & Homeland Security. In the memo, Glass wrote that he wants to ensure “vaccination sites operated by the county are easily accessible to those dependent on riding transit,” citing a […]

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March 24, 2021 | Gracie Tanner

MCDOT to Resume Bus Fares Starting April 5

Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) will resume fare collection on all Ride On, Ride On extRa and Flash buses starting April 5. Buses will also begin front door boarding on all buses except for Flash buses. Since March 2020, rear doors have been used for boarding in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This change […]

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March 3, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

With Ridership Still Way Down, Metro Hosts Public Hearings on Proposed Budget Cuts

Despite receiving federal stimulus dollars, Metrorail and Metrobus may still curtail their services. Metro’s Fiscal Year 2022 budget eliminates 22 stations with low ridership or are located close to other stations. Three of those stations are on the Red Line. They are Grosvenor-Strathmore, Judiciary Square and Cleveland Park. Turnbacks would return at the Silver Spring and […]

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November 17, 2020 | Toluwa Famuyide

County to Host Zoom Session on Transportation Options for Older Residents

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation will hold an online Zoom session on Nov. 18 about the various transportation options that are available to older residents and adults with disabilities. According to a news release, the virtual meeting will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and will be followed by a 30-minute Q&A. […]

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