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Newsletter | July, 2007 Back to Go Montgomery | Archive

Ride On Breaks Daily Ridership Record — back to top

Montgomery County’s Ride On bus service continues to beat its previous milestones with more record-setting performance. Here are some of its recent accomplishments:

  • On May 7, for the first time in its more than 30-year history, Ride On had 100,000 passengers in a single day of operation.
  • Compared to May 2006, ridership increased by 5.5 percent in May 2007.
  • Over the last 11 months, Ride On ridership has grown by 3.6 percent.
  • For each of the last 27 consecutive months, Ride On has served more than two million passengers.
  • During the past three years, Ride On’s ridership grew by 23 percent.

Here are some more facts:

  • Ride On’s Route 55 – serving the Germantown Transit Center, Montgomery College Germantown campus, Shady Grove Metro station and Rockville Metro station -- has the highest ridership in the system.
  • In May, Route 55 averaged almost 8,200 riders every weekday, representing about nine percent of Ride On’s overall ridership.
  • Route 15 has the next highest ridership at 4,600 riders per weekday. This route provides connections between the Silver Spring Metro station and the Langley Park shopping center.

For schedule information, visit Ride On's website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rideon, or call the Transit Information Center at 240-777-RIDE (7433).

Connecticut Avenue Gets Traffic Calming Measures — back to top

To protect pedestrians and motorists, Montgomery County’s Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPWT) recently made some changes to a portion of Connecticut Avenue. A traffic study found that motorists routinely speed at more than 50 miles per hour through this densely populated 40-mile-per-hour zone. Accident records indicate that speed was often a factor, and there was a pattern of pedestrian accidents that occurred when traffic in only one of two lanes stopped for someone crossing.

To slow down speeders, four sets of concrete islands have been installed on Connecticut between Bel Pre and Grand Pre roads that narrow the road from four to two lanes. To further improve pedestrian safety, three bus stops were relocated, and crosswalks are being repositioned and painted.

Before the changes were made, DPWT analyzed traffic patterns and found that one lane in either direction provided more than adequate capacity to handle demand during peak hours. Other alternatives were considered, but none were deemed effective enough to slow traffic or improve safety. A similar “road diet” is planned in the future for Arcola Avenue.

To report dangerous bus stop locations, call Ride On’s Bus Stop Hotline at 240-777-5824 or go to Ride On’s web site at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rideon.

DPWT Customer Service Center Handles Road Maintenance Requests — back to top

Residents who have questions or concerns about road-related maintenance can call the DPWT Division of Operations’ Customer Service Center at 240-777-6000. The Center is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Callers are encouraged to ask for a Service Request number so they can track progress on their request.

Residents can also check DPWT’s website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/dpwt for repaving or curb and gutter repair schedules. Click on “Highway Maintenance.” To find out about road repair work that could affect your commute, check DPWT’s website at “Realtime Traffic,” then click on “Construction.”

Several State Projects Impacting Traffic This Summer — back to top

The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) has temporarily closed Grosvenor Lane over I-270 for maintenance work to replace the deck of the bridge. SHA anticipates the bridge will reopen by the start of school in the fall. Work on the $3 million project will continue through spring 2008. Pedestrians and bicyclists can continue to use the bridge throughout construction. For more information, see SHA’s press release or call SHA’s District 3 office at 301-513-7300.

SHA is scheduled to begin safety and resurfacing improvements along Maryland Route 97 (Georgia Avenue) between Maryland Route 586 (Veirs Mill Road) and Randolph Road in July. The $4 million resurfacing project should be complete by the summer of 2008, weather permitting. In addition to resurfacing, SHA will grind and patch sections of the roadway, install an Americans with Disabilities Act compliant sidewalk along Georgia Avenue and replace concrete curb and gutter. SHA will also improve drainage and replace traffic signal loop detectors. For more information, see SHA's press release or call 301-513-7300.

Use DPWT’s eVents Calendar to Get Involved — back to top

To learn about upcoming DPWT-sponsored meetings or events, use the eVents Calendar on the County's website. To access eVents:

1) Go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/dpwt;

2) Under “DPWT News,” select “Check our Calendars;” then

3) Click on DPWT- Meetings/Events.

For assistance, call DPWT’s Community Outreach office at 240-777-7155.

Council Passes Requirement for Pedestrian and Bike Impact Statement — back to top

The Montgomery County Council has passed a measure that will require the Office of Management and Budget, and other appropriate County departments and agencies, to assess the pedestrian and bicycle impacts of certain proposed capital projects.

The bill applies to any new or modified building, road, park, school or other capital project that is proposed for development on a single unified site and is identifiable as a separate facility.

For more information, see the County Council's press release

Mouth of Monocacy Bridge — back to top

On July 12, DPWT put in place a new bridge that will, within a few weeks, replace the 1927 Mouth of Monocacy Road Bridge. Located over the CSX railroad, the bridge is less than a mile west of Maryland Route 28 in Dickerson. The existing bridge is in very poor condition and could not be upgraded to modern standards.

This bridge replacement project was very unusual. Because it provided the only access to properties west of the site, the bridge could not be closed to traffic at any time during construction. Instead, it was built in a factory and transported to a nearby site where it was assembled. The bridge was loaded on a truck, moved close to its installation spot, then picked up by cranes and lowered into place. Train and vehicle traffic was halted for two hours during the operation.

Once the new deck is constructed and access roads to and from the bridge are completed, the new bridge will be opened to traffic. At that point, the old bridge will be disassembled.

Summer Reminder: Trees and Storms — back to top

During the summer, severe storms can cause tree damage. Report downed trees on County property to the Division of Operations at 240-777-6000. To report trees that have fallen on utility lines, contact your local utility company. “Hot” wires or sparking wires – especially those across roadways – should be reported by calling 9-1-1.

Trees that have fallen on private property are the responsibility of the property owner. The County’s Division of Consumer Affairs advises homeowners to use only established tree removal businesses. To check on the complaint record of a business, call Consumer Affairs at 240-777-3636.

DPWT Repairs and Resurfaces Neighborhood Streets back to top

DPWT’s Highway Maintenance Section (HMS) continues its warm weather road maintenance program. HMS is responsible for maintaining over 3,800 lane-miles of streets in Montgomery County. During the warmer weather months, the crews focus on repair and resurfacing. Resurfacing roads extends their usefulness, protects the road base and subbase, seals small cracks, and levels minor imperfections.

HMS notifies residents in neighborhoods before resurfacing begins. Some areas of the County receiving recent improvements include Redland Road, Olney Oaks Phase 2, the Ashton area of New Hampshire Ave, Railroad Street, Potomac Phase 2 and Wheaton Glenview.

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Last edited: 8/14/2007