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Contact Fred Lees of the Department of Transportation at 240.777.2196 or Brady Goldsmith of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2793 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Transportation (DOT) programs supported by the General Fund is to provide an effective and efficient transportation system to ensure the safe and convenient movement of persons and vehicles on County roads; to plan, design, and coordinate development and construction of transportation and pedestrian routes to maintain the County's transportation infrastructure; to operate and maintain the traffic signal system and road network in a safe and efficient manner; and to develop and implement transportation policies to maximize efficient service delivery. The General Fund supports programs in the Division of Traffic Engineering and Operations, the Division of Parking Management, the Division of Highway Maintenance, the Division of Transportation Engineering, the Division of Transit Services, and the Director's Office.

Budget Overview

The total approved FY18 Operating Budget for the Department of Transportation is $55,934,504, an increase of $1,577,264 or 2.90 percent from the FY17 Approved Budget of $54,357,240. Personnel Costs comprise 46.05 percent of the budget for 457 full-time position(s) and eight part-time position(s), and a total of 283.30 FTEs. Total FTEs may include seasonal or temporary positions and may also reflect workforce charged to or from other departments or funds. Operating Expenses account for the remaining 53.95 percent of the FY18 budget.

In addition, this department's Capital Improvements Program (CIP) requires Current Revenue funding.

Linkage to County Result Areas

While this program area supports all eight of the County Result Areas, the following are emphasized:

  • An Effective and Efficient Transportation Network
  • Healthy and Sustainable Neighborhoods
  • A Responsive, Accountable County Government
  • Safe Streets and Secure Neighborhoods
  • Vital Living for All of Our Residents

Department Performance Measures

Performance measures for this department are included below (where applicable), with multi-program measures displayed at the front of this section and program-specific measures shown with the relevant program. The FY17 estimates reflect funding based on the FY17 approved budget. The FY18 and FY19 figures are performance targets based on the FY18 approved budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY19.


  • The Montgomery bikeshare network will grow to 72 bikeshare stations by the end of FY17. Bikeshare also received a MDOT grant of $300,350 to further expand into Wheaton.
  • Developed a new online Snow Portal that consolidates snow-related information in one handy location. The site has significantly upgraded its real-time capabilities to provide residents information about the status of snow plowing in their neighborhood. Residents can stay informed about the latest delays and closings, submit a service request, or get snow-related safety, closure and other information.

  • Completed construction of 17,522 linear feet of sidewalk.
  • Completed biennial inspections of 171 bridges and renovations for 23 bridges.
  • Responded to 14 storm events totaling 40 inches of snow accumulation using over 87,000 tons of salt and over 400 pieces of equipment to treat and plow 1,522 miles of emergency routes, 968 lane miles of primary/arterial routes, and 4,287 lane miles of residential streets. On 1/22/16, Winter Storm Jonas delivered blizzard conditions with 38.5" snow,high winds and snow drifts.

  • Resurfaced 486 lane miles in FY16, completing 31 projects.

  • Completely rebuilt 38 lane miles of roads, 2 miles of sidewalk, and 7 miles of curb and gutter.

  • The Annual Leafing Operation program collected over 13,085 tons of debris on over 2,175 miles of roads.
  • Tree Maintenance Section crews and arborists responded to over 29,700 inspection and service requests, pruned or removed 10,850 trees, removed 1,234 stumps and planted 1,654 trees.


  • A new pedestrian safety enhancement to install Rapid Rectangular Flasher Beacons has been initiated which helps to alert drivers that someone is in a crosswalk.
  • DOT began coordinating the County's reconstruction, rehabilitation,and resurfacing activities with those of other government agencies, public utilities, and certain other entities, and in so doing, locating utility transmission facilities underground when feasible.

Innovations and Productivity Improvements

  • Upgraded 150 school flashers to a remote control system eliminating the need for technicians to travel to each site when schedules change or issues arise.
  • Began using IFB Generator, an application that generates Invitations for Bids (IFB) for 6 projects, reducing errors and the amount of time required to develop bid documents.
  • Implemented the Pilot Mobile Construction Contracts Management System, which is new software that replaces paper inspector daily reports; hosts all construction documents including contract special provisions, specifications, standards; takes and stores project photos; and improves the quality of reports.

Program Descriptions


The Automation Program provides staffing, material, and support to develop and maintain information systems in support of the Department's business operations. This includes the purchase and maintenance of IT equipment, service and support for major business systems, strategic visioning and analysis for planned IT investments, and day-to-day end use support. In addition, this program provides for coordination with the County Department of Technology Services.

  Bike Share

This program administers and operates the BikeShare program in the County. The purpose of this program is to develop additional options for short trips, promote the use of transit and contribute to a more pedestrian and bicycle-friendly atmosphere. This includes managing the County system, implementation and operations, and coordinating with other regional BikeShare programs.

  Bridge Maintenance

This program provides for the basic maintenance of bridges and box culverts along County-maintained roadways, including removal of debris under and around bridges; wall and abutment repainting; trimming trees and mowing banks around bridge approaches; and guardrail repair. Minor asphalt repairs and resurfacing of bridges and bridge approaches are also included.

  Transportation Engineering and Management Services

This program oversees a portion of the transportation programs, monitors and evaluates standards, investigates complaints, and implements strategies to maximize cost savings. This program is also responsible for the personnel, budget, and finance functions of several divisions in the Department of Transportation, providing essential services to the Department and serving as a point of contact for other departments.

  Parking Outside the Parking Districts

This program administers, operates, and maintains the parking program outside the Parking Districts. Included in this program are residential permit parking and peak hour traffic enforcement. The residential permit parking program is responsible for the sale of parking permits and parking enforcement in these areas. Participation in the program is requested through a petition of the majority of the citizens who live in that area. The program is designed to mitigate the adverse impact of commuters parking in residential areas. Peak hour traffic enforcement in the Bethesda and Silver Spring Central Business Districts assures the availability of travel lanes during peak traffic periods. The program is also responsible for the management of County employee parking in the Rockville core.


This program provides for the contracted pavement surface treatment of the County's residential and rural roadway infrastructure.

Program Performance MeasuresActual
Percent of primary/arterial road quality rated good or better60%62%54%45%39%
Percent of rural/residential road quality rated good or better48%44%37%30%27%
Percentage of annual requirement for residential resurfacing funded75%66%28%36%49%

  Roadway and Related Maintenance

Roadway maintenance includes hot mix asphalt road patching (temporary and permanent roadway repairs, skin patching, and crack sealing); shoulder maintenance; and storm drain maintenance, including erosion repairs, roadway ditch and channel repairs, cleaning enclosed storm drains, and repair and/or replacement of drainage pipes. Related activities include: mowing; roadside vegetation clearing and grubbing; traffic barrier repair and replacement; street cleaning; regrading and reshaping dirt/gravel roads; and temporary maintenance of curbs, gutters, and sidewalks. Starting in FY07, DOT began providing routine maintenance of roadway, bridges, and storm drain surfaces and other miscellaneous items for Park roads.

  Snow Removal/Wind/Rain Storms

This program includes the removal of storm debris within right-of-ways and snow from County roadways. This includes plowing and applying salt and sand; equipment preparation and cleanup from snow storms; and wind and rain storm cleanup. Efforts to improve the County's snow removal operation have included public snow plow mapping and snow summit conferences; equipping other County vehicles with plows; and using a variety of contracts to assist in clearing streets. Expenditures over the budgeted program amount for this purpose will be covered by the Snow Removal and Storm Cleanup NDA.


This program includes investigation of citizen requests for new or upgraded streetlights; design or review of plans for streetlight installations on existing roads, bikeways and pedestrian facilities, and projects that are included in the CIP; coordination and inspection of streetlight installations and maintenance by utility companies; maintenance of all County-owned streetlights by contract; and inspection of contractual maintenance and repair work.

  Traffic Planning

This program provides for traffic engineering and safety review of road construction projects in the CIP; review of master plans, preliminary development plans, and road geometric standards from a pedestrian, bicycle, and traffic engineering and safety standpoint. The program also includes studies to identify small scale projects to improve the capacity and safety of intersections at spot locations throughout the County, the design of conceptual plans for such improvements, as well as the review of development plans and coordination of all such reviews within the Department of Transportation; review of traffic and pedestrian impact studies for the Local Area Review process; and development, review, approval, and monitoring of development-related transportation mitigation agreements.

  Traffic and Pedestrian Safety

This program provides for engineering studies to evaluate and address concerns about pedestrian and traffic safety and parking issues on neighborhood streets, arterial, and major roadways. Data on speed, vehicular and pedestrian volumes, geometric conditions and collision records are collected and analyzed. Plans are developed to enhance neighborhood and school zone safety, maintain livable residential environments, and provide safe and efficient traffic flow as well as safe pedestrian access on arterial and major roads.

Program Performance MeasuresActual
Average number of days to respond to requests for traffic studies6560646872
Number of traffic studies pending254279284289294

  Traffic Sign and Marking

This program provides for engineering investigations of citizen complaints about traffic signs, street names, pavement markings (centerline, lane lines, edge lines, crosswalks, raised pavement markers, etc.) and inadequate visibility at intersections. It also includes design, review, and field inspection of traffic control plans for CIP road projects and for permit work performed in right-of-ways. This program includes fabrication and/or purchase of signs; installation and maintenance of all traffic and pedestrian signs and street name signs (including special advance street name signs); repair or replacement of damaged signs; installation and maintenance of all pavement markings; safety-related trimming of roadside foliage obstructing traffic control devices; and day-to-day management of the traffic materials and supplies inventory. This program is also responsible for the issuance of permits for use of County roads and rights-of-ways for special events such as parades, races, and block parties.

  Traffic Signals & Advanced Transportation Mgmt System

This program provides for the general engineering and maintenance activities associated with the design, construction, and maintenance of traffic signals, the Advanced Transportation Management System (ATMS), and the communication infrastructure that supports these programs and the County's fiber optic network. Included in this program are proactive and reactive maintenance of the field devices and related components such as traffic signals, flashers, traffic surveillance cameras, variable message signs, travelers' advisory radio sites, twisted pair copper interconnect, and fiber optic cable and hub sites; and support of the Traffic Signal, ATMS, and FiberNet CIP projects. This includes provision of testimony for the County in court cases involving traffic signals.

Program Performance MeasuresActual
The backlog of signalized intersections with a malfunctioning sensor161147160160160

  Transportation Community Outreach

The Transportation Community Outreach program's objective is to inform County residents of DOT's services, programs, and procedures; enhance their understanding of the Department's organization and responsibilities; enhance their ability to contact directly the appropriate DOT office; and provide feedback so DOT can improve its services. Staff works with the Public Information Office to respond to media inquiries. Staff refers and follows up on residents' concerns; attends community meetings; and convenes action group meetings at the request of the Regional Services Center directors. Significant components of this program are the coordination of Renew Montgomery, a neighborhood revitalization program, and the Keep Montgomery County Beautiful program, which includes the Adopt-A-Road program, a beautification grants program, and annual beautification awards.

  Property Acquisition

This program is responsible for acquiring land for transportation capital projects and includes land acquisitions for other departments on an as-needed basis. This program administers the abandonment of rights-of-ways which have been or currently are in public use.

  Transportation Planning

The Transportation Engineering Planning Unit manages both the Facility Planning and the Annual Bikeways programs. Prior to a capital project being funded for design and construction, it must first undergo Facility Planning. The planning process examines transportation improvements that are in compliance with area master plans to meet the forecasted conditions. These analyses are performed at a higher level of detail than what is provided during the master plan process. Facility Planning culminates with a project prospectus report and preliminary design plan which allows projects to compete for funding as a stand-alone CIP. The Annual Bikeways Program plans, designs and constructs bikeways, trails, and directional route signs throughout the County. The purpose of this project is to develop the bikeway network specified by master plans and those requested by the community to provide access to commuter rail, mass transit, major employment centers, recreational and educational facilities, and other major attractions.

  Transportation Design

This program provides for the development of engineering construction plans and specifications for all transportation-related projects in the County's Capital Improvements Program (CIP). This includes the planning, surveying, and designing of roads, bridges, traffic improvements, pedestrian, bicycle and mass transit facilities, and storm drains; as well as the inventory, inspection, renovation, preservation, and rehabilitation of existing bridges. All of these plans are environmentally sound and aesthetically pleasing and meet applicable local, State, and Federal laws and regulations.

Program Performance MeasuresActual
Linear feet of sidewalk construction completed (000)3016202020

  Transportation Construction

This program provides overall construction administration and inspection of the Department's transportation CIP projects. This includes preparing and awarding construction contracts, monitoring construction expenditures and schedules, processing contract payments, providing construction inspection, and inspecting and testing materials used in capital projects. It measures and controls the quality of manufactured construction materials incorporated into the transportation infrastructure. This program also includes materials (manufacturing) plant inspections and testing of materials for work performed by private developers under permit with the County.

Program Performance MeasuresActual
Transportation capital improvement projects completed within 10% of the cost estimate100%71%90%90%90%
Transportation capital improvement projects completed within 3 months of projected timeline75%43%90%90%90%

  Traffic Management and Operations

The Traffic Management and Operations program provides for the daily operations of the County's transportation management program that includes operations of the Transportation Management Center (TMC), the computerized traffic signal system, and multi-agency incident management response and special event traffic management. This program also provides hardware and software for the TMC's computer and network infrastructure and investigation of citizen complaints about traffic signal timing, synchronization, and optimization.

  Transportation Policy

This program provides for the integration of all transportation plans, projects, and programs to ensure Department-wide coordination and consistency. The program provides a strategic planning framework for the identification and prioritization of new County and State capital operating transportation projects and programs. The program advocates and explains the County's transportation priorities to the Council and State Delegation. This program also includes a liaison role and active participation with local and regional bodies such as WMATA, M-NCPPC, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), the Transportation Planning Board (TPB), and the Maryland Department of Transportation. This program involves active participation in the master planning process in order to advance transportation priorities and ensure the ability to implement proposed initiatives. The development of transportation policy, legislation, and infrastructure financing proposals are included in this program, such as administration of the Impact Tax Program, development and negotiation of participation agreements with private developers, and the Development Approval Payment program.

  Tree Maintenance

The operating budget portion of the Tree Maintenance program provides for emergency tree maintenance services in the public rights-of-way. The program provides priority area-wide emergency tree and stump removal and pruning to ensure the safety of pedestrians and cyclists, minimize damage to property, and provide adequate road clearance and sign, signal, and streetlight visibility for motorists. Starting in FY07, the street tree planting function was transferred to DOT as part of the overall Tree Maintenance program.

  Vacuum Leaf Collection

The Vacuum Leaf Collection program provides two vacuum leaf collections to the residents in the Leaf Vacuuming District during the late fall/winter months. Vacuum leaf collection is an enhanced service which complements homeowner responsibilities related to the collection of the high volume of leaves generated in this part of the County. This program is supported by a separate leaf vacuum collection fee that is charged to property owners in the Leaf Vacuuming District.


The Director's Office provides overall leadership for the Department, including policy development, planning, accountability, service integration, customer service, and the formation of partnerships. It also handles administration of the day-to-day operations of the Department, including direct service delivery, budget and fiscal management oversight (capital and operating), training, contract management, logistics and facilities support, human resources management, and information technology. In addition, administration staff coordinates the departmental review of proposed State legislation and provides a liaison between the County and WMATA. The Department consists of five divisions: the Division of Traffic Engineering and Operations, the Division of Parking Management, the Division of Highway Maintenance, the Division of Transportation Planning, and the Division of Transit Services. The Administration program includes efforts of staff from all divisions of the Department.

Budget Summary
Salaries and Wages17843579.0015433989.00 15881860.00 16046443.004.0
Employee Benefits6260107.006228255.00 6380613.00 6390843.002.6
County General Fund Personnel Costs24103686.0021662244.00 22262473.00 22437286.003.6
Operating Expenses56191582.0027037767.00 32922756.00 27372634.001.2
Capital Outlay202393.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
County General Fund Expenditures80497661.0048700011.00 55185229.00 49809920.002.3
Full-Time453.00455.00 455.00 457.000.4
Part-Time8.008.00 8.00 8.000.0
FTEs247.98252.27 252.27 252.270.0
Miscellaneous Revenues-276258.00143665.00 143665.00 230900.0060.7
Motor Pool Charges/Fees8814.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Other Charges/Fees580050.00440000.00 590000.00 590000.0034.1
Other Fines/Forfeitures10843.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Other Intergovernmental541812.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Parking Fees157464.00210000.00 210000.00 210000.000.0
Parking Fines1181330.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Residential Parking Permits35415.0024000.00 24000.00 24000.000.0
State Aid: Highway User3735980.003742245.00 3651591.00 3702146.00-1.1
State Grants0.00650000.00 650000.00 650000.000.0
Street Tree Planting140608.0075000.00 75000.00 75000.000.0
Subdivision Plan Review235401.00300000.00 300000.00 300000.000.0
Traffic Signals Maintenance968875.00994000.00 994000.00 994000.000.0
County General Fund Revenues7320334.006578910.00 6638256.00 6776046.003.0
Salaries and Wages2186115.002455372.00 2080800.00 2534089.003.2
Employee Benefits713421.00786417.00 565643.00 786836.000.1
Leaf Vacuuming Personnel Costs2899536.003241789.00 2646443.00 3320925.002.4
Operating Expenses3078653.002415440.00 2952886.00 2803659.0016.1
Leaf Vacuuming Expenditures5978189.005657229.00 5599329.00 6124584.008.3
Full-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs30.8331.03 31.03 31.030.0
Investment Income3957.008700.00 7790.00 13350.0053.4
Leaf Vaccuum Collection Fees6830085.007202921.00 7202921.00 7216578.000.2
Other Charges/Fees13033.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Systems Benefit Charge-11.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Leaf Vacuuming Revenues6847064.007211621.00 7210711.00 7229928.000.3
Salaries and Wages0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Employee Benefits0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Personnel Costs0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Operating Expenses29441.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Expenditures29441.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Full-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs0.190.00 0.00 0.000.0
State Grants29441.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Revenues29441.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Total Expenditures86505291.0054357240.00 60784558.00 55934504.002.9
Total Full-Time Positions453.00455.00 455.00 457.000.4
Total Part-Time Positions8.008.00 8.00 8.000.0
Total FTEs279.00283.30 283.30 283.300.0
Total Revenues14196839.0013790531.00 13848967.00 14005974.001.6
FY18 Approved Changes
Changes (with service impacts)
Add: Install 12 Bikeshare Stations [Bike Share]6464600.00
Enhance: Maintenance of Newly Accepted Subdivision Roads [Roadway and Related Maintenance]495120.00
Add: Rustic Road Signs [Traffic Sign and Marking]250000.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: FY18 Compensation Adjustment6044300.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY17 Compensation Increases1423400.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY17 Lapsed Positions1104120.00
Increase Cost: Retirement Adjustment1075330.00
Increase Cost: Uniterrupted Power Supply (UPS) Unit Maintenance [Traffic Management and Operations]114000.00
Technical Adj: Workforce adjustment0-0.01
Decrease Cost: Workforce Adjustment00.01
Decrease Cost: Printing and Mail-227980.00
Decrease Cost: Annualization of FY17 Personnel Costs-415250.00
Decrease Cost: Turnover Savings-1000000.00
Decrease Cost: Sidewalk Inventory (completed FY17) [Roadway and Related Maintenance]-2000000.00
Decrease Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment-2228550.00
FY18 APPROVED49809920252.27
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment [Vacuum Leaf Collection]3763670.00
Increase Cost: FY18 Compensation Adjustment [Vacuum Leaf Collection]665930.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY17 Compensation Increases [Vacuum Leaf Collection]195150.00
Increase Cost: Retirement Adjustment [Vacuum Leaf Collection]48800.00
FY18 APPROVED612458431.03
Program Summary
Program NameFY17 APPR
Bike Share18045661.0024566291.00
Bridge Maintenance1793151.041804071.04
Transportation Engineering and Management Services9702018.0010227598.00
Parking Outside the Parking Districts10757081.6010831831.60
Roadway and Related Maintenance17824191122.7318186747122.73
Snow Removal/Wind/Rain Storms334220624.78337701624.78
Traffic Planning6435405.006661375.00
Traffic and Pedestrian Safety199038111.67190390912.37
Traffic Sign and Marking274996413.03263398911.13
Traffic Signals & Advanced Transportation Mgmt System19801547.5219827638.12
Transportation Community Outreach2222931.002370531.00
Property Acquisition928160.60910710.60
Transportation Planning890440.55738350.55
Transportation Design7322281.547541571.86
Transportation Construction2057070.851972360.85
Traffic Management and Operations16113205.8017208826.60
Transportation Policy4725204.004539263.00
Tree Maintenance527425918.37533722418.37
Vacuum Leaf Collection565722931.03612458431.03
Charges to Other Departments
Charged DepartmentCharged FundFY17
Urban DistrictsBethesda Urban District250000.00300000.00
Urban DistrictsSilver Spring Urban District130000.00250000.00
Urban DistrictsWheaton Urban District129000.00129000.00
Transit ServicesMass Transit2059081.001911961.00
Permitting ServicesPermitting Services2000000.752053260.75
Environmental ProtectionWater Quality Protection360886132.29404883632.29
Solid Waste ServicesSolid Waste Disposal2659642.902701682.90
CIPCapital Fund17928062147.2214693655148.08
Cable Television Communications PlanCable TV8800200.7510883330.75
Future Fiscal Impacts ($000s)
FY18 Approved49810.00000049810.00000049810.00000049810.00000049810.00000049810.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Elimination of One-Time Items Approved in FY180.000000-646.000000-646.000000-646.000000-646.000000-646.000000
Items recommended for one-time funding in FY18, including (installation of 12 bikeshare stations), will be eliminated from the base in the outyears.
Bikeshare 0.000000217.000000217.000000217.000000217.000000217.000000
Operating costs for 12 stations installed in FY18.
Labor Contracts0.000000170.000000170.000000170.000000170.000000170.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures49810.00000049550.00000049550.00000049550.00000049550.00000049550.000000
FY18 Approved6125.0000006125.0000006125.0000006125.0000006125.0000006125.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Labor Contracts0.00000014.00000014.00000014.00000014.00000014.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures6125.0000006140.0000006140.0000006140.0000006140.0000006140.000000
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