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Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Transportation's (DOT) General Fund supported programs 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 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 FY20 Operating Budget for the Department of Transportation is $52,812,183, an increase of $793,380 or 1.53 percent from the FY19 Approved Budget of $52,018,803. Personnel Costs comprise 51.85 percent of the budget for 458 full-time position(s) and eight part-time position(s), and a total of 286.80 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 48.15 percent of the FY20 budget.

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

County Priority Outcomes

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

  • Thriving Youth and Families
  • Easier Commutes
  • A Greener County
  • Effective, Sustainable Government
  • Safe Neighborhoods


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 FY19 estimates reflect funding based on the FY19 approved budget. The FY20 and FY21 figures are performance targets based on the FY20 approved budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY21.


  • Completed 27,325 linear feet of sidewalk.

    Completed biennial inspections of 220 bridges and renovations for 25 bridges.

  • Resurfaced 178 lane miles between the Residential Resurfacing, Depot Patching and Paving, Permanent Patching, and Slurry Seal CIP programs.
  • Completed major bridge and/or storm drain improvement projects along Kinster Drive, Valley Wood Drive, West Lake Terrace, Twig Road, Bel Pre Road, Connecticut Avenue, and Barnes Road.
  • Pruned 9,576 Trees, removed 3,601 trees and 3,153 stumps, planted 1,709 trees, and responded to 401 foliage work orders.
  • Responded to 15 storm events totaling roughly 16 inches of snow accumulation. Utilized approximately 55,000 tons of salt and treated roughly 5,200 lane miles of road.
  • The annual leafing collection program collected over 109,114 cubic yards of leaf debris, and the annual sweeping program swept 4,055 miles of road and removed 643 tons of debris.
  • Repaired/restored 120 vehicle sensors for optimal traffic signal operation.

  • Re-timed 64 traffic signals to implement new pedestrian crossing timing and vehicle clearance timing standards.

  • Built and activated HAWK beacons at Muddy Branch and Harmony Hall, MacArthur and Dunrobbin, Randolph and Livingston, Aspen Hill Road and Northgate Shopping Center, Democracy and Walter Johnson HS, and Willard and The Hills Plaza, which were among the first of their kind in Montgomery County.

  • Repaired eight signal cabinet knockdowns and 30 signal pole knockdowns to ensure continuity of traffic operations

  • Deployed Adaptive Traffic Control pilot at ten locations along Montrose Road and Montrose Parkway to ensure operations flow through the corridor.

  • Replaced Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) systems at 67 locations as part of UPS life-cycle equipment replacement which is critical to ensure signal operation and safety during power outages.

  • Repaired 7,650 streetlight outages, replaced 425 knocked down streetlights, and installed 744 new streetlights Countywide to ensure visibility for motorists and pedestrians.

  • Installed 566 crosswalks and 529 stop bars to ensure safe, designated crossings for pedestrians.
  • Installed pedestal beacon flashers at Schaeffer Road, Black Rock Road, MD 118 (Germantown Road), and MD 28 (Darnestown Road) along the PEPCO Natural Trail to improve pedestrian safety.

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....

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  Bike Share

This program provides for the planning, management and operation of the Capital Bikeshare Program in Montgomery 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 environment. This includes management and...

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  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...

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  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...

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  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...

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

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  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...

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  Snow Removal/Wind/Rain Storms

This program is responsible for the removal of storm debris within County 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...

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This program is responsible for 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...

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  Traffic Planning

This program provides for traffic engineering and safety review of road construction projects in the CIP and for review of master plans, preliminary development plans, and road geometric standards from a pedestrian, bicycle, and traffic engineering and safety standpoint. The program also conducts studies to identify small scale projects to...

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  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 roads, 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...

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  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 designs, reviews, and inspects traffic control plans for CIP road projects and for permit work performed in...

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  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...

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  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...

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  Property Acquisition

This program is responsible for acquiring land for transportation capital projects. Property Acquisition staff works with licensed real estate appraisers and other real estate professionals to assess a property's fair market value and provide just compensation to property owners from whom land and/or other property rights are taken for public...

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  Transportation Planning

The Transportation Engineering Planning Unit manages the Facility Planning, Bicycle and Pedestrian Priority Area 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 multi-modal transportation improvements that are in compliance with area master...

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  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,...

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  Transportation Construction

This program provides overall construction contract administration, construction management and inspection of the Department's transportation CIP projects. This includes performing constructability reviews, 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...

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  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...

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  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...

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  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,...

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  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...

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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...

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Budget Trends
Program Contacts

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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Budget Summary
Salaries and Wages17608668.0016246455.00 16137184.00 17137636.005.5
Employee Benefits6201790.006404906.00 6085343.00 6600867.003.1
County General Fund Personnel Costs23810458.0022651361.00 22222527.00 23738503.004.8
Operating Expenses38354080.0023162721.00 37805888.00 22442285.00-3.1
Capital Outlay24770.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
County General Fund Expenditures62189308.0045814082.00 60028415.00 46180788.000.8
Full-Time457.00457.00 457.00 457.000.0
Part-Time8.008.00 8.00 8.000.0
FTEs252.27252.27 252.27 255.021.1
Bus Advertising6250.000.00 18750.00 0.000.0
Federal Grants733750.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Miscellaneous Revenues403408.00230900.00 230900.00 230900.000.0
Motor Pool Charges/Fees7432.000.00 4377.00 0.000.0
Other Charges/Fees914226.00800000.00 875000.00 675000.00-15.6
Other Fines/Forfeitures6325.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Other Intergovernmental1727668.004043312.00 4043312.00 0.00-100.0
Parking Fees187423.00210000.00 210000.00 210000.000.0
Parking Fines1472405.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Residential Parking Permits14331.0024000.00 24000.00 24000.000.0
State Aid: Highway User3674021.003764808.00 3821454.00 8218086.00118.3
State Grants0.00650000.00 650000.00 650000.000.0
Street Tree Planting147676.0075000.00 75000.00 75000.000.0
Subdivision Plan Review258074.00300000.00 300000.00 300000.000.0
Traffic Signals Maintenance0.00994000.00 994000.00 994000.000.0
County General Fund Revenues9552989.0011092020.00 11246793.00 11376986.002.6
Salaries and Wages2487831.002599150.00 2282868.00 2691675.003.6
Employee Benefits712171.00811998.00 695751.00 845422.004.1
Leaf Vacuuming Personnel Costs3200002.003411148.00 2978619.00 3537097.003.7
Operating Expenses3058227.002793573.00 2981819.00 2989356.007.0
Leaf Vacuuming Expenditures6258229.006204721.00 5960438.00 6526453.005.2
Full-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs31.0331.03 31.03 31.030.0
Investment Income16350.0020750.00 20750.00 26850.0029.4
Leaf Vaccuum Collection Fees7229947.007595788.00 7595788.00 7988714.005.2
Other Charges/Fees11332.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Systems Benefit Charge-12.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Leaf Vacuuming Revenues7257617.007616538.00 7616538.00 8015564.005.2
Salaries and Wages0.000.00 0.00 82209.000.0
Employee Benefits0.000.00 0.00 22733.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Personnel Costs0.000.00 0.00 104942.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Expenditures0.000.00 0.00 104942.000.0
Full-Time0.000.00 0.00 1.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs0.000.00 0.00 0.750.0
State Grants0.000.00 0.00 104942.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Revenues0.000.00 0.00 104942.000.0
Total Expenditures68447537.0052018803.00 65988853.00 52812183.001.5
Total Full-Time Positions457.00457.00 457.00 458.000.2
Total Part-Time Positions8.008.00 8.00 8.000.0
Total FTEs283.30283.30 283.30 286.801.2
Total Revenues16810606.0018708558.00 18863331.00 19497492.004.2
FY20 Approved Changes
Changes (with service impacts)
Add: Pedestrian Safety Audit [Traffic and Pedestrian Safety]1000000.00
Reduce: Stump Removal - 421 Stumps will still be Removed [Tree Maintenance]-790000.00
Reduce: Tree Planting - 1,622 Trees will still be Planted [Tree Maintenance]-1750000.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: FY20 Compensation Adjustment8170610.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY19 Personnel Costs3150902.75
Increase Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment2873080.00
Increase Cost: Residential Permit Program [Parking Outside the Parking Districts]500000.00
Increase Cost: Retirement Adjustment280200.00
Increase Cost: Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) Unit Maintenance [Traffic Management and Operations]112500.00
Increase Cost: Maintenance of Newly Accepted Subdivision Roads77400.00
Shift: Annualization of ESRI Enterprise Agreement - Shift to DTS-172000.00
Decrease Cost: Software Maintenance [Parking Outside the Parking Districts]-500340.00
Decrease Cost: Personnel Savings-730290.00
Decrease Cost: Savings from Lower Maintenance Costs for LED Streetlights [Streetlighting]-1000000.00
Decrease Cost: Adjust Bridge Load Testing Based on Testing Needs [Transportation Design]-1500000.00
Decrease Cost: Improve Bikeshare Program Efficiency [Bike Share]-2000000.00
Decrease Cost: Extend Replacement Cycle of LED Traffic Signals by One Year Based on Experience [Traffic Signals & Advanced Transportation Mgmt System]-4055000.00
FY20 APPROVED46180788255.02
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment1914080.00
Increase Cost: FY20 Compensation Adjustment865860.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY19 Personnel Costs361130.00
Increase Cost: Finance Chargeback for Property Tax Billing [Vacuum Leaf Collection]43750.00
Increase Cost: Retirement Adjustment32500.00
FY20 APPROVED652645331.03
Federal/State Programs
Enhance: Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Grant Increase1049420.75
FY20 APPROVED1049420.75
Program Summary
Program NameFY19 APPR
Bike Share18081061.0016097261.00
Bridge Maintenance1824231.041857691.04
Transportation Engineering and Management Services10058458.0010440148.00
Parking Outside the Parking Districts10776271.6010795541.60
Roadway and Related Maintenance16077505122.7216677184123.73
Snow Removal/Wind/Rain Storms341737724.78346370324.78
Traffic Planning6504955.006573926.00
Traffic and Pedestrian Safety199857912.60195120011.53
Traffic Sign and Marking212944610.20232408310.77
Traffic Signals & Advanced Transportation Mgmt System19442698.1215049958.12
Transportation Community Outreach2381201.002430421.00
Property Acquisition892560.60924550.60
Transportation Planning798300.55830840.55
Transportation Design7701621.867025512.29
Transportation Construction1724170.851857850.85
Traffic Management and Operations16749567.3018255857.80
Transportation Policy5566603.005718033.75
Tree Maintenance469722318.37452320118.37
Vacuum Leaf Collection620472131.03652645331.03
Charges to Other Departments
Charged DepartmentCharged FundFY19
Urban DistrictsBethesda Urban District300000.00300000.00
Urban DistrictsSilver Spring Urban District250000.00250000.00
Urban DistrictsWheaton Urban District129000.00129000.00
Transit ServicesMass Transit1946401.0001.00
Permitting ServicesPermitting Services2072030.7500.00
Environmental ProtectionWater Quality Protection410382232.29412216132.29
Solid Waste ServicesSolid Waste Disposal2785022.902838912.90
CIPCapital Fund14798044148.2414942956146.23
Cable Television Communications PlanCable TV12267680.7512301700.75
Future Fiscal Impacts ($000s)
FY20 Approved46181.00000046181.00000046181.00000046181.00000046181.00000046181.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Labor Contracts0.000000326.000000326.000000326.000000326.000000326.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures46181.00000046507.00000046507.00000046507.00000046507.00000046507.000000
FY20 Approved6526.0000006526.0000006526.0000006526.0000006526.0000006526.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Labor Contracts0.00000033.00000033.00000033.00000033.00000033.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures6526.0000006560.0000006560.0000006560.0000006560.0000006560.000000