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Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Transportation (DOT) is to provide an effective and efficient transportation system that ensures 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. DOT's supported programs include 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.

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Budget Overview

The total recommended FY25 Operating Budget for the Department of Transportation is $64,638,206, an increase of $5,025,106 or 8.43 percent from the FY24 Approved Budget of $59,613,100. Personnel Costs comprise 48.81 percent of the budget for 456 full-time position(s) and four part-time position(s), and a total of 268.44 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 51.19 percent of the FY25 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
  • A Greener County
  • Easier Commutes
  • Safe Neighborhoods
  • Effective, Sustainable Government

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Program 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 FY24 estimates reflect funding based on the FY24 approved budget. The FY25 and FY26 figures are performance targets based on the FY25 recommended budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY26.

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Initiatives

  • Enhance residential resurfacing slurry seal to provide additional lane miles of improvements.
  • Provide for the maintenance of newly added subdivision roads to the County network.
  • Enhance traffic safety by increasing funding for raised pavement markers, crosswalk markings, and sign maintenance.
  • Enhance Vision Zero efforts by increasing funding for the Safe Routes to School Program.
  • Provide more frequent inspection of short span bridges across the County.
  • Enhance tree maintenance to reduce backlogs in tree removal, tree planting, and stump removal.

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Innovations and Productivity Improvements

  • Created an internal tracking system to organize review requests and submissions to the Office of the County Attorney.
  • Hosted bi-monthly meetings with the Office of County Attorney to ensure legal counsel is kept informed on project development/negotiation status, and reviewed case studies/Right of Way scenarios and best practices.
  • Added a Property Acquisition Section deadlines calendar to ensure important deadlines, dates, and reminders can be tracked in a central location.
  • Initiated development of "Sorry We Missed You" door hangers for Property Acquisition Section (PAS) staff to leave on residential properties in the event contact could not be made via mail, email, or phone for upcoming projects that require land acquisition or easements to their property. This innovation will aid PAS in ensuring efforts to contact property owners regarding these necessary actions are documented prior to seeking alternative methods of settlement.

Program Descriptions

  Transportation Services General Administration

The Director's Office provides overall leadership for the department and its five divisions, 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),...

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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 is...

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  Transportation Policy, Planning, and Project Development

This program formulates transportation and related environmental policy and provides leadership in developing a capital improvements program that achieves policy goals. In addition, this program provides coordination with regional entities to ensure compliance with environmental requirements and reviews developer plans to ensure that transportation infrastructure constructed by the private sector...

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  Community/Transportation Safety

This program provides engineering studies and investigations that evaluate pedestrian and traffic operations and safety deficiencies. The studies and investigations identify the need for alternative pedestrian crossing signalization or beaconing; parking conflicts; streetlighting conditions, upgrades, and maintenance; additional traffic signing and pavement marking; and sight distance deficiencies on neighborhood streets,...

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  Transportation Infrastructure Construction & Maintenance

This program provides an effective and efficient transportation system, ensuring the safe and convenient movement of persons, bicycles, and vehicles throughout Montgomery County. The primary focus of this program is to proactively identify and address infrastructure within the County right-of-way that is in need of maintenance and to utilize industry...

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  Non-Roadway Right of Way Maintenance

Elements supported under this program provide positive value to the quality of life for residents and visitors through green infrastructure maintenance activities located in the County right-of-way.Through scheduled maintenance and emergency response to hazardous conditions, efforts to ensure the safety of all pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists traveling within the County...

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  Transportation Management, Operations and Emergency/Storm Response

This program supports the department's mission to provide an effective and efficient transportation system to ensure the safe and convenient movement of persons, bicycles, and vehicles throughout the County through daily traffic management operations and response to emergency events such as winter snow storms, severe wind/rain storms, natural disasters, and...

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Budget Trends
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Program Contacts

Contact Brady Goldsmith of the Department of Transportation at 240.777.2793 or Gregory Bruno of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2773 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Budget Summary
TitleActual
FY23
Budget
FY24
Estimate
FY24
Recommended
FY25
%Chg
Bud/Rec
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages17456055.0019328681.00 17916753.00 21632368.0011.9
Employee Benefits4817518.005819707.00 5491485.00 6303456.008.3
County General Fund Personnel Costs22273573.0025148388.00 23408238.00 27935824.0011.1
Operating Expenses30099268.0027042556.00 31533546.00 29023854.007.3
Capital Outlay147930.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
County General Fund Expenditures52520771.0052190944.00 54941784.00 56959678.009.1
PERSONNEL
Full-Time460.00461.00 461.00 456.00-1.1
Part-Time4.004.00 4.00 4.000.0
FTEs255.06252.75 252.75 239.81-5.1
REVENUES
State Grants0.00650000.00 650000.00 650000.000.0
Street Tree Planting207500.0075000.00 75000.00 75000.000.0
Residential Parking Permits115090.00115000.00 115000.00 115000.000.0
Motor Pool Charges/Fees7695.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Parking Fees144333.00120000.00 120000.00 120000.000.0
Subdivision Plan Review613420.00225000.00 225000.00 225000.000.0
Other Fines/Forfeitures400.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Parking Fines1137262.001200000.00 1200000.00 1200000.000.0
Federal Grants1022625.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
State Aid: Highway User9316832.0010573697.00 10664783.00 12725353.0020.3
Traffic Signals Maintenance0.00994000.00 994000.00 994000.000.0
Miscellaneous Revenues341398.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Other Charges/Fees313271.00435000.00 435000.00 435000.000.0
Bus Advertising10734.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
County General Fund Revenues13230560.0014387697.00 14478783.00 16539353.0015.0
 
LEAF VACUUMING
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages2116834.002821598.00 2131158.00 2812019.00-0.3
Employee Benefits523719.00778323.00 381426.00 804052.003.3
Leaf Vacuuming Personnel Costs2640553.003599921.00 2512584.00 3616071.000.4
Operating Expenses3669694.003674002.00 3713027.00 3847950.004.7
Leaf Vacuuming Expenditures6310247.007273923.00 6225611.00 7464021.002.6
PERSONNEL
Full-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs31.0331.03 31.03 28.63-7.7
REVENUES
Leaf Vaccuum Collection Fees8716610.009112500.00 9112500.00 9131619.000.2
Other Charges/Fees14124.000.00 6000.00 0.000.0
Investment Income117241.00178670.00 192320.00 151390.00-15.3
Leaf Vacuuming Revenues8847975.009291170.00 9310820.00 9283009.00-0.1
 
GRANT FUND - MCG
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages47741.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Employee Benefits13318.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Personnel Costs61059.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Operating Expenses1646405.00148233.00 148233.00 214507.0044.7
Grant Fund - MCG Expenditures1707464.00148233.00 148233.00 214507.0044.7
PERSONNEL
Full-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
REVENUES
Federal Grants3307003.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
State Grants525593.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Miscellaneous Revenues326466.00148233.00 148233.00 214507.0044.7
Grant Fund - MCG Revenues4159062.00148233.00 148233.00 214507.0044.7
 
DEPARTMENT TOTALS
Total Expenditures60538482.0059613100.00 61315628.00 64638206.008.4
Total Full-Time Positions460.00461.00 461.00 456.00-1.1
Total Part-Time Positions4.004.00 4.00 4.000.0
Total FTEs286.09283.78 283.78 268.44-5.4
Total Revenues26237597.0023827100.00 23937836.00 26036869.009.3
FY25 Recommended Changes
TitleExpendituresFTEs
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
FY24 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION52190944252.75
Changes (with service impacts)
Enhance: Residential Resurfacing Slurry Seal [Transportation Infrastructure Construction & Maintenance]7000000.00
Enhance: Tree Removal and Planting [Non-Roadway Right of Way Maintenance]5000000.00
Enhance: Traffic Markings [Community/Transportation Safety]4355000.00
Enhance: Annualization of Safe Routes to Schools Infrastructure Reviews [Community/Transportation Safety]2120000.00
Enhance: New Subdivision Roads Maintenance [Transportation Infrastructure Construction & Maintenance]302300.00
Enhance: Inspection of Short Span Bridges [Transportation Services General Administration]250000.00
Eliminate: Temporary Unprotected On-Street Bike Lane Reviews [Community/Transportation Safety]-1000000.00
Reduce: Bikeshare Program Low-Utilization Stations [Transportation Services General Administration]-1219410.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: FY25 Compensation Adjustment13345320.00
Increase Cost: Restore One Time Lapse Increase [Transportation Services General Administration]13085720.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY24 Compensation Increases12413610.00
Increase Cost: Highway Maintenance Contract Escalation [Transportation Infrastructure Construction & Maintenance]6720000.00
Increase Cost: Overtime Adjustment2500000.00
Increase Cost: UPS Unit Maintenance Contract Escalation [Transportation Management, Operations and Emergency/Storm Response]1202040.00
Shift: Cable Fund Chargeback to General Fund [Transportation Services General Administration]1061350.75
Increase Cost: Long Line Marking Contract Escalation [Community/Transportation Safety]934470.00
Increase Cost: Streetlight Maintenance Contract Escalation [Community/Transportation Safety]817500.00
Increase Cost: Capital Bikeshare Contract Escalation [Transportation Services General Administration]526850.00
Increase Cost: LED Traffic Signal Maintenance Contract Escalation [Transportation Management, Operations and Emergency/Storm Response]149600.00
Increase Cost: Printing and Mail57770.00
Technical Adj: Workforce Reconciliation - Adjustment [Transportation Infrastructure Construction & Maintenance]0-0.15
Technical Adj: Workforce Reconciliation - Adjustment [Transportation Services General Administration]00.65
Technical Adj: Workforce Reconciliation - Adjustment [Transportation Policy, Planning, and Project Development]01.00
Decrease Cost: Retirement Adjustment-112220.00
Shift: Montgomery Weed Control to Office of Agriculture [Non-Roadway Right of Way Maintenance]-320000.00
Decrease Cost: Lapse Adjustment [Transportation Services General Administration]-1562530.00
Re-align: Elimination of Long-Term General Fund Vacancies [Transportation Services General Administration]-337271-3.81
Decrease Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment-7083140.00
Re-align: Repurpose Long-Term General Fund Vacancies to Address Operational Needs [Transportation Services General Administration]-948418-11.38
FY25 RECOMMENDED56959678239.81
 
LEAF VACUUMING
FY24 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION727392331.03
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment1748480.00
Increase Cost: FY25 Compensation Adjustment1228110.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY24 Compensation Increases968610.00
Decrease Cost: Reduction in Finance Fees [Transportation Infrastructure Construction & Maintenance]-9000.00
Decrease Cost: Retirement Adjustment-42160.00
Technical Adj: Annualization of FY24 Personnel Costs-161410.00
Re-align: Repurpose Long-Term Leaf Vacuuming Fund Vacancies to Address Operational Needs [Transportation Services General Administration]-183165-2.40
FY25 RECOMMENDED746402128.63
 
GRANT FUND - MCG
FY24 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION1482330.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY24 Operating Expenses662740.00
FY25 RECOMMENDED2145070.00
Program Summary
Program NameFY24 APPR
Expenditures
FY24 APPR
FTEs
FY25 REC
Expenditures
FY25 REC
FTEs
Community/Transportation Safety582778922.90671554522.90
Non-Roadway Right of Way Maintenance1651359871.441761710964.85
Parking Outside the Parking Districts9602841.609716081.60
Transportation Infrastructure Construction & Maintenance19287975101.222043800393.03
Transportation Management, Operations and Emergency/Storm Response793006242.24858398741.18
Transportation Policy, Planning, and Project Development340026510.69379742012.69
Transportation Services General Administration569312733.69651453432.19
Total59613100283.7864638206268.44
Charges to Other Departments
Charged DepartmentCharged FundFY24
Total$
FY24
FTES
FY25
Total$
FY25
FTES
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
CIPCapital Fund16790897145.3518949320156.43
Cable Television Communications PlanCable TV8741170.7500.00
Environmental ProtectionWater Quality Protection444132832.97444132832.97
Transit ServicesMass Transit2080581.002080581.00
Technology and Enterprise Business SolutionsGeneral Fund00.006579850.00
Recycling and Resource ManagementSolid Waste Disposal3368942.903368942.90
Urban DistrictsBethesda Urban District300000.00350000.00
Urban DistrictsSilver Spring Urban District300000.00350000.00
Urban DistrictsWheaton Urban District250000.00250000.00
Total22736294182.9724688585193.30
Funding Parameter Items ($000s)
TitleFY25FY26FY27FY28FY29FY30
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
FY25 Recommended56960.00000056960.00000056960.00000056960.00000056960.00000056960.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Elimination of One-Time Items Recommended in FY250.000000-250.000000-250.000000-250.000000-250.000000-250.000000
Items recommended for one-time funding in FY25, including additional OT, will be eliminated from the base in the outyears.
Capital Bikeshare Program CPI-U for contracts (labor cost)0.00000053.00000053.00000053.00000053.00000053.000000
LED Traffic Signal Maintenance0.0000008.00000016.00000025.00000033.00000033.000000
Traffic Signal LED Replacement Cycle is on a 10-year cycle and assumes a 3% increase in re-lamp and contractor cost per year. The 10-year cycle was based on MDOT SHA data/studies (and other DOTs, nationally) that showed LED replacement could be extended from the warranty period of five years to a time prior to anticipated life expectancy, or approximately 10 years.
Restore One-Time Lapse Increase0.000000156.000000156.000000156.000000156.000000156.000000
Items recommended for one-time funding in FY25, including lapse adjustment will be eliminated from the base in the outyears.
Short Span Bridge Inspection0.00000050.00000075.000000100.000000100.000000100.000000
Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) Unit Maintenance0.00000052.000000111.000000179.000000256.000000256.000000
The Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) maintenance program involves the annual preventive maintenance of UPS that have been installed at signalized intersections as well as the battery replacement. The number of County-owned intersections is expected to increase by 10 for FY25 and subsequent years. For FY25, annual preventative maintenance and testing is anticipated to be performed at 489 locations. Batteries are scheduled to be replaced every five years with 80 anticipated for FY25.
Labor Contracts0.000000618.000000618.000000618.000000618.000000618.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures56960.00000057647.00000057739.00000057841.00000057926.00000057926.000000
 
LEAF VACUUMING
EXPENDITURES
FY25 Recommended7464.0000007464.0000007464.0000007464.0000007464.0000007464.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Labor Contracts0.00000057.00000057.00000057.00000057.00000057.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures7464.0000007521.0000007521.0000007521.0000007521.0000007521.000000