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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 FY24 Operating Budget for the Department of Transportation is $59,613,100, an increase of $3,466,372 or 6.17 percent from the FY23 Approved Budget of $56,146,728. Personnel Costs comprise 48.22 percent of the budget for 461 full-time position(s) and four part-time position(s), and a total of 283.78 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 51.78 percent of the FY24 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


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 FY23 estimates reflect funding based on the FY23 approved budget. The FY24 and FY25 figures are performance targets based on the FY24 approved budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY25.



  • Plant 1,200 street trees along roads and sidewalks that are adjacent to private residences and other locations to increase canopy coverage. The Chesapeake Bay Trust (CBT) Urban Trees Grant Program awarded the Department of Transportation (MCDOT) a grant for $362,740 to increase tree canopy in urban and underserved areas of the County. An initial amount of $148,233 was received in FY23 and a second installment for $148,233 will be received in FY24.

  • Increase the number of condition inspections of short span highway bridge/culvert and pedestrian structures in Montgomery County. The condition inspection provides information on the current condition of the bridge structures and is fundamental in establishing the structural integrity and serviceability of a bridge. Deterioration of components or the adequacy of the structure, including the approaches and traffic safety features, can only be determined by a thorough condition inspection. The inspection program of short span structures enables the Department to be proactive in repairing or replacing smaller structures before they result in more costly repairs and public safety issues.


Innovations and Productivity Improvements

  • Completed Infrastructure Safety Analysis and developed recommendations for infrastructure/roadway improvements at ten (10) locations where the highest number of school bus monitoring program citations were issued. The analysis would determine if infrastructure improvements that address pedestrian and operational safety, while enhancing or maintaining the safety of children who are boarding and disembarking school buses are necessary or appropriate. These improvements may include additional or modified signage and pavement markings, geometric modifications such as curb realignments and median installations, or the need to add traffic signals or pedestrian hybrid beacons.
  • Increase the number of traffic signals evaluated per year in the Traffic Signal Optimization Program to reduce vehicle delays and traffic congestion resulting from inadequate signal timing. This will enable the County to advance a four to six-year traffic signal review cycle, which is near the industry standard of three to five years, and move away from a 12 to 14-year review cycle. MCDOT is on target to review and replace 50 traffic signals this fiscal year.
  • Increase Bikeshare maintenance to extend the life of stations by replacing obsolete ecoboards. Ecoboards serve as the operational intelligence of each Bikeshare station.

Program Descriptions

  Transportation Services General Administration

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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  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, and includes the need for alternative pedestrian crossing signalization or beaconing; parking conflicts; streetlighting conditions, upgrades, and maintenance; traffic signing and pavement marking needs; and sight distance deficiencies on neighborhood streets, arterial roads, and...

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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, priority activities associated with non-roadway maintenance include efforts to ensure the safety of all pedestrians,...

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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
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
Salaries and Wages18386220.0018520954.00 17409291.00 19328681.004.4
Employee Benefits5401049.005320514.00 5181709.00 5819707.009.4
County General Fund Personnel Costs23787269.0023841468.00 22591000.00 25148388.005.5
Operating Expenses38029081.0025389673.00 29543449.00 27042556.006.5
Capital Outlay287871.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
County General Fund Expenditures62104221.0049231141.00 52134449.00 52190944.006.0
Full-Time456.00460.00 460.00 461.000.2
Part-Time7.004.00 4.00 4.000.0
FTEs252.52255.06 255.06 252.75-0.9
State Grants0.00650000.00 650000.00 650000.000.0
Street Tree Planting135750.0075000.00 75000.00 75000.000.0
Residential Parking Permits112910.0012000.00 115086.00 115000.00858.3
Motor Pool Charges/Fees13569.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Parking Fees78169.00105000.00 122918.00 120000.0014.3
Subdivision Plan Review412544.00225000.00 225000.00 225000.000.0
Other Fines/Forfeitures450.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Parking Fines1167989.001044330.00 1215851.00 1200000.0014.9
Federal Grants1006000.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
State Aid: Highway User8816137.008797624.00 8744531.00 10573697.0020.2
Traffic Signals Maintenance0.00994000.00 994000.00 994000.000.0
Miscellaneous Revenues123543.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Other Charges/Fees528108.00435000.00 435000.00 435000.000.0
Bus Advertising47946.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
County General Fund Revenues12443115.0012337954.00 12577386.00 14387697.0016.6
Salaries and Wages2361926.002616104.00 2266056.00 2821598.007.9
Employee Benefits611763.00726132.00 555062.00 778323.007.2
Leaf Vacuuming Personnel Costs2973689.003342236.00 2821118.00 3599921.007.7
Operating Expenses3523788.003573351.00 3530223.00 3674002.002.8
Leaf Vacuuming Expenditures6497477.006915587.00 6351341.00 7273923.005.2
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
Leaf Vaccuum Collection Fees8552231.008739229.00 8739229.00 9112500.004.3
Other Charges/Fees14271.000.00 8275.00 0.000.0
Systems Benefit Charge-14.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Investment Income4811.0020950.00 113080.00 178670.00752.8
Leaf Vacuuming Revenues8571299.008760179.00 8860584.00 9291170.006.1
Salaries and Wages188441.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Employee Benefits54489.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Personnel Costs242930.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Operating Expenses410866.000.00 0.00 148233.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Expenditures653796.000.00 0.00 148233.000.0
Full-Time1.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs0.750.00 0.00 0.000.0
Federal Grants2543738.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
State Grants1229083.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Miscellaneous Revenues0.000.00 0.00 148233.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Revenues3772821.000.00 0.00 148233.000.0
Total Expenditures69255494.0056146728.00 58485790.00 59613100.006.2
Total Full-Time Positions457.00460.00 460.00 461.000.2
Total Part-Time Positions7.004.00 4.00 4.000.0
Total FTEs284.30286.09 286.09 283.78-0.8
Total Revenues24787235.0021098133.00 21437970.00 23827100.0012.9
FY24 Approved Changes
Changes (with service impacts)
Enhance: Maintenance of Newly Accepted Subdivision Roads [Transportation Infrastructure Construction & Maintenance]330780.00
Enhance: Short Span Bridge Inspection [Transportation Infrastructure Construction & Maintenance]300000.00
Enhance: Prior Year Operating Budget Impact (OBI) [Transportation Infrastructure Construction & Maintenance]110000.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment15407360.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY23 Compensation Increases13872910.00
Increase Cost: FY24 Compensation Adjustment13828490.00
Technical Adj: Annualization of FY23 Personnel Costs207980.00
Increase Cost: Printing and Mail106590.00
Increase Cost: Three Percent Inflationary Adjustment to Non-Profit Service Provider Contracts [Transportation Services General Administration]14100.00
Increase Cost: Retirement Adjustment12210.00
Technical Adj: Workforce Reconciliation - Adjustment [Transportation Services General Administration]0-0.50
Decrease Cost: Position Exchange with Mass Transit [Transportation Policy, Planning, and Project Development]-405120.00
Shift: Position Transfer to OHR [Transportation Services General Administration]-110155-1.81
Re-align: One-time Budget Adjustment to Reflect Higher Than Expected Vacant Positions-13085720.00
FY24 APPROVED52190944252.75
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY23 Compensation Increases1492520.00
Increase Cost: FY24 Compensation Adjustment1100670.00
Increase Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment1006510.00
Decrease Cost: Retirement Adjustment-16340.00
FY24 APPROVED727392331.03
Federal/State Programs
Enhance: Chesapeake Bay Trust (CBT) Grant to Enhance the Tree Canopy1482330.00
FY24 APPROVED1482330.00
Program Summary
Program NameFY23 APPR
Community/Transportation Safety551122022.90582778922.90
Non-Roadway Right of Way Maintenance1551282171.881651359871.44
Parking Outside the Parking Districts9367001.609602841.60
Transportation Infrastructure Construction & Maintenance17090527101.4819287975101.22
Transportation Management, Operations and Emergency/Storm Response752318443.35793006242.24
Transportation Policy, Planning, and Project Development343876011.69340026510.69
Transportation Services General Administration613351633.19569312733.69
Charges to Other Departments
Charged DepartmentCharged FundFY23
CIPCapital Fund15320738146.0316790897145.35
Cable Television Communications PlanCable TV8659350.758741170.75
Environmental ProtectionWater Quality Protection423017132.97444132832.97
Transit ServicesMass Transit2080581.002080581.00
Recycling and Resource ManagementSolid Waste Disposal2759492.903368942.90
Urban DistrictsBethesda Urban District300000.00300000.00
Urban DistrictsSilver Spring Urban District250000.00300000.00
Urban DistrictsWheaton Urban District129000.00250000.00
Funding Parameter Items ($000s)
FY24 Approved52191.00000052191.00000052191.00000052191.00000052191.00000052191.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Restore One-Time Lapse Increase0.0000001309.0000001309.0000001309.0000001309.0000001309.000000
Labor Contracts0.0000007186.0000007186.0000007186.0000007186.0000007186.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures52191.00000060686.00000060686.00000060686.00000060686.00000060686.000000
FY24 Approved7274.0000007274.0000007274.0000007274.0000007274.0000007274.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Labor Contracts0.000000746.000000746.000000746.000000746.000000746.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures7274.0000008020.0000008020.0000008020.0000008020.0000008020.000000