Transportation Planning

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The transportation planning process improves mobility and accessibility by working with the public to identify land use and travel patterns that affect traffic congestion and air quality. Information about use of roadways, bicycle paths, sidewalks, transit, and future land use development can help to predict travel patterns and transportation network use. Much transportation planning is done at a regional level because most travelers cross local jurisdictions, and because pollution concerns caused by vehicle travel are a region-wide problem.

In the Washington area, the Washington Council of Governments external link icon works with the Transportation Planning Board external link icon to prepare regional transportation plans.

Transportation Options

Takoma Park is well served by Metrorail, four bus operators, car share, and bike share:

  • Metrorail and Metrobus information is available from WMATA external link icon. These routes link Takoma Park with downtown Washington D.C., suburban Maryland, and Northern Virginia.
  • Bus transit services are also provided by Montgomery County Ride On external link icon, Prince George's County The Bus external link icon and the University of Maryland Shuttle-UM external link icon. Download the updated PDF iconTakoma Park Bus Routes Map (PDF) to help plan your trip.
  • Zipcar external link icon offers car share in Takoma Park.
  • Capital Bikeshare external link icon is the regional bike share system with 5 stations in the City.

Bicycle Routes and Trails

Several bikeway improvements are underway and planned in Takoma Park, including an updated Bike Takoma Park map for 2014. Download the PDF iconProjects Overview handout (PDF) from the March 24, 2014 Bikeways Open House to learn more.Transportation Planning | Image of cyclist waiting to cross street using pedestrian signal

  • The City maintains signed, on-street bike routes connecting commercial districts, the Takoma Park Community Center, and transit facilities with regional trails. Use the PDF iconTakoma Park Bike Map (PDF) to plan your route, available for free from public buildings and bike shops in the City.
  • PDF iconSligo Creek Trail (PDF) is a paved, winding path through Sligo Creek Park that links New Hampshire Avenue with Piney Branch Road, and connects to other stream valley park trails in Maryland.
  • Metropolitan Branch Trail external link icon is an 8-mile shared-use trail suitable for bicyclists, pedestrians, and rollerbladers. The mostly completed trail connects with the Capital Crescent Trail to create a circular route through the District, Bethesda, Silver Spring, and Takoma Park.

The City provided PDF iconcomments (PDF) on the Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan 2013 update, which addresses state roadway standards and funding opportunities. In 2012 and 2013, Takoma Park was awarded Maryland Bikeways Program grant funding for new on-road bicycle pavement markings, bicycle wayfinding signage, and custom bike racks.

Montgomery County prepared a Countywide Bikeways Functional Master Plan external link icon in 2005. There is also a supplement to the Takoma Park Master Plan (2000) external link icon that addresses pedestrian and bicycle routes in the City.

To promote cycling in Takoma Park, the City coordinates the annual Bike To Work Day external link icon in May with "pit stops" in Old Takoma and on the New Ave. Registration opens in March, and interested volunteers and sponsors are encouraged to contact the planning division: Email icon and link

Takoma Park submitted a Bicycle Friendly Community application in 2013 to the League of American Bicyclists. The City was designated an 'honorable mention', and provided a PDF iconFeedback Report (PDF) from the League, recommending steps to become more bike friendly.


Ongoing Projects & Plans

Recently Completed Projects & Studies

Reporting Safety and Maintenance Issues on Takoma Park Roads

Requests for sidewalks or traffic calming initiatives on residential City streets should be directed to your councilmember. The application process is outlined in the City Code and can be accessed here:

For concerns about traffic or pedestrian safety on City streets or sidewalks, please contact the Police Department at 301-270-1100. Or, fill out an on-line form with the City’s online customer service center.

Please contact the City's Department of Public Works office at 301-891-7633 or fill out an on-line form with the City's online customer service center to report a problem about the following:

  • general circulation patterns
  • pedestrian safety
  • traffic bottlenecks
  • street or sidewalk maintenance
  • parking
  • regulation regarding obstructing or overhanging sidewalks or roads in the City

At two intersections, the County maintains signals: Flower Avenue at Piney Branch Road, and Carroll Avenue at University Boulevard. For burned out lights at these intersections, please notify the County at 240-777-2190.

If you see a traffic light or pedestrian signal that is out at other intersections in Takoma Park, please call the State Highway Administration at 410-787-7650.

State highways and roads in Takoma Park are maintained by the State Highway Administration, and include:

  • Carroll Avenue (Route 195)
  • Ethan Allen Avenue and Philadelphia Avenue (Route 410)
  • Flower Avenue (Route 787)
  • New Hampshire Avenue (Route 650)
  • Piney Branch Road (Route 320)
  • University Boulevard (Route 193)

To report pot holes, drain failure and signage problems on any State Highway route, call the Administration's Fairland Maintenance Shop at 301-572-5166.

Additional Transportation Resources

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