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.
Takoma Park is well served by Metrorail, four bus operators, car share, and bike share:
- Metrorail and Metrobus information is available from WMATA . 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 , Prince George's County The Bus and the University of Maryland Shuttle-UM . Download the updated Takoma Park Bus Routes Map (PDF) to help plan your trip.
- Zipcar offers car share in Takoma Park.
- Capital Bikeshare 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 Projects Overview handout (PDF) from the March 24, 2014 Bikeways Open House to learn more.
- The City maintains signed, on-street bike routes connecting commercial districts, the Takoma Park Community Center, and transit facilities with regional trails. Use the Takoma Park Bike Map (PDF) to plan your route, available for free from public buildings and bike shops in the City.
- Sligo 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 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 comments (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 in 2005. There is also a supplement to the Takoma Park Master Plan (2000) that addresses pedestrian and bicycle routes in the City.
To promote cycling in Takoma Park, the City coordinates the annual Bike To Work Day 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Feedback Report (PDF) from the League, recommending steps to become more bike friendly.
Ongoing Projects & Plans
- Countywide Transit Corridors Functional Master Plan (Bus Rapid Transit)
- Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan
- Takoma/Langley Crossroads Transit Center
- Purple Line (16-mile light rail line)
Recently Completed Projects & Studies
- C2/C4 Metrobus Study , En Español (2013)
- F4/F6 Metrobus Study , En Español (2012)
- K6 Metrobus Study , En Español (2011)
- Takoma Junction Intersection Feasibility Study (PDF, 2008)
- Takoma/Langley Crossroads Pedestrian Access and Mobility Study (PDF, 2007)
- Takoma Transportation Study (PDF, 2003)
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
- 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
- State Highway Administration - State Highway maintenance and traffic studies.
- Montgomery County Transportation Planning - data, task force recommendations and master plans.
- Montgomery County Department of Transportation - maintenance of roadways, sidewalks and signals outside Takoma Park and for Ride On bus services.
- Montgomery County Pedestrian Safety Initiative (PDF) - public awareness campaigns and guidelines to improve safety condition and sidewalk improvements.
- Washington Area Bicyclist Association
- 1000 Friends of Maryland
- Action Committee for Transit
- Coalition for Smarter Growth
- Intelligent Transportation Society of Maryland