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.
- Metrorail and Metrobus information is available from WMATA . These routes link Takoma Park with downtown Washington D.C., suburban Maryland, and Northern Virginia.
- Montgomery County's Ride On bus service links Takoma Park with Silver Spring, Langley Park, Rockville, Bethesda, and other parts of Montgomery County.
- Prince George's County's The Bus links Langley Park to University of Maryland, Cheverly, Addison Road, and the Ikea parking lot.
- The University of Maryland Shuttle-UM links Langley Park to Silver Spring and the University of Maryland, College Park.
- Zipcar offers car-sharing in Takoma Park.
- Capital Bikeshare is now Takoma Park, with 5 stations in the City, and others in DC and Silver Spring.
Bicycle Routes and Trails
- 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.
- The 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.
- The 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.
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 sponsorts are encouraged to contact the planning division: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ongoing Projects & Plans
- Countywide Transit Corridors Functional Master Plan (Bus Rapid Transit)
- Montgomery County BikeShare expansion
- Takoma/Langley Crossroads Transit Center
- Purple Line (16-mile light rail line)
- Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan
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 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