Category: Transportation

UPDATED: Third dockless bikeshare company coming next week

Photo by Mike Mowery A third dockless bikeshare company is scheduled to begin operating in a demonstration area beginning Dec. 7, according to a press release. Spin, founded in San Francisco in 2016, will join Limebike and Ofo to offer riders the chance to pick one of 100 Spin-branded bikes, ride it to a destination and park it on public space for the next user. The county has also designated specific areas to park shared bikes on Ellsworth Street next to Veterans Plaza and on Ripley Street behind the Silver Spring Transit Center. Dockless bikeshare companies do not rely...

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Red Line to temporarily close between Silver Spring and Fort Totten

Graphic from WMATA Red Line trains will not operate between Silver Spring and Fort Totten for 16 days beginning Saturday, Nov. 25. During that time, the Takoma station, all of its parking lots and metered spaces will be closed. Limited free shuttle service will run between the three stations. The closure is for a capital improvement project to replace rail ties, eliminate joints, and install 800 feet of new rail along a four-mile section of track, as well as upgrading signals, replacing grout pad and installing new power cables. In addition, installation of radio communications cables and preventive maintenance...

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Dockless Bikeshare set to begin Thursday

Dockless Bikeshare is set to begin Thursday in Silver Spring, after the Montgomery County Department of Transportation signed agreements with Ofo and Limebike. Montgomery County is the first suburban jurisdiction in the country to have a Dockless Bikeshare system. According to the press release sent by MCDOT, Limebike will position 240 bikes tonight and will be activated for service on Thursday, October 26. Ofo will place 100 bikes Thursday night that will be activated for service on Friday, October 27, and expanding to 1,000 bikes over the next 4 weeks. Mobike was the first of the Dockless Bikeshare companies...

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Traffic, safety principal concerns raised at sector planning kick off

Graphic courtesy Montgomery County Planning Department (M-NCPPC). Traffic congestion and pedestrian safety along Georgia Avenue were the principal concerns among attendees at a presentation kicking off planning for a Forest Glen/Montgomery Hills sector plan. The comments primarily focused on the difficulty crossing Georgia Avenue at Forest Glen Road to get to and from the Metro, and at Seminary Place to get to shops and restaurants. Over and over, attendees said “you take your life in your hands” at those crossings. The purpose of this planning process is to consider “long-term land use and transportation strategies in response to the SHA...

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First planning meeting for updating Forest Glen and Montgomery Hills set

Montgomery County Planning Department photo. The county’s Planning Department will hold the first public meeting to discuss updating plans for Forest Glen and Montgomery Hills tonight at Park and Planning headquarters, 8787 Georgia Ave. The department will start the process with a traffic study along Georgia Avenue from 16th Street to the Forest Glen Metro station, according to a press release. The planning area will include the Montgomery Hills commercial section. The department lists the sector plan priorities as: Balancing regional traffic demands with the needs of enhancing and protecting the existing residential neighborhoods. Evaluating existing conditions and providing...

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