Category: Transportation

Long Branch, Bonifant businesses could get county funding

Purple Line construction continues along Arliss for planned tunnel. Photo by Mike Diegel. Businesses in a portion of Long Branch and along Bonifant Street could receive funding to help offset the effects of Purple Line construction under terms of an amendment to the FY2017-2022 Capital Improvement Program. The amendment was requested by the County Executive and approved last week by the County Council’s Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee. The funding ($300,000) originally was intended to assist those businesses in the Long Branch “superblock,” bordered by Arliss Street, Flower Avenue, and Piney Branch Road, as part of the Long...

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Some Ride On shelters now illuminated by solar power

Photo  from Wikimedia Commons More than 40 Ride On bus shelters around the county now are illuminated after dark via newly installed solar-powered panels. The panels were installed by Clear Channel Outdoor and are located in areas where there were no nearby electrical connections. “Providing lighting at all of Ride On’s bus shelters has been a priority for Ride On for many years, but the technology just wasn’t available to make this a reality,” said Al Roshdieh, director of the county’s Department of Transportation said in a press release. “Now, with the latest advancements in solar technology, we are...

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Ride On’s “Give and Ride” campaign is all this week

Photo of Ride On bus from Wikimedia Commons Ride On bus passengers can get free trips all this week in exchange for a donation of canned or other nonperishable food. Collection bags can be found near the fare boxes on each bus during the 31st annual “Give and Ride” food drive, which runs from April 15-21. Bring an extra item for transfers. All donations will go to Manna Food Center and will be distributed to needy families throughout the county. In addition, the collection drive is looking for items especially for children such as disposable diapers, formula, baby or...

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County officials announce crackdown on distracted driving

Montgomery County graphic County officials today announced a crackdown on distracted driving in April and May in an additional effort to reduce severe and fatal collisions among vehicle occupants, bicyclists and pedestrians. The “Stay Alert, Stay Alive” campaign is part of the county’s adoption of a Vision Zero initiative. The program’s goal is a 35 percent reduction in severe injuries and fatalities caused by distracted driving or walking by November 2019, and no traffic deaths by 2030. “Montgomery County remains focused on efforts to reduce severe and fatal traffic collisions on our roadways,” said County Executive Ike Leggett in...

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Open houses set for residents concerned about potential Beltway projects

Photo from Residents concerned with the potential widening of the Beltway through Silver Spring can express their views during four public open houses this month, according the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration. The open houses are the first chance for public comments on a traffic relief plan, part of an I-495 and I-270 Managed Lanes Study intended to find ways to reduce congestion on the two highways. “Understanding the local perspective will help us determine the best plan to reduce traffic congestion, increase economic development, enhance safety and return quality of life to Maryland commuters in...

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