Category: Transportation

Planners Present Preliminary Recommendations to Improve Georgia Avenue

Staff from the county’s Planning Department last night presented a set of preliminary recommendations to ease traffic and pedestrian concerns along Georgia Avenue in Montgomery Hills and Forest Glen. In June, the department launched a tool to gather public input about the issues residents experienced along the corridor as part of the process of updating the Forest Glen/Montgomery Hills Sector Plan, which was launched in October, 2017. The major concerns reviewed at the meeting included problems with walking along or crossing Georgia Avenue, the lack of a dedicated space for bicyclists, traffic backups along Georgia, a Beltway interchange many...

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Board Authorizes Execution of Purple Line Construction MOU

The county Board of Education this week authorized Superintendent Jack Smith to execute a memorandum of understanding with the Maryland Transit Administration regarding Purple Line construction. The MOU covers issues at the Silver Spring International Middle School and the Sligo Creek Elementary School, located along Wayne Avenue. A Purple Line station is under construction by the Purple Line Transit Partners at the corner of Wayne and Dale Drive, affecting operations at both schools now and when the light rail becomes operational on Wayne. According to a memo from Smith to the board, the MOU includes: Provisions regarding responsibility for...

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County Receives Second Federal Grant for Electric Busses

The county’s Department of Transportation has received a second grant from the Federal Transit Administration to replace diesel busses with 10 new electric busses. The grant for $4.365 million follows an FTA grant of $1.75 million in September 2017 to purchse four electric busses and charging stations. “Thank you to the FTA for this grant to purchase more zero-emission, electric buses that will bring Montgomery County closer to our climate-protection goals and help reduce our impact on the environment,” said County Executive Ike Leggett in a press release. “I am especially grateful for the support of our Congressional delegation,...

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Mobile Bike Shop Saves Bicyclists an Awkward Trip

Ray Heinsman of The Bike Shop works on a client’s bike. Photo by Mike Diegel. Area bicyclists no longer have to deal with the awkwardness of loading their bike in a vehicle and driving it somewhere for service. The Bike Shop will come to you. “The whole idea is you don’t have to bring your bike somewhere,” said Ray Heinsman, who founded the company, “which is a difficult thing for families to do, especially with multiple bikes for multiple kids. I saw a need, and it turns out it really is something that people do need.” For now at...

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Citizens Reviving Group to Oppose Current Beltway, 270 Plans

Photo of the Maryland Beltway from A group of area residents has revived Citizens Against Beltway Expansion to oppose various proposals being discussed under Gov. Larry Hogan’s (R) managed lanes study for the Maryland Beltway and I-270. The State Highway Administration is currently seeking proposals for a public-private partnership (P3) to build, finance and operate any improvements for about 70 miles of roadway and is early in the public information process. Brad German, a Bethesda resident, got involved after attending a preliminary meeting last spring. “I went to participate and it was essentially sort of a public relations...

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