Category: Transportation

Purple Line work to affect traffic on Wayne Avenue next week

Graphic from Maryland Transit Administration Purple Line work will cause lane closures next week on Wayne Avenue at Manchester Station near Plymouth Street. Large trailers will be delivering the components of a tower construction crane that will be erected at the site of the station, where a tunnel will be built. The Purple Line Transit Partners anticipate periodic short-term closings of one lane on Wayne between the hours of 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Jan. 23-26, depending on the weather. In the meantime, WSSC is continuing to relocate water lines along Arliss Street in Long Branch. A temporary driveway has been...

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Appeals court overturns decision, Purple Line construction can continue

Graphic from Maryland Transit Administration. Construction on the Purple Line can continue uninterrupted following a court ruling today by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. The Washington Post reports that the panel overturned a 2016 order by U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon requiring that the state needed to study the effects of Metro’s ridership decline on projections of the number of Purple Line users. The court ruled that the new information was not significant enough to warrant further study. The court earlier issued a stay on Leon’s decision, which allowed Purple...

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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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