The Transit Challenge: What I Learned

A number of local officials accepted a challenge from the Action Committee for Transit to spend the week of June 10-17 using only public transit, or active modes of transportation such as biking, walking or scooters, to travel around the county. The Source asked one of those participants, Councilmember Hans Riemer (D-At Large), who lives in Takoma Park, what he thought of the experience, and here is his report.

Dejá Vu for Silver Spring Commuters as Fencing is Installed

Dejá Vu for Silver Spring Commuters as Fencing is Installed

It will be dejá vu for Silver Spring commuters headed for the Paul Sarbanes Transit Center as fencing is installed, cutting off some sidewalk access in preparation for Purple Line construction. Metro and bus riders will need to go around the perimeter, or access upper levels from Ramsey Avenue or Bonifant Street as construction will start this summer.

Residents, Advocates Attend Town Hall on Proposed Metro Improvements

About 100 residents, transit advocates and others attended a town hall in Silver Spring last night to hear about proposed budget and service changes for the Metro system from representatives of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. The meeting was organized by the County Council’s Transportation and Environment Committee, chaired by Councilmember Tom Hucker (D-District 5), who noted it was … Read More

New Lyttonsville Place Bridge Now Open

New Lyttonsville Place Bridge

The rebuilt Lyttonsville Place Bridge between Lyttonsville and Brookville roads has been opened by the Purple Line Transit Partners. For the time being, the span will carry one lane of traffic in each direction, along with an area for pedestrians. Later this year, PLTP crews will complete the bridge to include sidewalks, drop-off lanes and access to the planned Lyttonsville Station … Read More

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 … Read More

Organizations Join Celebration of PARK(ing) Day

Seven organizations joined the county’s Department of Transportation’s Division of Parking Management Friday to celebrate PARK(ing) Day in downtown Silver Spring. The day is described as “an annual, global event that encourages the temporary transformation of parking spaces into enjoyable, parklike spots [and] encourages people to rethink the urban landscape, their transportation choices and how infrastructure can be more transit-oriented, … Read More