Thursday, January 29, 2015

Woodmont Avenue and New Capital Crescent Garage Now Open;

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Woodmont Avenue, between Bethesda Avenue and Leland Street, and a new County parking garage in Bethesda, called the Capital Crescent Garage, are now open. The garage, located at the intersection of Woodmont and Bethesda avenues on two former surface parking lots, is part of a public-private, mixed use development that added 250 residential units, ground level retail, and more than tripled the number of public parking spaces available on the site. The underground Capital Crescent Garage has about 960 public spaces and 290 private parking spaces for tenants. Demand for parking at the former surface parking lots was very high.
To give parkers time to become acquainted with the new garage, the County will begin charging for parking on March 1. The conveniently located garage has entrances on Bethesda and Woodmont avenues. There are three pedestrian exits leading to the east and west sides of Woodmont Avenue and directly onto the Capital Crescent Trail.
MCDOT is using technology to deliver innovative parking solutions. The Capital Crescent Garage has a parking availability system that wirelessly tracks the number of available parking spaces on each garage level and displays the information outside every entrance and on each floor. Initially, the signs will say “open” until the car counting system is needed. Read more.

MCDOT Spearheads Public/Private Partnership in Bethesda to Construct Mixed Use Development on Parking Lot 43; 20 Percent of Housing Will be Affordable

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MCDOT led the effort to redevelop a County parking lot (known as Lot 43) located at 8009 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda into a mixed use project that includes housing, retail/commercial space and underground parking. The proposal outlines a plan to develop the site --at no cost to the County and with all private financing.
MCDOT led the effort to redevelop a County parking lot (known as Lot 43) located at 8009 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda into a mixed use project that includes housing, retail/commercial space and underground parking. The proposal outlines a plan to develop the site --at no cost to the County and with all private financing.
The project will increase the area’s stock of affordable housing by guaranteeing that at least 20 percent of the units built will be set aside as moderately priced residences and provide sufficient private parking to eliminate any reliance on other public parking facilities in Bethesda. In exchange, the County will receive the fair market value of the parking lot property. Read more.

New Parking Availability System Installed in Two Silver Spring Garages: Provides Information on the Number of Spaces Available Before Entering Garages

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Chief Administrative Officer Tim Firestine and MCDOT Acting Director Al Roshdieh
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The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) Division of Parking Management has installed a parking space availability system in the Wayne Avenue and Town Square parking garages located in Silver Spring. MCDOT is using the latest technology to wirelessly track the number of available parking spaces on each garage level and display the information outside every entrance and on each floor.
The Wayne Avenue Garage (921 Wayne Avenue) has 1,740 spaces and the Town Square Garage (801 Ellsworth Drive) has 1,265 spaces. The recently opened Capital Crescent Garage, located at the intersection of Woodmont and Bethesda avenues in Bethesda, uses the same technology to track parking space availability. MCDOT is planning to install a similar vehicle counting system in the Cameron Street Garage in Silver Spring later this year.
The car counting system uses sensors that transmit real time parking space availability to garage signs. When the garage reaches capacity, the signs will show the word “Full.” Read more.

Leggett Announces Amended Six-Year Capital Construction Budget

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On January 15, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett announced his recommended Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Capital Budget and proposed amendments to the FY 15-20 Capital Improvements Program (CIP) that contains the following additions for transportation and infrastructure improvements:
  • Accelerate White Flint redevelopment expenditures for Main/Market streets and Executive Boulevard. Funding will aid coordination with the Conference Center parking garage construction, minimizing disruption to local businesses, saving money and accelerating pedestrian and bike improvements.
  • Proceed with the extension of the Metropolitan Branch Trail from the Silver Spring Transit Center to the north end of the existing trail near Montgomery College’s Takoma Park campus to coordinate with construction of a nearby development.
  • Construct a new bridge at Pennyfield Lock Road and provide design funding for a new Glen Road Bridge.
  • Accelerate $8.2 million in road resurfacing and maintenance for the coming year, expediting work on 62.7 lane miles of roads.
  • Continue support for the Bethesda Metro Station South Entrance, the Capital Crescent Trail, and the Silver Spring Green Trail projects reflecting modest Purple Line delays.
Under a 1996 County Charter amendment, a new CIP is developed in even-numbered calendar years. In alternate years, such as 2015, the Executive may recommend limited amendments to the existing six-year CIP. Read more.
Click here to see the full FY16 Capital Budget and six-year Capital Improvements Program.
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During First Year, Montgomery County Bikeshare Exceeds Participation Estimates

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Montgomery County’s Bikeshare program celebrated its first year of operation in fall 2014 and exceeded participation projections with about 35,000 Bikeshare trips taken. The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) launched its Capital Bikeshare network in October 2013 with 14 stations. Over the following months, the program ramped up to install a total of 51 stations in three geographic areas: Bethesda/Friendship Heights along the east leg of the Metrorail Red Line; Silver Spring/Takoma Park along the west leg of the Metrorail Red Line; and Rockville/Shady Grove/Life Sciences Center. Read more.
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The Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board is seeking applicants to fill one vacancy on the Bethesda Transportation Management District (TMD) Advisory Committee. The nominee must live in a neighborhood inside the Bethesda TMD. The TMD Advisory Committee advises the Bethesda Urban Partnership's (BUP) Board of Directors and the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) on local transportation needs. Read more.

Senior Connection Needs Volunteers to Aid Older Adults: Learn More about Upcoming Trainings and Open House

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The Senior Connection has immediate openings for volunteers who can help provide essential services to Montgomery County seniors. Available service opportunities include driving senior adults to medical appointments, assisting with grocery shopping and providing money management support. The Senior Connection links older adults to services and resources so they can live as independently as possible.
Senior Connection will host a Volunteer Open House on Wednesday, February 4, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Holiday Park Senior Center located at 3950 Ferrara Drive in Silver Spring.
Training sessions for volunteer drivers and grocery shoppers are scheduled for the following dates:
  • Wednesday, February 11 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Jewish Council on the Aging, 12320 Parklawn Drive, Rockville
  • Wednesday, February 18 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Drive, Silver Spring
For more information and to apply, contact Mary Murphy at mary.murphy@seniorconnectionmc.org or at 301-942-1049. More information about Senior Connection is available online.
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