Community leaders and interested residents
from across the Washington region are invited to apply for membership on the 2015 Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) to the
National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB). Applications are
due by noon on Thursday, December 11.
The mission of the 15-member
CAC is to promote public
involvement in TPB’s regional transportation planning. The TPB coordinates
transportation planning for the metropolitan Washington region, and includes
elected local officials, representatives from transportation agencies, and
other key officials.
Montgomery County Executive Isiah
Leggett is seeking applicants to fill one vacancy on the 11-member Bethesda Urban Partnership, Inc. Board of Directors, for a residential representative
who lives within the Bethesda urban district. The incumbent member is eligible
to apply for reappointment.
The Bethesda Urban Partnership is
responsible for the maintenance of streetscape and streetscape amenities, the
promotion and organization of promotional activities, the Bethesda Arts and
Entertainment District and management of the transportation management
Members serve three-year terms
without compensation, but are eligible for reimbursement for travel and
dependent care for meetings attended. The Board currently meets in Bethesda on the
third Tuesday of every other month at 7:45 a.m., with the exception of August
County Executive Isiah Leggett is
committed to representation on all of the County’s boards, committees, and
commissions that is reflective of, and responsive to, County residents. Public
participation contributes to the work of County government and provides an
important service to the community when a variety of issues, concerns, and
viewpoints are presented.
Applicants of diverse
backgrounds, professions, gender, geography, disability and ethnicity are
encouraged to apply. An application, consisting of a brief cover letter and
resume, should be sent by mail to County Executive Isiah Leggett, 101 Monroe
Street, 2nd Floor, Rockville, MD 20850,
or by email. Home and
employment addresses, as well as contact phone numbers and email addresses
should be included. Applicants should indicate the position for which they are
Members of County boards, committees
and commissions may not serve on more than one such group at a time. Leggett’s
appointments are generally subject to confirmation by the County Council.
Applications of individuals selected for appointment to groups that are
confirmed by the Council are made public as part of the confirmation process.
Three of the drivers with no
accidents during 21 years of driving were honored: Robert James, Lucas
Guzman and Stephen Richardson. They are pictured with Art Holmes, Carolyn
Biggins and Mike Nesselt, Acting Depot Chief.
At a Transit Awards Ceremony held
on November 19, Montgomery County Department of Transportation Director Arthur
Holmes, Jr. and Transit Services Division Chief Carolyn Biggins honored Ride On
bus drivers for their excellent customer service, willingness to go the extra
mile, and commitment to safety and quality.
One award from each depot, Silver
Spring, Nicholson Court and Gaithersburg, was presented in the following
Service Award was William Oliver, Raul Ortellado and Rex Thompson.
Time Performance Award was James Boddie, Jose Contreras and Cheryl Nicholson.
Work Award was Ricardo Cabrera, Robert James and Clovis Wheeler.
Supervisor of the Year was Eric
Sims of the Silver Spring Depot.
In addition, drivers with no
accidents for five, ten, 15 and 21 years were honored.
Winner will Represent County at
Ride On bus operator Alexander
Folgar won Ride On’s Bus Roadeo and will represent Ride On at the American
Public Transportation Association's International Bus Roadeo in Ft. Worth,
Texas next spring. He'll be matching his skills against the best drivers from
around the world. To win, Folgar maneuvered his 35-foot vehicle through a
variety of obstacles.
Folger has been a bus operator
with Ride On for 13 years. He worked out of the Silver Spring Depot for three
years and has been at the Gaithersburg Depot for the past 10 years.
Montgomery County's Bikeshare
network has expanded to 51 stations with the installation of a new station this
month in Silver Spring. The station is located at Spring Street and Second
Avenue. Silver Spring now has 16 stations.
More information about Bikeshare
is available online as are maps of all the
On Wins Award
Ride On was named Employer of the
Year by Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children (CSAAC). Ride On
contracts with CSAAC to employ autistic individuals who distribute timetables
at Metro and MARC stations.
With the shorter hours of
daylight at this time of year, it’s more important than ever for people to take
care as they drive, walk and bike. Street Smart launched a fall safety campaign
to remind area drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists to pay attention and obey
traffic safety laws. To make sure they do, area police have stepped up
enforcement during November and will ticket and fine violators – whether on
foot, a bike or behind the wheel. Street Smart reminds everyone to share the
road and look out for each other.
Fall and winter can be the most
dangerous times of the year for pedestrians. When out in the dark, bicyclists
and pedestrians are urged to wear reflective items or flashing lights to ensure
they are visible to drivers. Never assume drivers see you when you are in the
The Street Smart campaign offers
the following safety tips:
• If you’re driving, look twice
for people in crosswalks and stop for walkers and bicyclists.
• If you’re biking, ride in the
direction of traffic and stop at red lights.
• And if you’re walking, cross in
the crosswalk and wait for the "walk" signal.
Montgomery Parks has announced
that beginning this season, it will clear snow from the 3.5 miles of the
Capital Crescent Trail (CCT) within its jurisdiction -- Bethesda Avenue to the
Montgomery County/District of Columbia line -- and 12 CCT feeder trails.
However, the snow removal program will not include salting the trail or ice
removal. The County Council approved $75,000 for effort.
Montgomery County’s Division of Highway Services removes snow from major, on-street and off-street, paved,
County-maintained, multi-use trails, such as the Bethesda Trolley Trail.
When snow, storms or other
special circumstances occur that affect Ride On’s ability to follow normal
weekday schedules, Ride On may operate under the 'S' Service Plan. Under this
plan, Ride On attempts to maintain some bus service on all its routes even when
conditions prevent staying on a regular schedule.
The announcement to operate an S
Service Plan will be made by 4 a.m. on the day the plan goes into effect. Find
out by checking online, Facebook or Twitter or listen to local radio or television
stations for an announcement.
Information about the ‘S’ Service
Plan is also available en español.
A few weeks ago, the Division of Highway
Services (DHS) held its annual Snow Summit and Winter Storm Exercise to ensure that
the County is prepared for what weather forecasters are predicting will be a
colder, snowier winter season. As part
of its preparations, DHS has fully stocked salt barns to capacity with 85,000
tons of salt.
At the Snow Summit, officials
from all County agencies with snow removal responsibilities assess their
readiness for winter storms and discuss new initiatives. DHS Chief Keith
Compton discussed the Road Weather Information System that consists of four
pavement monitoring stations strategically placed in areas of the County that
experience different microclimates. The stations monitor pavement temperature,
humidity, dew point, ambient temperature and “grip factor.” When environmental
conditions are conducive to producing black ice, ice or slippery conditions,
the stations send DHS automatic text messages so it can take proactive measures
to treat pavement.
During the all-day Winter Storm
Exercise, DHS simulated its response to a six-inch snow storm, testing the
preparedness of the County’s snow plans and fleet. Snow plow operators ran
their routes on the nearly 5,000 lane miles of County-maintained roads.
Sign up for Alert Montgomery now to get real
time emergency information about weather conditions and the status of County
services during winter storms.
County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) celebrated 71 winners of its 28th
annual Keep Montgomery County Beautiful (KMCB) community beautification awards.
Fifty-five amateur photographers were also honored and two Clean Sweep Awards
for the Adopt A Road were presented. The beautification
competition is open to community groups, businesses, public institutions and
other organizations undertaking landscaping projects that enhance the
appearance of commonly owned sections of commercial or residential properties.
Landscaping can also take place along County roadsides, medians or other public
More than 20 years
ago, concerned volunteers formed the Keep Montgomery County Beautiful Task
Force to work with the County to develop beautification projects and
anti-litter and recycling programs. The group also conducts public education to
change resident attitudes about littering and graffiti. Business and
organization sponsors that assist MCDOT in staging this annual ceremony
included the Bethesda Urban Partnership and Bethesda Florist. Read More.
More than One Million Square Feet of Mixed
Use Projects Will Reshape Wheaton Triangle and M-NCPPC Site in Silver
Executive Isiah Leggett announced the signing of a public-private partnership
agreement that will remake the downtown Wheaton Triangle. The agreement will
also create a new Georgia Avenue gateway to Silver Spring with mixed-use
development on the site of the current headquarters of the Maryland-National
Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), which also houses the County’s
Planning Board and Planning Department staff.
Together, the two
sites represent 1.1 million square feet of development that is expected to
advance Montgomery County’s smart growth, continue the revitalization of
downtown Wheaton, and move County departments and agencies from leased space to
a more cost-effective, environmentally sensitive, publically owned building.
partners in this joint venture are affiliates of StonebridgeCarras, LLC, a
Bethesda-based real estate firm, and The Bozzuto Group, a Greenbelt-based
residential real estate company.
downtown will be a transit-oriented development that includes a town square, a
Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified office
building, retail, residences, including affordable housing, and public parking.
County Department of Transportation spearheaded the agreement. Under the terms
of the public-private partnership, StonebridgeCarras and Bozzuto will construct
the following in Wheaton on the existing County Regional Services Center and
the large surface parking lot on Reedie Drive:
• A 265,000
square-foot office building that will house the headquarters of the M-NCPPC,
Montgomery County’s Department of Permitting Services and Department of
Environmental Protection, the Mid-County Regional Services Center and Wheaton
• New retail space
on Triangle Lane;
• A new Town Square
civic space adjacent to the Wheaton Metro Station;
• A 395-space
underground parking garage; and
• About 200 units
of mixed-income apartment community, of which 20 to 30 percent will be designated affordable housing.
StonebridgeCarras and Bozzuto will acquire the current M-NCPPC site located at
8787 Georgia Avenue to redevelop into a 430,000 square-foot, mixed-use project,
including 26,000 square feet of retail and 360 residential units.
The current M-NCPPC
headquarters was built in 1953 and requires significant renovation and
expansion. Constructing a new building in Wheaton for M-NCPPC provides a more
cost-effective opportunity to also put in one place key County agencies that
are related to the development process. Design of the new 12-story building has
begun. Construction is expected to begin in 2016, with completion in early
County Department of Transportation’s Division of Highway Services (DHS) is
conducting its annual vacuum collection of leaves in the southern part of the
County through mid-December. DHS makes two collections on every street in the
vacuum leaf collection district during the fall. A third collection may also be
provided on an as-needed basis.
The leaf vacuum
collection district is bounded by I-495, I-270, the Rockville City limits,
Norbeck, Bel Pre and Bonifant roads, Northwest Branch Park, and the District of
Columbia and Prince George’s County lines.
look for signs posted along the streets for information. DHS crews are posting
new, larger, more informative signs this season that will direct residents to
DHS’s website for more information about collection dates.
Leaves should be
placed in piles or containers on the grass or behind the curb, off the road
pavement, but near the street. Placing leaves in streets or alleys can disrupt
traffic, negatively impact drainage infrastructure, hamper snow removal
operations, pose a risk of fire hazard for automobiles parked over them, limit
the availability of residential parking and pose a safety risk to children and
adults, alike. This is why residents are asked to keep leaves off road
shoulders, and out of rain gardens and bikeshare lanes. Leaves, especially when
wet, can pose a hazard for cyclists and pedestrians.
The leaf collection
program is restricted to leaves only. Tree debris, sticks, branches or coarse
garden debris should be placed in containers or tied in bundles no more than
four feet long and placed where yard trim is regularly picked up.
Residents who miss
the two scheduled vacuum collections can still have their leaves collected by
placing them in paper yard trim bags or reusable containers for pick up on
their regular yard trim collection day. Leaves placed in plastic bags will not
DHS will make every
effort to maintain the schedules posted online, but weather and equipment
issues can affect the timing.
To determine if a
residence is within the boundaries of the leaf vacuum collection district or
view the leaf collection schedule, visit DHS’s website or call 311.
The first cycle
track in Montgomery County is nearing completion in North Bethesda.
Construction of the eight-foot-wide, 1,500-foot long path will provide a
protected bikeway, called a cycle track, on the west side of Woodglen Drive.
This project is an important element in recreating the White Flint area into a
walkable, bikeable community.
includes roadway resurfacing, installation of new directional route signs,
crosswalks, green pavement at driveway access points and a bike box with
bicycle detectors at Nicholson Lane and Woodglen Drive.
The Department of
Transportation’s Division of Highway Services (DHS) pavement management system
biennually evaluates more than 5,000 lane miles of County roads to assess their
condition and prioritize repair and rehabilitation efforts.
DHS has resurfaced residential
roads using hot mix asphalt in the Goshen Estates neighborhood, Gaithersburg; Avery
Village, Derwood; and Wisteria Drive from Germantown Road to Waring Station
Road, Germantown. This pavement preservation technique keeps pavement serviceable
for many years.
projects completed include Black Rock Road, from Darnestown Road to Burdette
Lane, in Germantown. DHS conducted full-depth pavement patching; sealed cracks;
applied a chipseal surfacing material; swept residual stone; and repainted lane
For projects to
preserve pavement, DHS will complete full-depth patching of pavement, which
removes failed areas of pavement with hot mix asphalt. Preservation was
completed in the Hillandale neighborhood, Silver Spring in October and began in
November in the Olney Mill neighborhood. Patching will take about five weeks to
complete, weather permitting. Work hours are between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
DHS identifies curbs
and sidewalks in need of replacement or repair and ensure that curb ramps
comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. When DHS is doing concrete
work in a neighborhood, residents can take advantage of the driveway
apron and lead walk repair program.
recently completed in the Flower Hill neighborhood in Gaithersburg and
Stoneybrook Estates, Silver Spring.
information on resurfacing projects throughout the County, visit the Division
of Highway Services’ website
or call 311 (outside Montgomery County, call 240-777-0311; TTY, call
301-251-4850), Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Montgomery County Planning
Department’s approved and adopted Countywide Transit Corridors Functional
Master Plan is now available online. The plan
recommends a bus rapid transit (BRT) network throughout Montgomery County that
will improve accessibility and mobility on County roads. The plan was adopted
on December 18, 2013 by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning
Commission, as modified by the County Council on November 25, 2013
The Montgomery County Planning
Department has created a new webpage about bikeways
in Montgomery County featuring all of the existing and proposed bikeways and an interactive map. Also posted online is the Silver Spring Bicycle Parking Station Study that evaluates future demand and
possible locations for a bicycle parking station near the Silver Spring Transit
Center and the planned connection of the Capital Crescent Trail and
Metropolitan Branch Trail.
The Route 83 Ride On bus that
provides service between the Germantown Transit Center and the Milestone Park
and Ride Lot has been extended to provide daily service to the new Holy Cross
Hospital in Germantown.
The route will operate about
every 30 minutes from:
The Montgomery Department of
Transportation Division of Transportation Engineering announced that a new,
2,600-foot portion of Century Boulevard in Germantown, extending from
underneath Father Hurley Boulevard to Kinster Drive, is now open. The road will
provide a connection to the future Dorsey Mill Road. Together with a new
interchange planned for I-270, these connections will help link the east and
west sides of Germantown.
Motorists should anticipate some
lane closures as work continues to complete landscaping, sealing of concrete
joints and other items. In addition, Potomac Edison will be finishing
installation of a power feed for underpass lighting.
The project included construction
of a steel arch culvert, storm water management features, landscaping,
pedestrian pathways, street lights and lighting for the Father Hurley Boulevard
underpass. Construction began in June 2013.
The road was a joint
participation project with Symmetry Developers. Symmetry will contribute $4
million towards design and construction, dedication of their portion of the
right-of-way to the County and payment for water and sewer service to allow
development adjacent to the road. The total cost of the project was $7.5
million. The contractor was Francis O. Day Co., Rockville.
Metro began a major capital
project to install three new escalators at the Bethesda Station in October.
The project will replace the
current escalators, which are more than 30 years old and have exceeded their
useful life, with brand new escalators that are more durable and reliable.
Metro's contractor will install the new escalators one at a time, keeping the
other two escalators in service.
Metro warns riders that in the
event of a service disruption, the station could be temporarily closed to
prevent safety hazards related to overcrowding. This may happen with little
advance notice. When the station is temporarily closed, Red Line trains will
bypass the station in both directions and passengers on the platform will have
to exit the station.
Subscribers Encouraged to Update Accounts to Take
Advantage of New Features
improvements to the Alert Montgomery emergency warning system, that has served
the County since 2004, provide users with customizable features, more choices
and greater flexibility. To use the new features, current subscribers must
re-register. All residents are urged to sign up for Alert Montgomery to receive
up-to-the-minute messages during weather and other emergencies.
is the new system provider for Alert Montgomery. User options allow subscribers
to select as many or few alerts as desired for emergencies, weather, traffic,
school closings, etc.; choose how to be alerted, whether by cell phone, email,
text, land line phone, work phone, or a Mobile Member app; and block incoming
notifications during certain times of the day or night.
County is one of 18 jurisdictions with alert systems in the National Capital
area. Within Montgomery County, the cities of Gaithersburg, Rockville and
Takoma Park have separate but compatible alert systems to Alert Montgomery. All
the regional systems were developed in partnership with the Council of
Governments’ (COG) National Capital Region (NCR) emergency response system and
all jurisdictions are being upgraded this year.
The Montgomery County Department
of Transportation (MCDOT) and the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA)
are looking for volunteers -- residents, businesses and community organizations
-- to serve on Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Corridor Advisory Committees (CACs). The
two agencies are seeking public input as they develop concepts for a Rapid Transit System (RTS), a network of BRT routes that is being studied along
various County and State roadways.
Over the next two years, four
major corridors that have been divided into seven segments will be evaluated
for RTS. The four main corridors include Georgia Avenue, US Route 29
(Colesville Road and Columbia Pike), Maryland Route 355 (Frederick Road,
Rockville Pike and Wisconsin Avenue) and Veirs Mill Road. Seven CACs will be
established for each corridor segment under consideration.
Bus Rapid Transit is a
cost-effective and versatile way for communities to meet their transit needs.
BRT uses well-planned bus routes and facilities that provide for high speed travel
at a lower cost than other forms of transit – high frequency all-day service,
off-board fare collection, attractive stations, dedicated roadways, and
real-time passenger information. BRT buses have features similar to light rail,
including level floors, multiple wide doors for easy boarding and departures,
and comfortable interiors that include space for wheelchairs and bicycle
The CACs are essential to
ensuring that community stakeholders have ample opportunity to participate in
the RTS planning process. The committees will advise MCDOT and SHA on BRT
design concepts, study assumptions, transit access and operations, coordination
with other studies, planning for public involvement, and community needs and
concerns. MCDOT is recruiting committee members who live or work within or
adjacent to the communities in the proposed transit corridors as well as those
with a general interest in the system.
A CAC nomination form, due on
November 21, is available online and details the structure, selection
procedures, specific tasks, formation process, and operating guidelines for the
CACs. Residents along the corridors under study are asked to send their
nomination forms to the president of the civic/homeowner association that
represents them. Each civic group along the corridor will select one
representative to serve on the CAC for that corridor.
Businesses along the proposed
routes are asked to send their nomination forms to their respective Chamber of
Commerce, which will make recommendations on proposed business representatives.
The chambers are the Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Montgomery
County Chamber of Commerce, Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce,
Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce, Greater Silver Spring Chamber
of Commerce, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Montgomery County, Olney Chamber of
Commerce, Rockville Chamber of Commerce, Wheaton and Kensington Chamber of
Commerce, Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce, and Clarksburg Chamber of
Commerce. Links to all the chambers are available online.
Each committee also allows for a
number of “at large” representatives who may not live or work directly along
the corridor but have an interest in the project. Those forms, also due
November 21, should be submitted by email to
CAC Nomination Form or mailed to MCDOT Director’s Office, 101
Monroe Street, 10th Floor, Rockville, MD 20850. Residents may nominate
themselves or be nominated by others.
To be eligible to serve on a CAC,
representatives must be willing to regularly attend meetings, which are
expected to be held at least four to six times a year.
For more information, call
240-777-7155, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the RTS website.
Misinformation about the proposed
designs for Old Georgetown Road in White Flint has caused confusion about the
County's commitment to Smart Growth in this area. Read County Executive Ike Leggett's replythat lays out the facts.