The Maryland State Department of Transportation at 7 p.m. TONIGHT, Oct. 17, in Rockville will host its annual “Road Show” to present the state’s consolidated transportation plan (CTP) to local officials and residents.
The meeting will be held in the Third Floor Hearing Room of the County Council Office Building at 100 Maryland Ave. in Rockville. It will be televised live by County Cable Montgomery (CCM—Cable Channel 6 on Comcast and RCN, Channel 30 on Verizon). The broadcast also will be streamed through the County Web site at www.montgomerycountymd.gov
Each fall, the Maryland Secretary of Transportation travels to each of the state’s 23 counties and the City of Baltimore to take the Department of Transportation’s Capital Program on tour. Transportation plans of general interest, as well as those specific to each individual county, are discussed at each stop.
During and after the presentation, the Department of Transportation will seek input from local elected officials and the general public.
The draft of the CTP reflects about a $5.3 billion (52 percent) increase in resources for the State’s Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) above the final Fiscal Years 2013-18 CTP. The increase is primarily due to the General Assembly’s enactment of the Transportation Infrastructure Investment Act during the 2013 session, which is reflected in an increase in the state gasoline tax. The revenue increase is about $4.1 billion (72 percent) more in state funds. However, an additional $1.0 billion in federal aid also is projected—virtually all associated with Maryland Transit Administration projects.
Among the major planned projects impacting Montgomery County that will benefit from the increase in transportation funding are:
-Purple Line. It is a planned east-west light rail line that will connect the Bethesda and New Carrollton Metrorail stations. The current cost estimate for the Purple Line is about $2.2 billion. The roughly $575 million difference between the programmed cost and the total cost would be equity from a private partner. The partner would be responsible for the design, financing, building, operation and maintenance of the line over a 35-year period.
-Corridor Cities Transitway (CCT). This line eventually will extend north from the Shady Grove Metrorail station to Clarksburg. The desgina dn land acquisition funds programmed for the CCT are for Phase I, between Shady Grove and Metropolitan Grove.
-Montgomery County Local Bus Program. This would provide for additional compressed natural gas replacement buses for the Montgomery Ride On service and $10 million for detailed studies of new bus rapid transit (BRT) routes.
-I-270/Watkins Mill Road Interchange. This interchange will provide relief to the overburdened Frederick Road/Montgomery Village Avenue and Clopper Road/Quince Orchard Road intersections, and will provide direct access from I-270 to the Metropolitan Grove MARC station and the future interim northern terminus of the Corridor Cities Transitway. The project is scheduled for completion in 2019.
-Brookeville Bypass. This project will build a two-lane western bypass around the historic Town of Brookeville. Construction is planned to start in 2017.
The public’s opportunity to respond to issues raised at the Road Show is at the Montgomery County Delegation’s Joint Legislative Priorities Hearing. That hearing will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the Montgomery County Council Office Building.
Sign-ups to speak at the Joint Legislative Priorities Hearing will be taken through 12 noon Nov. 20. To sign up, call 410-841-3010 or 301-858-3010 or contact the state delegation via email at email@example.com
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