The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) invites the public to provide comments on a bikesharing initiative proposed for an area stretching from the District of Columbia line to the Beltway along both Montgomery County portions of the Metrorail Red Line, including Takoma Park, Silver Spring, Forest Glen and Wheaton on the eastern metrorail leg, and Friendship Heights, Bethesda and Medical Center along the western portion. Staff is seeking input on bikesharing locations as part of a grant application to the Maryland Department of Transportation for a bikesharing system.
The open house will be held on Tuesday, November 29 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the lobby auditorium of the Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe Street, Rockville. The building is a short walk from the Rockville station on the Metrorail red line.
This grant is part of a larger MCDOT initiative to institute bikesharing throughout Montgomery County to increase options for non-automobile travel.
On January 18, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett joined federal, state and local officials in a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Glenmont Metro Station parking garage. The garage will be a LEED certified building, helping the County attain its sustainability goals. This second garage at Glenmont Station, which will be located on the west side of Georgia Avenue , replaces one of the station’s Kiss & Ride lots and will add 1,200 parking spaces. When the garage is completed, there will be 3,000 parking spaces at Glenmont.
Commuters displaced from the Kiss & Ride lot during construction will be able to use the other Kiss & Ride lot on the east side of Georgia Avenue . To further accommodate commuters during construction, U.S. Congressman Chris Van Hollen obtained a $500,000 federal earmark towards the purchase of two new buses, thereby enhancing the frequency of Ride On bus service to the station. Ride On’s Route 51 bus increased service by 33 percent, or eight additional trips, from the 235-space Norbeck Park and Ride Lot, located one-quarter mile east of Georgia Avenue . The upgraded service began in September.
Most end-of-line Metro stations have at least 3,000 parking spaces to encourage commuters coming from areas with fewer transit options to use alternative transportation for at least part of their trip. The lack of available parking at Glenmont causes many commuters who wish to take transit to actually drive further to find space in another parking garage, or even forgo the use of transit altogether.
Metro is managing the design/build project for the County and has contracted with Forrester Construction Company, a Rockville firm. When completed, the garage will be operated and maintained by Metro.
Ride On customers who purchase a 7-Day Bus Pass can now load the pass directly onto their SmarTrip® card. Bus passes on SmarTrip® are valid for seven consecutive days of unlimited travel, not only on Ride On, but also on Metrobus, ART, DASH, DC Circulator, CUE, Fairfax Connector and TheBus.
The pass is activated the first day a customer uses it, regardless of the day, and then is valid for seven consecutive days. As an added convenience, customers may load two bus passes at a time onto their SmarTrip® card.
The cost of the 7-Day Bus Pass on SmarTrip® is $15 for the regular bus pass and $7.50 for the senior/disabled bus pass, the same cost as paper bus passes. Bus passes cannot be loaded onto a SmarTrip® card that has a negative balance.
Customers may add the 7-Day Bus Pass to their SmarTrip® card at any Metro sales office, regional transit store or select retail outlets. For a complete list of locations, visit Metro's website or call 202-637-7000.
The Montgomery County Council approved revisions to the Purple Line Functional Plan that addresses station locations, alignment of some portions of the route, and adding access points adjacent to the Capital Crescent Trail. The Purple Line is a proposed 16-mile rapid transit line extending from Bethesda in Montgomery County to New Carrollton in Prince George’s County. It will provide a direct connection to the Metrorail Red, Green, and Orange lines. The Purple Line will also connect to MARC, AMTRAK and local bus services.
The original draft of the Purple Line Plan was submitted by the Montgomery County Planning Board. Recommended changes to the plan have since been offered by the public; the Council’s Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environmental Committee; and the full Council.
Among the recommended changes the Council approved on July 27 are:
Adding specific station locations east of the Silver Spring Station.
Building the Capital Crescent Trail on the north side of the tracks rather than on the south side between Bethesda and Rock Creek. The trail will run parallel to the Purple Line from Bethesda to Silver Spring,
Adding more access points to the trail, creating a total of more than 20 locations where residents can enter the trail.
Relocating the Sanders/Woodside Station (that honors Harry Sanders, an activist who led the campaign for the Purple Line) from Spring Street to 16th Street.
Showing a possible future station on Wayne Avenue near Dale Drive in East Silver Spring, but not building the station without further consensus from the community.
Four additional bus routes now supplement Metrobus’ Q2 on the busy Veirs Mill Road corridor that connects Shady Grove, Montgomery College, Rockville, Wheaton and Silver Spring thanks to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro), in partnership with the County and the Maryland Department of Transportation.
The Veirs Mill Road corridor serves about 10,000 riders a day. Because of its popularity and heavy route traffic, the line suffered from frequent overcrowding and poor schedule adherence. A comprehensive study, rider survey and series of public meetings led to the service improvements for routes Q1, Q4, Q5 and Q6.
In addition to the route changes, several operational improvements will help the service to run more smoothly. Among these are:
Increased Supervision – A team of Metrobus supervisors will focus only on the operation of the Q Line.
Greater Parking Enforcement – Enforcement of parking regulations around bus stops will help improve the overall flow of bus service, especially along Georgia Avenue and in Silver Spring.
Enhanced Bus Driver Training – Additional training will be given to bus drivers to help them deal with problems specific to the Q Line.
For more details about the new service, go to Metro’s website, call Metro Customer Service at 202-637-7000, go to the County’s website or call the Montgomery County Transit Information Center at 240-777-7433.
Metrobus service will change on three bus routes in Maryland, beginning Sunday, December 27, including relocation of bus stops at the Prince George’s Plaza, Rockville and Wheaton Metrorail stations to accommodate some of the service changes.