Thursday, March 31, 2011
Working to close a $300 million dollar budget gap in fiscal year (FY) 2012, which begins July 1, County Executive Isiah Leggett announced his recommended operating budget on March 15. The County continues to struggle with a challenging financial situation as the economy recovers.
The proposed budget for the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) contains several program and service reductions, but in no case will the public’s safety be compromised. The budget reduced funding for general roadway maintenance, such as grass mowing and road patching; and reduced spending for non-safety traffic engineering work, such as traffic studies, signal loop detector repairs and pedestrian signal retiming.
Other budget measures involved fee increases. The discount on Ride On’s monthly pass would be reduced, the cost of Call and Ride’s second voucher book would be increased, long term parking rates in Bethesda and Silver Spring are proposed to increase by 10 cents an hour and parking charges are proposed for Bethesda ’s lots and garages on Saturdays.
Despite the difficult fiscal picture, MCDOT will continue its commitment to innovation and providing an efficient transportation system. The Executive proposed no reduction in Ride On service. The traffic signal modernization program remains on track. New funding was added for replacement of the Division of Highway Services’ oldest dump trucks. Other initiatives that will continue include real-time bus information for Ride On passengers and installing more energy efficient lighting in the County’s parking garages.
For more information on the proposed budget visit the County’s website.
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