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   Newsletter vol.4 | April.14, 2004 Back to Go Montgomery | Archive 

Go Montgomery Transportation Updates

InterCounty Connector — back to top
This week, Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan wrote to Transportation Planning Board (TPB) members urging them to approve the next step in making the InterCounty Connector (ICC) a reality. On April 21, the TPB will vote on whether to include the ICC in an analysis that will assess its true impact on the region’s air quality. The modeling is required if the ICC is to be approved for Federal funding.

More Trains for Metro’s Red Line — back to top
Also this week, Duncan sent a letter to Metro Board members asking them to honor their commitment to add 42 new rail cars to the Red Line at the end of the month. Metro ordered 192 cars in April 2001, of which 150 have already been added to other Metro lines. Now, some Board members are reconsidering how the new cars will be allocated. The additional cars will help relieve overcrowding and allow rush hour trains to run more frequently. The new cars are also a first step in Duncan’s push for all Red Line trains to run to the Shady Grove and Glenmont stations rather than the current practice of turning half of the trains back at Grosvenor and Silver Spring.

Taxi Hotline Available — back to top
The County has created a Taxicab Hotline to allow customers to report on taxicab service and performance, and to give the County another tool to assess the performance of taxicab companies and individual taxicab drivers. The Taxicab Hotline will be answered by staff from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays. Messages can be left at all other times. The Hot Line can be reached by calling 240-777- 2625 or TTY 240-777-2630, or by going to the County’s website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/taxihotline.

New Pedestrian Safety Law — back to top
A new State pedestrian safety law should help clarify when drivers are required to yield to pedestrians. The new law calls for drivers to stop for pedestrians who are on their half of the roadway or if the pedestrian is within the lane adjacent to the driver’s half of the roadway. When a pedestrian steps into the crosswalk, all traffic on his or her side of the road must stop. As the pedestrian approaches the other side of the road, and is in the adjacent lane, traffic on the other side must stop. Once the pedestrian steps onto the opposite side of the roadway, the cars behind the pedestrian can resume.

Quarry Haul Route Designated — back to top
The County’s Department of Environmental Protection has designated Shady Grove Road, between Piney Meetinghouse Road and Darnestown Road, as the exclusive haul route for truck traffic to and from the Rockville Crushed Stone Quarry. To redirect truck traffic and reduce associated noise, the County improved that portion of Shady Grove Road to accommodate heavy trucks, and quarry owner Aggregate Industries largely underwrote similar improvements to Piney Meetinghouse Road. The haul route designation begins May 1.

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Last edited: 10/14/2004