New Ride On Service
Begins — back
As part of the Go Montgomery! transportation initiative, Ride On
launched new bus service earlier this month between Clarksburg and the
Shady Grove Metro Station,
and made changes that will improve schedules on nine other routes. The new Clarksburg
service is designed to increase transit opportunities for this growing community.
Ride On added 18 new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses. Fifteen more CNG buses
will be delivered this fall, increasing the total number of Ride On’s clean-fuel
natural gas buses to 57, or 16 percent of the entire fleet.
Connector — back
The Washington Metropolitan Council of Government's Transportation Planning
Board (TPB) voted on April 21 to include the InterCounty Connector
(ICC) in the regional
Conformance Analysis model, which will assess the ICC’s impact on the region’s
Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan, who lobbied the TPB,
noted that, “commuters in the Washington metropolitan area have
some of the longest commute times in the nation, and critical projects
like the ICC hold much promise for improving our quality of life.” Duncan
went on to say that, “construction of this road will significantly
reduce the impact of traffic congestion on local County roads.” For
more information on the ICC, go to the State's website at www.iccstudy.org.
More Trains for Metro’s
Red Line — back
On April 26, Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan joined the
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) and Maryland
officials in celebrating
the addition of new rail cars to Metro’s Red Line. 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 goal 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.
Pedestrian Congress, Bike to Work Day, and the Wayne Avenue Garage — back
On May 6-8, America Walks, a national coalition of local advocacy groups
dedicated to promoting walkable communities, held their annual conference
in downtown Silver Spring – the first time the group has met
on the east coast. Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan delivered
the welcoming remarks to attendees and highlighted the opportunities
Silver Spring’s redevelopment has provided to transform the central
business district into a pedestrian-oriented town center.
On May 7, Duncan joined thousands of bike commuters around the region
in celebrating clean transportation at both the Silver Spring and Bethesda
Bike to Work Day ‘pit stops,’ where bicyclists gathered before
commuting to work in convoys. This annual celebration recognizes the
health and environmental benefits of biking to work. Montgomery County
has an active bikeway program, and Duncan updated riders on the County’s
actions to expand the bike trail network.
The Wayne Avenue Parking Garage officially opened on May 7, providing
more than 1,700 additional parking spaces to the new Downtown area of
Silver Spring. The garage uses the "Pay On Foot" parking system
that allows patrons to pay at automated machines before reclaiming their
cars. The machines will accept any denomination of coin or dollar bills.
The well lit garage also features electronic signs on each ramp that
inform drivers of the number of empty spaces available on the next level
as well as upper levels. Approximately 7,000 square feet of office space
in the garage will be occupied by the Round House Theater School within
the coming months.
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