InterCounty Connector — back to top
The State Highway Administration recently held three public information sessions to present study results that show the InterCounty Connector (ICC) could significantly reduce travel times and local road congestion, while increasing accessibility to jobs. The sessions were held in Gaithersburg, Silver Spring and Laurel.
At a press conference held prior to the Gaithersburg forum, Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan, other elected officials, and ICC advocates urged the public to attend the sessions and show their support for the planned road. For more information on the ICC, go to the State's website at www.iccstudy.org.
Duncan Urges Metro Board to Continue Commitment to CNG Buses — back to top
In May, County Executive Duncan sent a letter to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) Board of Directors requesting they continue their policy of supporting and purchasing additional compressed natural gas (CNG) buses to help the region achieve its air quality compliance goals. Montgomery County has been a regional leader in its commitment to using compressed natural gas buses as the cleanest, alternatively-fueled vehicles available to replace the oldest and dirtiest diesel buses in our fleet,” said Duncan. “I urge the Metro Board to continue its commitment to CNG to help the region meet nationally mandated air quality goals.”
As newer, cleaner bus options become available, Montgomery County’s long-term strategy is to continue to lead the way in adopting even more environmentally friendly technologies.
Public Works Director Retires — back to top
Montgomery County Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPWT) Director Albert J. Genetti, Jr. retired on May 28 due to health concerns. “Al will be sorely missed, and it is with great reluctance that we accept his decision to retire,” said County Executive Duncan. “He has played a major role in some very important initiatives, including the Go Montgomery! transportation plan and a major restructuring of the department to vastly improve customer service and efficiency. Genetti has shown great leadership and dedication, and it will be very difficult to find someone as capable to continue his innovations.”
Genetti was instrumental in getting the Inter-County Connector project underway. During his tenure, DPWT significantly increased spending on transportation to not only develop new roads and transit opportunities, but to also maintain and improve the County’s existing transportation infrastructure. Genetti strongly supported Duncan’s efforts to improve pedestrian safety, and he led DPWT’s efforts to conduct pedestrian impact assessments on all new projects and emphasize pedestrian safety in planning and construction.
County Executive Duncan appointed Michael C. Hoyt to the position of Acting Director. Hoyt has been Deputy Director for the past two years.
Free Commuter Newsletters Available — back to top
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The County’s Division of Transit Services publishes "Commuting Solutions." If you live, work, or run a business in Montgomery County, learn what local employers are doing to help their employees enjoy a better commute. Get your copy at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/commute.
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