Garage Opens — back to top
Access to Metro became a lot easier on July 6 when Federal, State and local
officials joined Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan at a ribbon-cutting
ceremony for the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metrorail Station parking garage. The
new 1,500-space parking garage increases parking by 200 percent to serve
transit users and Strathmore Hall Arts Center patrons when the concert hall
is completed next year. The County’s Department of Public Works and
Transportation managed the construction project. The garage will be operated
and maintained by Metro.
With six levels of parking, served by several stairways and four elevators,
the garage features customer assistance phones, glass-enclosed stair towers,
and an open design to enhance visibility and security. Only the SmartTrip fare
card is accepted for payment, as is now the case for all of Metro’s parking
New Initatives to Improve Pedestrian Safety— back to top
At a new mid-block crossing in downtown Silver Spring, County Executive Douglas
M. Duncan asked the Montgomery County Police and Pedestrian Safety Advisory
Committee to study whether ticketing pedestrians engaged in risky traffic
safety behavior could help reduce deaths and injuries. This would be a departure
from past practices that have targeted enforcement at drivers but education
efforts at pedestrians. However, with eight pedestrian fatalities in the
first six months of 2004, compared to three during the first six months of
2003, Duncan stated that it may be time to consider other enforcement measures.
Duncan also announced three new initiatives:
- New and reconstructed traffic
signals throughout the County will get pedestrian countdown signals.
- A ‘No
Right Turn on Red’ policy is in effect throughout the Silver
Spring Central Business District.
- A stepped-up summer enforcement campaign will target
pedestrians and traffic law violators.
The new mid-block crossing is located in downtown Silver Spring at Georgia
Avenue and Ellsworth Drive and incorporates the latest countdown pedestrian
safety technology. A countdown pedestrian signal allows pedestrians to gauge
whether they have enough time to cross a street safely by indicating the number
of seconds that remain before the light turns red. In addition, the traffic
signal includes an audible signal to assist the visually impaired and a raised
and landscaped median designed to discourage people from crossing at other
less safe locations along busy Georgia Avenue.
Free Bus Rides On Code Red Days— back to top
With summertime here, the region could experience Code Red days when the air
quality is unhealthy. To help, Montgomery County offers free Ride On bus
rides on Code Red days – and was the first jurisdiction in the D.C.
area to do so. There are many other voluntary actions that Montgomery County
takes to reduce the emissions of smog-forming chemicals -- such as refueling
County vehicles after dusk, and curtailing center line painting, median strip
spraying, mowing, and asphalt paving.
Ground-level ozone is an air pollutant that damages human health and vegetation.
Citizens can reduce their impact on air quality by reducing driving through
carpooling, telecommuting, or taking mass transit; refueling after dark; and
postponing lawn and garden chores that use gasoline-powered equipment. Every
summer day, gas-powered lawn and garden equipment releases more than 100 times
the volatile organic compounds of a typical large industrial plant.
For information on Ride On bus schedules, call the Transit Information Center
240-777-7433, or check the County’s web site at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rideon.
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