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   Newsletter vol.8 | September 14, 2004 Back to Go Montgomery | Archive 

FY05 Budget Expands Go Montgomery! Transportation Initiative — back to top

The fiscal year 2005 budget includes $55 million for expanded Go Montgomery! initiatives to relieve traffic congestion, make our streets safer and encourage mass transit use. New projects will:

  • Construct Nebel Street from Randolph Road to Bou Avenue
  • Extend Father Hurley Boulevard for 1.2 miles from Wisteria Drive to Germantown Road
  • Construct the Burtonsville Access Road to connect Spencerville Road (Maryland Route 198) and the School Access Road
  • Purchase 13 new Ride On buses
  • Accelerate facility planning for three road projects – Stouffer School Road, Watkins Mill Road, and Observation Road
  • Provide better customer service by expanding existing maintenance depots, and designing a new northern public works maintenance depot

All Ride On Buses Now Wheelchair Accessible With September 5 Launch of Expanded Go Montgomery! Service — back to top

Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan launched expanded Ride On bus service that completes Ride On’s transition to total fleet accessibility, either by ramp or lift, for passengers with disabilities. In addition, the new service adds 15 more compressed natural gas buses (CNG), increasing the total number of Ride On’s clean-fuel buses to 57, or 16 percent of the entire fleet. Ride On’s expanded service will improve schedule reliability on seven routes, enhance frequency on four routes, and provide service to two new transit centers.

The Traville Transit Center, located at Shady Grove Road and Traville Road, will be served by Routes 43, 66, 67, and 127. The new Rockville Regional Transit Center, in the Fallsgrove Village Center across from Shady Grove Hospital, will be served by Route 43. The hospital will receive more frequent bus service.

Detailed bus schedules are available by calling the County’s Transit Information Center at 240-777-RIDE (7433), or by going to the County’s website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov, and clicking on Ride On.

County Initiates New U-Pass Program, Giving Montgomery College Students Unlimited Use of Ride On Bus System — back to top

Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan announced an agreement that began August 31 and makes Montgomery College the largest single consumer of Ride On bus services. Through the U-Pass Program, Montgomery College students simply show a current student identification card to board any Ride On bus at any time. The new program is designed to reduce the demand for on-campus parking, reduce pollution, and increase transit use.

The College will pay the County’s Transit Services Division $550,000 this year to fund the Ride On bus program, which is one of the services provided to students by a $2/credit hour transportation fee. Last year, Ride On’s Route 127, known as the Campus Connector, began providing express service between the Takoma Park Campus, the Silver Spring Metro, the Rockville Campus and The Universities at Shady Grove.

For more information, call the County’s Transit Information Center at 240-777-RIDE (7433).

Pedestrian Safety Enhanced as Police Conduct Back-to-School Speed and School Bus Enforcement Campaigns — back to top

As 140,000 children headed back to school in August, Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan announced a campaign to conduct stepped up enforcement against drivers who speed, run red lights, and do not stop for school buses. In 2003, at least 438 collisions* in Montgomery County resulted from red light running and 11,585 citations related to red light running were written by Montgomery County Police.  

The Montgomery County Police received a $12,000 grant from the Maryland State Highway Administration to conduct additional speed enforcement efforts in school zones at the start of school. Police are using a $20,000 grant from the Maryland State Police to combat the growing problem of drivers who do no stop as children board or disembark from school buses.

* The law does not require a written police report for all collisions, so these statistics may understate the problem. 

Two New Pedestrian Safety Laws Go Into Effect October 1 — back to top

Two new laws to enhance pedestrian safety take effect next month. The first, “Vehicle Laws - Failing to Stop for a School Vehicle with Activated Flashing Lights – Penalties” will double the maximum fine, from $500 to $1,000, against a motorist who fails to stop for a school vehicle with activated flashing lights. The chief sponsors of the legislation were Delegates Karen Montgomery (D-District 14) and William Bronrott (D-District 16) and State Senators John Hafer (R-District 1) and Leonard Teitelbaum (D-District 19).

“Vehicle Laws - Violation of Pedestrian Right-of-Way – Penalties,” will give pedestrian traffic safety enforcement a boost. It removes a previous requirement mandating that a police officer appear in court each and every time a citation is issued to a motorist who fails to stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk. The penalty for failure to stop for a motorist in a crosswalk will be a minimum of $65 and a maximum of $500 plus one point against the driver's license.

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Last edited: 10/14/2004