Expanded Ride On Bus Service — back
In January, the Go Montgomery! transportation initiative further expanded Ride On bus service with new weekend hours on four routes that formerly had only weekday service. These improvements complement transit expansions made last year, including a new bus route, two new transit centers and more service on almost 40 routes, to ease traffic congestion.
The new service includes Saturday service on Route 30, between Medical Center and the Bethesda Metro Stations, and on Route 45, between Rockshire and the Twinbrook Metro Station. Route 38, Wheaton Metro Station to Montgomery Mall, and Route 58, Lakeforest Transit Center to the Shady Grove Metro Station, now have Sunday service.
Twenty other routes have additional bus trips at the beginning or end of the service day (some on weekdays and some on weekends). These are Routes 1, 8, 9, 10, 17, 36, 39, 47, 48, 49, 52, 54, 56, 61, 62, 64, 74, 78, 79, and 90.
For more information on Ride On schedules and routes, visit the County’s website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov and click on Ride On. Or, call the Transit Information Center at 240-777- RIDE (7433).
Neighborhood Beautification Grants Available;
Applications Will Be Reviewed in March — back to top
Over the past five years, Keep Montgomery County Beautiful (KMCB) has helped 42 communities to fund projects that improve the appearance of neighborhoods throughout Montgomery County. In March, KMCB will review Beautification Grant Program applications available on a competitive basis to any nonprofit community association to fund 50 percent of the total cost of a beautification project, up to $500.
Neighborhoods have used the grants to plant flowers, shrubs, or trees; landscape a community entranceway or traffic circle; convert weed fields to wildflower meadows; screen highways; and beautify schools. Grants must be used for new projects that improve community aesthetics. Construction projects, general maintenance and projects that have already been completed do not qualify.
Volunteer hours that qualify as part of a community’s contribution are valued at $5.50 per hour.
KMCB is a County-funded group of concerned citizen volunteers who help educate citizens and change public attitudes about littering; support cleanup and beautification projects; encourage residents to start or improve recycling programs; and raise awareness of the problems caused by graffiti. The County’s Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPWT) has funded KMCB since the mid-1980s.
KMCB also reviews grant applications in the fall. To apply for a beautification grant, contact DPWT’s Community Outreach Program at 240-777-7155 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
East Jefferson Street Project Nearly Complete — back to top
The intersection of Montrose Road and East Jefferson Street should be less congested in the near future. An improvement project nearing completion includes a new right-turn lane onto westbound Montrose Road from southbound East Jefferson Street, a new left-turn lane onto northbound East Jefferson from eastbound Montrose, installation of a new storm drain system, concrete curbs and gutters, and a new sidewalk, and re-phasing of the traffic signal timing.
A final asphalt overlay on the road and striping will be done in the spring, as soon as the nighttime temperatures stay consistently above freezing. Construction work will be done at night to minimize the impact on motorists and the surrounding community.
Transportation Tips for the Newly Opened Music Center at Strathmore — back
The Music Center at Strathmore has officially opened! The Center consists of a 2,000 seat concert hall and adjoining music education wing, perch magnificently on a wooded and grassy hillside in North Bethesda. Getting to the Center to attend your first performance or a music lesson will be easy.
The Center is located on Tuckerman Lane, where the County has installed 160 parking meters, about half of which are now three-hour short term meters. This make it convenient for students taking lessons or a patron’s quick visit to the ticket office. In the evening, long-term meters are available at no charge after 7 p.m.
Of course, the Center’s biggest asset is its location next to the Metro station. Renamed Grosvenor-Strathmore, this Red Line station is just a short walk from the Center. Along with Metrorail, four Ride On routes and one Metrobus route also serve the station. The new County-constructed 1,500 space parking garage accommodates commuters during the day and provides ample parking for patrons of the Center at night. The Carlton Sickles Sky Bridge takes you directly into the Music Center. Don’t forget to look up to enjoy the artistic LED light show on the bridge. You can exit the Metro garage with no parking fee for two hours after a performance. Just show your performance ticket to the garage attendants when leaving. To speed up your exit from the garage immediately following the performance, the gates will be lifted for 30 minutes.
For information about performances at Strathmore, visit their website at www.strathmore.org.
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