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   Newsletter Vol 16 | August, 2005 Back to Go Montgomery | Archive 

 


Montgomery County to Benefit from New Federal Transportation Bill  back to top

The new federal, six-year transportation bill will provide $2.9 billion in federal highway funds and nearly $900 million in dedicated mass transit funding for the State of Maryland. U.S. Senators Paul S. Sarbanes and Barbara A. Mikulski and U.S. Representatives Chris Van Hollen and Albert Wynn, Jr. worked to secure the transportation funding that will greatly benefit Montgomery County.
Of particular note locally, the spending bill includes:

  • $100 million for 52 new Metrorail cars
  • $21 million for the Silver Spring Transit Center
  • Authorization for funds to conduct alternatives analysis and preliminary engineering for the Bi-County Transitway, a connection between the two segments of Metro’s Red Line
  • Designation of the Corridor Cities Transitway, extending the Metro Red Line from Shady Grove to Clarksburg, and eventually to Frederick, by providing a light rail or bus rapid transit link as a “New Start” project
  • $2 million for roadway improvements from the intersection of U.S. Route 29 along Industrial Parkway through to the Food and Drug Administration access at Cherry Hill Road
  • $18 million for design and engineering for the InterCounty Connector
  • $1.6 million for engineering and construction of Maryland Route 355 at the Montrose Road/Randolph Road Interchange in Rockville
  • $418,000 to improve access to the Wheaton Central Business District
  • $1.6 million to reconstruct and expand Maryland Route 124, Woodfield Road, from Midcounty Highway to Warfield Road

Road Projects Underway  back to top

Two of the new road construction projects recently begun by the County’s Department of Public Works and Transportation’s (DPWT) Division of Capital Development include:

Quince Orchard Road/MD124. In the northwest part of the County, safety improvements to two-and-a-half miles of Quince Orchard Road/Maryland Route124 between Darnestown Road/MD 28 and Dufief Mill Road will make it safer for pedestrians and drivers. These improvements are part of Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan’s Go Montgomery! Transportation Initiative. In the future, this $3.8 million project will include a bikeway and further improve safety by straightening hills, slopes, and curves in the road.

Old Columbia Pike. DPWT is starting the last phase of a three-part project on Old Columbia Pike. A new roundabout at the intersection with Perry Wood Drive will improve traffic flow. The other components of the project, now complete, were a new sidewalk on the east side of the road, improvements to almost two miles of existing bike lanes on Old Columbia Pike, and repairs and re-striping of the Pike’s intersection with Musgrove Road. The total cost of this project is $3.5 million.


Fleet Management’s New Fueling Station Makes More Clean Fuel Buses Possible — back to top

Montgomery County now has a unique fast-fill compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station that provides the needed capacity to allow for continued expansion of the County’s CNG Ride On bus fleet. In the next year, one-third of Ride On’s bus fleet, about 100 buses, will run on CNG. Montgomery County is committed to improving regional air quality, and the use of clean fuel buses is an important component of the County’s Air Quality Protection Strategy. CNG buses help the County achieve significant reductions in harmful air emissions. The Ride On fleet’s CNG buses decreased diesel fuel consumption by 43 percent at the County’s upcounty transit facility. The new fast-fill fueling station gives the County additional capacity to fuel up to 200 buses.

The new Gaithersburg station is the first CNG fast-fill fueling site in the nation that is modular and entirely above ground. Compared to conventional underground CNG stations, this fast-fill design took less time and was less expensive to construct, and has lower maintenance costs. The fast-fill fuel site includes several cost saving features.

For information on Ride On schedules, call the Transit Information Center at 240–777-RIDE (7433) or visit Ride On's website.


Safety Reflectors Offered to Bus Riders — back to top

Pedestrians often don’t realize how difficult it is for drivers to see them at night. But, a simple solution is available to keep them safer. To help residents walking to and from bus stops or other public transportation be more visible to drivers, the County's Pedestrian Safety Outreach program is seeking volunteers who regularly use public transit. The program’s Coordinator has obtained a limited supply of special reflectors that are designed to clip onto backpacks or purses. If you are a regular Ride On bus rider and would like to help distribute the reflectors to your fellow bus patrons, contact Christy Huddle, Pedestrian Safety Team Coordinator, or call 240-777-2592. For more information on the County's pedestrian safety efforts, visit the pedestrian safety website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/walk.


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Last edited: 8/22/2005