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   Newsletter Vol 17 | September, 2005 Back to Go Montgomery | Archive 


Progress on Road and Bikeway Projects  back to top

The Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPWT) has completed improvements to Great Seneca Highway and its intersections with Muddy Branch Road and Sam Eig Highway. New pavement sections were added to extend or provide additional turn lanes at both intersections. Great Seneca west of Muddy Branch was widened and new sidewalks built. Storm drain systems and pedestrian signals were also upgraded.

On the west side of Falls Road, DPWT completed a section of bikepath from south of Oaklyn Drive to Stanmore Drive. The eight-foot-wide asphalt path includes a 65-foot long hiker/biker bridge. About 1,000 feet of concrete curb and gutter was installed to address drainage problems.

DPWT has started a facility planning study to evaluate improvements along Snouffer School Road between Woodfield Road (Maryland Route 124) and Centerway Road. Facility planning studies provide elected officials with a more accurate projection of the cost and community acceptance of a potential project by conducting preliminary engineering work and holding community meetings. Possible changes to Snouffer School Road could include better roadway access, a bikeway or bike lane, sidewalks and standardized widths for both travel and turning lanes. Public input on this project is welcome. Mail comments to the Division of Capital Development at 101 Monroe Street, 9th Floor, Rockville, MD 20850; call 240-777-7223; or send an email to aruna.miller@montgomerycountymd.gov.

Ride On Collects Food for Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts  back to top

Ride On joined nationwide efforts to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina by organizing food drives for needy families. Ride On collected over 10,000 pounds of food – enough to feed more than 130 families -- by conducting its annual “Give and Ride” food collection program two months early. During one week in September, bus passengers received free rides by donating canned or nonperishable food. Ride On also sponsored drop off collection programs at the Lake Forest Mall Transit Center, the Silver Spring Metrorail Station and the County’s Regional Service Centers.

All food donations were sent to the Manna Food Center, a non-profit organization that distributes food to the County’s neediest residents. Manna is assisting hurricane victims who have taken refuge in Montgomery County.

Updated Park and Ride Lots Guide Now Available — back to top

Montgomery County’s Commuter Services has updated its popular -- and free -- “Park and Ride Commuter Lots Guide.(pdf)” The guide highlights two major commuting corridors – U.S. Route 29 and I-270 – and includes a brief description of each lot in Montgomery County and neighboring jurisdictions. The guide lists bus and rail services available from each Park and Ride Lot, and includes a map showing the location of the lot.

The updated guide also features recent changes to Ride On bus service in the Germantown area. Routes were restructured to improve transit connections between homes and commercial areas within the growing Germantown community. Service was also increased between Germantown and the Shady Grove Metrorail Station.

Park and Ride Lots enable commuters to leave their cars at locations convenient to transit car or van pool pickup areas. Park and ride commuters can reduce gas and parking costs, relieve stress, and improve air quality.

To order a free copy of the guide, call 301-770-POOL (7665) or write to Commuter Services, 8401 Colesville Road, Suite 150, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

Emergency Fuel Surcharge for Taxicabs — back to top

Soaring gas prices are affecting everyone – and that includes taxicab operators. To ensure the County has an adequate number of taxicab drivers to maintain service levels, a taxi surcharge of $1.50 a trip was imposed for 90 days, beginning in September.

Taxicab drivers lease their cabs and earn their living from the profit they make from fares. Without the surcharge, taxi drivers will have difficulty paying their daily expenses. The situation could become worse if gasoline prices to continue to rise in this area.
Residents may request more information about the surcharge by calling the County’s Medicaid and Taxicab Regulation Office at 240-777-CABS (2227), or by e-mail to taxicab.office@montgomerycountymd.gov.

Information about taxi service in the County is available on the Division of Transit Services' website.

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Last edited: 9/28/2005