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   Newsletter Vol 19 | November, 2005 Back to Go Montgomery | Archive 


Start of Montrose Parkway West Construction Celebrated  back to top

Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan and other officials recently celebrated the start of construction of Montrose Parkway West, a cornerstone of the Executive’s $1 billion Go Montgomery! Transportation Initiative.

It will reduce east-west traffic congestion, provide additional traffic capacity to accommodate planned growth, and provide congestion relief in the North Bethesda area, where about 40 percent of the County’s employment is located.

The Parkway will include a 10-foot wide bikeway along one side and a sidewalk along the other. Montrose Road will be widened to six lanes with a median, from Tower Oaks Boulevard to the Parkway. Montrose Parkway West includes many special features that will minimize environmental impacts. For example, a wildlife passage will be installed under the bridge on Montrose Road over Old Farm Creek to give deer and other animals a safe alternative to crossing the road. The total project will cost about $68 million, the largest investment in a road project ever undertaken by the County. It should be completed in the fall of 2008.

Ride On Honors Rosa Parks  back to top

Montgomery County’s Ride On bus system paid a special tribute to Rosa Parks, the famed civil rights activist, during the time her body lay in honor in the Capitol Rotunda. Ride On placed a black bow on the first forward-facing seat behind the driver on each of the its buses. A notice on the ribbon said, “This Seat is Dedicated to the Memory of Rosa Parks.”

In addition, Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan ordered federal, state and county flags flown at half-staff at all County-owned buildings and facilities. Duncan, in cooperation with Montgomery County Public School officials, also held a commemorative ceremony on November 2 at Rosa Parks Middle School in Olney.

“This is a fitting tribute to a courageous woman who took a stand against racial injustice and changed the course of American history,” Duncan said. “A giant of the civil rights movement has passed, but her impact on equal justice under the law will live on forever.”

Ride On Ridership Continues to Grow — back to top

More and more County residents are leaving the driving to us. The latest news on bus ridership shows continued growth for Ride On. Here’s the good news:

  • Ridership for September 2005 grew by 4.4 percent over the same month last year.
  • From July through September of this year, ridership has grown by 7.2 percent compared to the same period last year.
  • Since new service was added in Germantown in June, ridership has grown by 19 percent.

Public Workshop Held for Metropolitan Branch Trail — back to top

The Montgomery County Department of Public Works and Transportation Division of Capital Development (DCD) held a public workshop on November 22 to present additional options about the Metropolitan Branch Trail’s alignment and obtain comments from residents and property owners.

The proposed trail section runs between the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus of Montgomery College and the Silver Spring Metro Station. This project is currently in Facility Planning Phase I, which means planning and preliminary design work is underway to develop alternate alignments that will be presented to elected officials.

For more information about this project contact Uzair Asadullah, project manager in DCD's Design Section, at 240-777-7242 or Uzair.Asadullah. Or, visit DCD's website about Metropolitan Branch Trail.

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Last edited: 11/30/2005