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   Newsletter Vol 20 | December, 2005 Back to Go Montgomery | Archive 


Road Projects Underway  back to top

An eight month project to improve Muncaster Road, from Hollingsworth Drive to the entrance of the Agricultural History Farm Park, will begin in late December. Muncaster Road will be widened from 20 to 24 feet and the bridge over Rock Creek will be rehabilitated. Other improvements will include eight-foot wide grass shoulders along both sides of Muncaster Road; better drainage; forest conservation measures, including new trees and landscaping; and new streetlights.

The road will be closed to through traffic for four months while the bridge deck is replaced. A temporary detour will be established, but local traffic will be uninterrupted.

Woodmont Corner Garage Reopens After Renovations  back to top

Parking is even easier now in the middle of Bethesda with the reopening on December 15 of the Bethesda Woodmont Corner Garage (Public Parking Garage 11), which fronts Woodmont Avenue. The new portion of the garage has 740 parking spaces. To celebrate the garage reopening, parking at the garage was free on December 15 and 16.

The reconstruction of Garage 11 replaced or refurbished floor slabs, elevators, stairs, and electrical and plumbing systems. In addition, a new Pay-On-Foot (POF) payment system was installed. The POF system is the same as those used at many airports. To park, patrons take a ticket at the entry gate of the garage, find a parking space, and keep the ticket with them. Upon returning to the garage, patrons insert their ticket at one of the convenient, centralized pay stations and pay with cash for the time parked. The ticket is then inserted in the exit gate as the customer leaves.

All handicapped parkers are required to pay in POF operated facilities. However, there are a number of handicapped spaces outside the exit gate at the Old Georgetown Road entrance to Garage 11, and these spaces will remain free on a first-come-first-served basis.

Parking Convenience Sticker (PCS) permits cannot be used in Garage 11 after December 14, but can be used in other Bethesda parking facilities, including the Cheltenham Garage (Garage 42) on Cheltenham Drive east of Wisconsin Avenue and the Auburn-Del Ray Garage (Garage 36) on Del Ray Avenue. Starting December 15, patrons using the Woodmont Corner Garage may exchange their PCS permit for a prorated “Frequent Parker Card” at the manager’s office located near the Woodmont Avenue entrance.

For more parking information, call Montgomery County Parking Operations at 240-777-6000.

Ride On Honors 50th Anniversary of Rosa Parks’ Historic Bus Ride — back to top

Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan proclaimed December 1 as “Rosa Parks Day in Montgomery County” to honor the 50th anniversary of Parks’ act of civil disobedience on a Montgomery, Alabama bus that changed the course of history. Duncan also announced that, to pay tribute to Rosa Parks, Ride On installed permanent plaques on all Ride On buses next to the first forward-facing seat behind the driver. The plaques read, “This seat is dedicated to the memory of Rosa Parks, 1913 - 2005. On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks took a seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama and changed the course of American history.”

Parks’ arrest for refusing to move to the back of the bus triggered the year-long Montgomery bus boycott and propelled Parks to prominence as the “Mother of the Civil Rights Movement.”

The American Public Transportation Association called for all public transportation agencies across the nation to participate in a “National Transit Tribute to Rosa Parks Day” on December 1, 2005.

More Ride On News: Annual “Give and Ride” Program Held in December — back to top

Ride On bus passengers in Montgomery County helped needy families and received free bus rides this holiday season by donating canned or nonperishable food during Ride On’s 19th Annual “Give and Ride” food drive. This year’s food drive was held from December 12 through18.

All food donations were sent to the Manna Food Center, a non-profit organization that distributes food to the County’s neediest residents. Last year, Ride On received more than 14,500 pounds of food donations, enough to feed over 200 hungry families. This year, Manna asked Ride On to hold its annual food collection drive closer to the Christmas holidays to better meet community food distribution needs. Ride On accommodated the request by moving “Give and Ride” from before Thanksgiving to before Christmas.

For bus stop locations or bus schedules, call the County’s Transit Information Center at 240-777-7433. The TDD/TTY number is 240-777-5869. Route and timetable information is also available on Ride On’s web site at www.montgomerycountymd.gov, then click on “Ride On.” Tokens and passes can be purchased online.

Duncan and Councilmembers Protest Proposed Elimiation of Boyds and Dickerson MARC Train Service — back to top

On December 12, Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan, County Council President George L. Leventhal, Council Transportation and Environment Committee Chair Nancy Floreen, and District 2 Councilmember Michael Knapp sent a letter to Maryland Department of Transportation Secretary Robert L. Flanagan strongly objecting to the proposed closure of the Boyds and Dickerson MARC train stations in Montgomery County.

The letter stated that, “These two stations are critical elements of the County’s public transportation system. And, in light of the I-270 corridor master plans and projected future growth in the area, closing these stations is also short-sighted. This is particularly true for the Boyds station, which will be the primary means of transit access for the residents of Clarksburg until the Corridor Cities Transitway is extended to it.”

The letter went on to say, “At a time when hard working people are stuck in traffic and need public transportation options to provide relief, it is deeply troubling that MDOT is cutting back on their options. We strongly oppose the proposed closure of the Dickerson and Boyds MARC commuter rail stations, and urge MDOT to reconsider its proposal.”

Residents are encouraged to provide comments to the Maryland Transit Administration by visiting their website or by calling 800-325-RAIL (7245).

County Leaf Collections Modified — back to top

The Montgomery County Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPWT), Division of Operation’s vacuum leaf collection program will be suspended over the next few weeks due to the early snowfall our area has received. Instead, the County will be picking up leaves with front end loaders and dump trucks. Vacuum trucks cannot pick up wet and snow packed leaves.

Only bulk leaf piles will be collected with the dump trucks. Residents should be aware that this modified collection process does not allow DPWT to collect leaves on lawns or complete the more thorough cleaning achieved with vacuum trucks. When conditions allow DPWT to resume using leaf vacuum trucks, the remaining leaves will be vacuumed.

Leaf pick-up signs will be posted on all streets where front end loader operations are scheduled to begin and will remain posted until vacuum operations have been completed.

For additional information, contact the Division of Operations Customer Service Center at 240-777-6000, or visit the County’s website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/dpwt.

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Last edited: 12/19/2005