InterCounty Connector Gets Federal Go-Ahead — back
On May 30, the State of Maryland announced that the federal government gave its final approval to proceed with construction of the InterCounty Connector this fall. The State was deemed to have satisfied all environmental, economic and community requirements to build the highway from I-370 to I-95 in Prince George’s County. State officials expect to complete the road by 2010.
In response to the State’s announcement, Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan issued a statement on May 30 that is excerpted below:
“As someone who has led the fight to end more than 40 years of debate over the ICC, I am pleased that another important milestone has been achieved to move this project forward. People have waited far too long for the type of traffic congestion relief that the ICC will provide.
“We need a comprehensive plan to address our transportation needs. That is why I have developed a 10-year, billion dollar plan to fight traffic congestion and keep Montgomery moving. A significant portion of this funding goes to improve our public transportation system in order to get more people out of their cars and onto mass transit.
“I personally worked hard to break the political gridlock over the ICC that existed in Montgomery County that was condemning our residents to perpetual traffic congestion. And, in 2002 I submitted the formal application for streamlined review of this project by federal authorities.
“Today’s announcement is not an end, but only the beginning. I pledge to continue to be an outspoken advocate for increased, road, transit and hiker-biker trail funding to address Maryland’s transportation challenges.”
Ride On to Offer Free Rides to Seniors and Persons With Disabilities — back to top
Starting July 3, Montgomery County’s Ride On bus service will begin offering free rides to seniors, ages 65 and older, and persons with disabilities Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Seniors who want to take advantage of this program must present either a “Senior Citizen ID Card” issued by Metro, or present a Medicare card and valid picture ID (driver’s license, passport, or state issued identification card). Seniors who are regular transit riders probably already have the Senior Citizen ID Card, which makes them eligible for discounted fares.
Seniors who wish to obtain the Senior Citizen ID Card must fill out the Application for Senior Citizen Reduced Fare Program. These applications are available at County County senior centers, libraries, commuter stores, and regional services centers. Seniors must complete the application on site and present a valid picture ID at that time.
Persons with disabilities who want to use the ride free service must present a Metro Disabled ID Card when boarding a Ride On bus. Applications are also available at County senior centers, libraries, commuter stores, and regional service centers. Completed applications can be mailed to Metro at the following address:
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
ID Card Office
600 5th Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001
Spanish, Chinese and Vietnamese Versions of DPWT Residents’ Guide
Now Available — back
The Community Outreach program of the Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPWT) has just released versions of the ‘Residents’ Guide to Services’ in Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese. This popular brochure lists more than 85 services offered by the department, telephone numbers and email addresses so residents can quickly find the office responsible for handling any public works issue.
For a free copy of the Guide, call 240-777-7155 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Bulk copies are also available for work sites, civic associations or organizations.
Neighborhood Beautification Grants Available — back to top
Keep Montgomery County Beautiful (KMCB) is accepting grant applications for review this fall from any nonprofit community association to fund beautification projects. The grants help communities fund projects by paying 50 percent of the total cost of a beautification project, up to $500.
KMCB provides funds through the Beautification Grant Program to help improve the appearance of communities throughout Montgomery County. 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, which qualify as part of a community’s contribution, are valued at $5.50 per hour.
KMCB is a County-funded group of concerned 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. DPWT has funded KMCB since the mid-1980s.
To obtain a grant application from DPWT's website, call DPWT’s Community Outreach Program, at 240-777-7155 or email Community Outreach at email@example.com.
Memorial Fund Established for Traffic Engineer Pat Bradley — back to top
DPWT was saddened by the loss of John “Pat” Bradley who died on Easter Sunday of an apparent heart attack. He worked in various capacities with the department, and last served as a Traffic Engineering Services Specialist in the Division of Operations’ Traffic Operations and Engineering Section. He worked for Montgomery County for 20 years.
He is survived by his wife, Kathy, and three daughters – Jennifer, Jessica and Jamie.
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