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Newsletter | April, 2007 Back to Go Montgomery | Archive


County Begins Issuing Speed Camera Citations on May 2 back to top

In March, Montgomery County began ‘Safe Speed’ -- Maryland’s first automated speed enforcement pilot program to monitor excessive speeding in selected school zones and neighborhoods. Montgomery County was granted the authority to operate the cameras by the state of Maryland in 2006, to conduct a pilot automated speed limit enforcement program in residential areas and school zones with speed limits of 35 mph or less. Similar automated speed enforcement programs also are being initiated in Chevy Chase Village and the cities of Rockville and Gaithersburg.

Excessive speeding is a significant public safety problem both in Montgomery County and around the state. Speeding-related crashes accounted for 35 percent of all 2005 Maryland traffic fatalities. The public costs of these crashes total over $732 million. In 2005 alone, 214 people were killed in speeding-related crashes in Maryland, with at least 16 of those deaths occurring in Montgomery County.

During the initial period that began in March, vehicles traveling more than 10 mph above the posted speed limit received warnings by mail. Starting May 2, citations, charging a $40 fine to violators, will be mailed. No license points will be assigned and insurance companies will not be notified.


Bus Operations at the Silver Spring Metro Station to Move in Late Summer - back to top

The locations of the Silver Spring Metro station bus stops, taxis and Kiss ‘N Ride drop off area will be changing to make room for construction of the new Silver Spring Transit Center. The new Silver Spring Transit Center will be an all-in-one transportation hub that borders Colesville Road, Wayne Avenue, Ramsey Avenue and the Silver Spring Metro station. It will feature convenient connections to buses (local, commuter and intercity), trains (Metrorail and MARC), Kiss ‘N Ride, taxis, hiker/biker trail and a new Commuter Store. The new Center will be called the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit Center and will open in Fall 2009. More information on the new bus stop locations will be provided as the changeover nears. Officials are currently developing an extensive system of informational and path-finding signs for the area to direct patrons to their bus stops and other connections.

Commuters Using Three UpCounty Stations Can Receive Free One Week Pass on MARC Train
To encourage more commuters to use transit, Montgomery County Commuter Services, in partnership with the Maryland Transit Administration, is offering a free one week pass to new commuters using the MARC train from the Boyds, Barnesville or Dickerson stations. Free parking is available at all three stations. A new brochure developed by Commuter Services lists the MARC train schedules for the three stations, information on fares and where tickets can be purchased.

To receive the free one-week pass or request the brochure, call Commuter Services at 301-565-5870 or send an email to commuter.services@montgomerycountymd.gov. For more information about MARC train routes and schedules, go to www.mtamaryland.com or call 1-800-325-RAIL (7245).


Commuters Using Three UpCounty Stations
Can Receive Free One Week Pass on MARC Train - back to top

To encourage more commuters to use transit, Montgomery County Commuter Services, in partnership with the Maryland Transit Administration, is offering a free one week pass to new commuters using the MARC train from the Boyds, Barnesville or Dickerson stations. Free parking is available at all three stations. A new brochure developed by Commuter Services lists the MARC train schedules for the three stations, information on fares and where tickets can be purchased.

To receive the free one-week pass or request the brochure, call Commuter Services at 301-565-5870 or send an email to commuter.services@montgomerycountymd.gov. For more information about MARC train routes and schedules, go to www.mtamaryland.com or call 1-800-325-RAIL (7245).


County Programs Provide Reduced Prices
for Driveway Apron and Lead Walk Repairs - back to top

Residents in neighborhoods that are receiving sidewalk and curb and gutter repairs may want to take advantage of the County’s popular Driveway Apron and Lead Walk Repair Programs. The driveway apron is the portion of a driveway that is within the public right-of-way. The lead walk is the sidewalk that leads from the edge of the road to a homeowner’s property line, connecting it to the sidewalk that leads to the front door. Although maintenance of the driveway and lead walk is the responsibility of the homeowner, homeowners can take advantage of the County’s contract prices for repairs when crews are working in the area. A County inspector will evaluate driveway aprons and lead walks when work begins in a neighborhood. If the inspector finds that either one needs to be replaced, he/she will leave a notice at your door. If you did not receive one and think that your apron or lead walk should be replaced, contact the Operations Customer Service Line at 240-777-6000 while County crews are still working in your neighborhood.

The County’s Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPWT) resumes its curb and sidewalk repair program along residential roads once the worst of winter weather is over. During the next few months, many neighborhoods in the County will see road crews hard at work replacing defective concrete curbs and gutters and fixing sidewalks. In locations with asphalt curbs, they are replaced with concrete ones and in some areas, new concrete curbs will be installed where none currently exist. Neighborhoods that have already been scheduled for repairs include sections of Westmoreland Hills, Parkwood and Wyngate.

These repairs are being made as part of DPWT’s Renew Montgomery program. For a copy of the program’s most recent progress report, call the Community Outreach Office at 240-777-7155.


Brochure Details Opportunities for Resident Involvement in DPWT Programs - back to top

The Department of Public Works and Transportation’s (DPWT) Community Outreach Office recently published a brochure called ‘Community Outreach Meetings 2007’ that lists the ten resident advisory groups. The pamphlet lists the dates and times that the groups meet. The committees bring issues to the attention of DPWT and advise staff of resident concerns and priorities.

The committees consist of residents, business representatives, civic and community leaders and County representatives. The group meetings are open to the public and residents are encouraged to apply for committee membership when openings are advertised. The brochure lists contact information for each committee.

Residents who wish to receive a copy of the brochure or be placed on the mailing list for notification of meetings, may call 240-777-7155 or send an email to dpwt.outreach@montgomerycountymd.gov. Please indicate which committee you are interested in—mailing lists are maintained individually. The brochure is also available online at the department's community outreach website.


County Announces Photography Contest to
Celebrate "National Public Works Week" in May - back to top

The Montgomery County Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPWT) is celebrating “National Public Works Week” this year by sponsoring an amateur photography contest. The theme for the photographs is “Public Works: Moving Life Forward,” and includes any public works operation such as road work, Ride On bus service, trash or recycling collections, or pedestrian safety improvements. Open only to County residents or employees, all photos must have been taken in Montgomery County.

The winners will receive a $100 U.S. Savings bond for first place; a $75 bond for second place; and a $50 bond for third place. Entries will be judged on effective composition, interesting subject, relevant subject, originality, and technique.

Photographs of up to 8 by 10 inches in size and dry-mounted on mat board will be accepted. There is no entry fee for participation. The deadline for entries is May 4. Winning entries will be announced at an employee appreciation ceremony to be held during National Public Works Week, which runs from May 21 to 25.

Any photographs entered in the contest will also automatically be entered in the Keep Montgomery County Beautiful Task Force photography contest, which has a deadline of June 15. The photographs will be entered in the “Montgomery County at Work” category. Winners of that contest will be honored at a special ceremony this fall.

Photo entries should be mailed to: NPWW Photo Contest, 101 Monroe Street, 10th Floor, Rockville, MD 20850-2540. For more information, a complete list of DPWT operations, the contest application or a list of contest rules, visit the County’s website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/dpwt and go to ‘National Public Works Week,’or call 240-777-7155.


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