Transportation

July 24, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Purple Line ‘Back on Track,’ Berliner Says

Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner heralded last week’s decision on the Purple Line, in which the Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated the Purple Line’s environmental approval. Here is Berliner’s take on the decision:    

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July 24, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

‘Second Crossing’ Diverts Attention from ‘Real Solutions,’ Berliner Says

Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner restated his opposition to the so-called second crossing over the Potomac at his Monday meeting with local reporters. Saying that the project will never happen, Berliner said the project distracts attention away from real solutions to traffic problems, such as expanding capacity on Interstate 270 or the American Legion […]

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July 19, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Transportation Planning Board Moves Forward with Potomac Bridge Study

Consultants for the Transportation Planning Board will study a northern Potomac River crossing over the objections of some of the board’s Montgomery County members. The county officially has opposed a new span for years. “We are not dictating to jurisdictions what they must do,” said Bridget Donnell Newton, the Rockville mayor who serves at the […]

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July 19, 2017 | Staff Writer

State Highway Administration to Spend $2.8 Million to Clean, Paint Montgomery Bridges

Next week, the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration will begin cleaning and painting eight bridges in Montgomery County. Weather and progress permitting, the $2.8 million project should be complete spring 2018. Crews will start the project by cleaning and painting the MD 28 (Norbeck Road) Bridges over Rock Creek in Rockville.  Crews will […]

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July 14, 2017 | Staff Writer

Wiedefeld Says Metro’s Track Department Supervisor Was Dismissed for Overtime Abuse

A Metro track department supervisor was dismissed for abuse of overtime, and others are under administrative review, according to Paul Wiedefeld, WMATA’s general manager. “It is disturbing and disappointing that any employee would misuse overtime. The supervisor in this matter has been dismissed effective immediately,” said Wiedefeld. “As stewards of the public’s trust, all of […]

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July 14, 2017 | Staff Writer

County Report This Week (VIDEO)

Lorna Virgili hosts the latest episode of County Report This Week, which begins with an update on the Watkins Mill Interchange project in Gaithersburg. You can watch the show in its entirety, below:

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July 11, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Officials Kick Off Watkins Mill Interchange Project on I-270 (VIDEO)

State and county officials broke ground Tuesday on a nearly $98 million project they say will improve traffic flow on I-270, one of the most congested commuter routes in the country. The project, the Watkins Mill Interchange, includes a four-lane bridge over the interstate to connect two segments of Watkins Mill Road that are now […]

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July 10, 2017 | Sonya Burke

Governor Hogan on Transportation Issues, Announcement Expected Tuesday in Gaithersburg (VIDEO)

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan says he will be back in Montgomery County on Tuesday to talk about I-270 construction. Hogan was in Silver Spring on Monday touring a local nonprofit when he was asked by MyMCMedia about I-270 improvements. “We are going to have a press conference tomorrow in Montgomery County to talk about some […]

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June 28, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Metro To Test Technique To Prevent Arcing Insulators

Metro GM Paul Wiedefeld told the Montgomery County Council on Tuesday about the water that was entering the Red Line tunnels, which didn’t mix well with the electric-powered trains. The next day, Metro announced it had approved a pilot program to test a “curtain grouting” technique that will add a waterproof membrane to the exterior […]

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June 27, 2017 | Sonya Burke

Wiedefeld Addresses Arcing Insulators on the Red Line at Briefing with County Council (VIDEO)

Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld was in Rockville on Tuesday to present his plan to the Montgomery County Council for continuous improvement to the Metrorail system now that the Safe Track program is completed. During the briefing, Wiedefeld was asked about continuing issues with arcing insulators on the Red Line. “That has been an issue […]

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