Transportation

December 1, 2020 | Charles Nyonga

Task Force Arrests Dozens of DUI Offenders During Thanksgiving Weekend

Montgomery County Police said that the Holiday Alcohol Task Force arrested 42 people for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs (DUI) over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The arrests were made explicitly by the task force as opposed to routine stops by patrol officers. The overall numbers may be higher. The Holiday Alcohol Task […]

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December 1, 2020 | Reid Flumbaum

County Planning to Reduce Electric Vehicle Costs, Increase Availability

Electric vehicles (EV) are growing in popularity, but higher costs and limited availability are still barriers to entry for many people. However, Montgomery County is working to change the EV narrative, issuing a Request for Information (RFI) to establish an Electric Vehicle Group Buy Program. The County says the program, “sometimes known as ‘Cooperative Purchasing’,” […]

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December 1, 2020 | Sydney Bullock

Montgomery County Dedicates Dec. 1 as Rosa Parks Day

On Tuesday, County Executive Marc Elrich and Council President Sidney Katz proclaimed Dec. 1 as Rosa Parks Day. 65 years ago Tuesday – December 1, 1955 – Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery Alabama bus. Her bravery and arrest sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, where 42,000 […]

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December 1, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Metro’s ‘Barebones’ Proposed Budget Would Eliminate Weekend Rail Service

Due to reduced ridership and revenue during the pandemic, Metro has proposed drastic cuts, including eliminating weekend rail service and scheduling daily trains at 30 minute intervals, in its proposed Fiscal year 2022 budget. That budget, which is described as including “barebones service,” will be discussed Dec. 10 during a Finance Committee and full board […]

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November 24, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

New Agreement Means Purple Line is Back on Track

An agreement has been reached to settle all outstanding financial claims and end litigation concerning the proposed Purple Line. The Maryland Department of Transportation, Meridiam, Star America and Fluor, which had been partners on the project, reached an agreement which calls for the state to pay $250 million. Under the terms, Purple Line Transit Partners […]

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November 24, 2020 | Reid Flumbaum

AAA: Vast Majority Of Marylanders Not Traveling This Thanksgiving

Early indications are that many people around the country are ignoring the CDC’s recommendation to not travel during the Thanksgiving holiday. But in Maryland, it’s a different story. A survey conducted by the Mid-Atlantic AAA indicates nearly 90% of Marylanders are staying home this Thanksgiving. 50% of those cited the COVID-19 pandemic as why they […]

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November 23, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Navy ‘Will Not Cede Any Property’ in Bethesda to MDOT for 495 Widening

The U.S. Department of Navy’s Naval Support Activity in Bethesda has informed the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration that it “will not cede any property” toward the planned widening of Route 495. To do so, the Navy stated in a letter to MDOT, would “compromise Antiterrorism/Force Protection guidelines and impact the NSA Bethesda […]

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November 20, 2020 | Staff Writer

Detectives Investigating Fatal Pedestrian Collision in North Bethesda

Montgomery County Police are investigating a fatal pedestrian-involved collision that occurred in North Bethesda early Friday morning. First responders arrived on the scene shortly after 5:00 a.m., according to police. An investigation determined that a car was traveling north on Rockville Pike approaching Grosvenor Lane when the pedestrian, identified as 74-year-old James Eugene White Jr. […]

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November 20, 2020 | Reid Flumbaum

Montgomery Parks Extends Open Parkways Initiative

Montgomery Parks’ Open Parkways initiative is receiving some attention this Thanksgiving, offering up more opportunities for a walk, run, or bike ride. Beginning Wednesday Nov. 25 at noon, Montgomery Parks will be closing portions of Sligo Creek Parkway, Beach Drive, and Little Falls Parkway. These portions include: Sligo Creek Parkway: Old Carroll Avenue to Piney […]

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November 17, 2020 | Reid Flumbaum

C&O Towpath Rehabilitation Moves Closer to Completion

Hiking and biking along major sections of the C&O Canal are shaping up to be a lot smoother as the towpath receives much needed attention. According to the C&O Canal Trust, a 2016 engineering study identified 80 miles of towpath that critically needed resurfacing and rehabilitation. Four phases were implemented to complete the project, and […]

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