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Rendering of proposed Purple Line light rail on Piney Branch Road at Arliss Street. Courtesy of the Maryland Transit Administration.
Tony Hausner December 6, 2013 at 07:47 am
See my blog posting on this topic Concerns with the Council Approval of the Long Branch Sector PlanRead More - Opinion http://tinyurl.com/sspatchlongbranch
The proposed Purple Line's path between Bethesda and New Carrollton. Credit: Courtesy of the Maryland Transit Administration.
Robert Curry December 5, 2013 at 10:58 am
If thos is truly the ONLY place these animals exist,i wonder just how important they really are?Read More Will their demise, should that occur, have any noticable/significant repercussions? I feel that the importance of any thing needs to be weighed in determining if extraordinary measures should be used to preserve it, not just the fact that it is scarce or unique! It seems very likely that this creature, if it still exists, has very little ecological significance, and is merely being used as a pawn by those against the project, wasting much time and money while their concerns are evaluated! (perhaps the BIG mistake was not keeping the railroad right-of-way cleared, and preventing the growth of the trees that seem to be the REAL concern!)
jag December 5, 2013 at 11:44 am
Opponents are really scrapping the bottom of the barrel in their attempts to muck things up inRead More court. It's embarrassing. You're against the project - we get it - we heard your arguments and the majority of people are still for it. Deal with it.
Metrorail station. Photo courtesy of WMATA.
Richard Rice November 16, 2013 at 12:28 pm
From what I am reading the Metro Red Line needs a lot of work. Having been on theRead More Atlanta system that is a lot more efficient and the cars are newer than our system!!!
Proposed BRT routes. Map courtesy of Montgomery County Planning Department.
jag November 14, 2013 at 02:52 pm
Fair enough, Woodside. May the best use of the money win. Again, I certainly don't want to see BRTRead More lines that don't adequate address a need, either. Same goes for roads or any other transportation project.
Woodside Park Bob November 14, 2013 at 03:05 pm
JAG said "Ultimately, I think it just comes down to some people who drive in cars don't want toRead More see a lane given to buses no matter how many people that bus lane moves. Efficiency, environmentalism, economics, and fairness be damned." I think he is stereotyping a lot of people's motives. I don't commute by car, but I see BRT as a major expenditure for probably minimal benefit to only a few. ... at the expense of not only money (or lost opportunity to do something else with the money) but also damage to businesses and homeowners losing property along the way. Speaking of fairness, is it fair to put someone out of business or put the front of someone's house within 10 feet of an 8 lane highway so somebody else can get to work maybe 2 minutes faster . . . and make the losers pay to do that through higher taxes too? Not fair in my book.
jag November 14, 2013 at 03:26 pm
Good points. There are certainly cons to weigh against the pros.
The proposed 81 miles of bus rapid transit in Montgomery County. Courtesy of MontgomeryPlanning.org.
Woodside Park Bob October 8, 2013 at 07:24 am
BRT on Georgia Avenue south of Glenmont makes little or no sense. The corridor already has threeRead More transit options: the Red Line Metro Rail, MetroBus, and RideOn Bus. There is adequate capacity for more riders on all of these. Why would we want to add yet another transit option on this corridor, especially one which would reduce the number of lanes available for other traffic. Traffic already backs up substantially in Montgomery Hills during evening rush hours. Removing a lane would probably result in gridlock all the way back to the DC line. And then there is the capital cost and the annual operating subsidies. How much will all this cost, and who will pay? Any BRT decision is premature without as much information and discussion concerning the costs as well as the benefits. So far proponents have been pretty silent about the costs.
Woody Brosnan October 8, 2013 at 07:26 am
You cannot retrofit Georgia ave between the beltway and DC without massive disruption to theRead More neighborhoods and downtown. start brt on a few obvious corridors like rockville to wheaton on viers mill.
Prof Planner October 8, 2013 at 08:46 am
The Right of Way (ROW) required for the proposed BRT system greatly exceeds the existing ROW onRead More Downcounty roads. This means homes, gas stations, restaurants, and strip mails could all be destroyed. Even schoolyards could be compromised. On US 29, that means Blair High School, the Woodmoor Shopping Center, and the Trader Joe's strip mall, as well as houses on either side from New Hampshire Avenue all the way to downtown Silver Spring. County Exec says this is to help mass transit, but they’ve cut busses back in 29, saying they have no money. Percontee needs a mass transit fig leaf to develop the White Oak property, that’s what this is about. It’s not about little people. And don’t forget—they’re proposing to tax everyone within a half mile of the routes to pay for it, not the county taxpayers as a whole. Insult to injury…
Silver Spring Transit Center, Oct. 3, 2013. Photo credit: Laura L. Thornton.
Woodside Park Bob October 4, 2013 at 07:30 am
The rendering and the almost-finished product look pretty much the same, except that the largeRead More buildings adjacent to the transit center have not been built. Instead we have a nice grass-covered hillside. The county should turn the grass area into a new "green" like the former very popular "green" before the Civic Building and ice rink was built on the Ellsworth Dive site. I suspect the hillside will remain vacant as long or longer than the Ellsworth Drive site did.