Thursday, April 4, 2013
The planning board will once again take up a bus rapid transit concept, including a proposal to dedicate Rockville Pike travel lanes for the high-speed buses.
The Montgomery County Planning Board will decide Thursday whether to advance a proposal for a 79-mile, 10-route bus rapid transit system into the public hearing stage. As a part of the proposal, Montgomery County planners are recommending that two travel lanes of Route 355 from the Capital Beltway to Western Avenue be re-purposed as dedicated rapid transit bus lanes. Planners say the rapid transit route would draw high ridership, but drivers could see their afternoon rush trip increase by nearly six minutes from Western Avenue to Cedar Lane by 2040. Recommendations for corridors across the county vary from buses driving in mixed traffic to developing new busways separated from traffic. Planners are also recommending taking out travel lanes…
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Taking out two travel lanes from the Beltway to Western Avenue could add six minutes of travel time on the stretch for motorists by 2040.
Montgomery County planners are recommending that two travel lanes of Route 355 from the Capital Beltway to Western Avenue be re-purposed as dedicated rapid transit bus lanes. Planners say the rapid transit route would draw high ridership, but drivers could see their afternoon rush trip increase by nearly six minutes from Western Avenue to Cedar Lane by 2040. The recommendation is part of a staff draft of a Countywide Transit Corridors Functional Master Plan presented to the Montgomery County Planning Board Monday evening. The master plan includes a proposal for a 79-mile bus rapid transit system using 10 routes across the county. The draft will undergo an extensive public hearing process before it’s submitted to the Montgomery County …
Friday, February 15, 2013
Underpass and elevators would improve connectivity between Walter Reed Bethesda and the Medical Center Metro station.
Metro has advanced a project that would construct a pedestrian underpass beneath Rockville Pike and three high-speed elevators to improve connectivity between the Medical Center Metro station and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, according to a Thursday news release. The project is expected to be complete in early 2015. The $68 million Rockville Pike crossing project is part of a host of transportation improvements planned near the military hospital to ease the traffic impacts of the federally-mandated Base Realignment and Closure program. BRAC drew 3,600 new employees to the military hospital in 2011 as the Walter Reed Army Medical Center relocated to Bethesda, and yearly visitors there are expected to nearly double to 1 …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Rockville Pike traffic could be affected from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Increased security measures at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center could have a "significant" impact on traffic Tuesday afternoon, county BRAC coordinator Phil Alperson wrote in an email Monday. The security measures were expected to impact roads around the military hospital, particularly Rockville Pike, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Drivers should expect delays and intermittent road closures, Alperson said.
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Drivers should expect major delays through early Friday.
Two lanes of southbound Rockville Pike north of Cedar Lane remain closed Thursday evening as Washington Suburban and Sanitary Commission crews work on emergency repairs to a water main line and sinkhole. The closure is expected to remain through Thursday evening and early Friday, according to the Maryland State Highway Administration. Drivers should expect major delays and are urged to seek alternate routes.
Monday, October 1, 2012
The bus was stopped at a bus stop when another vehicle crashed into it, according to a county spokeswoman.
A car collided with a Ride On bus that was stopped at a bus stop on Rockville Pike Monday morning, a county spokeswoman reports. The bus was stopped near 355 and Pooks Hill Road when another vehicle ran into the back of the bus, according to county spokeswoman Esther Bowring. The incident occurred shortly after 8:30 a.m. and minor injuries were reported, according to Assistant Chief Scott Graham, a fire and rescue spokesman. One lane on northbound Rockville Pike was getting by the accident shortly before 9 a.m., Montgomery County police reported. Ride On supervisors were investigating the accident, Bowring said.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Restauranteur Geoff Tracy brings his popular take on American cuisine to Rockville Pike.
Chef Geoff’s is coming to Rockville. The restaurant group opened its first location in 2000 and has since made a name—that of owner Geoff Tracy—serving contemporary American cuisine in a casual atmosphere. The new Rockville location will open on Sept. 12, Tracy announced on his website. Chef Geoff's Rockville will occupy the former home of Houston’s and the short-lived Againn Tavern, at 12256 Rockville Pike. Tracy hinted about a Rockville location via Twitter in July 2011. Last month, Patch’s “1 Meat, 3 Sides” column cited a Zagat report that the opening was imminent. On Tuesday, Chef Geoff’s fans received emails inviting them to buy a limited number of tickets (so limited, they were sold out by early Wednesday) to a “soft opening” on …
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Project is expected to wrap up in spring of 2013.
A long-term road resurfacing project is underway that will bring yet more lane closures to the Rockville Pike. The $2.3 million safety and resurfacing project, headed up by the Maryland State Highway Administration, is planned for the Rockville Pike between Cedar Croft Drive in Bethesda – just north of Cedar Lane – and Strathmore Avenue in North Bethesda. SHA crews will resurface the roadway and clean inlets. Sidewalk ramps and driveways will be upgraded to make them compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), and damaged curbs, gutters, sidewalks and guardrails will be replaced. There also will be new pavement markings. Weather permitting, work on the 3.3-mile stretch of is expected to wrap up in spring of 2013. Drivers …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Has the number of cars actually decreased on the congested corridor since 2007? Yes, according to one study.
A Walter Reed study found that traffic on much of the Rockville Pike and Jones Bridge Road has decreased since 2007, despite the dramatic increase in employees and visitors to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center brought on by BRAC, the Washington Post reported this week. The federally-mandated Base Realignment and Closure program drew 2,500 new employees to the military hospital last year as the Walter Reed Army Medical Center relocated to Bethesda, and yearly visitors there are expected to nearly double to 1 million. Compared with 2007, much of the two clogged thoroughfares saw between 1 percent and 34 percent fewer vehicles during the morning and evening rush hours as of October, the study found, according to the Post. While…
Monday, August 6, 2012
$40 million has been awarded to Montgomery County to fund the underpass and elevators to connect Walter Reed Bethesda with the Medical Center Metro station.
Montgomery County has been awarded a $40 million federal grant that will fund a pedestrian underpass and high-speed elevators to connect the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center with the Medical Center Metrorail station. The funding was announced Monday by the Department of Defense. The pedestrian underpass, which will cross beneath the Rockville Pike, and the three elevators are a part of a host of transportation improvements planned near the military hospital to ease the traffic impacts of the federally-mandated Base Realignment and Closure program. BRAC drew 2,500 new employees to the military hospital last year as the Walter Reed Army Medical Center relocated to Bethesda, and yearly visitors there are expected to nearly double …