Thursday, January 31, 2013

Bus stop improvement program continues to enhance the transit experience

Bus Stop Improvement Program
Improved bus stop with curb access, new shelter   -   Photo: Stacy Coletta

 Transit Services’ Bus Stop Improvement Program is in its seventh year of operation, completing upgrades to two-thirds of Ride On’s 5000 bus stops. The program systematically evaluates bus stops by asking a series of questions, such as, “Can passengers wait at the stop without being in danger?” “Is the stop reasonably close to a safe street crossing and can that crossing be made safer?” and “Can passengers get to the stop along an accessible path?”

In planning improvements, staff look beyond the bus stop to consider the walking routes patrons will take to destinations and housing. To date, close to seven million dollars in infrastructure enhancements have been made. The bus stop program often partners with other MCDOT projects to bring about innovative and attractive upgrades. These include the sidewalk construction program, ADA improvements, and traffic calming projects.

For more information, go to Ride On's website. Or call 311 (TTY, call 301-251-4850), Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 7:00 pm

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Update on Selected Capital Projects Involving Pedestrian or Bicycle Infrastructure

Several new construction projects by the Division of Transportation Engineering will provide improvements to the pedestrian or bicycle infrastructure and increase walkability in Montgomery County.
Dale Drive Sidewalk from Mansfield Road to Hartford Avenue
The purpose of this project is to design and construct a new sidewalk with curb and gutter. Construction started in the fall of 2012 and contractors have recently finished relocating utilities. The projected completion date is the fall of 2013.
Greentree Road Sidewalk The purpose of this project is to construct approximately 64,000 linear feet of concrete sidewalk with curb and gutter, residential sidewalk ramps, and extend the existing storm drain system along the north side of Greentree Road. Construction started in the fall of 2012. The projected completion date is the fall of 2013.
MacArthur Boulevard Bikeway Improvement – Segment 2
The purpose of this project is to develop final construction plans for improvements along 13,800 linear feet of MacArthur Boulevard from I-495 to Oberlin Avenue. Construction is scheduled to begin in late February 2013. The projected completion date is the fall of 2014.
Montrose Trail
The purpose of this project is to design and construct a hiker-biker trail in the former Rockville Facility from Tildenwood Drive to Old Farm Creek. This will connect to the hiker-biker trail constructed in association with the Montrose Parkway West project. Construction ended in the fall of 2012.
Shady Grove Metro Access Bike Path The purpose of this project is to provide a new bikepath from Shady Grove Road along the east side of the WMATA Metro Access Road, a bikeway ramp from the new path to the existing bikeway at Crabbs Branch Way, and a signalized at-grade pedestrian/bikeway crossing on the WMATA Metro Access. Construction began in the spring of 2012. The projected completion date is the spring of 2013.
For more information on road, sidewalk, bikeway, or storm drainage projects throughout the county, visit the Division of Transportation Engineering's website or call 240.777.7223