Nov 152011

On Thursday November 17th there will be a public hearing on possible changes to the design of the Capital Crescent Trail next to the Purple Line rail line.  The Montgomery County Planning Board  is taking public testimony.  You can sign up to testify in person or you can submit written comments.  For a full description of the issues and proposed changes, see the Planning Department staff report prepared for the hearing.   For information on how to testify, see the Board’s agenda page  (the trail is agenda item 3). The most critical issues are: Will the trail still pass through the existing tunnel under Wisconsin Avenue, and if not, what route will it follow?  To keep the trail in the tunnel […]

Nov 082011

Gaithersburg bike advocate Alan Migdall wrote a great letter in the Washington Post supporting the federal Transportation Enhancements (TE)  program.    This vital program provides money to  states for new bike paths, pedestrian facilities, historical preservation,  etc.    The text of Alan’s letter: Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) opposes using a small portion of transportation funding for pedestrian and bicycle projects [news story, Oct. 25 ]. He was quoted: “I know priorities are in the eye of the beholder, but what we lack is common sense.”  Given that 14 percent of all traffic fatalities are pedestrians and cyclists and that states often underfund sidewalks and bike lanes, one would think that spending at least 1 or 2 percent of transportation funding on “enhancements” that address […]

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