Jul 172012

The July meeting of MCBAG is this Thursday July 19th at 7 pm in Rockville.  The location rotates between Gaithersburg and Rockville.  This one’s in Rockville. Agenda is here.   Projects that will be discussed: Capital Crescent Trail surface project on Bethesda Avenue (Woodmont Avenue to Wisconsin Avenue).  Presented by M-NCPPC ‘s David Anspacher and Neil Braunstein. Executive Blvd shoulders in North Bethesda Woodglen Drive/Edson Lane issues in North Bethesda Clopper Road shared use path in Germantown Germantown bike rack at Germantown Transit Center MEETING DETAILS: Rockville MCBAG meetings are in the tall Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe Street, Rockville. Enter from the lower level entrance off Monroe Street.  Ring the buzzer to the left of the door and tell them […]

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Apr 172012
Development putting Capital Crescent Trail on Bethesda Ave is approved

The Montgomery County Planning Board just approved a revised plan for the Woodmont East development in Bethesda, including the design of the Capital Crescent Trail on Bethesda Avenue.  The developer JBG was revising its development plans anyway (to incorporate more property), but changes were also needed to incorporate the trail into the Bethesda Ave streetscape, since the trail has essentially been kicked out of the tunnel. The trail will be a two-way cycletrack along the north side of Bethesda Ave from Woodmont Ave to Wisconsin Ave.   The new development will include a hotel on the north side of Bethesda Ave, so people entering the hotel will have to walk or drive across the trail.  No doubt many will stop […]

Feb 292012
Finding money to build the CCT tunnel

Environmental consultant Steve Offutt proposes a solution for building the Capital Crescent Trail tunnel under Wisconsin Ave  that would save money by replacing the Air Rights and Apex buildings with more valuable buildings now rather than when the buildings reach their typical lifespan.  The solution relies on the engineering assumption that the buildings could be replaced less expensively during Purple Line construction rather than after the Purple Line is already in place.  The two buildings sit on top of the existing tunnel (hence air rights) and are the main reason it would cost $51 million to keep the trail in the tunnel with the rail line.  Mr. Offutt”s solution presumes that newer, bigger (taller) buildings with more direct Metro access […]

Nov 192011
Another trail crossing idea

Planners are trying to figure out how to connect the Capital Crescent Trail (on a trestle) to the Rock Creek Trail 40 feet below. Here’s my solution: Thank you Photoshop.  Actually the Planning Board recommends a switchback ramp system at a cost of $1.4M.   I’ve labeled it “switchback chosen” on this planning diagram.  “A new option” is my own (inferior) path idea, which adds about 1/3 mile for CCT users coming from the west.   Not shown is another option, putting a path along Jones Mill Road from the CCT south to the park. Jack Cochrane Chair, MoBike  

Nov 182011
Planning Board issues Purple Line recommendations

Today’s Washington Post article with photos about the county Planning Board’s recommendations on the Purple Line… The Post article: The Montgomery County Planning Board asked Maryland transit officials Thursday to consider moving a Bethesda station for a future Purple Line to try to better accommodate a popular biking and running trail in a tunnel beneath Wisconsin Avenue. Board members said the state’s latest estimate that it would cost $40.5 million to rebuild the trail inside the tunnel would make it too expensive. However, they said they didn’t want to pursue a far less expensive plan to rebuild the trail along local streets through crowded downtown Bethesda unless they had exhausted other possibilities for keeping it in the tunnel. The board asked […]

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