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Dec 31 15

On January 28, Planning Board Will Review Transit, Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Activities in the Life Sciences Center Area

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Planners will present an update on the Corridor Cities Transitway, review initial staff recommendations for separated bike lanes in the Life Sciences Center and seek approval for Life Sciences Center Loop Trail design guidelines

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is advancing its bus rapid transit, bicycle and pedestrian plans with progress reports on Thursday, January 28, 2016 to the Planning Board.

The three separate but related presentations will include an update on planning for the Corridor Cities Transitway (CCT), Life Sciences Center Loop Trail design guidelines and a separate bike lane network in the area as part of the Bicycle Master Plan. Consult the Planning Board Agenda for details about the session.

This Planning Board presentation follows a community meeting held on December 15, 2015 to discuss new transportation and recreational networks for people who walk and bike in the Life Sciences Center.

View the video recap from the December 15 community meeting.

Consult the Planning Board Agenda for details about the session.

The updated information for the Corridor Cities Transitway (CCT) will include staff review of various aspects of the Maryland Transit Administration’s (MTA) preliminary engineering plans for the Phase One segment of the Bus Rapid Transit system between the Shady Grove Red Line Metrorail station and the MARC commuter rail station at Metropolitan Grove. View the MTA’s CCT web site for the latest overview of the project.

The Draft Life Sciences Center Bicycle Network Proposal aims to create separated bike lanes and provide long-term bicycle parking stations in the Life Sciences Center District of the Greater Seneca Science Corridor (GSSC). Separated bike lanes (or cycle tracks) create a low-stress environment for cyclists that can make bicycling a mainstream transportation option because they provide physical separation from both traffic and pedestrians. View the draft of the proposed Life Sciences Center Separated Bike Lane Network.

A complementary project, called the Life Sciences Center Loop Trail, will provide an off-road shared use path for walking and bicycling to connect destinations within the Life Sciences Center area. At the Planning Board meeting on January 28, planners will ask the Board to approve the LSC Loop Trail design guidelines as an amendment to the urban design guidelines for the GSSC.

These guidelines will assist developers who are required to implement the trail along the frontage of their buildings. They also will help in developing engineering plans and cost estimates for construction, allowing funding for the LSC Loop Trail to be included in the six-year County Capital Improvements Program as required for the Great Seneca Science Corridor Master Plan to advance to the next stage. View the draft of the proposed Life Sciences Center Loop Trial Design Guidelines.

Once approved, the Life Sciences Center Bicycle Network and Loop Trail will be incorporated into the new Bicycle Master Plan for the County.

What is the LSC Loop Trail?
The Life Sciences Center (LSC) Loop Trail is recommended in the Greater Seneca Science Corridor Master Plan as one of the steps for achieving the plan goals. This 3.5-mile cycling and walking path will knit together five districts within the Life Sciences Center area near Gaithersburg and will connect to the Corridor Cities Transitway, a proposed bus rapid transit route. The Trail Loop will help to achieve the increased non-auto driver mode share requirements established in the Master Plan.

A $60,000 grant from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments enabled the Montgomery County Planning Department to hire a consultant, Alexandria, Virginia-based Rhodeside and Harwell, to develop design guidelines for the LSC Loop Trail. Inspiration came from the Indianapolis Cultural Trail with its creative mix of landscaping, signage and public art, and private funding of construction.

Next steps in the LSC Loop Trail project include a presentation to the Upcounty Citizens Advisory Board on the evening of January 4, 2016.

Bicycle Master Plan Background
The Bicycle Master Plan will develop a low-stress bicycling network that encourages more people to ride a bike in Montgomery County. It will evaluate an array of bikeway types, including separated, buffered bike lanes and bicycle boulevards, as well as how to provide secure bicycle storage facilities at transit stations. The network will be developed using an evaluation of the varying levels of stress imposed by traffic on cyclists along each roadway in the County.

Community meetings held in five locations throughout the County during September and October 2015 allowed participants to record comments on how the bicycle connections in the County could be improved. Those comments were recorded on a digital feedback map and will be taken into account as work continues on the new Bicycle Master Plan. View the feedback map.

Questions or Comments?

Contact: Tom Autrey, Planner and CCT Coordinator
Email: Thomas.Autrey@montgomeryplanning.org
Telephone: 301.495.4533

Contact: David Anspacher, Planner and Bicycle Master Plan Project Manager
Email: David.Anspacher@montgomeryplanning.org
Telephone: 301.495.2191

Contact: Steve Findley, Planner and LSCP Loop Project Manager
Email: Steve.Findley@montgomeryplanning.org
Telephone: 301.495.4727

Dec 1 15

Community Invited to Attend the December 15 Meeting Focused on Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Projects in the Life Sciences Center Area

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Planners will trace the progress of the Bicycle Master Plan in the Life Sciences Center and the draft design guidelines for the Life Sciences Center Loop Trail

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is hosting a community meeting on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Academic and Research Building (9601 Medical Center Drive, Rockville, MD, Room 106-110) on the Johns Hopkins Montgomery County Campus to update the community on bicycle and pedestrian planning activities in the Life Sciences Center area.

This community event will focus on efforts to create new transportation and recreational networks for people who walk and bike. The Draft Life Sciences Center Bicycle Network Proposal aims to create separated bike lanes and provide long-term bicycle parking stations in the Life Sciences Center District of the Greater Seneca Science Corridor. Separated bike lanes (or cycle tracks) create a low-stress environment for cyclists that can make bicycling a mainstream transportation option because they provide physical separation from both traffic and pedestrians.

A complementary project, called the Life Sciences Center Loop Trail, will provide an off-road shared use path for walking and bicycling to connect destinations within the Life Sciences Center area. At the meeting, the design guidelines for the Loop Trail will be introduced. These guidelines will assist developers who are required to implement the trail along the frontage of their buildings. RSVPs to attend the session are encouraged, but not required.

RSVP for the December 15 Community Meeting.

Review the Draft Life Sciences Center Bicycle Network Proposal.

Review the Draft Life Sciences Center Loop Trail Design Guidelines.

The community is asked to give feedback on the documents to: LSCplanning@montgomeryplanning.org.

What is the LSC Loop?
The Life Sciences Center (LSC) Loop Trail is recommended in the Greater Seneca Science Corridor Master Plan as one of the steps for achieving the plan goals. This 3.5-mile cycling and walking path will knit together five districts within the Life Sciences Center area near Gaithersburg and will connect to the Corridor Cities Transitway, a proposed bus rapid transit route. The Loop Trail will help to achieve the increased non-auto driver mode share requirements established in the Master Plan.

A $60,000 grant from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments enabled the Montgomery County Planning Department to hire a consultant, Alexandria, Virginia-based Rhodeside & Harwell, to develop design guidelines for the LSC Loop Trail. Inspiration came from the Indianapolis Cultural Trail with its creative mix of landscaping, signage and public art, and private funding of construction.

Next steps in the LSC Loop Trail project include presentations of the recently completed trail design guidelines to the Planning Board, Upcounty organizations and other community groups.

Bicycle Master Plan Background

The Bicycle Master Plan will develop a low-stress bicycling network that encourages more people to ride a bike in Montgomery County. It will evaluate an array of bikeway types, including separated, buffered bike lanes and bicycle boulevards, as well as how to provide secure bicycle storage facilities at transit stations. The network will be developed using an evaluation of the varying levels of stress imposed by traffic on cyclists along each roadway in the County.

Community meetings held in five locations throughout the County during September and October 2015 allowed participants to record comments on how the bicycle connections in the County could be improved. Those comments were recorded on a digital feedback map and will be taken into account as work continues on the new Bicycle Master Plan. View the feedback map.

Questions or Comments?
Contact: David Anspacher, Planner and Bicycle Master Plan Project Manager
Email: David.Anspacher@montgomeryplanning.org
Telephone: 301.495.2191

Contact: Steve Findley, Planner and LSC Loop Project Manager
Email: Steve.Findley@montgomeryplanning.org
Telephone: 301.495.4727

Nov 20 15

Bicycle Master Plan Moves Ahead with Community Advisory Group and Planning Board Review of Separated Bike Lanes in White Flint Area

by Bridget Schwiesow

Bicycle Master Plan

Recent progress of master plan follows community meetings held in September and October 2015

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is making progress on the Bicycle Master Plan for the County through several initiatives.

On Thursday, November 19, the Planning Board approved the 21-member Bicycle Master Plan Community Advisory Group, which will advise Planning staff as the Master Plan develops. The group consists of 13 members from cycling and other organizations, and eight community members who applied to be part of the effort. These County residents were chosen from 60 applicants. The 21 members of the group are listed on the Bicycle Master Plan website.

On Thursday, December 3, the Planning Board will review a proposal for the White Flint Separated Bike Lane Network. Due to the pace of development in White Flint, the Planning Department is advancing work in this area of the County so that meaningful opportunities to construct segments of an enhanced bicycling network can be pursued before the actual Bicycle Master Plan is approved in 2017. Separated bike lanes (also known as cycle tracks or protected bike lanes) encourage more people to bicycle because they provide separation from motor vehicles and pedestrians.

The public is invited to attend the Planning Board meeting (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD) on December 3 and submit comments to the Planning Board about issues related to the White Flint Separated Bike Lane Network.

Bicycle Master Plan Background

The Bicycle Master Plan will develop a low-stress bicycling network that encourages more people to ride a bike in Montgomery County. It will evaluate an array of bikeway types, including separated, buffered bike lanes and bicycle boulevards, as well as how to provide secure bicycle storage facilities at transit stations. The network will be developed using an evaluation of the varying levels of stress imposed by traffic on cyclists along each roadway in the County.

Community meetings held in five locations throughout the County during September and October 2015 allowed participants to record comments on how the bicycle connections in the County could be improved. Those comments were recorded on a digital feedback map and will be taken into account as work continues on the new Bicycle Master Plan. View the feedback map.

Sep 4 15

Scope of Work for Bicycle Master Plan Will Be Presented to Planning Board on September 10

by Bridget Schwiesow

Bicycle Master Plan

Community invited to hear about the approach to the Bicycle Master Plan at Board meeting

Silver Spring, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Board, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is launching its Bicycle Master Plan this fall and will present the Scope of Work for the Plan at the Thursday, September 10 meeting of the County Planning Board.

The Scope of Work sets the direction for the plan. It defines the context, purpose and major issues addressed by the County’s new Bicycle Master Plan and highlights the process and time line proposed by Planning Department staff to develop the Plan.

View the Bicycle Master Plan Scope of Work.
View the State of Bicycling in Montgomery County briefing book.

The Bicycle Master Plan will consider the newest types of bikeways, such as separated and buffered bike lanes and bicycle boulevards, as well as secure bicycle storage facilities at transit stations. The network will be developed using an evaluation of the varying levels of stress imposed by traffic on cyclists along each roadway in the County.

Kick-off meetings will be held throughout the County during September and October. The first meeting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on September 8 at Paint Branch High School (14121 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, MD).

The second meeting will take place on September 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Germantown Regional Services Center (Room A, 12900 Middlebrook Road, Germantown, MD).

Subsequent meetings will be held in Silver Spring, Bethesda and Wheaton. The different locations allow County residents to pick the meeting that is the most convenient for them so they can more easily participate in the planning process.

To RSVP to these meetings and learn more, go to the Bicycle Master Plan webpage.

Stay connected to all of the latest updates with the Bicycle Master Plan by signing up for the Bicycle Master Plan eletter.

Aug 27 15

Montgomery Planning Countywide Bicycle Master Plan Meetings Start in September

by Bridget Schwiesow

Bicycle Master Plan

The public is invited to five meetings across the County during September and October 2015 to learn about the details of the Bicycle Master Plan and provide feedback

Silver Spring, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is launching its Bicycle Master Plan with community meetings in September so the public can learn more about the goals and methods of this Countywide effort.

The Bicycle Master Plan will consider the newest types of bikeways, such as separated and buffered bike lanes and bicycle boulevards, as well as secure bicycle storage facilities at transit stations. The network will be developed using an evaluation of the varying levels of stress imposed by traffic on cyclists along each roadway in the County.

The first public meeting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on September 8 at Paint Branch High School (14121 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, MD). The second meeting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Germantown Regional Services Center (Room A, 12900 Middlebrook Road, Germantown, MD).

Three subsequent meetings will take place during September and October in Silver Spring, Wheaton and Bethesda. The different locations allow County residents to pick the one that is most convenient for them so they can more easily participate in the planning process.

Each event will consist of a short presentation by County planner and project manager David Anspacher, followed by an opportunity to meet with Planning Department staff and learn about relevant topics, such as how traffic stress affects cycling and the state of bicycling in Montgomery County.

Attendees will also have the chance to contribute comments about bicycling safety and facilities they would like to see on an interactive “feedback map,” created for that part of the County associated with the meeting location. Community comments will be used to guide the planners during their work.

“These five meetings are intended to engage residents throughout the County and give them the opportunity to meet staff, learn about the plan and give feedback,” says Planning Director Gwen Wright. “I’m excited about new technology tools, such as interactive maps, that will help us plan new facilities so we can be one of the first suburban jurisdictions to comprehensively plan for bikes.”

Bicycle Master Plan Meeting Schedule:
All meetings will be held from 7 to 9 pm. Meeting RSVPs are encouraged but not required. Register to attend each of the Bicycle Master Plan Kick-Off meetings listed below.

Tuesday, September 8 – Meeting 1 at Paint Branch High School, 14121 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, MD. RSVP for Meeting 1.

Wednesday, September 9 – Meeting 2 at the Germantown Regional Services Center, Room A, 12900 Middlebrook Road, Germantown, MD. RSVP for Meeting 2.

Tuesday, September 15 – Meeting 3 at the Planning Department headquarters, 8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD. RSVP for Meeting 3.

Monday, September 21 – Meeting 4 at the Wheaton Library, 11701 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD. RSVP for Meeting 4.

Tuesday, October 6 – Meeting 5 at Walter Johnson High School, 6400 Rock Spring Drive, Bethesda, MD. RSVP for Meeting 5.

Bicycle Master Plan Background:

The official kickoff of the Bicycle Master Plan comes after planners participated in Councilmember Hans Riemer’s Second Great MoCo Bike Summit on Saturday, June 6 at the Silver Spring Civic Center. That event focused on ways of incorporating next-generation bicycle facilities into the County’s transportation network and included participation by Planning Board Chair Casey Anderson and the County Department of Transportation.

At the summit, County planner David Anspacher presented an overview of the new Bicycle Master Plan and its focus on developing a high-quality network of cycling routes throughout the County.

In addition to hearing the presentations, the approximately 100 attendees had the opportunity to provide written feedback on a large scale County map affixed to the wall of the Silver Spring Civic Center.  Attendees were asked to give comments on how the bicycle connections in the County could be improved. Those comments have now been included on an online map and will be considered by planners as work begins on the update to the Bicycle Master Plan. View the feedback map from the June 6 Bike Summit.

Questions or Comments?
Contact: David Anspacher, Planner and Project Manager
Email: David.Anspacher@montgomeryplanning.org
Telephone: 301.495.2191

May 29 15

‘Second Great MoCo Bike Summit’ Focuses on County’s Bicycle Master Plan

by Bridget Schwiesow

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June 6 event at Silver Spring Civic Center will highlight the County’s new bicycling network incorporating separated bike lanes and bicycle storage facilities

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is participating in the Second Great MoCo Bike Summit on Saturday, June 6 from 10 am to noon at the Silver Spring Civic Center (1 Veterans Plaza). The event will focus on ways of incorporating next-generation bicycle facilities into the County’s transportation network.

At the summit, County planner David Anspacher will present an overview of the new Bicycle Master Plan and its focus on developing a high-quality network of cycling routes throughout the County.

Set to launch in July 2015, the Plan will consider the newest types of bikeways, such as separated and buffered bike lanes, and bicycle boulevards, as well as secure bicycle storage facilities at transit stations. The network will be developed according to an evaluation of the varying levels of stress imposed by traffic on cyclists along each roadway in the County.

The Bicycle Master Plan will initially focus on a bicycle network along the rapidly developing Corridor Cities Transitway, a 15-mile bus rapid transit (BRT) line proposed to run from the Shady Grove Metrorail Station, through the Life Sciences Center area and ultimately to Germantown and Clarksburg.

The annual MoCo Bike Summit is organized by County Councilmember Hans Riemer with the participation of the Planning Department, County Department of Transportation and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association. The event will kick off at 9 am with a family-friendly bike ride along the Capital Crescent Trail from Elm Street Park in Bethesda to the Silver Spring Civic Center.

Register for the Bike Summit and find out more about the Bicycle Master Plan.

Apr 23 15

Bicycle Master Plan Previewed on April 20 at Johns Hopkins Montgomery County Campus

by Bridget Schwiesow

Bike Collage

Initial planning effort focuses on the area surrounding the future Corridor Cities Transitway.

Silver Spring, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), hosted a community meeting on Monday, April 20 from 7-9 p.m. at the Johns Hopkins Montgomery County Campus to kick off an update to the Bicycle Master Plan, particularly as it relates to the planned Corridor Cities Transitway, a 15-mile bus rapid transit line extending from Shady Grove to Clarksburg.

At the meeting, County planners explained that they will be focusing on the areas surrounding the future Corridor Cities Transitway over the next few months to ensure the latest thinking in bicycle planning is reflected in the many projects now underway in the area. The goal is to develop a regional bikeway network plan for the Great Seneca Science Corridor area to maximize the coordination, connectivity and effectiveness among the various transportation modes.

The Master Plan will recommend ways of providing access by bike to Phase 1 of the Corridor Cities Transitway, extending from the Shady Grove Metrorail Station to Metropolitan Grove. This planning work will be coordinated with the Life Science Center Loop and future development applications reviewed by the Montgomery County Planning Board.

The Life Sciences Center Loop is being proposed as a shared-use path, following recommendations in the Great Seneca Science Corridor Master Plan. A critical piece of the non-auto transportation and recreation infrastructure, the LSC Loop connects the districts and destinations within the Life Sciences Center to each other and to the surrounding communities. A design is being created for the LSC Loop that will elevate the facility from a simple asphalt path to a distinctive placemaking feature that encourages non-auto commuting and healthy exercise, and helps provide connections to the Corridor Cities Transitway stations within the LSC.

At the April 20 meeting, planners discussed the methods being used to develop and evaluate different types of bikeways being considered for the Bicycle Master Plan. Part of this effort involves gaining a better understanding of cyclists’ needs by studying the stresses imposed on cyclists by motorized traffic on road segments, intersection approaches and intersections. To do this, planners are using an analytic tool set forth in a 2012 report from San Jose State University’s Mineta Transportation Institute that analyzes the causes of these stresses, including higher volume and higher speed traffic, frequent parking turnover and bicyclists’ experiences in crossing major roads at intersections.

An initial analysis of the Life Sciences Center Area found that for cyclists who can tolerate high stress, the entire road network, minus the interstates, is available to them. The bicycling network for low and very low stress-tolerating groups, however, is more limited and disjointed, and includes residential streets and higher volumes streets with separated bikeways. These low stress-tolerating groups account for about 60 percent of the County’s population and would be unlikely to bicycle to many of the planned CCT stations without a network of separated bikeways, so planners are looking into ways of creating such a system.

Starting July 1, 2015, the comprehensive update to the Bikeways Master Plan will be launched for the entire County. The planning process will provide ample opportunities for the community to get involved and offer feedback. Check out the Bicycle Planning web page to learn more.

For more information about the Bicycle Master Plan, contact:

David Anspacher
Functional Planning and Policy Division
Montgomery County Planning Department
david.anspacher@montgomeryplanning.org
tel. 301-495-2191

Learn more about Bicycle Planning in Montgomery County.

Aug 29 14

Bicycle Planning Guidance Report Delivered to Planning Board on Sept. 4

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Planning Department’s Bicycle Planning Guidance Provides New Tools for Promoting Bicycling

SILVER SPRING, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Board, part of  The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission will be briefed on the Montgomery County Bicycle Planning Guidance report by transportation planners on Thursday, Sept 4. The document was produced for the Planning Department as part of a Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (WCOG) Transportation / Land Use Connections (TLC) grant program.

View the Bicycle Planning Guidance Planning Board agenda item for Sept. 4.

Bicycling in the metropolitan Washington region has changed substantially over the past few years. Changing attitudes toward bicycling, the introduction of bikeshare programs, and new facilities such as cycle tracks and buffered bike lanes that provide bicyclists with greater protection from traffic have led to a growth in bicycling in many communities. Bicycle planning has also changed significantly, with recent research guiding planners and communities to better understand what creates a bikeable network and how different types of bicycle facilities can expand that network.

By developing the Bicycle Planning Guidance document, Montgomery County planners seek to position the County among national leaders in bicycle planning. The tools that are presented will assist planners in identifying how much stress different road conditions create for bicyclists and what types of facilities are needed to reduce that stress and encourage bicycling among the general population. It also provides tools for identifying bicycle facilities that are most appropriate under different traffic speed and traffic volume conditions.

Planning Department staff envisions using the Bicycle Planning Guidance to assist in both the master planning process and facility planning review. It will help planners evaluate network connectivity and identify projects that are likely to have the most benefit in increasing bicycling in Montgomery County.

For questions or comments about the bicycle planning guidance, contact:
David Anspacher, Functional Planning and Policy
david.anspacher@montgomeryplanning.org
301-495-2191

Jul 31 14

Learn About Existing and Proposed Bikeways in Montgomery County

by Bridget Schwiesow

 

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Planning Department’s webpage provides map and resource of information

SILVER SPRING, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, has created a new webpage dedicated to bikeways in Montgomery County. The page allows visitors to view all of the existing and proposed bikeways in the County complete with an interactive map.

The bikeways page also features the Silver Spring Bicycle Parking Station Study, which evaluates future demand and potential locations for a bicycle parking station near the Silver Spring Transit Center and the planned connection of the Capital Crescent Trail and Metropolitan Branch Trail. Online visitors can also review “An Assessment of Purple Line Corridor Bicycle and Pedestrian Issues” for the proposed Capital Crescent Trail between Bethesda and Silver Spring and pedestrian issues around the Purple Line.

The page was designed to provide greater accessibility for online views of the Bikeways Master Plan and to highlight the current bicycle planning efforts of the Montgomery County Planning Department.

“Planning for and maintaining quality bicycle infrastructure in our county is vital to the future of creating walkable and pedestrian friendly communities,” said David Anspacher, Transportation Planner Coordinator.

For questions or comments about the bikeways page, contact:
David Anspacher, Functional Planning and Policy
david.anspacher@montgomeryplanning.org
301-495-2191

Mar 13 14

Planning Board Considers Purple Line Mandatory Referrals – Thursday, March 20

by Bridget Schwiesow

Public will have the opportunity to comment on the Purple Line project at Planning Board meeting 

Purple LineSILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Board will hold a public hearing on the mandatory referrals for the Purple Line and related projects between Bethesda and Takoma Langley Crossroads at their meeting on Thursday, March 20, in the Planning Board Auditorium (8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD). The Planning Board will review and take testimony related to four projects – the Purple Line, the Bethesda Metro Station South Entrance, the Capital Crescent Trail, and the Silver Spring Green Trail – all of which are mandatory referrals, which means that the Board is not the final decision maker but has an opportunity to make recommendations to the appropriate agencies for consideration.

In an effort to assure compatibility with communities and businesses along the right of way, many of the recommendations concern ways to improve station access for pedestrians and bicyclists, enhance urban design along the corridor, reduce environmental impacts, mitigate impacts to parkland, and improve transitions along the Capital Crescent Trail.

A webpage features an interactive map that highlights the recommendations that the Planning Board will be considering, provides a link to the staff report on the March 20 agenda, includes individual project descriptions, and includes all of the documents submitted to the department for review.

Purple Line Projects: Planning Board Public Hearing and Discussion of Comments to Submit
Purple Line, Bethesda Metro Station South Entrance, Capital Crescent Trail, Silver Spring Green Trail
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Planning Board Auditorium
Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland
Sign up to testify before the Planning Board

About the Purple Line
The Purple Line is a proposed 16-mile Light Rail Transit (LRT) line with 21 stations, connecting Bethesda to New Carrollton. It will provide direct connections to the Metrorail Red Line in Bethesda and Silver Spring, the Green Line at College Park, and the Orange Line at New Carrollton. The Purple Line project will be constructed along with three other projects: the Capital Crescent Trail, the Silver Spring Green Trail, and a new entrance to the Bethesda Metrorail station. Learn more on the Maryland Transit Administration’s Purple Line webpage.

What is a Mandatory Referral?
Government agencies planning construction projects located in Montgomery County must refer their plans to the Planning Board for review, in a manner similar to that followed by private developers. However, because the Planning Board’s decision and recommendations are advisory only, an applicant may decide whether to incorporate them or not. Read more about mandatory referrals. Public projects must also comply with other applicable laws and regulations.

Purple Line Functional Plan
The Purple Line Functional Plan was adopted by the County Council in September of 2010, and includes a series of recommendations for the proposed transit line’s route, mode and stations, and for the Capital Crescent Trail and the Silver Spring Green Trail. Download the approved and adopted Purple Line Functional Plan

M-NCPPC Planning Department Staff Contact
David Anspacher, Functional Planning and Policy
david.anspacher@montgomeryplanning.org
301-495-2191

Tom Autrey, Functional Planning and Policy
thomas.autrey@montgomeryplanning.org
301-495-4533

About The Montgomery County Planning Department:
The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, aims to improve quality of life by conserving and enhancing the natural and built environment for current and future generations. The Planning Department creates great communities by developing master plans, reviewing applications for development and analyzing various types of information to help public officials plan for Montgomery County’s future. The Department is comprised of 140 staff members and provides recommendations, information, analysis and services to the Montgomery County Planning Board, the County Council, the County Executive, other government agencies and the general public. Visit www.montgomeryplanning.org