Improving the Trolley Trail

MCDOT is working on a project to improve the Trolley Trail. The goals are:

  • Explore alignment alternatives to expand the Bethesda Trolley Trail (BTT) and develop a wayfinding plan to connect to regional trails and neighborhoods.
  • Evaluate existing and proposed off-road and on-road bicycle facilities between Edson Ln and Woodglen Dr to Twinbrook Metro station.
  • Identify gaps in the overall bicycle network in North Bethesda.
  • Engage major stakeholders and community members to gather feedback

Read the full report by clicking here.

The next steps are:

  • Review Relevant Previous Plan & Studies (May 2022)
  • Existing Conditions Analysis (May 2022)
  • First Public Meeting (July 2022)

Check out this flyover view of the new Woodward High School

MCPS has released a “flyover” of what Charles W. Woodward High School will look like upon its completion (video available below). The school originally opened in 1966. Two decades later, in 1987, its students were merged into Walter Johnson High School. Woodward and Walter Johnson High Schools had the same diminished enrollment levels, but MCPS decided to preserve Walter Johnson given the schools larger capacity.

The first phase of construction is scheduled to be complete by September of 2023, when the new building will serve as a holding school for Northwood High School as Northwood gets an addition and whole-facility upgrade. Phase II construction will take place during the 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 school years and will be ready for Woodward High School to reopen officially for the 2025-2026 school year.

Bike to Work Day is Friday

Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 20, 2022. Enjoy nearly 100 pit stops in DC, MD, and VA for this FREE event for a healthy way to start your day. The North Bethesda pit stop is at Pike & Rose. Friends of White Flint will be there — stop by to say hello.

Here is the list of all the Montgomery County pit stops:

Bethesda – Downtown

FDA White Oak

Friendship Heights

Gaithersburg – Kentlands

Gaithersburg – Olde Towne Plaza (Afternoon)

Silver Spring – Downtown at Veterans Plaza

National Institutes of Health Bldg 1

Naval Support Activity Bethesda

North Bethesda at Pike & Rose

Rockville Fallsgrove Village Center

Rockville Town Square

Takoma Park – Downtown/Old Takoma

Takoma Park – Sligo Creek Trail

The first 15,000 who register and attend at a pit stop by bike will receive a FREE T-shirt. Free giveaways, food, and beverages, while supplies last.

North Bethesda BRT Corridor Advisory Committee (CAC) Meeting #2 May 24

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation is pleased to be advancing the North Bethesda BRT planning study and will be holding the second CAC meeting on May 24th, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. via Zoom. We will provide updates on the ongoing analysis as well as the initial results of the termini screening. In addition, we will review upcoming outreach efforts and lay out the work ahead for the CAC.

Please register to attend the North Bethesda BRT CAC virtual meeting. A recording of the meeting as well as any presentation materials will be available after the meeting on the project website.

Improving the grassy area around the White Flint metro station

WMATA has asked LCOR to do the following improvements on Parcel B in the grassy area between Harris Teeter and Rockville Pike.

  • Design & Entitle Permanent Roads at Chapman and McGrath
  • Clear & Grade Parcel B and Roads
  • Install Sewer/Storm/Water Utilities to Support Future Development
  • Install Curb/Gutter, Streetscape and Hardscape
  • Install Hardscape and Plantings for Parcel B

In 28 months, when this project is completed, Parcel B will be used as a public green for events, such as outdoor fitness classes, outdoor concerts, and other fun community gatherings.

Learn more by clicking here.

MD 187 Needs Analysis from SHA

Maryland Dept. of Transportation and the State Highway Administration recently completed a comprehensive Needs Analysis for MD 187 (Old Georgetown Road) between McKinley Street in Bethesda, and Tilden Lane/Nicholson Lane in White Flint. This document outlines a long-term vision for the corridor by identifying strategies to address pedestrian and bicycle network deficiencies, enhance multi-modal safety and improve travel conditions along the corridor.

You can read the entire report here.

The study divides the corridor into seven segments and considers options for each segment to address pedestrian and bicycle deficiencies; enhance multi-modal safety; and improve travel conditions. Some of the analysis for each segment is general (e.g., paint zebra stripes at crossings) and some are more specific (e.g., eliminate particular right turns on red). The recommendations are also divided into near-term, mid-term, and long-term plans.

White Flint Implementation Committee Meeting Tonight

White Flint-North Bethesda Sector Plan Implementation Advisory Committee

Virtual Meeting- Via Microsoft Teams

Monday, May 9, 2022 7 p.m.

To attend, please reach out to Nkosi Yearwood at Nkosi.Yearwood@montgomeryplanning.org


  1. Welcome
  2. Updates and Reports
    1. Development projects
    1. New members: Mr. Marc ‘Kap’ Kapastin, Mr. Charles B. Andrews, Dr. Jacob Krampt, Ms. Suzanne Beckner, and Mr. Ephraim Harel
    1. Open Meetings Act
  1. Development Ombudsman (Tom Lewis, Office of the County Executive)
  2. Presentation: Bethesda Trolley Trail Feasibility Study (Pat Shepherd, MCDOT)
  3. Other topics
    1. Eric Grosse

Montgomery County Wants To Chase Boston In Life Sciences. Elrich: ‘We Punch Below Our Weight

From Bisnow

When it comes to developing the fast-growing life sciences sector, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich wants to make something clear: He knows the county can do better.

“Montgomery County has, admittedly, a really bad reputation for handling development. We are working overtime to change that,” Elrich said at Bisnow’s Mid-Atlantic Life Sciences & Biotech summit on Tuesday. “We punch below our weight, and so my goal is to start punching at our weight.”

Currently, Montgomery County has one submarket in particular where it is directing state and county investment. Elrich said he is partnering with WMATA and the state of Maryland to develop 11.5 acres around the North Bethesda Metro station, formerly White Flint, joining buildings like 935 Prose Street to create a mixed-use life sciences hub.

That kind of urbanized development convinced Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan to “put skin in the game for the first time,” Elrich said, with a $16M investment to improve transportation and other infrastructure needs near  North Bethesda.

Read the entire article here

Free Thursday Night Concert Series and Friday Night Salsa in the Pike District  

Thursdays in the Park, a free concert series, is returning this year to the heart of the Pike District, and Friday Night Salsa, a free salsa dance party, is joining in on the fun. Both events will take place in a pop-up park at Grand Park Avenue and Banneker Street, by the Montgomery County Conference Center garage.  

The conc

ert series starts Thursday, June 2 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and continues for nine consecutive weeks. Friday Night Salsa starts Friday, May 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. and continues each consecutive week through July. 

For both events each week, food and beverage vendors will be on-hand to bring a variety of food options and attendees 21 and older can indulge in a selection of beer, wine, and cocktails. Hang out and enjoy the live music on Thursdays, challenge friends to a salsa dance-off on Fridays, or take advantage of both!  

All are welcome to bring their own chairs and blankets to set up in the park or relax in our Adirondack chairs and dine at our picnic tables.  

Thursdays in the Park Concert Schedule: 

June 2:  DRIVEN TO CLARITY DUO (rock) 

June 9: DAVID THONG DUO (rock, pop, indie) 

June 16: ELIZABETH & PHIL DUO (rock, pop) 

June 23: WILD WHISPERS DUO (folk-pop)

June 30:  JULIET LLOYD DUO (pop, rock) 

July 7: EBB & NOVA DUO (folk-pop)

July 14:  CHASING AUTUMN DUO (rock)

July 21: BRADY O’CONOR DUO (rock)

July 28: THE BREAKAWAYS ACOUSTIC QUARTET (rock, pop)

Friday Night Salsa Schedule:

For up-to-date information and to check for weather-related changes, visit www.pikedistrict.org or follow us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram!

RCA MusicFest 2022 this Saturday, May 7

Please join us this Saturday for our annual MusicFest event at the Civic Green!

WHERE: The RCA Civic Green @ Randolph Hills Shopping Center map
WHEN: Saturday, May 7, 5pm-8pm
RSVP to the Facebook Event

Featuring Musical Performances by:

  • Keeping Time (blues, jazz, pop)
  • Eric Wisotzky (acoustic rock)
  • The Toodletown Three (vintage country and rock & roll)
  • Mark Nensel (acoustic rock)
  • Warped Vinyl (80s and 90s rock)

Featuring Local Vendors: