Today’s Washington Post has an article raising a subject that sometimes is uncomfortable: older drivers. As the more mature members of our community realize, even the best drivers’ skills often deteriorate over time. This poses an immediate and very painful dilemma for an alert, but frail, person. Driving, for many, equals independence.…Read More
Monthly Archives: December 2009
For Immediate Release, Monday, Dec. 28, 2009Source: Action Committee for Transit
ACT Slams Montgomery County DOT’s Anti-Transit Policies
The Montgomery County Dept. of Transportation has become systematically hostile to transit riders and pedestrians, charges a front-page article in the January 2010 issue of the Action Committee for Transit’s quarterly newsletter, Transit Times.…Read More
Montgomery County is one of the wealthiest, most-educated, and best-run counties in the country. Its far-sighted self-sacrifice of preserving a huge amount of green and open space as part of the “agricultural reserve” won numerous awards and is a crown jewel in the County. The County is in the midst of considering one of the most innovative “New Urbanism” master plans for development — the award-winning White Flint Sector Plan.…Read More
Live blogging from the afternoon session of the Planning, Housing and Economic Development (PHED) Committee of the Montgomery County Council. Morning session dealt with transportation issues; the afternoon will be spent on “land use” including zoning, particular project proposals and the “districts” the Planning Board created within the White Flint Sector.…Read More
Live Blogging from the worksession of the PHED committee.
One of big issues is where to reserve land within the White Flint Sector for a new elementary school (which won’t be needed for 16 or more years). The PHED Committee last month agreed with the Board of Education to reserve space at White Flint Park, but also asked for more possible sites.…Read More
The PHED Committee meeting on White Flint transportation issues continues. Live blogging from the worksession.
Next issue is the Metro Station Policy Area boundary question. The White Flint Plan contemplates a larger area than the traditional MSPA. Being within a MSPA means that you can use different transportation measurements, tax rates are different, and more urban road construction standards are used instead of suburban ones.…Read More
One of the most contentious issues in developing the White Flint Sector Plan is mobility, or in the more automobile-oriented vernacular of the Montgomery County Council, “transportation.” One of the purposes of the Plan is to transform an area dominated by asphalt parking lots and Rockville Pike into a walkable, sustainable community, where pedestrians, bicyclists, differently-abled persons, and families with strollers can be as comfortable moving through the streets as cars and truck drivers.…Read More
The Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee (PHED) of the Montgomery County Council is meeting today — all day — to continue its work on the White Flint Sector Plan. This is the fourth meeting of the PHED Committee on the Plan, and the schedule includes some backtracking on topics covered in earlier meetings: transportation and land use.…Read More
The Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee of the Montgomery County Council continues its worksessions on the White Flint Sector Plan tomorrow, beginning at 9:30AM and continuing all day. The schedule remains fluid, with planned discussions of financing mechanisms apparently being delayed so that County Executive Ike Leggett can issue a report and recommendations on financing, perhaps in January.…Read More
The seventh floor hearing room in the Montgomery County Council office building in Rockville has some of the world’s most uncomfortable chairs. Yesterday, mine had a back that wasn’t quite attached, meaning that I was pretty much slumped back, looking like I was watching TV in a recliner while the Redskins were losing again.…Read More