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Final Days to Participate in Montgomery County’s Vision Zero Survey

Montgomery County’s Vision Zero program, which seeks to eliminate serious and fatal traffic crashes, is gathering the ideas of residents to improve safety for walking, biking, rolling and driving. Let’s make sure White Flint viewpoints are represented: take the survey today.

The survey will close on Sunday, Aug. 9. It was launched on June 18 as part of developing a strategic plan that will guide the County toward reaching its Vision Zero goals by 2030.

“Our County is large and diverse, so achieving Vision Zero will look very different in places like Downtown Silver Spring than it will in Germantown or than it will in Damascus,” said County Executive Marc Elrich. “That is why we need to hear from our residents on their needs and ideas for improving transportation safety in their neighborhoods. This online survey will be one of many opportunities for residents to share their views.”

The survey will take an average of five to seven minutes to complete. The results will help shape future Vision Zero activities. The survey can be found at https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/visionzero/2030plan.html .

For more information about the County’s Vision Zero program, go to the program’s website at https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/visionzero/

The County Executive’s CIP Budget

Yesterday, the County Executive released his proposed capital budget, called the CIP or Capital Improvements Program budget. In the North Bethesda area, there are 19 projects totaling $458 million. That said, many of the projects have no funding. You can learn more by clicking here.

We’re happy there are funds for the White Flint fire station and the Western Workaround but very disappointed the County Executive recommended no funds for a second metro entrance. The second metro entrance is essential for kick-starting development and attracting businesses and residents.

Last year, the County Executive did not include funding for the northern metro entrance but the County Council put funding into the CIP. We hope the council will do the same again this year.

Location of CIP Projects in North Bethesda

You can read more at The Washington Post article, Elrich says he is committed to schools and housing. Critics say his capital budget suggests otherwise.

Tell the County Executive to include funding for the 2nd Metro Entrance in his CIP

The County Executive’s Capital Improvements Program (CIP) is currently being developed and will be published by January 15, 2020. The CIP covers construction of all public buildings, roads, and other facilities planned by County public agencies over a six-year period. The County Council amends and approves the CIP budget by June 15.

The second entrance to the White Flint metro station is planned for the corner of Old Georgetown Road and Rockville Pike. Initial projections show that the second entrance will increase the number of passengers using the White Flint station by 50 percent over the next 25 years. It vastly increases the number of people and businesses that would be able to walk to metro (generally considered to be a half-mile around the entrance to a station.)

Will you please email County Executive Marc Elrich this week to ask him to include design and build funding for the second metro entrance in his recommended CIP budget?

You can email him at Marc.Elrich@montgomerycountymd.gov. Please copy Peter.Fosselman@montgomerycountymd.gov and Ken.Hartman@montgomerycountymd.gov and info@whiteflint.org.

Here’s some text you can use (although feel free to modify or add to it, of course.)

Your vision statement prioritizes easier commutes, a greener county, and a growing economy. The essential second entrance to the White Flint metro station will help alleviate traffic, improve sustainability, and attract businesses and residents to the White Flint area. Please include funding to design and build the second entrance to the White Flint metro station in the 2021 CIP so that the Pike District/White Flint neighborhood can fulfill the vision of the White Sector plan and transform into a vibrant, walkable, transit-oriented community. Thank you.

You can also communicate with the County Executive on Twitter — https://twitter.com/Marc_Elrich — or call him at 240-777-0311.

Western Workaround construction activities anticipated for the next two weeks beginning February 24

The utility infrastructure relocation and construction which began in August 2018 under the previous contract as Phase 1B continues. The work is scheduled to finish end of winter, 2019 and will take place alongside the work designated as Phase 2. Phase 1B work includes temporary daily lane closures on Executive Boulevard between Marinelli and Old Georgetown Roads at the following locations:

  • Verizon telecommunications infrastructure construction located in the northbound right lanes of Executive Boulevard prior to Old Georgetown Road now scheduled to wrap up on or about March 1, 2019;
  • PEPCO electrical construction located in the southbound right lane of Executive Boulevard between Marinelli Road and Banneker Avenue that began on January 2, 2019 with construction duration of six to eight weeks;
  • PEPCO electrical construction on the MNCPPC Aquatic Center property north of the Marinelli Road entrance that began on January 24, 2019 with construction tentatively scheduled to end March 15, 2009 as the contractor awaits design changes;
  • Washington Gas infrastructure upgrades in and along Old Georgetown Road both in the main line and at the intersection with Executive Blvd being completed by National Pipe Line (NPL)

The construction under contract for Construction Management at Risk (CMAR) with Corman Kokosing Construction Company which began in early January, continues on Towne Road formerly known as Hoya Street behind the Pike & Rose complex. Until further notice, no parking is permitted on either side of Towne Road. Violators will be subject to citations and violators impeding the construction will be towed. In addition, please pay attention to any temporary closure(s), look for steel roadway plates, expect probable driving delays, and look for possible pedestrian detours as the contractor conducts field operations between Montrose Parkway and the end of the cul-de-sac of Towne Road as well as the southbound right lane of Old Georgetown Road south of the Executive Boulevard intersection. In addition, new construction operations began late last week in the right-of-way area at the northwest corner of Executive Boulevard and Old Georgetown Road with the duration of three to four weeks. During the next two weeks, construction operations include but are not limited to:

  • Continued equipment mobilization and staging;
  • Material delivery and staging;
  • Roadway saw cutting;
  • Trench and other excavation;
  • Conduit placement and backfilling;
  • Structure placement;
  • Hot mix asphalt pavement placement.

Please note that these will be active work zones so be sure to look for the orange warning signs and flaggers! This initial round of utility relocation and construction has a scheduled duration of three months. White Flint West Project News will update all construction activities.

The testimony we gave last night at the CIP council hearing.

Sheila Barton, Resident Board Member, gave the following testimony at the County Council CIP hearing last night.

Sheila Barton testifies
Sheila Barton (left) testifies last night at the County Council CIP Hearing

Good evening. My name is Sheila Barton. I have been a resident board member of Friends of White Flint for two years and currently serve as treasurer. Prior to that, I was the chair of the Friends of White Flint Resident Ambassadors.

The 2,000 supporters of Friends of White Flint, including property owners, residents, and businesses, want the promise of the White Flint sector plans to be fulfilled.  The implementation of those innovative sector plans is possible only through the funding of CIP projects.  One of the underlying tenets of the White Flint sector plan is transit-oriented development.  Needless to say, it is difficult to have transit-oriented development without transit, which is why we are extremely disappointed funding was eliminated in the CIP for a northern entrance for the White Flint metro station.

Now that Metro has eliminated the Grosvenor Turnback, more and more people are using the White Flint metro.  A northern metro entrance significantly expands the metro walkshed, and it is critical to encouraging development in the Pike District.  Friends of White Flint strongly urges you to fund the second metro entrance in this year’s CIP budget. It is simply not a reasonable strategy to ask a financially struggling WMATA to pay for this new entrance.

Walking and biking in the White Flint area continues to grow. Many more want to walk and bike to work, retail, and residences but are stymied because more needs to be done to make the White Flint area as walkable as possible as quickly as possible.  As a resident of the White Flint/Pike District area and a Friends of White Flint board member, I ask you to fund the second metro entrance and essential pedestrian and bicycle improvements.

Through the CIP, the County sets its long-term priorities. Show that your priorities are multi-modal transit.  Demonstrate that your priorities are transit-oriented development that encourages new development. Demonstrate your support for the transformation of the White Flint area through this CIP by fully funding a second metro entrance.

Thank you.

County Executive’s CIP Budget Released

The CIP Budget is Montgomery County’s Capital Budget. We’ve been studying the CIP budget and talking with county officials about the CIP budget since it was released a few days ago. You can read the budget details here. Below are some of the parts of the CIP that most affect the White Flint area.

One of the first things to notice about the budget is that it eliminates funds for the second White Flint metro entrance. Funding was shifted to beyond the six year period due to affordability and the intention to pursue WMATA funding,

The plan also eliminates funding for Montrose Parkway East. Costs to construct the previously approved project have been eliminated and planning funds have been added to evaluate less costly alternative options for addressing safety and congestion concerns.

The CIP includes funding for a new five bay Fire and Rescue Station in the Rockville/White Flint area and the purchase of associated apparatus. The new facility will be located on an acquired site at the south-east quadrant of Route 355 and Randolph Road, Space has been added to co-locate a future Police Substation at the fire station

The Josiah Henson Park project received funding to rehabilitate the existing Josiah Henson Park and create a heritage tourism destination. The project includes converting the historic Riley/Bolten House to a public museum; constructing a new 2.900 square foot visitor center with bus-drop off area and five-car parking lot on the former Rozier property; and new landscape sitework and outdoor interpretation that will make the park more accessible for visitors and convey its former appearance as a plantation.

Finally, funding for the Wall Park garage was pushed back, too.

Stay tuned as we delve further into the CIP and determine our advocacy plan. Please share your thoughts on the County Executive’s CIP Budget with us at info@whiteflint.org.

Ike Leggett to Participate in Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for New White Flint Bikeshare Stations

Please join Friends of White Flint and others on Thursday, April 12, 2018, 10 a.m., at the Bikeshare Station at White Flint Metro located on the east side of 355, just north of Marinelli Road, Rockville

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett will participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Bikeshare station at White Flint Metro. A total of eight new stations have recently been installed in the Pike District, Twinbrook and City of Rockville, bringing the County’s total Capital Bikeshare network to 81 stations.

Leggett will be joined at the ceremony by Montgomery County Council President Hans Riemer, Montgomery County Department of Transportation Director Al Roshdieh, and Maryland Department of Transportation Assistant Secretary Charles Glass.

Our CIP testimony given to County Council

This week we testified before the County Council on the CIP (Capital Improvement Projects) budget. Below is our testimony.

Good afternoon. My name is Amy Ginsburg, Executive Director of Friends of White Flint.

The 2,000 supporters of Friends of White Flint, including property owners, residents, and businesses, want the promise of the White Flint sector plans to be fulfilled.  The implementation of those innovative sector plans is only possible through the funding of CIP projects.  Many of those projects are already part of the draft CIP.  We urge you to fully fund Bus Rapid Transit along Route 355. The North Bethesda Recreation Center, White Flint Fire Station, and Shriver Aquatic Center Improvements must also be fully funded to make the White Flint/Pike District area a vibrant place to live, work, and play. The Western Workaround is key to creating a grid that will improve mobility around the White Flint area and also needs full funding.

Did you know the intersection of Marinelli and Rockville Pike, where the White Flint metro station is located, is the busiest intersection in the County outside of Bethesda and Silver Spring? More and more people are walking and biking in the White Flint area. Many more want to but are stymied because there is much that needs to be done to make the White Flint area as walkable as possible as quickly as possible.  We ask that you fully fund a variety of relatively inexpensive, relatively quick improvements, such as new crosswalks, mid-block crosswalks, improved lighting, bike lanes, and wayfinding signs.

Through the CIP, the County sets its long-term priorities. Show that your priorities are multi-modal transit.  Demonstrate that your priorities are the walkability and bikeability businesses and residents crave. Show your support for the transformation of the White Flint area through this CIP.

Thank you.

Fifty pedestrians who love walking in the Pike District participated in last night’s first Walkable Wednesday

We were thrilled that fifty … yes, fifty! … people turned our for our first Walkable Wednesday. The Coalition for Smarter Growth and Friends of White Flint discussed relatively easy-to-execute, relatively inexpensive ways we can make the Pike District safer and more convenient for pedestrians. During the tour, we also pointed out the big and little things that make an area more … or less …walkable. Everyone had a terrific time learning about walkability and most participants asked how they could advocate to make the Pike District as walkable as possible as quickly as possible.

Join us for our next Walkable Wednesday, July 12 at noon which is part of our Pike District Pedestrian Safety Campaign.

 

Don’t forget — Wall Park CIP County Council Hearing is TONIGHT!

Don’t forget to attend the Wednesday, February 10th, 7 pm, Third Floor Hearing Room, 100 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, MD 20850. (We’ll have Wall Park T-shirts for folks to wear and keep.)

Just by wearing a t-shirt and sitting in the audience, you will help create an 8-acre Park Paradise at Wall Park! Please, help us un-pave paradise and pull up the parking lot by encouraging County Council to fully fund the Wall Park Garage in the CIP.

See you tonight at 7pm at County Council!

Friends of White Flint Advocated at the County Council PHED Hearing

Friends of White Flint Advocated at the County Council PHED Hearing