Friends of White Flint

Promoting a Sustainable, Walkable and Engaging Community

P.O. Box 2761

White Flint Station

Kensington, MD 20891

Phone: 301-980-3768

Email: info@whiteflint.org


Category Archives: Transit

Great news about an important pedestrian safety improvement on Route 355!

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After more than a year of advocacy, we have great news from SHA. I’ve cut and pasted their email below. I’m delighted that our efforts are getting results. Having no-turn-on-red on all four corners of Marinelli and Route 355 has been a major priority since that is the busiest pedestrian crossing in all of Montgomery County outside of a central business district.…

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Montgomery County Activates Newest HAWK Beacon where the Trolley Trail crosses Tuckerman Lane

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This past Monday, Montgomery County activated a new crosswalk beacon called a Hawk signal at the spot where the popular Bethesda Trolley Trail intersects with busy Tuckerman Lane. HAWK stands for high intensity activated crosswalk.

This is the fourth pedestrian beacon of its kind constructed by MCDOT in the County. HAWK beacons flash yellow when a pedestrian presses the signal button, then turn solid yellow and finally red to stop oncoming motorized vehicles; pedestrians are then given a walk signal.  The newest HAWK beacon was installed following a fatal collision involving 31-year-old Jennifer DiMauro at Tuckerman Lane and the Bethesda Trolley Trail crossing. 

“As part of our ongoing effort to improve pedestrian safety, we are committed to pursuing many types of treatments that are relevant to specific road crossings,” said MCDOT Director Chris Conklin.…

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The Pedestrian Master Plan marches forward

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The Montgomery County Planning Department recently presented to the Planning Board an update on the Pedestrian Master Plan, including a summary of initial efforts to educate the community about the plan and inform the board of the community members chosen for the plan’s Pedestrian Advisory Group. The Pedestrian Master Plan is a comprehensive project to improve pedestrian safety and comfort across Montgomery County.…

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Kudos to MDSHA for this improvement in focus on multi-modal transit.

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Context Driven – Access and Mobility for all Users

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) Context Guide is a planning and design resource offering practitioners guidelines focused on creating safe, accessible, and effective multi-modal transportation systems.  MDOT SHA developed a unique set of six context zones based on the distinctive land use characteristics of Maryland communities. …

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A wonderful Pedestrian Town Hall

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FOWF Executive Director Amy Ginsburg attended Councilmember Evan Glass’s Pedestrian Town Hall Saturday. The council room was packed with people from every corner of the county who want better and safer walking conditions.

At the Town Hall, we were told that 600 — yes, 600 — people have been injured or killed in pedestrian-automobile crashes in 2019.

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The long-awaited White Flint Metro Station North Entrance Feasibility Study Final Report

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WMATA has released the long-awaited feasibility study for the northern entrance of the White Flint metro station. You can read the report here.

While we, and others in Montgomery County, pushed for a phased approach, ultimately WMATA recommended Hybrid Alternative 3 that has a rough cost estimate of $35 million Now, while that’s a lot of dollars, it isn’t nearly as expensive as many other metro station entrances.…

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Friends of White Flint in the Washington Post

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In an article “Suburbs try Vision Zero to Protect walkers and cyclists on roads designed for vehicles” in The Washington Post, Friends of White Flint executive director was quoted.

Amy Ginsburg, the executive director of Friends of White Flint, said she was frustrated that it took more than nine months for the Maryland State Highway Administration to recently repaint crosswalks in the North Bethesda area.

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Before you go into full Thanksgiving mode, take a minute and tell the County Executive to fund the second White Flint metro entrance

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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.…

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The Era of Car-Clogged City Streets Is Over

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From GovTech.com:

The federal government spends more than $45 billion on automotive transportation annually. Add in state and local spending, and costs top $175 billion every year. At the same time, the public health costs of deaths connected to automobile-related crashes and emissions amount to an additional $900 billion.…

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Montgomery planners will survey every street to see how safe they are for pedestrians

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From Greater Greater Washington

Earlier this fall, Montgomery County started to develop a Pedestrian Master Plan, which would provide a roadmap to improve safety and comfort for those getting around the county on foot or in wheelchairs, strollers, tricycles, or training bikes—that is, our most vulnerable road users. The next step is for county employees to survey every road and street in the county to take an inventory of pedestrian safety.…

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