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

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.  The White Flint area appears to be considered a Suburban Activity Area/Traditional Town Center. Making use of these zones, this context guide will maintain flexibility and encourage innovation in developing design solutions that address the major issues of safety and accessibility while still considering the transportation needs of the motoring public.  

This Context Guide

  • establishes six context zones in the state of Maryland and is a framework for identifying and understanding the needs of communities across the state in each of these context zones.
  • explores the role that access and mobility play in each of Maryland’s six context zones.
  • establishes processes for implementation of standard, proactive and innovative treatments in transportation projects along state routes.
  • challenges practitioners to think critically and better respond to the unique needs of communities in Maryland.
  • refers to national and international practices, standards, guidelines and policies that have already been established in Maryland and in the overall transportation industry.

This Week in the Washington Post — Will we have car-free lifestyles in the future?

This week’s “In Theory” section in The Washington Post is all about car-free cities. An article in Monday’s Washington Post declared that it is time to move on from the car century. A related article suggested that Americans are ditching their cars and moving toward multi-modal transit options, including walking, cycling, and transit.  In the same series, this article tells the story of how cars took the streets from pedestrians.

There will be more stories the rest of this week, all examining the future of our cities and how we’ll get around them. The Post plans to capture different perspectives on this topic. I urge you to read them since in the Pike District, our goal is to create a more walkable, liveable, multi-modal community.

MCDOT Acting Director Says There Is No More Room For New Roads In the County

The acting director of the Montgomery County Department of Transportation, Al Roshdieh, announced that, “the local road network is essentially built out” and MCDOT’s focus will turn towards walkability strategies and creating other forms of transit in the county.

Roshdieh spoke about MCDOT’s approach in an interview published by the county last week. Roshdieh mentioned that MCDOT will focus their strategies on smart growth. This approach involves “taking a holistic view of all of MCDOT’s efforts and asking the question: How do we create the type of community that truly enhances our quality of life and how can our transportation system contribute?” 

Roshdieh also discussed Bus Rapid Transit as one of the strategies to decrease traffic congestion and will get more vehicles off the road. Creating multi-modal transit in the county is an important approach in creating a more transit-oriented, walkable community and we are happy to hear that MCDOT is focused on this.

As the White Flint Sector Plan continues to be implemented, we want to make sure that our county transportation systems, policies, and procdures are aligned with what we want our future community to look like.