You’ve been hearing about Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) for years and wonder when the heck it will happen. No worries: the folks at MCDOT have been busy working on this large project. Below you’ll see some select boards from their recent Route 355 open house that contain lots of information on alternative routes, headways, and stations.…Read More
Tag Archives: Route 355
In China, they just unveiled a bus so large that cars pass under it! Yes, it’s a moving bus tunnel. An elevated bus! Maybe this would be an alternative to BRT along Rockville Pike?
The elevated bus can travel at 40 mph and hold 300 people. Now that is innovative transit!…Read More
The City of Rockville just unanimously passed (after years and years of discussion) a new plan for Rockville Pike. Friends of White Flint testified against their original proposal to widen Route 355 to 252′.
You can read the full plan here but below is some text from their executive summary.
The core recommendation of this plan is to redesign and reconstruct Rockville Pike as a multi-way boulevard. …Read More
As promised, here are the Friends of White Flint’s thoughts on the City of Rockville’s plan to widen Route 355 north of the city border to 252 feet wide. Essentially, the City of Rockville wants to transform a two-mile section of Route 355 into a 252-foot wide boulevard, with 12 car lanes, sidewalks, on-street parking, BRT, and multiple bikeways.…Read More
Yeah, the City of Rockville is north of the White Flint area, but we’re joined in spirit and by Route 355 which is why I want to share the City’s recently-released plan for Route 355. Here are some highlights (since I assume most of you don’t have time to read the 140 page report.) Essentially, the City of Rockville wants to transform a two-mile section of Route 355 into a 252-foot wide boulevard, with 12 car lanes, BRT, and bikeways.…Read More
If Friends of White Flint had a nickel for every time we’ve heard “People will never ride Bus Rapid Transit,” we’d never have to fundraise again. But fortunately for the White Flint area, the facts contradict this belief.
In Alexandria, ridership of their Metroway Bus Rapid Transit is consistently 15 to 20 percent higher than projections for initial ridership, even with the recent cold weather.…Read More
Yes, we’re sad to report there are white flakes and cold rain drifting down from grey skies on the first day of spring, but we’re even sadder to report that on Monday night the Rockville Mayor and Council voted 3-2 in favor of widening Rockville Pike to 252 feet. They took this action even though there was very strong opposition by the community.…Read More
It’s Monday, it’s grey, and I had to wear my winter coat … in mid-March! … when I walked my dog this morning, so I’m a bit out of sorts. That means today’s blog post is short, sweet, and even entertaining. Watch Friends of White Flint board member Howard Feldman speak about the City of Rockville proposal to widen Route 355 on WJLA-TV last Thursday evening.…Read More
Last night, Friends of White Flint testified before the City of Rockville Mayor and Council about their proposal to widen Route 355 to 252 feet. We oppose this widening for many reasons, but primarily because it will create what will no doubt become a legendary bottleneck at Montrose Road and it discourages smart growth, green space and walkability.…Read More
This past Saturday, more than 160 CAC members were part of the first Rapid Transit System Corridor Advisory Committee meetings in a special kick-off event in downtown Rockville. This joint meeting oriented CAC members to the upcoming process and provided general information on bus rapid transit. County Executive Ike Leggett welcomed everyone to the future of transit in Montgomery County, saying “The beneficiaries of what we are doing will be people long, long down the line, children and grandchildren, for years to come.”
Friends of White Flint is well-represented among the forty members of the MD 355 South CAC. …Read More