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


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Timeline: White Flint’s new street grid

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First in an occasional series looking at how the new White Flint will come together.

The White Flint Sector Plan calls for a new street grid, which will relieve congestion on Rockville Pike and provide more ways to walk, bike, or drive around White Flint. While many of the new streets will be built by private developers, like at Pike + Rose and North Bethesda Center, Montgomery County and the State of Maryland will be responsible for much of the heavy lifting.…

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Friends’ testimony on BRT at the Council

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Friends of White Flint board member Suzanne Hudson delivered this testimony last week at the Montgomery County Council’s public hearing on the Countywide Transit Corridors Functional Master Plan. (Thanks, Suzanne!).

Interested in learning more about bus rapid transit? Join us TONIGHT at 6pm for a Rapid Transit Roundtable discussion about the MD 355 Corridor!

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Breathe easier during your commute

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The D.C. area is ranked first in traffic congestion, and unfortunately, a recent study from MIT reports that Maryland deaths related to long-term exposure to air pollution are the highest in the U.S. The Capital News Service reports that:

“Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that emissions from cars, trucks, industrial smokestacks, trains, boats, and commercial heating systems contribute to the death of 113 people per 100,000 population per year in Maryland—more than any other state.”

Personal vehicles are a major contributor to greenhouse gasses, and the problem is only going to get worse as traffic in our area grows.…

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Better ways to get to school: are we there yet?

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Part of Reconnecting America’s report Are We There Yet? sheds light on how children (and their parents) get to daycare and school, and the ramifications of these options – or lack thereof. In a section titled “Safe Routes to School,” the authors explain that only 13 percent of children walk or bike to school today, compared to nearly 50% in 1969; parents cited schools being far away, traffic safety, and crime as major concerns.…

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Video shows what BRT means for Montgomery County

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What would Bus Rapid Transit mean for Montgomery County? Friends of White Flint executive director Lindsay Hoffman and I talk about the benefits of BRT alongside residents and community leaders in a new video produced by the Coalition for Smarter Growth.


A Rapid Transit Solution to Traffic from Coalition for Smarter Growth on Vimeo.…

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The “hidden economic value” of transit could be worth millions

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The economic benefits of agglomeration (i.e. more people clustered together in one place) can be huge. Essentially, as more people cluster together, more jobs do too, and both wages and economic productivity increase. A recently released paper for Urban Studies reveals that transit may be the key to producing agglomeration, which can in turn yield an impressive economic benefit to the tune of $1.5 million to $1.8 billion a year per city.…

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The benefits of “Active Travel” illustrated

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Active Living Research is a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that aims to promote daily physical activity, in part by advocating for changes in the way many of our communities and transportation networks are currently formed. They recently released this infographic that shows how choices in how we get around affect our health and safety.…

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Where do Montgomery’s car-free residents live?

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Like many suburban communities built after World War II, Montgomery County developed based on the assumption that everyone would have a car. However, many households have just one, or none at all. While some are in the county’s urban centers, a surprising number are in very car-dependent places.

According to the 2007-2011 American Community Survey, a sort of annual census, there are over 374,000 households in Montgomery County, and 91.8% of them have cars.…

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Protect bicycle and bus lanes, protect local businesses

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We’ve written about how installing bicycle lanes can bring more customers to businesses and why dedicated lanes for Bus Rapid Transit make sense. For even more statistics on why streets should be more inclusive of pedestrians, cyclists and transit riders, check out the study Measuring the Street: New Metrics for 21st Century Streets from the NYC Department of Transportation.…

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BRT supporters turn out for public hearing, but skeptics remain

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Over 50 speakers packed the Planning Board auditorium in Silver Spring last night to offer comments on Montgomery County’s proposed Bus Rapid Transit network. During a hearing that lasted over 3 hours, residents debated the merits of the 10-route, 79-mile system envisioned by county planners.

A slight majority of speakers spoke in favor of the plan, saying BRT could give people a real alternative to driving and support projected population and employment growth.…

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