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elnigma October 5, 2013 at 07:48 am
At the first public meeting over BRT on the Council, it sounded like they'd approved it forRead More Randolph, Veirs Mill, and New Hampshire Avenue earlier in the day without public input. If that's true, and it's moving forward, that's sketchy and outrageous. These streets need every lane they have, and they want to take one out, and take out the trees in the median, and make adding walking bridges for safety problematic - at the cost of 2.3 to 10 BILLION dollars? And before years of public discussion? No way. If this plan goes through, it's an outrageous boondoggle meant to benefit some developers at the expense of the public, that's clear. It costs almost 100 Silver Spring Transit Centers and about as well planned out. No.
jag October 6, 2013 at 10:14 pm
...so much writing, elmigma. In the time it took you to write all that you could have insteadRead More actually educated yourself on the subject. Nothing has been approved and nothing will be approved for quite some time (if ever). I love when people say something is "meant to benefit developers." If the county is attractive, has good infrastructure, can attract new tax-paying residents...yes, you're technically right that growth will benefit developers, but OBVIOUSLY it benefits everyone else here too. It's your prerogative to hate growth or capitalism or whatever your issue with developers making money is, but pretending transportation infrastructure is for the sake of developers is asinine.
elnigma November 17, 2013 at 10:27 pm
jag I'm educated, I looked up the current plans. I don't hate growth or capitalism, I do take issueRead More with wasteful, damaging, unsafe, pointless boondoggles that use public funds to the detriment of the citizens who live here in Montgomery County that are pushed through with minimal input and information given those impacted. Most people don't even know what's coming, but they're expected to have 3 grand out of their taxes to pay for it. 2 examples - Veirs Mill and Georgia Avenue South. 11 million spent so far on studying these. They've approved and examined a BRT for Georgia Avenue South that study said if it'd been entirely dedicated lanes, would only be 2 minutes faster than mixed traffic with more RideOn and MetroBuses. 2 minutes, optimistically, at a damage to the vehicular lanes that's currently uncounted, at unnecessary construction costs. It'll have LESS stops and places people can get on from their homes, and probably cost everybody more money to ride, too. This is stupid. People are just being lied to - BRT is not "rapid" look at the study's own figures. BRT's core concept of "dedicated" lanes ("repurposed" really, meaning lanes for vehicular traffic will be taken to bus only, the new jargon is to say "dedicating but not adding lanes" which misleads the public of the truth) is ridiculously expensive and ill-advised for most locations they want to put it. The 11 million dollars already wasted in study (which could have bought a lot of new RideOn Buses if people were interested in serving the public first) didn't include safety examinations regarding "reversible" lanes nor the impact on vehicular traffic of BRT. None. No, they want to experiment with requiring buses to use a "precision dance" "to avoid head-on" collisions as their own transportation study experts put it. BRT isn't even "Rapid" and can't be on our local roads. The "traffic priority" lights don't work well, as seen in other states that have rolled out BRT. BRTs only go quicker by not picking up as many people from stops en route, like the proposed 355 route no longer picking up students on campus but expecting they walk a half-mile away. News Flash- Not all students can - some students are disabled and that's 10K people affected negatively per campus. The "stations" are outrageously expensive - if you were shocked at Arlington's million dollar bus shelter, you'd oppose BRT even more. The elephant in the room is also they don't have the rationale of demand for BRT. The people taking buses on 355 live off Veirs Mill road and often not near where they plan the stations there. There's almost no one riding the bus who lives in new condo developments, so they rationalize if they make a bus sound different and new, these "choice" people will change their mind and go on a bus. They won't. Other parts of the county they're looking at damaging Ten Mile Creek and other currently protected areas that are buffers for our drinking water and relatively pristine, with new development in Clarksberg to help justify BRT on 355. this is really short sighted. McMansions do not protect forest land and creeks. About rapid transit concepts, I'm in support of Express charter buses for routes that have the demand. If they instead said they were going to support a Georgia Ave - 16th street RideON or MetroBus Express route and rolling out more buses for that stretch of Georgia, I'd celebrate. If they doubled the number of Metro and RideOn buses running down Georgia and Veirs Mill from half-hour gaps to 15 minute ones, it'd run more frequently than the Red Line. They could fix it so people always have a bench or shelter at their stops. Instead of fixing things, they want to break them to make an excuse for BRT which is a just a bad idea all around. Why don't you look up what asinine is Jag, it's suprising the Council's support of BRT in many areas they plan to build isn't right beside it.
Donna Baron (Scale-it-back.com) June 14, 2012 at 07:46 pm
Donna Baron (Scale-it-back.com) Jeff, Johns Hopkins' massive proposed commercial office complex onRead More Belward Farm for 15,000 people is the biggest potential problem. Elizabeth Banks sold Belward Farm to Hopkins for one-fifth of its value with the understanding that Hopkins would build a low impact academic campus on the farm. After Ms. Banks' death, Hopkins approached the County about rezoning the farm for much higher density and the County went along with the plan. Ms. Banks' family has filed suit against Johns Hopkins for breach of donor intent. The scheduling hearing for the trial will be on July 6 at the Circuit Court in Rockville. If the Judge rules in favor of the family, Hopkins will be forced to scale the development on the farm back to 1.4 million sq ft (approx. 5,000 people), instead of their proposed commercial office complex for 15,000 people. That would take quite a burden off the local roads. For more information on the family's effort to force Johns Hopkins to honor Elizabeth Banks' intentions, please see http://www.facebook.com/SaveBelwardFarm
Jacks June 17, 2012 at 03:57 am
No, Don't send them to east county. This area was congested before Shady Grove was even born andRead More has some of the highest residential density in the State. The jobs/housing imbalance is a complete myth perpetuated by the developers. Recent reports show a 1 to 1 on residents and jobs and Silver Spring is home to many corporations and gov't agencies.
Lezlie Crosswhite June 17, 2012 at 01:18 pm
@Jacks, I always wondered about that, but then a few years ago my commute put me on the north sideRead More of 495 during morning rush hour. On the top of the loop, there were significantly more cars travelling from the east side of the loop to the west side during morning rush. I was going west to east and was always astonished how there was comparatively little traffic going west to east, and I almost never had to go below 40 mph. If there isn't a big jobs/housing imbalance, then why is there such a big difference in traffic patterns? Is it all from commuters coming south on 95 and then joining the beltway? I'd be interested to hear your thoughts.
Donna Baron (Scale-it-back.com) June 14, 2012 at 03:20 pm
Interesting post but have you noticed the route for the CCT? It twists and turns in order to stopRead More at every development along the way so the developers can get their highest amount of allowable density. Light rail can't make all those twists and turns. Johns Hopkins wants the CCT to run the full length of Belward Farm. Muddy Branch Road will be widened to six-lanes to accommodate the additional cars. When the CCT reaches Muddy Branch it will have to cross two buffers, two sidewalks, six lanes, a median, two entrances to neighborhoods and then make a left turn at Great Seneca Highway, one of the most congested intersections in Montgomery County. If the CCT is light rail the neighborhoods would likely have railroad-style gates across their entrances and the train would have a bell or horn to signal the crossing and turn...every three to six minutes. What a nightmare. The CCT is like a camel which has been described as a horse designed by a committee. The primary objective of the CCT is to serve as the trigger for massive amounts of commercial density on Belward Farm and the Science City. Transit is not a bad thing, as we all know, but it cannot be used as an excuse to add tens of thousands of additional people...perhaps up to 40,000 in the Science City alone. Especially when the roads are already full and the CCT will carry only a fraction of the newcomers.