Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Metro is aiming to give two hours advance warning should bus service be suspended.
Metro is operating on a normal weekday schedule Wednesday as the Washington region braces for a potentially major snowstorm. MetroAccess service and certain Metro commuter bus routes have been canceled, however, and Ride On buses are experiencing delays. Metrorail customers are advised to plan extra time for their commute. “You may encounter minor delays due to snow and ice clearing efforts, as equipment that removes snow and ice from the third rail operates between regularly scheduled trains,” the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority said in a statement. Some Metrobus routes may be detoured and bus service may be reduced or suspended as conditions deteriorate, Metro said. Metro is aiming to notify Metrobus riders two hours in …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
The council approved changes to Town Center zoning approval and a Financial Advisory Board.
The City of Rockville’s finance department offered a preview Monday of the budget for fiscal 2014, which begins July 1. The city’s approved general fund budget for fiscal year 2013 is $65.3 million. Most of the focus of the discussion was on proposed cuts to programs, services and construction projects. Some of the initial ideas were: At prior meetings, city staff had said there would be an estimated $2.6 million gap between expenditures and general fund revenues if the property tax rate were not increased. But on Monday, staff proposed leaving the city’s property tax rate level, at 29.2 cents per $100 of assessed value, and said the city saw an unexpected 3 percent increase in property tax assessment values. There was also the potential …
Monday, February 4, 2013
The T&E committee also will take up Leggett's $13.9 million request to replace 60 Champion buses taken off the roads following fire safety concerns.
Improved transportation for seniors and the county executive’s $13.9 million request to replace 60 Champion buses will be on the agenda for a Montgomery County Council committee Monday. The council’s Health and Human Services Committee and Transportation, Energy, Infrastructure and Environment Committee will hear recommendations on ways to improve mobility for Montgomery County seniors. “The work session will stress that even in a county that is considered to have very good public transportation options, those services, in many cases, are not adequate for some seniors,” reads a county news release. Recommendations include creating a county “mobility manager” administrative position to coordinate transportation services offered through the …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Changes affect bus routes and numbers serving Rockville's periphery.
Ride On bus riders take note: Routes and bus number changes went into effect Sunday. The changes mean some communities around Rockville will be better served, but also mean longer rides on some routes and the elimination of others as the county tries to better serve new locations. Expanded routes include daily service to Park Potomac, Seven Locks Road, Interstate 270 and Montrose Road. The changes, effective Sunday, are part of a larger expansion of Ride On routes across the county. Southwest of Rockville's city limits, a new route, Route 42, will run between the White Flint Metro station and Westfield Montgomery, with service to the Park Potomac mixed-use development at Seven Locks and Montrose roads. Route 47 also now follows its …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
No track work is planned for the weekend after Thanksgiving.
Metro will take a break from its weekend track work schedule for the Thanksgiving holiday. On Thanksgiving Day, Metro trains will operate on a Sunday schedule. The Metrorail system will open at 7 a.m. and close at midnight. Off-peak fares will be in effect all day and parking will be free at Metro-operated parking facilities, according to Metro's website. Metrobuses also will operate on a Sunday schedule on Thanksgiving Day. Check bus timetables for details. MetroAccess will operate during the same hours as Metrorail and Metrobus. Subscription trips will be cancelled on Thanksgiving Day. Ride On buses will operate on a Sunday schedule on Thanksgiving Day. Regular weekday service for Metrorail and Metrobus will return on Friday.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Holiday shopping traffic and less daylight mean more danger on the roads. Here's what to remember when driving, walking or biking.
With the approaching holiday season meaning more traffic on Montgomery County streets and in shopping center parking lots and the end of daylight savings time making it harder for drivers to see pedestrians, county officials on Tuesday launched the “Eyes” campaign to promote pedestrian safety. The county’s Department of Transportation offers these tips: Drivers: Pedestrians: Bicyclists: For more information see this news release on the “Eyes” and “Shop With a Cop” campaigns or click here to visit the county’s pedestrian safety website.
New campaign uses Ride On buses to promote pedestrian safety.
William Linkens sees it all the time. A pedestrian focused on a smart phone as they approach a busy street. “I see so many people come into the crosswalk—or maybe not even the crosswalk, just to cross the street—and their head never looks up,” said Linkens, a 12-year veteran driver of Montgomery County’s Ride On buses. Ride On is at the heart of a safety campaign that Montgomery County officials hope will prevent pedestrian fatalities on county roads. Two Ride On buses parked on East Montgomery Avenue in Rockville Town Center on Tuesday morning bore the campaign slogan, “Hey you, I’m looking at you!” above a pair of eyes. The eyes–two sets on two different versions of the bus-sized ads—belong to one current and one former student at …
Monday, October 1, 2012
The bus was stopped at a bus stop when another vehicle crashed into it, according to a county spokeswoman.
A car collided with a Ride On bus that was stopped at a bus stop on Rockville Pike Monday morning, a county spokeswoman reports. The bus was stopped near 355 and Pooks Hill Road when another vehicle ran into the back of the bus, according to county spokeswoman Esther Bowring. The incident occurred shortly after 8:30 a.m. and minor injuries were reported, according to Assistant Chief Scott Graham, a fire and rescue spokesman. One lane on northbound Rockville Pike was getting by the accident shortly before 9 a.m., Montgomery County police reported. Ride On supervisors were investigating the accident, Bowring said.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Changes aim at expanding service to new areas and reducing service on less-used routes.
Montgomery County will host a public forum tonight in Rockville about proposed changes to the county’s Ride On bus service. The forum will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria on the terrace level of the Executive Office Building, at 101 Monroe St. Reservations for speaking spots closed Sept. 22, but written comments are being accepted through 5 p.m. on Monday. Mail or deliver comments to: Division of Transit Services, Ride On Public Forum, 101 Monroe Street, 5th Floor, Rockville, MD 20850; email: email@example.com; or fax: 240-777-5801. Ride On has proposed changes to six Ride On routes and one Metrobus route operated on Saturday by Ride On. The proposed changes seek to better serve “areas that have been …
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Replacing 28 Champion-brand buses sooner than originally planned will cost the county an extra $150,000, WTOP reports.
The seven fires on Ride On buses in the past three years have spurred the county to replace 28 Champion-brand buses sooner than originally planned, WTOP reported. "[The] fires forced the county to speed up the replacement process and added a $150,000 cost to the process," WTOP added. But, the county shouldn't have to shoulder that unanticipated cost, Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner said. The costs should be recovered through litigation. Berliner said, "We ought to be all over these people," WTOP reported. The Champion buses have been replaced temporarily by older, Orion-brand buses purchased from WMATA, WTOP said. To permanently replace the Champion buses, the county has reportedly ordered 28 buses from the Gillig …