Saturday, December 13, 2014
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
SVTU is a local voice of Trout Unlimited. TU's vision statement is to conserve, protect and restore North America's coldwater fisheries and their watershed. One way SVTU supports TU's national vision is: to help with maintenance activities on Little Seneca Creek in Montgomery Co., southern Catoctin brook trout streams in Frederick Co., and maintenance of warmwater streams like Great Seneca Creek and areas of the Potomac River.
TAME Coalition supports multiple, viable and sustainable transportation alternatives as solutions to replace the old Mid-County Highway Extended (M-83) plan; and is working with Maryland's state and local elected officials, as well as with MNCPPC Planning Board, to remove M-83 from the Master Plan of Highways and Transitways.
Montgomery County Department of Transportation's (MCDOT) Draft Environmental Effects Report (EER) strongly favors building the 50-year-old-designed highway on alternatives with the highest bio-diverse areas and in the densest sub-urban neighborhoods of any of the original 11 alternative alignments (Alternatives 8 and/or 9). Their Draft EER acknowledges an additional nine intersections will fail county congestion standards after construction. MCDOT lists the cost of the proposed 6.2 mile highway to be $350 million. After mitigation costs are added, the total price tag is expected to double.
MCDOT's proposed M-83 Alternatives 8 & 9 (from Montgomery Village Avenue to Rt. 27) do not align on any existing road, and will negatively impact 16 stream and wetland crossings, including Wildcat Branch (Class III natural trout reproducing stream) near Butlers Orchard, and parts of Dayspring Creek ecosystem adjacent to Dayspring Silent Retreat Center and the 300 acre North Germantown-Greenway Park. These two alignments are made up of 90% forest, wetlands and pristine parkland, which would be irreversibly eliminated and paved over, if M-83 were built. The overall effect from deforestation of nearly 100 accumulative acres of mature ecosystems will drastically increase sediment loads in the Seneca Creek watershed, making it impossible to lower sediment levels mandated by the state.
Transportation solutions (for north-south traffic) supported by TAME Coalition focus on:
- Mass transit along existing roads being seriously considered as a viable and sustainable alternative
- Dedicated Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lane along MD 355
- Building the Corridor Cities Transitway (CCT) from Shady Grove to Clarksburg
- Increasing MARC Train to full service, adding a third track
- Finishing Metro's Purple Line from Rockville to Silver Spring (east/west traffic)
- Transportation solutions benefiting all citizens in Montgomery County
Traffic Demand Management Solutions
- Traffic demand management being seriously considered on existing roads
- Encouraging more carpooling and vanpooling
- Bus lanes on I-270 during peak periods
- Better traffic signal operation
- Upgrade intersections
- Ramp metering
Posted by TAME at 5:13 PM
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Join TAME Coalition at the Ag Fairgrounds for the
Press Event with County Executive Ike Leggett on
(corrected date) Monday, August 11th.
Posted by TAME at 11:07 AM
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
MONTGOMERY COUNTY COUNCIL
ROGER BERLINER CHAIRMAN
May 12, 2014
Mr. Isiah Leggett
101 Monroe Street, 2nd Floor
Rockville, MD 20850
Dear County Executive Leggett,
As Chair of the Montgomery County Council’s Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy & Environment Committee, I am writing to request that under your direction, the Montgomery County Department of Transportation study the development of a transit-based alternative to the Mid-County Highway Extended, otherwise known as M83.
The focus of the initial Clarksburg Master Plan was to develop a transit-oriented community. To that extent, the study, when undertaken by the Department of Transportation, should examine alternatives that would utilize existing roadways, comprehensive traffic moving strategies, such as signal timing and intersection improvements, and various combinations of transit options.
One such transit option that I request be included in the study should be a Bus Rapid Transit line running from Clarksburg to Bethesda, which would utilize the cross-section of Alternative 5. This alternative called for a widened MD-355. This would mean not having bus service lanes, but instead a median corridor in which buses would travel. This approach is similar to Rockville Pike South approach where the Department of Transportation had originally planned bus service lanes, but altered their plans to median corridors.
Other alternatives for consideration include express bus service along I-270 to the MARC and Shady Grove Metro, and all day, two-way service on at least the inner portion of the Brunswick Line. This approach would be concurrent with MARC’s Growth and Investment plan.
This study must also address and answer important questions about how transit alternatives would be impacted following the completion of the Clarksburg Town Center and what effects this may have on the estimated number of daily trips. It is also extremely important that this study take into account and model the Corridor Cities Transitway and its impact on Clarksburg’s development.
Thank you again for your attention to this matter. I look forward to your response to this issue.
Energy & Environment Committee
Posted by TAME at 1:16 PM
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
This forum is a great opportunity to show support to those County Council members who are opposed to building M-83, and to talk with other Council members who haven't yet joined our movement. Your presence will be so appreciated. In this past month, much is happening through many council members to eliminate M-83 from the Master Plan of Highways and Transitways, and to work on solutions to replace M-83 with multiple, viable and available transportation systems.
The majority of the County Council Members are on record as opposing building M-83:
Marc Elrich, At-Large
George Leventhal, At-Large
Hans Riemer, At-Large
Roger Berliner, Dist. 1
Phil Andrews, Dist. 3
Candidate Forum Sponsored by:
Clarksburg Civic Assn & Greater Goshen Civic Assn
County Council Candidate Forum
Wednesday May 7, 7PM
Cedarbrook Community Church
23700 Stringtown Road
All At-Large and District 2 candidates for the Montgomery County Council have been invited.
District 2 includes the Clarksburg, Germantown, Goshen, Damascus and Montgomery Village areas.
The forum will start with 1 1/2 hours of moderated questions and timed answers from all candidates.
The questions will be selected from those submitted by attendees. All questions should be written and succinct so that they can be reaonably answered in 2 or 3 minutes. Candidates have been asked to stay after the formal question period for informal discussion.
Directions: Take Brink Road to Route 355 and continue on to Stringtown Road. Turn right and continue through the stop sign at Snowden Farm Parkway. Turn left at the first drive after the stop sign. The church is set back from the northwest corner of Stringtown Road and Snowden Farm Parkway.
Posted by TAME at 9:39 AM