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National Transportation Body Asks to Expand 495 Beltway Study Options

The National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC), the federal government’s planning agency for the National Capital Region has criticized the current I-495 Beltway expansion plan. In a report, the agency has asked to expnad options beyond what the MDOT has selected to address the traffic congestion on Beltway. Earlier MDOT requested the NCPC’s concurrence on the […]

Tuesday July 16th, 2019 in Transportation | Comments Off on National Transportation Body Asks to Expand 495 Beltway Study Options

City’s All-New Mobility Share System will Include Pedal Bikes and Scooters

Staff have worked to identify a new vendor to operate a pilot shared mobility program offering traditional pedal bikes as well as e-bikes and scooters. After evaluating available options, City staff and our bike share partners chose VeoRide to recommend as the preferred vendor for the new system. VeoRide serves cities and university campuses across […]

Sunday June 30th, 2019 in Biking, Transportation | 2 Comments »

Council Discusses Beltway Expansion Plan with the SHA Representatives

Last week, members of the SHA team came before the City Council to answer questions about Governor’s Traffic Relief Plan (expansion plan) on I-495 Beltway and I-270. Several members of the MDOT / SHA team came to the meeting. They included: Lisa Choplin, the Director of SHA/MDOT’s I-495/I-270 P3 program, Jeff Folden, Deputy Director of […]

Wednesday June 12th, 2019 in Transportation | Comments Off on Council Discusses Beltway Expansion Plan with the SHA Representatives

Park Commission Puts Brake on Hogan’s Beltway Expansion Plan

The 10-member governing body of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) voted 9 to 1 to not concur with the alternatives retained for detailed study (ARDS) proposed by the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA). The ARDS is part of the state’s study to relieve traffic congestion on Interstate 495 […]

Friday June 7th, 2019 in Transportation | Comments Off on Park Commission Puts Brake on Hogan’s Beltway Expansion Plan

Hogan Delays Beltway Expansion Project

The 3-members Board of Public Works voted 2-1 (Treasurer Kopp against) to approve Gov. Hogan’s Traffic Relief Plan as eligible for a private-public partnership (“P3”), allowing the Hogan administration to move forward with soliciting and evaluating private investment for congestion relief on I-495 and I-270. You can watch the vote here starting around 2:50:00. Though […]

Wednesday June 5th, 2019 in Transportation | 1 Comment »

Questions for the SHA on the Beltways Expansion Plan

The Mayor and Council have invited Lisa Choplin and members of the SHA team to answer questions about Governor Hogan’s Traffic Relief Plan (expansion plan) on I-495 Beltway and I-270 at this week’s worksession. The Mayor and Council sent the following questions to the P3 (private-public partnership) team in preparation for this Worksession: Regarding the […]

Sunday June 2nd, 2019 in Transportation | 1 Comment »

Please Send Your Comments on Beltway Expansion Plan Before this Wednesday

This Wednesday (June 5), a critical vote by the Board of Public Works is coming on the pan to widen the Beltway and add toll lanes to it. The Maryland Board of Public Works is scheduled to vote on Wednesday, June 5, on whether to allow pre-solicitation contacts to be put out prior to conducting […]

Sunday June 2nd, 2019 in Transportation | Comments Off on Please Send Your Comments on Beltway Expansion Plan Before this Wednesday

Beltway Town Hall on May 23, Final MDOT Public Meeting Tonight

In addition to the Rep. Brown’s town hall below, please join tonight at the final MDOT public meeting on the I-270/I-495 toll lane widening plan. Please weigh in and share your concerns with the current scope of this project. This is the final public meeting before it goes forward to the Board of Public Works […]

Thursday May 16th, 2019 in Announcements, Transportation | Comments Off on Beltway Town Hall on May 23, Final MDOT Public Meeting Tonight

mBike to End Operation in August

College Park’s bike share program, mBike, will end this summer, with the last day of operations on August 31, 2019. The City made this announcement yesterday. The mBike is a collaborative bikeshare program between the City, and the UMD. With the three-year contract coming to an end, the City was unable to come to terms […]

Wednesday May 15th, 2019 in Biking, Transportation | Comments Off on mBike to End Operation in August

In College Park, Beltway Expansion Can Cause Loss of Properties & Green Space, Kill a Playground, and Increase Noise & Traffic

The MDOT has recently published a map  showing the areas in College Park  neighborhoods that will most likely be impacted by their proposed I-495 / I-270 expansion plan. In all of the alternatives, I found the following issues should concern us all. Loss of residential properties / property value: 18 homes on Niagara Rd and […]

Thursday May 9th, 2019 in Environment, Transportation | 2 Comments »

City to Buy First Hybrid Bus for Transporting Seniors and Students

At next week’s meeting, the Council will consider awarding a contract in the amount of $86,057.00 to Apple Ford for the purchase of one 2019 E450 Ford XL Hybrid 21 Passenger Bus package to replace the 2003 vehicle as planned. The new bus will replace the old bus (Bus #122), which currently has 114,699 miles traveled, […]

Saturday April 20th, 2019 in Environment, Transportation | Comments Off on City to Buy First Hybrid Bus for Transporting Seniors and Students

Bike to Work Day is Around the Corner. Register Today!

If you haven’t already registered, Bike to Work Day is May 17! The City will once again host our Pit Stop in front of City Hall from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. Register for free at biketoworkmetrodc.org f you’re one of the 20,000 to register, you can get a free t-shirt. [City of College Park]

Tuesday April 16th, 2019 in Announcements, Biking, Transportation | Comments Off on Bike to Work Day is Around the Corner. Register Today!

Find How the Beltway Expansion Plan May Affect Your Homes

Starting this week, the MDOT SHA will be hosting a series of public workshops to present its plan to widen the section of I-495 Beltway and I-270 highways. Officials from the MDOT SHA will be out at these eight workshops  to “sell” the proposed plan about the traffic, environmental, and financial analyses for the recommended […]

Monday April 8th, 2019 in Transportation | Comments Off on Find How the Beltway Expansion Plan May Affect Your Homes

Options to “Improve” I495 Beltway Will be Ready Soon

At last night’s meeting, the City Council got an update about the proposed Beltway improvment update. This is part of the CTP (Consolidate Transportation Plan (CTP) that MDOT has released its six-year draft for review and comment. The CTP includes detailed information on minor and major capital projects across all agencies. The full CTP document […]

Wednesday November 14th, 2018 in Transportation | Comments Off on Options to “Improve” I495 Beltway Will be Ready Soon

Do Not Block the Box Signs Will be Installed this Month

Good news! The SHA is telling now that the “Do Not Block the intersection” boxes will be installed at both Edgewood Rd and Cherry Hill Rd intersections on Route 1 this month (in October 2018). Also, a crosswalk will be installed for the west leg of the US 1 and Cherry Hill Road Intersection (by […]

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Monday October 1st, 2018 in Route 1, Transportation | Comments Off on Do Not Block the Box Signs Will be Installed this Month