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City Council Reiterates its Opposition of I-495 Beltway Expansion

At last week’s Council meeting, the College Park City Council approved a letter reiterating its concerns about the widening of the I-495 beltway. The letter reads: The Mayor and Council of the City of College Park wish to take this opportunity to restate our strong opposition to the proposed widening and addition of toll lanes […]

Friday July 23rd, 2021 in Transportation | No Comments »

Beltway Expansion Plan East of I-270 is Off the Table – for Now

Thanks to the continued advocacy of our residents, the beltway expansion plan in College Park and east of I-270 is off the table – at least for now! MDOT first tried to expand the beltway in our area in phases 2 and 3 before, but, thankfully they are now nixing any lane expansion in the […]

Saturday May 15th, 2021 in Transportation | Comments Off on Beltway Expansion Plan East of I-270 is Off the Table – for Now

MAGLEV High Speed Train Project’s Comment Period Has Been Extended to May 24

The comment period for the Draft Programmatic Agreement (PA) for the Superconducting Magnetic Levitation (SCMAGLEV) High-Speed Rail Project has been extended to Monday, May 24, 2021. Earlier this month, FRA and MDOT MTA announced the schedule for the public hearings for the SCMAGLEV DEIS. The hearings will be held virtually in consideration of COVID-19 protocols, […]

Sunday April 11th, 2021 in Announcements, Maglev, Transportation | Comments Off on MAGLEV High Speed Train Project’s Comment Period Has Been Extended to May 24

City Council to Weigh In on Two State Bills Opposing Maglev Project

At next week’s Council meeting, the College Park City Council will consider two State bills about the SCMaglev project. The Baltimore-Washington Superconducting Magnetic Levitation (SCMAGLEV) Project is a proposed Maglev train system between Baltimore City and the District of Columbia, with an intermediate stop at the Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. In 2016, MDOT […]

Saturday February 20th, 2021 in Maglev, Transportation | Comments Off on City Council to Weigh In on Two State Bills Opposing Maglev Project

College Park Woods Connector Trail is Now Open

The College Park Woods Connector Trail is finally open to the public. The trail will serve as an important connection between West College Park with North College Park, as it connects the trail that goes up to Home Depot, and branches off to the North College Park Post Office. The trail continues on at least […]

Saturday December 19th, 2020 in Announcements, Biking, Transportation | Comments Off on College Park Woods Connector Trail is Now Open

City will Ask Not to Delay Purple Line Construction

At tonight’s meeting, the Council will consider sending a letter to Governor Hogan expressing the City’s concerns that additional delays in completing the Purple Line will negatively impact the City. The State and the Purple Line concessionaire have been in a major cost dispute for many years. The concessionaire gave notice that it will quit […]

Tuesday September 22nd, 2020 in Transportation | Comments Off on City will Ask Not to Delay Purple Line Construction

City Staff Comments on I-495 Beltway Expansion Project

At this week’s meeting, the City COuncil will discuss the review of Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the I-495 and I-270 Managed Lanes Study, in particular its impact on College Park. On July 10, 2020, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) released the Notice […]

Monday September 14th, 2020 in Transportation | Comments Off on City Staff Comments on I-495 Beltway Expansion Project

City to Oppose MARC Train Service Cuts

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) announced on September 1, 2020, a range of proposed service reductions in response to decreases in transportation revenue because of COVID-19. According to MDOT, the proposal would affect approximately 3.6% of riders and would go into effect on January 3, 2021. In late August, MARC passenger volume was still […]

Monday September 7th, 2020 in Transportation | Comments Off on City to Oppose MARC Train Service Cuts

Four Public Hearings Start Tomorrow about Adding Toll lanes to I-495 Beltway

Today, the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration said in a statement that the first public-comment hearing on the 18,000+ page I-495 & I-270 Managed Lanes Study Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and Draft Section 4(f) Evaluation will begin with a virtual hearing from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, Aug. 18,. You’ll […]

Monday August 17th, 2020 in Announcements, Development, Transportation | 1 Comment »

I-495 & I-270 Managed Lanes Study DEIS Public Hearings

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) have completed the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and Draft Section 4(f) Evaluation for the I-495 & I-270 Managed Lanes Study. Six Joint Public Hearings will be conducted to hear testimony on the DEIS and the Joint Federal/State Application […]

Friday July 31st, 2020 in Announcements, Development, Transportation | Comments Off on I-495 & I-270 Managed Lanes Study DEIS Public Hearings

Council to Support Bill Ensuring More Oversights on Private – Public Partnership Projects

At next week’s meeting, the College Park City Council will consider sending a letter in support of the House Bill HB 1424 – Public–Private Partnerships – Process and Oversight HB 1424 would establish a Public-Private Partnership Oversight Review Board and require state agencies to submit pre-solicitation reports, the environmental impact statement, and other documents related […]

Saturday February 29th, 2020 in Development, Transportation | Comments Off on Council to Support Bill Ensuring More Oversights on Private – Public Partnership Projects

City to Support PG County State Highway Toll Facilities

At tonight’s Council meeting, the Council will consider supporting HB 258 which requires Prince George’s County Council approval prior to the construction of a State toll road or facility in the County. This bill would prohibit State agencies from constructing a toll road, toll highway, or toll bridge in Prince George’s County unless authorized by […]

Tuesday January 28th, 2020 in Transportation | Comments Off on City to Support PG County State Highway Toll Facilities

Now the Beltway Expansion Put on Hold, What Can we Do?

Last Wednesday, State’s Board of Public Works (BPW) voted in favor of expanding Beltway at the American Legion Bridge and the part of the beltway up to I 270, and part of I-270 to I-370. This happened after Gov Hogan got a Key vote from Comptroller Franchot, who expressed concerns earlier about the $11 billion […]

Saturday January 11th, 2020 in Transportation | Comments Off on Now the Beltway Expansion Put on Hold, What Can we Do?

VeoRide Bikes and Scooters: Where am I Allowed to Drive ?

Bikes and scooters should generally be used on roads, preferably in low traffic areas and bike lanes going with the flow of traffic. Remember to always yield to pedestrians. Exercise caution if it is necessary to cross or briefly travel on a busy road. Riders should always wear a helmet. As of November 1, 2019, […]

Wednesday December 25th, 2019 in Biking, Transportation | Comments Off on VeoRide Bikes and Scooters: Where am I Allowed to Drive ?

Crucial Vote on Beltway Expansion Delayed – Rally Still On

According to the Washington Post, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan yesterday canceled this week’s meeting of the Board of Public Works amid a growing public feud with state Comptroller Peter Franchot, whose vote he needs on the board for his plan to add toll lanes to the Capital Beltway and Interstate 270. Mr. Franchot made the […]

Sunday December 15th, 2019 in Transportation | Comments Off on Crucial Vote on Beltway Expansion Delayed – Rally Still On