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New “Fix270Now” Coalition Launches Effort to Ease Traffic on 270

September 19, 2016 | Author: John Fineran

Area leaders, including U.S. Representatives John Delaney and Chris Van Hollen, and a host of local and state officials from Montgomery and Frederick Counties, gathered today to launch a new coalition effort to re-start two long-delayed project studies that hold great promise for unlocking the severe traffic nightmare that is I-270 during both rush-hours. Congressman Delaney is the group's Honorary Chair and played a key role in its creation. The bipartisan group of business, civic and elected leaders will press for multimodal solutions, including new express-toll lanes and regional bus-rapid-transit (BRT) using...regional poll of 800 residents in Maryland, DC and Virginia support:

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Purple Line Forum September 29 to Focus on Denver Experience

September 12, 2016 | Author:RichParsons

Purple Line Now is hosting a forum at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Services center September 29th to explore Denver's experience with a light-rail line delivered through a public-private partnership, as is also the case with Maryland's Purple Line. Guests are invited to sign up in advance to attend. Click this link to RSVP. The Purple Line is one of SMTA's top-priority projects and would help connect the region and more effectively utilize our current Metro system, enabling tens of thousands more residents to enjoy faster, more efficient east-west trips from Bethesda to...regional poll of 800 residents in Maryland, DC and Virginia support:

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New Regional Poll: Transportation is #1 Issue, Public Supports New Roads AND Transit

April 18, 2016 | Author: John Fineran

A recent poll released today at a briefing of area leaders shows transportation is by far the top long-term concern for residents of the Greater Washington Region. Overwhelming majorities also favor significant new investments in both the area’s highway and mass transit networks. Large majorities in this regional poll of 800 residents in Maryland, DC and Virginia support: Investing in the core capacity of the existing Metro system (though not necessarily its further expansion); plus major new multi-modal investments to widen and redesign several highway corridors, including I-270, the Capital Beltway,  portions...regional poll of 800 residents in Maryland, DC and Virginia support:

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Maryland General Assembly Overrides Veto on Transportation “Scoring” Bill, No Cause for Celebration

April 11, 2016 | Author:John Fineran

In the last week of the Maryland General Assembly, both the Maryland House and Senate narrowly voted to override Governor Larry Hogan's veto of legislation (HB 1013), dubbed the "Maryland Open Transportation Investment Decision Act of 2016," establishing new measures by which the Department of Transportation (MDOT)  is required to score future major capital projects.  SMTA has long been a vocal advocate for using objective performance criteria to evaluate and make funding decisions on major transportation projects across all modes.  However, we testified against this bill for several reasons.  Most importantly,  the...regional poll of 800 residents in Maryland, DC and Virginia support:

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Board of Public Works Approves Purple Line

April 6, 2016 | Author: John Fineran

Maryland's Board of Public Works, which include Governor Larry Hogan, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot, and Maryland State Treasurer Nancy Kopp, approved a $5.6 billion contract for the Purple Line this week.  The contract includes both construction and operating costs, and make the Purple Line one of the largest transportation projects in recent Maryland history, significantly more expensive than the InterCounty Connector, another SMTA priority project, that has been operating for several years now in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties. The Purple Line links key activity centers from Bethesda, to Silver...regional poll of 800 residents in Maryland, DC and Virginia support:

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A Day in Washington Without the Metro

March 20, 2016 | Author:John Fineran

On Wednesday this week, Metro experienced a rare system-wide shut-down, as WMATA's General Manager Paul Wiedefeld addressed urgent electrical issues that posed an urgent safety hazard according to Metro officials.  So what was the impact on area traffic? The Washington Post ran a very interesting article in the Sunday edition analyzing the impacts.  It is worth a read.  Here is the link, if you missed it. Metro clearly plays a key role in meeting the diverse travel needs of an even more diverse region, but the fact that people found ways...regional poll of 800 residents in Maryland, DC and Virginia support:

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