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Old July 24th, 2015, 12:45 AM   #481
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Old July 24th, 2015, 05:59 AM   #482
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Montgomery agrees to pay $40 million more for Purple Line construction

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) said Thursday that he has committed an additional $40 million in county money toward state plans to build a 16-mile light-rail Purple Line through the Maryland suburbs.

Leggett said he told state Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn last week that the county would contribute the $40 million, in addition to $177 million in previously committed in-kind contributions, as long as the money wasn’t needed for five to six years. Rahn agreed to that timing, he said.

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Not sure whether this is good or bad news. What do they mean by..."as long as the money wasn’t needed for five to six years."?

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Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) said Thursday that he has committed an additional $40 million in county money toward state plans to build a 16-mile light-rail Purple Line through the Maryland suburbs.

Leggett said he told state Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn last week that the county would contribute the $40 million, in addition to $177 million in previously committed in-kind contributions, as long as the money wasn’t needed for five to six years. Rahn agreed to that timing, he said.

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Old July 24th, 2015, 03:54 PM   #484
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Not sure whether this is good or bad news. What do they mean by..."as long as the money wasn’t needed for five to six years."?
Instead of having to pay the money tomorrow they wont have to pay it for five years so they can use unneeded money for it. idk that's what i got
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Old July 24th, 2015, 09:31 PM   #485
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Leggett: ’90 Percent-Plus’ Chance Purple Line Gets Built

County executive made remarks Friday after revealing county plans to provide $40 million in additional funding to light-rail project

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The Million dollar bus stop at Arlington - the most expensive bus stop in the world:
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How is that a million bucks?
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Old July 28th, 2015, 10:11 PM   #489
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How is that a million bucks?
My guess is the heated surfaces contributed a bit...
Otherwise, it may have been lumped in together with other streetscape improvements (sidewalks, crosswalks, etc)
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Chevy Chase Residents Say Cheaper Purple Line Further Threatens Environment

Residents suing the federal government over light-rail system ask U.S transportation secretary for immediate environmental study

A group of Chevy Chase residents who sued the federal government over the Purple Line say recent cost-cutting changes to the light-rail project mean an additional environmental review must be done immediately.

The Friends of the Capital Crescent Trail and residents John Fitzgerald and Christine Real de Azua say the more than $200 million in cuts announced last month by Gov. Larry Hogan require at least a supplemental environmental impact statement—the detailed study of a transit project’s environmental impact that must be approved in order for a project to proceed.

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Metro says Silver Spring Transit Center needs yet more repairs

Metro has told Montgomery County officials that some of the recent repairs to the Silver Spring Transit Center are showing “signs of degradation,” and it is asking the county for $15 million to cover future maintenance and repair.

County officials, in turn, accuse Metro of attempting to hold “hostage” the delivery of the problem-plagued facility to the transit agency until its demands are met.

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U.S. senators jump into the fray over how to make Metrorail safer

Lawmakers in the Washington area want to establish “minimum safety standards” for Metro and similarly aging public transportation systems.

The transportation bill amendment being introduced by U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) is in response to concerns raised by a fatal smoke incident in January on the Yellow Line. A Federal Transit Administration review in the wake of that event found major gaps in Metro’s safety protocols and an overall failure to follow through on improvements spurred by a 2009 Red Line crash that killed nine people.

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You probably heard about Arlington’s $1 million bus stop at Walter Reed Drive and Columbia Pike. It’s larger than the standard stop with a shelter so spacious that 15 people fit at a time. It features digital displays that tell riders when the next bus will arrive. It has a heated concrete floor.

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Two of every three bus stops in Arlington County need accessibility improvements

You probably heard about Arlington’s $1 million bus stop at Walter Reed Drive and Columbia Pike. It’s larger than the standard stop with a shelter so spacious that 15 people fit at a time. It features digital displays that tell riders when the next bus will arrive. It has a heated concrete floor.

The “super stop” that set off an outcry when it opened two years ago is luxurious by bus stop standards. But if you live elsewhere in Arlington County you know that waiting at a bus stop isn’t that comfortable and cozy. For starters, only a small fraction of the bus stops have shelters and benches, and unless you are near a Metro station there’s no screen telling you when the next bus is coming. Now we also know that a great majority of stops are not accessible to people with disabilities.

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Chevy Chase Residents Say Cheaper Purple Line Further Threatens Environment

Residents suing the federal government over light-rail system ask U.S transportation secretary for immediate environmental study...

http://www.bethesdamagazine.com/Beth...s-Environment/

http://rivista-cdn.bethesdamagazine....spectratio=2.1
see, the thing I don't get about this rationale is that, based upon a standard no-build alternative, wouldn't it always be less environmentally degrading to build transit than not (leaving actual fragile ecosystems and what-not aside...this is going through urban areas)? The Sierra Club has been using similar arguments in CA over HSR...

Can't anything be done to stop people from abusing this?
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Midsummer update on transportation projects

The transportation projects underway this summer include nothing as dramatic as the opening of the Silver Line or completion of new express lanes. In fact, the nation’s transportation industry continues to worry about whether improvements will fizzle as the money supply dries up.

But if you lower your sights a bit, there’s plenty of action in the D.C. region’s transportation network. In fact, some projects I said would be among the year’s most significant have reached milestones.

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Documents suggest Aug. 23 opening, but Metro says transit hub not ready

Metro and Montgomery County officials met for 90 minutes Wednesday in attempt to resolve their latest round of disagreements over when the long-delayed Silver Spring Transit Center can open and who will pay for its upkeep.

Officials on both sides sounded hopeful notes after the session but said that no issues had been resolved and that no opening date has been set for the beleaguered commuter hub, which is four years behind schedule and $50 million over budget.

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How To Fund A Transit Project: A Purple Line Explainer

Key decisions are coming that will determine whether the 16-mile Purple Line light rail project between Bethesda and New Carrollton is built next year.

At issue: whether public officials can find the right mix of federal, state, and county tax dollars combined with private financing to pay for the $2 billion transit system connecting Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties through downtown Silver Spring.

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan has announced the state will back the Purple Line’s construction as long as the two counties agree to pay more cash up front.

Maryland Secretary of Transportation Pete Rahn sat down with WAMU 88.5 to discuss the latest developments in the project’s complicated funding structure.

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Building the Edinburgh streetcar wasn't easy, but a lot of people ride it now

I recently took a trip to Scotland, where I rode on Edinburgh's new streetcar. Much like DC, Edinburgh struggled to get its first line open, and scaled back initial plans. But now that streetcars are carrying passengers, Scots view it much more favorably.



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Capital Bikeshare to get new bicycles, add nearly 60 stations starting this fall

After a nearly two-year delay, Capital Bikeshare will get new bicycles and docking stations at almost 60 new locations throughout the region starting this fall.

The additional bikes and docking stations will allow the popular bike network to continue what had been rapid growth in the Washington area since it began operating in 2010. There are already more than 3,000 bikes and 354 stations in the District, Alexandria, and Arlington and Montgomery counties.



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