Author: Nick Ruiz

Is Virginia Building Highways For Single Occupancy Vehicles?

When new toll lanes open early next year along I-95 in Northern Virginia, stretching nearly 30 miles between the I-395 interchange and Stafford County, project leaders expect that one of the most successful HOV corridors in the country will continue to attract carpoolers to job centers inside the regional core.

Montgomery paves the way for bus network that could zip by traffic

With Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett running for a third term in November, transit advocates are planning an agenda for his next term. Leggett will run against Republican James Shalleck in an overwhelmingly Democratic county. For transit advocates, this means a push to turn projects such as the Purple Line, Corridor Cities Transitway and a bus rapid transit network into reality.

Transit supporters to host Rockville open house

Supporters of a countywide transit system will hold an open house to discuss the system Wednesday in Rockville.

Two groups, the Coalition for Smarter Growth and Communities for Transit, are sponsoring the forum at Rockville Memorial Library, where residents will be able to learn more about the county’s planned 81-mile bus rapid transit system.

When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 25

Where: First floor large meeting room, Rockville Memorial Library, 21 Maryland Avenue, Rockville

What: Rockville Rapid Transit Open House


It will feature a basic overview of bus rapid transit and what is planned for the county and the Rockville area in particular, said Kelly Blynn of the Coalition for Smarter Growth.

Blynn said the system will connect areas not served by Metro and help link downtown areas with surrounding residential areas.

There also will be a presentation from Rockville staff on how the city wants the system to fit into its downtown, she said.

Organizers will discuss how people can help plan the system, Blynn said.

In Rockville, three bus rapid transit corridors are planned to converge at or near the Rockville Metro station on Md. 355.

From there, the lines would run north to Clarksburg, south to Washington and southeast to Wheaton.

City officials have expressed some concern about the impact the system will have on Rockville Town Center.

The forum, which runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m., is free, and Blynn said a sign language interpreter will be provided. More information is at


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Discussing the Future of Rapid Transit in Rockville

On Wednesday, June 25th, Communities for Transit and Coalition for Smarter Growth are holding a free, open event from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Rockville Memorial Library to discuss Montgomery County’s planned 81-mile bus rapid transit (BRT) system. What is bus rapid transit, and how would it affect our city?

Gov. McAuliffe Needs to Resist Pressure From Usual Suspects and Reject Bi-County Parkway

According to Leesburg Today, Gov. McAuliffe appears to be leaning towards support for the “Bi-County Parkway” project. “We have to open up Dulles airport,” McAuliffe said. “We will have a resolution relatively quickly.”
[…] McAuliffe pointed to stalled growth in Dulles Airport’s passenger counts as a key concern. While efforts are being made to add new flights-such as Air China’s direct connections to Beijing that began last week-increased cargo operations will be important to keep the airport growing, he said.