Montgomery County

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Increased Service, Employer Tax Breaks Entice Transit Ridership in Montgomery County

Montgomery County, Maryland transit planners are hoping workers returning to the office in 2023 will rediscover the benefits of a public transit commute.

January 30, 2023 - Bethesda Magazine

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Montgomery County To Require Decarbonized New Construction

Under a new bill, most new buildings will be banned from using natural gas in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and shift to all-electric power.

December 1, 2022 - DCist

Montgomery County

Montgomery County Growth Plan Approved

The county council approved the much-debated long-range growth plan, preparing the region for a shift toward more mid-density housing and transit-oriented development.

October 27, 2022 - The Washington Post

Street with Regal cinema building in downtown Rockville, Maryland

Montgomery County Divided Over Long-Range Plan

In the wake of mass resignations at the county’s planning board, the county council will vote to update their growth plan to reflect the region’s changing economy and demographics.

October 25, 2022 - The Washington Post

Aerial view of Montgomery County, Maryland homes and trees

Mass Resignation at Montgomery County Planning Board

All board members tendered their resignation after a series of investigations into improper behavior by board members.

October 13, 2022 - DCist

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Montgomery County Planners Present Pedestrian Safety Proposals

The auto-centric county has been building new bike trails and pedestrian facilities, but more improvements are necessary to reduce the number of pedestrian deaths and injuries, planners say.

July 15, 2022 - The Washington Post

Montgomery County

'Neighborhood Defenders' and the Suburban Status Quo

A tour de force of reporting documents the efforts of suburban Maryland residents to oppose new developments in their neighborhoods.

April 6, 2022 - DCist

Houston, Texas

Houston Could End Homelessness With Less Than 2,000 Housing Units

Houston's homeless response program has yielded strong results in the last few years. Just 1,900 new affordable housing units could 'effectively end' homelessness in the city.

December 2, 2021 - Rice Kinder Institute for Urban Research

View east along Maryland State Route 927 (Montrose Road) at Interstate 270 (Washington National Pike) in Potomac, Montgomery Cou

Study: Montgomery County Needs Dedicated Bus Lanes, Rail Extension

A report from Montgomery County planners prioritizes the need for a robust network of bus lanes and the extension of the Red Line to accommodate the region's growing population and reduce car trips and congestion.

October 28, 2021 - The Washington Post

Highway Widening

Maryland's Controversial Highway Widening Proposal Scaled Back

Interstate 270, the Capital Beltway, will no longer by widened as part of the I-495/I-270 Managed Lanes Project.

May 13, 2021 - Bethesda Magazine

Maryland Monorail

Proposed Maryland Monorail is 'Feasible' but Not Very Effective, Study Says

The MDOT study found that the monorail line would draw many of its riders from existing public transit systems.

March 5, 2021 - The Washington Post

Maryland School

The Impacts of Zoning Laws in Montgomery County

Historic zoning decisions have left a lasting legacy of housing inequality. Current leaders have the opportunity to change that.

February 1, 2021 - Greater Greater Washington

Interstate 495

Maryland's Highway Expansion Project Out to Bid

Vocal opposition hasn't slowed the Maryland Department of Transportation's progress of the I-495/I-270 Managed Lanes Project.

January 3, 2021 - Bethesda Magazine

Potomac River

Legal Dispute Grounds Last Remaining Potomac River Ferry Service

Historic White's Ferry, which has crossed the Potomac River between Virginia and Maryland since the late 18th century, has announced that it will cease operations.

December 30, 2020 - DCist

Maryland

Zoning Changes Would Allow Transit-Oriented Multi-Family Development in Montgomery County

Montgomery County, Maryland wants to put its zoning where its transit is—it's just the latest in a string of transit-oriented land use reforms for the famously suburban county.

December 9, 2020 - Bethesda Magazine

Montgomery County

Montgomery County Charts a New Path with 'Thrive 2050'

A new plan under development in Montgomery County, Maryland plots a course change for the famously suburban county.

December 8, 2020 - Greater Greater Washington

Beltway Traffic

Connecting Maryland and Virginia By Transit

Bethesda and Tysons, in Montgomery County, Maryland, and Fairfax County, Virginia, respectively, look like neighbors on a map, but they lack a direct transit route. That could change.

December 4, 2020 - Greater Greater Washington

Maryland Transit Administration

Maryland's Purple Line Gets the Green Light Again

The public-private partnership behind the Purple Line light rail project in Maryland fell apart in September, and has this past week been revived.

December 1, 2020 - The Washington Post

Montgomery County Public Transit

Big Tax Cut for Transit Oriented Housing Clears Executive Veto in Maryland

The Montgomery County Council wants a tax break for transit oriented development whether County Executive Marc Elrich likes it or not.

November 4, 2020 - Source of the Spring

Montgomery County Public Transit

Tax Break Offered for Transit Oriented Development in Maryland's Montgomery County

The Montgomery County Council approved a property tax break as an incentive for high-rise rental developments located on Metro station properties.

October 8, 2020 - Bethesda Magazine

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