Metro and Ride On Have New
Fares, Service Changes

Increased fares for Metrorail, Metrobus and Ride On took effect June 25.

Metrorail also began new hours and service changes as it transitioned out of its yearlong SafeTrack program and into a regular program of preventive maintenance for safer, more reliable rail service. New Metrorail hours of operation are 5 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 5 a.m.-1 a.m. Friday; 7 a.m.-1 a.m. Saturday; and 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday.
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Floodplain Ordinance Changes
Take Effect July 1

Changes to the city’s floodplain ordinance that take effect July 1 will create a more rigorous process for approving construction in the floodplain and remove previously allowed exemptions to what can be built there.

The floodplain is land near a stream that could be inundated by a so-called 100-year flood. The city’s ordinance continues to ban new development in the floodplain.
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APS is About Pedestrian Safety

Rockville is completing a multiyear effort to improve pedestrian safety with accessible pedestrian signals – or APS – on all city-owned traffic lights.

The signals are designed to help visually impaired pedestrians feel more secure when crossing the street. They beep to help walkers locate push buttons that activate the walk signals. The buttons vibrate and are tactile, allowing pedestrians to feel the shape of an arrow indicating the direction to cross, which is also described by signs in braille.
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Next Stonestreet Study Meeting
to Focus on MCPS Sites

The next meeting on the Stonestreet Corridor Study will focus on sites owned by Montgomery County Public Schools. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 13, at Lincoln Park Community Center, 357 Frederick Ave.

The MCPS sites, at 570 and 595 N. Stonestreet Ave., were identified as key to the corridor by participants at the May 2 study kickoff meeting. More than 100 people from across Rockville attended that kickoff, including residents and representatives from the business community, churches, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and MCPS. Some of the issues raised included traffic and congestion, pedestrian safety, improving how the avenue looks, supporting existing businesses, keeping the area affordable, and promoting mixed-use development in certain areas. Future meetings will cover these and other topics.

For a more inclusive list, as well as to sign up for email updates or submit comments, visit www.rockvillemd.gov/stonestreetstudy. For more information, contact project lead Andrea Gilles at agilles@rockvillemd.gov or 240-314-8273.

Rockville Pike Neighborhood Plan
Zoning Text Amendment on
July 10 Agenda

The Mayor and Council are scheduled July 10 to consider a draft zoning text amendment related to the Rockville Pike Neighborhood Plan.

If approved, the proposed amendment would lead to changes to the city’s zoning ordinance. Those changes would reflect policies outlined in the Rockville Pike Neighborhood Plan, which was adopted in August 2016.

If approved by the Mayor and Council, the proposed amendment would be reviewed by the Planning Commission before returning to the Mayor and Council for a public hearing, likely in the fall. The draft text amendment will be available when the July 10 agenda is posted at www.rockvillemd.gov/AgendaCenter.

Mentoring Program Yields Rewards
for Mentors and Young Students

Rockville’s Program Celebrates its 22nd Year in 2017-18

Rockville’s mentoring program can be as worthwhile for the mentors as it is for the young people whose lives those mentors influence. Mentees are selected by the schools and are in second to fifth grade.

The program, which celebrates its 22nd year during the 2017-18 school year, is looking for high school students (age 16 and older) and adults to offer guidance, friendship and encouragement to elementary school students. No special skills are required, just a willingness to devote an hour a week to work with a child, consistency and patience.
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