Ride On will launch a new, limited stop, higher-speed bus service in October on Route 355.
The new service, called Ride On extRa, will run every 10 minutes from 5:30-9:30 a.m. and 3:30-7:30 p.m., with 12 stops between the Medical Center Metro station in Bethesda and the Lakeforest Transit Center in Gaithersburg.
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Options on MD 355″
Longtime property owners and retired military members who live in Montgomery County could qualify for a new tax credit under a bill passed by the Montgomery County Council earlier this year.
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Tax Credit is Sept. 1″
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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Fares, Service Changes”
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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Take Effect July 1″
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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Two large citywide meetings are planned for the fall to bring ideas generated during Rockville 2040 listening sessions and forums to the wider community. The Rockville 2040 initiative is a comprehensive process dedicated to updating the city’s Comprehensive Master Plan.
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Meetings Being Planned for Fall”
Applications for Community Development Block Grants Due in September
Applications for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for Fiscal Year 2019 will be available July 18 on the City of Rockville’s website. The allocation process for the grants begins this summer.
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Hearing on Annual Federal Grant”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 240-314-8273.
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.
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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for Mentors and Young Students”