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$90 Million In Federal Funding For Transit, Road & Pedestrian Improvements

$90 Million In Federal Funding For Transit, Road & Pedestrian Improvements


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Capital Bikeshare Introduces New Price Structure

Capital Bikeshare Introduces New Price Structure


Earlier this week, Capital Bikeshare announced several changes to its membership offerings, revised the cost of its 24-hour membership and introduced a new pricing structure for casual members.

Starting November 3, 2011, Capital Bikeshare will offer a 3-day pass for $15. The current 5-day pass will be discontinued. The change better aligns with the average stay of visitors to the metro region.

Free Cab Rides this Halloween through SoberRide

Free Cab Rides this Halloween through SoberRide

There will be free cab rides offered in th Washington-metro area this Halloween in order to thwart drunk-driving. The Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) is the D.C. area charity that is coordinating the SoberRide program. Nearly half (48%) of all Halloween traffic deaths in the United States are caused by drunk drivers, so WRAP aims to deter drunk driving.

Here's how it works from WRAP:

WRAP's 2011 Halloween SoberRide program will be offered from 10:00 pm, Saturday, October 29 until 6:00 am, Sunday, October 30, 2011.  To receive a free cab ride home (up to a $30.00 fare), please call 800-200-8294 (TAXI) or #8294 (TAXI) on your AT&T wireless phone.  Please refer to the SoberRide information listed below for important details concerning this program.  You must be 21 or older to use the SoberRide service

County Executive to Discuss Successes of His Countywide Pedestrian Safety Initiative

Montgomery County sent us the following information:

On Wednesday, September 21st at 2:30 p.m., Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett and County Councilmember Nancy Navarro will celebrate the completion of pedestrian and traffic safety improvements along Castle Boulevard installed by the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT). 


Local Cab Company "Bails Out" Senior Citizens


Economic times are tough for everyone including senior citizens who are living on tight or fixed incomes and have been impacted by significant government cuts.

Since there are more than 5,000 seniors in Gaithersburg alone and seniors make up more than 12% of Maryland’s total population, David Mohebbi, President of Regency Taxi based in Gaithersburg, decided to aid seniors by enacting the “Senior Citizen Transportation Bailout,” a program designed to help elderly citizens gain access to necessary appointments or meet ups with friends and family.

“The economy was really bad. A lot of our clients in Montgomery County couldn’t afford to pay to get to their doctors or run everyday errands like buying groceries.  I came up with the idea to give anyone, age 70 and over, a free ride if needed,” explained Mohebbi.

"This is a wonderful program. Our way to give back to the community for what they give us," said Regency cab driver Ron Stoddard.

Chesapeake Bay Bridge Reopened

Chesapeake Bay Bridge Reopened

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge (US 50/301) has reopened and is operating under PHASE II WIND RESTRICTIONS due to sustained winds of 42-45 mph and wind gusts of 53 mph.

 House trailers, empty box trailers, campers, recreational vehicles, hitch trailers with sides or any vehicle that may not safely cross the bridge are prohibited from traveling the bridge.

 If sustained winds exceed 50 mph, only automobiles, pickups trucks, flatbed trailers, commercial busses and heavy laden tractor trailers will be permitted to cross the bridge. Tractor-box trailers weighing less than 64,000 pounds will not be permitted to cross.