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From Frederick to Montgomery County at light (rail) speed

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Posted: Monday, March 10, 2014 2:00 am

Imagine reading the paper (preferably this one!) or a good book on your commute down I-270 instead of staring at the bumper of the car in front of you inching forward interminably.

A Montgomery County man is advocating for a light-rail system that he says could make that a reality. 

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33 comments:

  • stevem90999 posted at 10:47 pm on Mon, Mar 10, 2014.

    stevem90999 Posts: 497

    [thumbup]

     
  • whoville2 posted at 8:57 pm on Mon, Mar 10, 2014.

    whoville2 Posts: 127

    I'd like to propose an even better idea. Greener than the light rail too.

    How about bringing jobs to Frederick County so half of this county does not have to get on 270 to begin with. FC has no problem bringing more residents here, more developments, more people, more cars. How about some jobs? Jobs with comparable salaries? Cue the crickets.

     
  • stevem90999 posted at 8:14 pm on Mon, Mar 10, 2014.

    stevem90999 Posts: 497

    Oh good! Now the riff-raff in Montgomery Co. and points further south can find an easy pass via light rail to pilfer your homes while you're away at work during the day. I hear daytime gang members like little easy things to carry and conceal like jewelry, any petty cash that might be in the house and light electronic stuff that's not too heavy to carry. Like they say, "If crime's your game, then Maryland's the name. We know how to do crime right!" LOL [beam]

     
  • louie posted at 5:29 pm on Mon, Mar 10, 2014.

    louie Posts: 154

    A public transportation link to Shady Grove that takes cars off the road gets a big yes vote from me. Widening the highway will cost billions and solve the problem for a few years only. One only look to the widened section further south on I-270. It is gridlock during rush hours.

     
  • ballenger-creek-golfer posted at 1:36 pm on Mon, Mar 10, 2014.

    ballenger-creek-golfer Posts: 298

    Yes, tabur, discreetboi21705, kingesquivel, and dannyfran999 were writing about MARC going to DC before I brought it up. So, because of them, the Penn and Camden Lines going to DC have bearing.[wink]

     
  • rscott25 posted at 1:16 pm on Mon, Mar 10, 2014.

    rscott25 Posts: 783

    But but but, growth increases the tax base to take care of such things as infrastructure (except when the Democrats keep raiding the MD road trust fund for their own pet projects).

     
  • rscott25 posted at 1:06 pm on Mon, Mar 10, 2014.

    rscott25 Posts: 783

    Sounds like a boondoggle because it would be a duplication of an existing service (MARC). There can only be so much convenience if you need to travel all the way to DC on a daily basis. The state is not going to swallow anymore anytime soon after the ICC debacle. I was listening to NPR the other day how the proposed Purple line, ($100 million spent by MD JUST on designing it) has ballooned to a projected $2.7 billion in cost. Do you think they are going to give a whoot about building a second line from Frederick to Shady Grove?

     
  • elphabathropp posted at 11:44 am on Mon, Mar 10, 2014.

    elphabathropp Posts: 566

    You hit the nail on the head, josephdavis - "We've overbuilt to the point that our infrastructure can no longer handle the volume. Solutions are going to be painful and expensive." Exactly right.

     
  • tabur posted at 11:33 am on Mon, Mar 10, 2014.

    tabur Posts: 2

    b-c-g: I read the article as being about light rail from Frederick (City) to Montgomery Co. (Shady Grove) so the Penn and Camden lines trains have no bearing. As for the Brunswick line, there are indeed 9 trains total but only 3 originate and terminate in Frederick. I ride MARC daily but would love more options.

     
  • richardlyons posted at 10:28 am on Mon, Mar 10, 2014.

    richardlyons Posts: 671

    That I-270 is not six lanes between Clarksburg and I-70 in Frederick never ceases to amaze me. If it didn't make sense in 1956, then surely it did during the 70's, 80's, and 90's while rights of way were still reasonable and obtainable. The ofcus of Annapolis has never and apparently will never be on easing congestion between Frederick and points north and west with our nations capital.

     
  • ballenger-creek-golfer posted at 9:14 am on Mon, Mar 10, 2014.

    ballenger-creek-golfer Posts: 298

    discreetboi21705, Penn line goes to DC 31 times in the morning, Camden Line goes to DC 9 times in the morning, Brunswick Line goes to DC 9 times in the morning. If I am correct, that addes up to 49 times in the morning during the week that MARC goes to DC. Look it up for youself.

     
  • soule1061 posted at 9:07 am on Mon, Mar 10, 2014.

    soule1061 Posts: 916

    Light rail is a fine idea but what if you don't want to go to Shady Grove? The one big thing missing from the State's transportation priorities list for Frederick County is two more lanes for I-270. They could start by adding short bypass lanes at choke points and build from there. They won't because they're clinging to this idea of a toll road down the highway median for Lexus drivers and rich politicians to use.

     
  • ballenger-creek-golfer posted at 9:06 am on Mon, Mar 10, 2014.

    ballenger-creek-golfer Posts: 298

    Do you have eyes?

     
  • ballenger-creek-golfer posted at 9:06 am on Mon, Mar 10, 2014.

    ballenger-creek-golfer Posts: 298

    discreetboi21705, whom are "we"? Because "we" see more MD tages pulled over than WV and PA tags combined.

     
  • ballenger-creek-golfer posted at 9:04 am on Mon, Mar 10, 2014.

    ballenger-creek-golfer Posts: 298

    Are you on the Board of Metro? Wow, you are an expert on this.

     
  • teadoffinfrederickcounty posted at 8:55 am on Mon, Mar 10, 2014.

    teadoffinfrederickcounty Posts: 99

    "Imagine reading the paper (preferably this one!) on your commute down I-270 instead of staring at the bumper of the car in front of you inching forward interminably."

    I hope it is on a 200 MPH train. There is so little news in the FNP if the ride is over 10 minutes long I won't have anything to read.

     
  • ballenger-creek-golfer posted at 8:35 am on Mon, Mar 10, 2014.

    ballenger-creek-golfer Posts: 298

    Since when have Marylanders obeyed the speed limits in their state?

     
  • ballenger-creek-golfer posted at 8:33 am on Mon, Mar 10, 2014.

    ballenger-creek-golfer Posts: 298

    I guess the people coming from Virgina are okay to use the roads in Maryalnd, am I correct?

     
  • ballenger-creek-golfer posted at 8:30 am on Mon, Mar 10, 2014.

    ballenger-creek-golfer Posts: 298

    With the MARC lines going from Baltimore, MD to Washington, DC, I think it is more than 3 times a day to DC.

     
  • ballenger-creek-golfer posted at 8:29 am on Mon, Mar 10, 2014.

    ballenger-creek-golfer Posts: 298

    By the way, he didn't "say" any roads, he "wrote" "our roads".

     
  • xroads1213 posted at 8:25 am on Mon, Mar 10, 2014.

    xroads1213 Posts: 855

    At least make them take driving tests. Apparently they can't read speed limit signs either. Public education isn't what it used to be.

     
  • matthewboh posted at 8:21 am on Mon, Mar 10, 2014.

    matthewboh Posts: 83

    See? Socialism doesn't work and it's Obama's fault.

     
  • discreetboi21705 posted at 8:16 am on Mon, Mar 10, 2014.

    discreetboi21705 Posts: 468

    MARC is horrible, why run something so limited? 3 times down, 3 times back, woop de dooo.

     
  • discreetboi21705 posted at 8:15 am on Mon, Mar 10, 2014.

    discreetboi21705 Posts: 468

    he said any roads.

     
  • discreetboi21705 posted at 8:15 am on Mon, Mar 10, 2014.

    discreetboi21705 Posts: 468

    [thumbup]

     
  • josephdavis posted at 8:09 am on Mon, Mar 10, 2014.

    josephdavis Posts: 37

    With all the stops such a system would be required to make in all the communities between Frederick and Shady Grove it would take less time to sit in traffic on 270. Not to mention the expense and difficulty of acquiring land for the tracks. There isn't going to be a cheap magic bullet for our traffic problem. We've overbuilt to the point that our infrastructure can no longer handle the volume. Solutions are going to be painful and expensive.

     
  • ballenger-creek-golfer posted at 8:00 am on Mon, Mar 10, 2014.

    ballenger-creek-golfer Posts: 298

    With the MARC lines going from Baltimore, MD to Washington, DC, I think it is more than 3 times a day to DC.

     
  • ballenger-creek-golfer posted at 7:59 am on Mon, Mar 10, 2014.

    ballenger-creek-golfer Posts: 298

    I guess you are talking about the local roads, the interstates are Federal roads.

     
  • kingesquivel posted at 7:49 am on Mon, Mar 10, 2014.

    kingesquivel Posts: 1499

    MARCs run three times a day down to DC...early morning.

     
  • DebtFree posted at 7:23 am on Mon, Mar 10, 2014.

    DebtFree Posts: 1098

    Build a wall on the border and prevent WV and PA immigrants from clogging our roads.

     
  • sevenstones1000 posted at 7:03 am on Mon, Mar 10, 2014.

    sevenstones1000 Posts: 205

    Many, many people have been advocating for light rail from Frederick to Shady Grove. As I write this, I am riding the commuter bus that leaves from Target on 355. Unfortunately, it has a limited schedule, so I cannot work late in DC, and it does not run at all on the weekends. And, it is subject to the same traffic jams on 270. Build light rail Shady Grove, have express trains to Union Station, and make 270 a toll road. That's the only way to solve the traffic problems.

     
  • DebtFree posted at 6:03 am on Mon, Mar 10, 2014.

    DebtFree Posts: 1098

    Hopeless.

     
  • dannyfran999 posted at 5:56 am on Mon, Mar 10, 2014.

    dannyfran999 Posts: 49

    We need something. MARC trains service is horrible. It runs a on week-days , twice a day. We need a 7-days a week light-rail or metro thats runs all day. Even if they extended the red-line to Urbana or Riverview. I would be going to D.C every weekend.

     

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