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Week in Preview: Transit Talks in Rockville, Fate of Future Park in Gaithersburg Foiled by Fire?

A few things to have on your radar this week.

The Gaithersburg City Council is expected to offer guidance on what should happen to England Crown Farm, a historic site within the Crown Farm Development labeled as a future city park. Credit: City of Gaithersburg
The Gaithersburg City Council is expected to offer guidance on what should happen to England Crown Farm, a historic site within the Crown Farm Development labeled as a future city park. Credit: City of Gaithersburg

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On the Agenda: Rapid Transit in Rockville
During its regular meeting Monday, the Rockville City Council is expected to get an update from Montgomery County staff on a massive transit system proposed for the entire county. Three of the routes would pass directly through Rockville. In November, Montgomery County Council approved a plan that sets the groundwork for an 82-mile network of bus routes in an attempt to decongest traffic. The project has not yet been funded. Here are the proposed Rockville routes:

  • Corridor 3: Md. 355 North. A proposed 15.3-mile corridor that would run almost entirely on Md. 355 between the Rockville Metro Station and Redgrave Place in Clarksburg, with two routes in Germantown East. The southern portion of the corridor lies within the City of Rockville and the center portion lies within the City of Gaithersburg. 
  • Corridor 4: Md. 355 South. A proposed 7.8-mile corridor that would run entirely on Rockville Pike/Wisconsin Avenue (Md. 355) between the Rockville and Bethesda Metro Stations. Despite the fact that it would run directly parallel to the Red Line, it is projected to carry more riders than any other proposed BRT route in this plan. 
  • Corridor 10: Veirs Mill Road. A proposed 6.2-mile corridor that would run almost entirely on Veirs Mill Road (Md. 586) between the Wheaton and Rockville Metro Stations.

The full map is posted at the Montgomery County Planning Department's website>>>Rockville City Council meets 7 p.m. Monday at Rockville City Hall. View the full agenda at the city’s website, RockvilleMD.gov.

On the Agenda: The Fate of England Crown Farm?
During a work session Monday, the Gaithersburg City Council is expected to offer guidance on what should happen to England Crown Farm, a historic site within the Crown Farm Development labeled as a future city park.  In 2011, however, a fire destroyed many of the structures at the site. The Council is expected to hear a presentation from staff on how much it would cost the city to maintain the space.  >>> Gaithersburg City Council meets 7:30 p.m. Monday at Gaithersburg city Hall. View the full agenda here.

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