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Hogan and Leggett pull out the stops to help Metro and entice Amazon to the county

On a stage normally reserved for large orchestras, Gov. Larry Hogan (R) signed two bills that could have a major impact on Montgomery County.

One bill Hogan signed gave Metro a dedicated source of funding for the first time. The other bill Hogan signed was a tax incentive package to help bring Amazon’s second headquarters to the White Flint area.

Instead of musicians filling the Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda, local and state officials from Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., were on hand to witness the bills get signed into law.

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WMATA Chief delays "SafeTrack" plan to consider Federal concerns

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WASHINGTON— A Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority spokesperson said Tuesday General Manager Paul Wiedefeld will delay releasing the finalized version of his year-long “SafeTrack” plan because he needed extra time to consider and incorporate unexpected requirements by the Federal Transit Administration.

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Metro GM releases draft of service changes during safety repairs

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WASHINGTON — Metro’s general manager said at headquarters Friday his draft of a massive plan containing “safety surges” includes Metro shutting down five sections of track in the next year and starting to single-track in 10 other sections. 

General Manager Paul Wiedefeld will consult on his plan with elected officials, the governors of Virginia and Maryland, and the mayor of Washington, D.C., their respective departments of transportation, the Office of Personnel Management of the federal government and departments of emergency management before he finalizes it. He plans to release his official plan by May 16. Each line will have a reduced service by some of the safety- and maintenance-related projects in Wiedefeld’s plan.

 

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Gaithersburg to benefit from I-270 interchange

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GAITHERSBURG – The Hogan administration committed to move forward on improving three of four proposed roadways associated with the Interstate 270 interchange at Watkins Mill Road, according to city lobbyists.

Since learning earlier this year state highway administration officials had scaled back construction funding for the long-planned project, Gaithersburg’s lobbyists have requested funding for the full interchange, arguing that it is essential to economic development in the city and the entire Upcounty region.

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Where there's smoke...

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WMATA spokesperson says train pieces caused Red Line trouble

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WASHINGTON – Metro closed some Red Line stations Saturday evening after a piece of metal fell off a train, hit the third rail and caused smoke to fill a railcar and the station, according to Metro spokesperson Sherri Ly.

Richard Jordan, another Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority spokesperson, said Friendship Heights, Tenleytown and Bethesda stations were closed after a smoke incident occurred near Friendship Heights around 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services reported no injuries at the time of the incident.

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Single Tracking on Red Line Thursday through Sunday

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WASHINGTON — Metro’s general manager said trains on the Red Line between Van Ness and Medical Center will run on the same track for several hours Thursday and Friday and throughout Saturday and Sunday so that workers can make repairs.

Workers will inspect and repair Red Line stations between Van Ness and Medical Center the next few days.

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Metro committee approves one-year budget

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WASHINGTON – Metro’s proposed budget is one step closer to approval.  

A Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority board of directors committee unanimously approved the general manager’s proposed one-year capital budget April 14 and his request to take out $220 million in bonds.

The full WMATA Board of Directors is scheduled to vote on it April 28.

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“All Very Positive”

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Metro general manager tells county local subway problems will be fixed without closing

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ROCKVILLE—The general manager of Metro said at a meeting with Montgomery County Council Tuesday he does not think he will need to shut down an entire line for safety repairs, but he will announce his plan in about six weeks.

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