Recent Maryland State Study Finds Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Likely to Provide Higher Economic Benefits to Montgomery County, Maryland
Montgomery County, Maryland Endorses Busways for I-270 Corridor
Busway — not light rail — would bring more jobs, money to upper Montgomery, analysis finds
The Montgomery County Council (a suburb of Washington DC) recently voted to change its 2009 transit plans for the congested I-270 corridor from a light rail system to a dedicated busway. The 15-mile Corridor Cities Transitway (CCT) is the hoped-for target for new development in the county, much of which could not move forward without a transitway to address traffic congestion.
Commuters, sports fans, and others will soon have another option for getting around downtown Miami: a bus trolley that will circulate “through Brickell, downtown and Overtown, east to Biscayne Boulevard, and west to the Culmer Center in the hospital district, culminating at the Miami Marlins’ new ballpark.”
Miami spent $5.6 million to purchase the fleet of 28 trolley buses, and recently agreed to pay a contractor $2 million per year to operate the service. Funding will come predominantly from a half-cent transit surtax, but also Federal stimulus money, and the Florida Department of Transportation.
The city also required that at least 20% of the operator’s employees and support vendors come from the local Miami workforce.
Have you ever considered what Homecoming day might be like if everybody who has the day off actually gathered someplace AFTER the parade to celebrate not only the Gator Nation, but also the diversity, richness and sustainable aspects of our North Florida community?
Well, we do too and Randy Wells, Albert White and I all hope that this year’s modest formation of what we are calling Homecoming Gainesville, will be a success when you join us.
This year’s Homecoming Parade 2010 takes place Friday, October 15th. We would like to invite you to participate as a walker or bicyclist in our community unit (”Run, Bike, Walk”). Please RSVP if you can participate — Extra points for creative outfits, unusual bicycles & enthusiasm!
We hope that next year this parade can be even more fun with creative competition to create unusual and amazing “art bikes”. But we know this is short notice so please help by being the first founding members of Homecoming Gainesville this year just by participating on whatever bike you have. To be a part of the parade please reply to us with the following information:
Number of People (incl. yourself):
Your Cell Phone:
Walker or Biker?
Any special outfit, bike, etc?
The parade is Friday, Oct 15th, starting at 12n. A few members must be there starting at 9:30am, but the bulk of us do not have to arrive until about 11am. Our unit is in Wave 4, and I expect us to be done by about 2:30pm.
As with last year, we will be meeting up in the O’Connell Center parking lot (exact location to be determined). The parade finishes just south of University Ave. and Main Street in downtown.
Following the parade, we will be gathering at Ribfest (a fundraiser for the Cotton Club), which is located at NW 5th Avenue and NW 6th Street.
Here’s the official skinny:
Bike Parade, Homecoming Gainesville, and Ribfest!
Homecoming, October 15th Noonish
Homecoming Parade/5th Ave and 6th St
Join other bike enthusiasts at this year’s homecoming parade when RunBikeWalk (runbikewalk.com) will have a unit in Wave 4 of the parade and eventually join this year’s Ribfest. Ribfest is a fundraiser for the Cotton Club and will feature of course ribs, live music, and family oriented fun as well as a collection of bikes and bike enthusiasts along the new 6th St. bike corridor. We hope this to be the first festival of many Homecoming Gainesville festivals where we can bring together the celebration of the Gator Nation with the richness of our community on Homecoming parade day.
If you are interested in joining the parade or contributing in some way to this year’s event please contact Michael Amish at firstname.lastname@example.org or for more questions call 328.7721
Saturday Schedule for February 20th
Saturday Schedule for February 20th
1pm to 3pm Bike polo (3 on 3 teams), games, registration for scavenger hunt, place food orders for post-event food
3pm Scavenger Hunt (registration is $10-$15-$20 sliding scale), family bike ride
4pm to 6pm Tabling event and awarding of prizes
6:15ish to 8:30 All ages Bike-In Movie at The Kickstand
9pm Benefit Show featuring Wabash, Brian Lugo, Cootie Shot, and Invisible Dolphin. ($5 suggested donation at the door)
Please check The Kickstand.org’s website for the latest information!
FRIDAY: Meet at 5pm (today Friday, 1/29) in the Plaza of the Americas on campus, in advance of a “large format” bike ride, leaving from Plaza of the Americas at 5:30pm (with critical mass).
FRIDAY: At 7pm, head over to The Kickstand (722 S. Main Street), as the community bike shop celebrates its 2nd Anniversary & take in the Art Show, acoustic music, maybe some finger food — and make a contribution to keep this project moving forward.
FRIDAY: also at 7pm, go to the cozy 8th Avenue Bike & Coffee House (235 NW 8th Ave) for a “Bike-In” Movie — Rumor has it that Breaking Awaywill be showing.
SATURDAY: at 10am, Join the Solar Cyclists as they ride out of Gainesville on Saturday. Riders will meet at the Reitz Union traffic circle, Reitz Union Drive, next to the Parking Garage.
SUNDAY: at 2pm, Sunday 1/31, The Kickstand will be hosting a Bike Workshop (please sign up Friday night at Art Show or Movie Event): repair a flat tire, headset adjustment, tune up those brakes, etc.
Friday and Sunday, Jan. 29 & 31, 2010, location: 722 South Main Street
7:00pm Art Show, acoustic music, maybe some finger food… if you’re nice at the Kickstand, 722 South Main Street.
7:00pm Bike-In Movie at The 8th Ave Bike and Coffee House: 235 NW 8th Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32601. Rumor has it that Breaking Away might be showing.
Sunday Schedule (sign up Friday night at Art Show or Movie Event)
2:00pm Bike Workshops: repair a flat tire, headset adjustment, etc.
Please note: due to threat of rain, Saturday programs have been cancelled. Friday and Sunday programs are still on!
Friday January 29 Event
7pm ArtWalk at The Kickstand
NW Gainesville Bicycle Routes/Bike Boulevards Subcommittee Meeting – Tuesday, January 26, 2010, 6pm
Location: Alachua County Admin. Bldg (Community Treasures Conference Rm – 1st Fl), 12 South East 1st Street
Meeting Packet, including agenda
Regular Meeting — Thursday, January 28, 2010, 7pm
Location: Alachua County Admin. Bldg (Grace Knight Conference Rm – 2nd Fl) 12 South East 1st Street
Meeting Packet, including agenda
Please direct questions about this or other BPAB meetings or programs to:
Dekova T. Batey, Staff Liaison
Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Board
P.O. Box 490
Gainesville, FL 32602-0490
Phone (352) 393-8493
Fax (352) 334-2093