The Week Ahead
Here are some upcoming events and activities in local transportation.
A ragamuffin parade in the neighborhood on Sunday reminded me: Trick-or-treaters can be really tiny. Watch out for them this Wednesday.
Between now and then, the Maryland Department of Transportation offers parents the loan of reflective vests to put over their children's halloween costumes. You can get them from the State Highway Administration shops today, tomorrow and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Here's a list of those shops.
Anne Arundel County
-- Annapolis Shop, 138 Defense Highway, Annapolis, 410-841-1009
-- Glen Burnie Shop, 910 Stewart Ave., Glen Burnie, 410-766-3770
-- Prince Frederick Shop, 100 Hallowing Point Road, Prince Frederick, 410-535-1748
-- LaPlata Shop, 5725 Washington Ave., LaPlata, 301-934-8031
-- Frederick Shop, 5111 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick, 301-624-8251
-- Thurmont Shop, 67 Moser Road, Thurmont, 301-271-7787
-- Dayton Shop, 4401 Route 32, Dayton, 410-531-5533
-- Gaithersburg Shop, 502 Quince Orchard Road, Gaithersburg, 301-948-2477
-- Fairland Shop, 12020 Plum Orchard Drive, Silver Spring, 301-572-5166
Prince George's County
-- Laurel Shop, 400 Second Street, Laurel, 301-776-7619
-- Marlboro Shop, 6500 S.E. Crain Highway, Upper Marlboro, 301-952-0555
St. Mary's County
-- Leonardtown Shop, 26720 Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown, 301-475-8035
Today is the day for legal arguments in Part 2 of the environmental lawsuit against the intercounty connector project. The Sierra Club and Environmental Defense are trying to force the federal government to rescind its approval for the highway across Montgomery and Prince George's counties.
The groups said in a statement that they're making these arguments:
-- The connector was approved without a proper evaluation of its effects on local particle pollution.
-- The air pollution analysis failed to quantify the impact of toxic pollutants for which Maryland has set standards.
-- The highway fails to meet a 2005 federal requirement that projects added to a metropolitan transportation system be funded only if they "minimize fuel consumption."
The federal govenment and the state of Maryland, which is a party to the suit, say that the project is much needed and that the study meets all requirements.
Some preliminary work is underway on the project's western side.
Transportation Town Hall
Tonight at 6 o'clock, Virginia Transportation Secretary Pierce R. Homer will host a town hall-style meeting in Braemar in Prince William to talk about the Gainesville interchange project and the 11-mile extension of Virginia Railway Express service to Gainesville and Haymarket. The meeting will be held at the Braemar Clubhouse at Iona Sound Drive, Bristow.
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