2021 | News

Montgomery asks if Purple Line can be single-tracked in Bethesda station

Plus: Monorail ‘viable’ option for I-270, but wouldn’t reduce traffic, study says; Ex-police chief charged with 12 arsons, targeting officials he disagreed with

Montgomery asks if Purple Line can be single-tracked in Bethesda station

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich has asked the Maryland Transit Administration to explore whether the Purple Line could be single-tracked inside the Bethesda station to allow enough room for the county to rebuild the Capital Crescent Trail there.

Doing so would save millions when the county’s capital budget, used for everything from transportation projects to school construction, is particularly tight, Elrich said. [Washington Post]

Monorail ‘viable’ option for I-270, but wouldn’t reduce traffic, study says

A monorail line between Frederick and the Shady Grove Metro station could be built for $4.4 billion and allow passengers to reliably make the 28-mile trip in 42 to 46 minutes, according to a study by the Maryland Department of Transportation.

While the agency found a monorail to be a “viable” public transportation option for the Interstate 270 corridor, it also cited a “concern” that it would draw passengers from other transit systems and barely reduce traffic on Interstate 270. [Washington Post]

Ex-police chief charged with 12 arsons, targeting officials he disagreed with

Former Laurel Police Chief David Crawford is facing attempted murder charges in connection with multiple arsons.

Crawford is being charged with 12 arsons that took place from 2011 to 2020 involving multiple homes, vehicles and residential garages in Howard, Prince George’s, Frederick and Montgomery counties. [Baltimore Sun]

Highway car chase ends with one arrest in Montgomery County

A highway car chase that began in Virginia and led to multiple crashes ended with the driver’s arrest at a fast-food restaurant in Montgomery County on Wednesday afternoon.

The chase caused multiple delays on I-495 and River Road. [WTOP]

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