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Archived 2010 CCT News
Index:Council reviews the Purple Line Master Plan draft
CCCT holds its Annual Meeting.
Meet the Met Party on the Met Branch Trail.
Snow is still the news of the trail.
Massive snowstorm buries trail.
Trail users seek snow removal.
July 27 update: The County Council has approved the Master Plan draft with some revisions - See the Council Press Release for a description of the most significant revisions.
June 29, 2010
The Montgomery County Council held a public hearing to take testimony on the Purple Line Master Plan draft on June 29, 2010. The Planning Board had completed its work on the Plan draft and submitted the draft to the County Council for consideration last April.
CCCT Chair Peter Gray presented our Coalition testimony to the Council. The testimony focused on those Trail design issues that need to be addressed in the design if the Purple Line is built:
The County Council has set tentative dates of July 15, 2010 for a T&E Committee worksession and July 20, 2010 for a full Council worksession on the Plan draft. Final Council approval on the Plan draft may come in late July. The Plan draft with any Council revisions will then go to the M-NCPPC for final adoption.Return to top of page.
The CCCT held its 2010 Annual Meeting on June 14.
Retiring Chair Peter Gray (at right in picture) gave a brief overview during the short business session of the CCCT goals for the next year. Peter introduced Ron Tripp (at left in picture) as the new CCCT Chair for the next Board Year. Peter has served as our Chair for four years, and will continue to serve as our vice-chair next year. Peter also introduced two new members to our CCT Board - Tony Marra, an active cyclist and runner from Bethesda, and Greg Drury, a cycling advocate and current Chair of the Potomac Pedalers Touring Club, PPTC. Returning Board Members are Pat Baptiste, John Dugger, Jenny Sue Dunner, Isaac Hantman, Jennifer Longsworth, Wayne Phyillaier and Charlie Wellander.Return to top of page.
WHEN: Saturday, June 5th, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
WHERE: Meet the Met will take place on and along the trail from Franklin St., NE to New York Ave. Metro station. The main activity center will be 700 Rhode Island Ave., NE, Washington, DC (Parking lot at Rhode Island Ave. Shopping Center, in front of DC's largest public mural)
It's Open - Help Us Celebrate!
Ride to the event with us on the Capital Crescent Trail.
A new section of the Metropolitan Branch Trail has just opened in D.C., between Franklin Avenue and the New York Avenue Metro Station. When the Capital Crescent Trail is completed into Silver Spring, and the remainder of the Metropolitan Branch Trail is completed, they will form a 22 mile long trail loop that will be the heart of the regional trail network. See our Advocacy page for the status of the Metropolitan Branch Trail in Montgomery County.
Looking south on the MetBranch Trail near the
Rhode Island Avenue Metro Station
The "Meet the Met" grand opening will include community rides from numerous locations to the celebration on the Trail. One group ride will start at Bethesda and use the Capital Crescet Trail. Another group ride will start at Silver Spring and use the interim Metropolitan Branch Trail route through Takoma Park.Return to top of page.
Much of the trail is still under snow nearly three weeks after the big snowstorms ended.
Looking west on the Interim CCT
at Mile 2.0 on February 27.
But some sections have been plowed and are now clear - the CCT in D.C. and the Interim CCT between Connecticut Ave. and Jones Mill Road. See Trail Condition Reports.Return to top of page.
The massive snow storm of Feb. 5-6 has transformed the trail - leaving it with spectacular beauty, and also with 20+ inches of snow and many downed trees that may take many weeks to clear. Follow progress on clearing the trail at Trail Condition Reports.
On the Trail on Feb. 6, looking across the
Potomac River toward the Key Bridge Marriott.
Photo Courtesy David Alexander
If you have been following our Trail Condition Reports webpage, you know that while large parts of the trail are relatively clear in D.C., patches of ice persist near the Dalecarlia Tunnel. The Trail remains hazardous to use long after ice and snow has been cleared from streets and sidewalks.
The Bethesda Gazette picked up this story in Some cyclists seek snow, ice removal on trail. The contrasting views of CCCT Chair Peter Gray and Mont. Co. Parks Division Chief Brian Woodward, are reported:
Gray said the group has advocated for years for the Department of Parks to plow the trail after heavy snowfall. He said he understands funding constraints, but "the fact that thousands of people want to use the trail every day means that it might be something they would put a priority on, but they haven't," he said.
The Trail Use Survey shows that the CCT is more than twice as heavily used as any other trail in Montgomery County. The three mile section of the CCT between Bethesda and D.C. is very heavily used by cycling commuters year round. Yet the Mont. Co. Parks is taking the position that it will not treat the CCT any differently than the least used trail. That would be analogous to the Department of Transportation saying it can't treat the beltway differently than the least used country road.Return to top of page.
More news is available in our Crescent Newsletter, available online at our Newsletter webpage.
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