Update on Metrobus Service

Good afternoon:
I learned the following on February 9 about the status of the R3 / C8 bus service:
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The service change date is March 27, 2016. Information about changes to the C8 and R3 is below. I also attached a map showing the R3 elimination and C8 alternative service.

C8 College Park-White Flint
·         The first two weekday westbound trips leaving Glenmont Metrorail station at 6:30 AM and 7:00 AM will be extended to begin at College Park-U of MD Metrorail station.

·         These trips will depart from the College Park-U of MD Metrorail station at 5:41 AM and 6:04 AM.
·         These trips will arrive at Archives II at 5:53 AM and 6:18 AM.
R3 Greenbelt-Prince George’s Plaza
·         Route R3 will be discontinued due to low ridership.
·         See route C8 College Park-White Flint timetable for alternative service to Archives II.
·         The University of Maryland’s Shuttle-UM service is also available as an alternative for the residents of College Park, Hyattsville and Greenbelt.  Please contact the University of Maryland’s Department of Transportation Services for further information.
Best,
Ginger

Ginger Murphy
Bus Operations Specialist
Office of Bus Planning
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
600 5th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
gmurphy@wmata.com

Snow Removal Update

Hi all:

Thank you all for your patience during this major snow event.

I heard this afternoon from a representative of the Department of Public Works & Transportation (DPW&T) who asked me to pass along their appreciation for the calls and reports to the 311 system.  They hear you and log each and every contact and will get to them as time and staffing permit.  If you’ve contacted DPW&T they’ve logged it and will attend to those requests as soon as they can. They could give me no timeline for reaching our community, but did note that cars parked on both sides of the street are hampering cleanup efforts countywide.

A special thanks to those who have spent the time assisting their neighbors digging out from this unprecedented storm!

Best wishes, stay safe, and hope for a quick return to normalcy`

Ted Hull, President

Water main break at Cool Spring Road and Riggs Road

Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015

By: Andrea Kenner

This morning, a water main break occurred at the corner of Cool Spring Road and Riggs Road. The break has been reported, and as of 5:30 a.m., the WSSC crew is at the scene. Our home has no water pressure; other homes are probably also affected. One of the WSSC workers said that repairs may take all day to complete. Traffic hazards are expected in the area. Please drive carefully as you approach the intersection.

Have a happy Thanksgiving!

November talk on the “Science of Christianity” by Mary Alice Rose

Please note the attached flyer from our hosts at the Church of Christ Scientist of the November talk on the “Science of Christianity” by Mary Alice Rose. It is scheduled for Saturday, November 14, 2015, 11:00 am/ doors open at 10:30, at the University of Maryland Memorial Chapel on the campus of the University of Maryland.

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Notice of Board of Appeals Hearing, 6 PM, Wed Nov 4

I am writing to notify the community of the Board of Appeals hearing scheduled for 6 PM, Wed November 4 at the County Administration Building, 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Room 2190, Upper Marlboro, Maryland. On the agenda is V-115-15 Espidia Vargas: Request for a waiver of the parking area location requirement to validate and obtain a building permit for a driveway extension in the front yard at 3311 Cool Spring Road, Adelphi. Attached is the meeting agenda and photo of the sign.

Concerned residents may send written comments to the Zoning Hearing Examiner, or appear at the hearing in person to testify. The ZHE office on the second floor of the CAB can provide you details at 301-952-3220, however, they do not take comments on cases over the phone.

http://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/sites/administration/Services/ZoningHearingExaminer/HearingProceduresRepresentation/Pages/default.aspx

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Board of Appeals Hearing Agenda, November 4, 2015

Proposed Elimination of R3 Bus Service

On September 14, I submitted the attached letter as testimony for the public hearing scheduled for Thu Sept 17.

The comment period for B15-03, regarding Proposed Metrobus Service and Tariff Changes, is open until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 23, 2015.

Ted

CSTCA R3 Letter

At the August 22 CSTCA meeting it was brought to the Board’s attention the proposed elimination of the R3 bus service. To follow up I contacted WMATA to confirm. In the forwarded message are details about this proposed action and a link to a notice about a public hearing.

The CSTCA Board will write a letter protesting this action and encourage individuals to submit customer feedback at http://www.wmata.com/bus/BetterBus.cfm or via the email address included below.

Ted

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Dear Mr. Hull:

Thank you for your email to the Board of Directors about R3 Metrobus service changes and related public hearings.

The R3 bus route is being considered for elimination, and details can be found on page 25 of the document posted at the link below:
http://www.wmata.com/bus/MDMapsTranslations.pdf.

When we recommend a bus service change, we solicit public comment through a public participation process. I encourage you to attend one of the scheduled community meetings and provide your feedback. We will also hold a special public hearing meeting at Metro headquarters in downtown Washington on September 17. The meeting schedule can be found at the link below:
http://www.wmata.com/bus/BetterBus_RoadShow.cfm

Once the public outreach process is concluded, the board will consider all customer feedback before acting on each recommendation. If you cannot attend a meeting, you can respond to an online survey found at the link below:
http://www.wmata.com/bus/BetterBus.cfm

Alternatively, you may submit your comments via email to the following address:
writtentestimony@wmata.com

Metro¿s goal is always to serve the greatest number of customers with limited resources and constrained capacity. Customer feedback is critical to achieving this goal, and I hope you will take the time to go ¿on record¿ and officially provide your feedback about the proposed changes to the R3.

Sincerely,

James Hamre
Director
Office of Bus Planning

Hyattsville Library Plans Announced

In July 2015, the plans for the new Hyattsville Branch Library were announced. An article in The Sentinel provides some background on the project in the article from July 17, “Design plans unveiled for new Hyattsville Library; saucer stays”

A video of the Latest Library Design – Hyattsville Library is available on the architecture firm Grimm + Parker’s website.

According to The Sentinel, construction is estimated to start in the late spring of 2016. The construction will take 18 months.