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Community Meeting for MARC Rail Communities Plan Has Been Postponed from October 27 to Later This Fall

October 18, 2016

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When completed, results of transportation studies of station areas in Boyds and Germantown will be presented for discussion at public event

Silver Spring, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, has postponed its October 27 community meeting to allow time to gather more information from consultants studying the Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) station areas in Germantown and Boyds.

The public discussion, which will be rescheduled to a date in November or December, will focus on road “diets” in Germantown and a possible overpass or underpass in Boyds. The meeting will be held at the Upcounty Regional Services Center (12900 Middlebrook Road, Germantown, MD 20874).

The Master Plan staff will offer recommendations for parking, roads and land use within the station areas that take into account citizen input and results of the traffic studies. Learn about the MARC Rail Communities Plan and stay informed about the rescheduled meeting.

About the MARC Rail Communities Master Plan

The MARC Rail Communities Plan will focus on improvements to transit station areas in Boyds and Germantown. Planners will consider opportunities for physical and operational improvements to the stations, and enhancements to commuter rail service in Montgomery County. This effort is based on ongoing studies of parking and access issues at MARC stations in the County that are being undertaken by the Maryland Transit Administration and Montgomery County Department of Transportation.

Recommended land uses and existing zoning will be evaluated for consistency with the desired scale and character for these historic communities. Access and connections in the vicinity of the stations will be evaluated and enhancements recommended where needed. In coordination with MARC Rail and County and state agencies, the Plan will consider land uses and alternative arrangements for existing surface parking and access.

An intensive workshop, called a charrette, was held in March 2016 to gather community feedback about the transit station areas. Learn more about this plan:

Stay connected

  • Stay informed and join the MARC Rail Communities email list at
  • Email us at
  • Meet with us in our offices in Silver Spring or attend a public meeting in Boyds or Germantown.

Our team

  • Roberto Duke, Planner Coordinator, 301.495.2168
  • Leslie Saville, Planner Coordinator, 301.495.2194