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Montgomery Planning Releases Report on Purple Line Station Pedestrian Connectivity

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Analysis finds many of the future stations in Montgomery County lack comfortable pedestrian access

Silver Spring, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, recently released the Purple Line Pedestrian Connectivity Report, which analyzes pedestrian connections to future Purple Line stations in Montgomery County. The Purple Line light rail, which is scheduled to be completed in 2023, will rely heavily on a pedestrian ridership base, but the report found many of the station sites lack comfortable pedestrian access, especially stations located in areas designed for cars. The analysis used a methodology developed for the Pedestrian Master Plan (currently underway) called the Pedestrian Level of Comfort (PLOC) approach. This approach considers the characteristics of each pedestrian pathway and crossing segment (using such factors as pathway width, speed limit, and crosswalk type) and assigns it a score on a four-point scale, ranging from “very comfortable” to “unacceptable”.

Key Findings

This report will be presented to the Montgomery County Planning Board at its July 2 meeting. Learn more about the Planning Department’s plan to address pedestrian connectivity in the county.

For questions about the report, please contact project managers Lauren Pepe via email or Juan Castro via email.

About the Pedestrian Master Plan
The Pedestrian Master Plan, now being developed by Montgomery Planning’s Functional Planning and Policy Division, will identify best practices, analyze information from people who walk and roll, and examine ways of improving the pedestrian experience using several analytical tools, including a pedestrian comfort analysis and a crash analysis. The resulting Pedestrian Master Plan will provide county leaders and agencies, such as Montgomery County Department of Transportation and the Department of Permitting Services, recommendations and guidance related to:

Recommendations will support making walking universally accessible to county residents of all ages and abilities and will consider walking (including with a cane, a walker, or a stroller), and rolling (with a wheelchair or mobility scooter).

The Pedestrian Master Plan will complement the 2018 Bicycle Master PlanThrive Montgomery 2050 planning currently underway and other Vision Zero-related efforts to make streets safer and more accessible, including the 2019 Veirs Mill Corridor Master Plan and 2019 Aspen Hill Vision Zero Study.