MONTGOMERY COUNTY COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
This page has chronological updates about the BRAC process, as discussed at community meetings.
Overview of BRAC in Bethesda:
- Map of impacted communities and intersections near Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (pdf)
- Walter Reed-Bethesda: Naval Support Activityy-Bethesda Home Page
Go to the Response Page for updates on proposed road, transit and infrastructure improvements to address BRAC impacts, and the Studies & Reports Page for detailed histories of these projects.
The BRAC Integration Committee ("BIC") generally meets QUARTERLY and generally on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. The next BIC meeting is scheduled for TBD, 2014, 7:00 p.m. WEATHER POLICY: If County schools or public facilities are closed due to weather, then a BIC Meeting scheduled for that evening will be cancelled.
- Agenda for the TBD, 2014 BIC meeting TBD but will include updates by agency and neighborhood stakeholders, with topics including but not limited to the DOD-funded and other transportation improvement projects near Naval Support Activity Bethesda, and (tentative) an update by Suburban Hospital on the status of its “2020 Campus Enhancement Plan.”
- Summaries of BRAC Integration Committee Meetings
2014 Committee Meetings:
April 22, 2014 meeting summary (6 pp)
- Summary of BRAC Transportation Projects and Commuting Options
- 4-8-14 Washington Post: Road work set on Maryland commuter routes -- Most of the Maryland State Highway Administration projects that will affect travelers in the D.C. suburbs this construction season are repavings, but there are a few interchange, intersection and bridge projects that are likely to be even more noticeable. Here are some that commuters are most likely to notice: The Cedar Lane intersections are near the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and the projects are part of several meant to ease traffic stemming from the federal base consolidations. The work is likely to have a moderate to high impact on traffic.
- 4-16-14 Bethesda Now: Budget, Stone Ridge Improvements On The Agenda For Next Week
- 4-22-14 Bethesda Now: ‘Welcome to Bethesda’ Sign Could Be Removed
- 4-9-14 Gazette.Net: Planners seek more traffic info on planned Chevy Chase road -- Platt Ridge Drive could be extended through a corner of local park
3-21-14 Bethesda Now: NIH To Release Details On Master Plan -- The NIH Bethesda Campus Master Plan will bring a host of projects, including building renovations, a new administration building and intersection improvements to accommodate a projected 3,000 employee increase over the next 20 years
- 3-26-14 Bethesda Now: NIH Standing Firm On Parking Ratio -- NIH’s preferred alternative for development on its Bethesda campus keeps the current one parking space per two employee ratio, despite newer standards from the National Capital Planning Commission that call for fewer parking spots to encourage more use of transit.
- 3-28-14 Gazette.Net: Second phase of 600,000 NIH neuroscience center completed -- Massive rebuilding project continues to make room for 3,000 workers
- 4-9-14 Bethesda Now: NIH Public Meeting Brings Up Old Issues Of Traffic, Parking
3-27-14 Walter Reed NMMC Journal: Commander's Column -- It has been approximately 6 months since my last construction update, so in this week’s column, I plan to provide some updated information related to the many ongoing construction projects aboard Naval Support Activity Bethesda
- 4-17-14 Walter Reed NMMC Journal: Parking, Partnerships Discussed at WRNMMC Town Hall
- 3-5-14 Washington Post: Montgomery County leaders support keeping Walter Reed patients’ kids at Bethesda school
- 2-26-14 WTOP 103.5 FM (Associated Press): Walter Reed to join Navy's anti-terrorism drill
- 3-13-14 Walter Reed NMMC Journal: Walter Reed Bethesda to Conduct Mass Casualty Exercise March 18
- 3-18-14 Army Times: Some fast food outlets closing on military bases: New federal wage rules may be factor, sources say -- McDonald’s restaurants will close at Naval Support Activity, Bethesda, Md., on March 21, said Kathleen Martin, a NEXCOM spokeswoman.
- 3-31-14 U.S. Department of Defense: Bethesda Ready to Unveil New USO Warrior, Family Care Center
3-5-14 Washington Post: The last casualties: As a long war ends, risks still prove real
- 3-5-14 Washington Post: A wounded warrior’s drive: Lance Cpl. Paul Shupert’s story
- 3-13-14 Walter Reed NMMC Journal: Walter Reed Bethesda Making Advancements in Prosthetics
- 4-23-14 Gazette.Net: At Walter Reed hospital, music heals -- Therapeutic program gives war veterans a new beginning
- 3-6-14 Walter Reed NMMC Journal: USU’s Corner -- The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) was created more than 40 years ago to fill a void that existed in hospitals, clinics, on bases, battlefields and other places where service members needed and deserved specially trained physicians to care for their wounds.
3-30-14 Washington Post: A legacy of pain and pride -- A nationwide poll of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans reveals the profound and enduring effects of war on the 2.6 million who have served
- 3-30-14 Washington Post: Post-9/11 veterans suffer large physical and mental toll, survey finds -- Explore results of a landmark survey of those who served in the Iraq or Afghanistan wars as members of the U.S. military in the period after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, including those who are currently on active duty.
- 3-30-14 Washington Post: After the Wars - Post-Kaiser survey of Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans - Results and survey methodology -- Read stories, graphics and detailed findings from the Iraq and Afghanistan veterans survey
- 3-30-14 Washington Post: After the Wars - Post-Kaiser survey of Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans -- In this poll: The Washington Post and Kaiser Family Foundation conducted a nationally representative survey among Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans. Click "Detailed view" on any question to view results by military branch, combat arms/combat support, gender and other groups.
- 3-21-14 Bethesda Now: Briefing Book Provides Facts, Figures Of Downtown Bethesda
- 3-21-14 Washington Post: Focusing on a Purple Lines economic potential, impacts
- 3-2-14 Washington Post magazine: Johns Hopkins vs. MoCo farm: Whose wishes should prevail?
- 3-12-14 CleanTechnica.com: Navy Gets A $24 Million Pool, We Get Low Cost Wave Power
- 2-27-14 Washington Post: Fort Belvoir thinks outside the gates for better relations with neighbors (especially drivers)
- 2-26-14 Federal News Radio 1500 AM: DoD ties another round of BRAC to sizable civilian personnel cuts
February 18, 2014 meeting summary (incudes Current Transportation Project Updates) (6 pp)
- Transportation Project Updates as of 1-21-14
- Summary of BRAC Transportation Projects and Commuting Options
1-13-14 Gazette.Net: Montgomery County moves forward on tunnel under Rockville Pike near Walter Reed in Bethesda -- Project also includes elevators to take commuters 120 feet down to Metro
- 1-10-14 Bethesdda Now: Pedestrian Tunnel Crossing Renderings
- 12-18-13 Bethesda Now: Pedestrian Tunnel Crossing Heading To Public Hearing
- County Planning Board Agenda for January 9
- 12-30-13 Montgomery County Dept. of Transportation: Planning Commission Public Hearing tentatively scheduled for January 9: proposed construction of new Metro station entrance at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
- 12-27-13 Bethesda Now: Planners Give Approval To Pedestrian Tunnel Crossing
- 1-23-14 Bethesda Now: UPDATE: Pedestrian Struck In Front Of Walter Reed
- 1-16-14 Washington Post: Maryland road projects to watch in 2014 -- Route 355 at Cedar Lane
- 10-2-13 Gazette.Net: State to chop down 90 mature trees to widen Jones Bridge Road -- Part of BRAC project; planning board objects
11-7-13 Walter Reed NMMC Journal: Commander's Column -- Updated information related to the many ongoing construction projects aboard Naval Support Activity Bethesda
- 12-12-13 Walter Reed NMMC Journal: Parking Changes Continue Onboard NSAB
- 10-24-13 Walter Reed NMMC Journal: NSAB Parking Changes Make Way for New Construction
- 11-21-13 Walter Reed NMMC Journal: Base Parking Changes: The Navy Exchange parking garage will turn over to retail only Nov. 30. A new parking garage will open on Nov. 29 and be open for several colors of parking passes. More information to follow.
- 11-26-13 Bethesda Now: Military Wants Walter Reed Kids Back At Bethesda Elementary
- 2-6-14 Walter Reed NMMC Journal: Keep Calm and Carry on During Preparedness Drill Base, Tenants Prep for Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield, February 17-28
- 12-13-13 Gazette.Net: Montgomery County economic official disputes state job figures for top employers -- Walter Reed, FDA did not lose 3,000 jobs, Silverman says; Others say figures aren’t accurate
- 12-19-13 Walter Reed NMMC Journal: WRNMMC Receives Level II Trauma Center Verification
- 2-5-14 Montgomery County Dept. of Transportation: The Executive’s Capital budget recommends a balance of road, mass transit and pedestrian-bikeway projects while maintaining core transportation infrastructure -- FY 2015 Capital Budget and FY 2015-2020 Capital Improvements Program (CIP)
- 9-27-13 Montgomery County Government: Leggett Announces Availability of First Montgomery County Bikeshare Stations; Program is First Bikeshare in Maryland
- 10-13-13 Washington Post: Purple Line: Public-private transit partnership would be one of the broadest in U.S.
11-27-13 Washington Post: Montgomery County Council approves transportation plan
- 11-26-13 Montgomery County Dept. of Transportation: Council approves Master Plan for Bus Rapid Transit System
- 12-14-13 Washington Post: Why Montgomery County is getting on board the bus-rapid-transit bandwagon -- Commentary by Roger Berliner, chair of the Montgomery County Council’s Transportation Committee, and Francoise Carrier, chair of the Montgomery County Planning Board
- 12-1-13 Washington Post: Montgomery’s bus rapid transit looks like a feel-good plan rather than a realistic blueprint -- Commentary by Robert McCartney
- 10-4-13 Bethesda Now: MoCo Budgeting For Rockville Pike BRT Conceptual Plan
- 11-1-13 Bethesda Now: BRT Worksession Reveals Fundamental Differences On 355 Corridor
- 11-12-13 Washington Post: Montgomery taking a hard look at bus rapid transit
10-14-13 Montgomery County Dept. of Transportation: Bethesda Avenue-Woodmont Avenue project (parking lot #31) update: Concrete operations continue
- 11-5-13 Bethesda Now: Planners Start Bethesda’s ’20-Year Checkup’
- 2-5-14 Gazette.Net: Bethesda’s downtown development plan gets new look -- Planners, community working on new 20-year vision
- 2-16-14 Montgomery County Dept. of Transportation: MSHA Public Meeting: final design concepts for a MD 355/Wisconsin Avenue sidewalk replacement project between Grafton Street and Bradley Lane in Chevy Chase
- 9-27-13 Bethesda Now: Serving Together Launches Campaign To Connect Local Veterans
9-26-13 Walter Reed NMMC Journal: Clark Assumes Command of WRNMMC
- 10-10-13 Walter Reed NMMC Journal: Clark Says Core Values, Loyalty ‘to Those We Are Privileged to Serve’ Drive Mission
- 11-7-13 Walter Reed NMMC Journal: Warrior Care Month inTransition Assists Troops in Continuum of Mental Health Care
- 9-30-13 New York Times: (VIDEO) Retro Report: And This Was Called Care? The Walter Reed Story -- The Battle for Recovery: In 2007, the scandalous treatment of wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center shocked the nation. Today, after major reforms, what’s changed for America’s injured soldiers?
- 10-1-13 Military Times: New Defense Health Agency opens for business
- 10-7-13 Gazette.Net: Thousands remain out of work as government shutdown continues -- Walter Reed employees return to work; Navy scrubs birthday concert
- 1-23-14 Washington Business Journal: Bethesda Intelligence campus design made less conspicuous
- 9-26-13 Forest Glen Annex, U.S. Army Fort Detrick: Draft Final Engineering Evaluation / Cost Analysis (EE/CA) For Non-time Critical Removal Action Control of Exposure to Near-Surface Waste (103 pp)
- 11-5-13 Washington Post: Capital Business -- Team led by Hines Interests named master developer of 67-acre Walter Reed campus
- 12-19-13 WJLA/ABC7 TV: (VIDEO) Naval Surface Warfare Center unveils new wave testing basin
- 10-10-13 Washington Post: Capital Business -- Fort Meade transforming from Army base to cyber city
- 1-5-14 WTOP 103.5 FM: Improvements coming to Route 1 near Ft. Belvoir
- 11-30-13 Federal News Radio 1500 AM: Fed Access: A BRAC update and more -- This week on "Fed Access", host Derrick Dortch gets a BRAC update from Dr. Andrea Morris, BRAC Coordinator and Community Resilience director for Arlington County Virginia. Dr. Morris will discuss how base closure and realignment has impacted the county's economy, and what officials have learned from the process.
- 2-21-14 Gazette.Net: Bill would form commission to deal with declining military budgets -- Maryland ranks fourth in defense spending