This page has chronological updates about the BRAC process, including summaries of discussions and presentations at community meetings.
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Overview of BRAC in Bethesda:
- The BRAC Integration Committee ("BIC") meets Quarterly or as needed, generally on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. The NEXT BIC MEETING is scheduled for APRIL 18, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the BCC Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda MD 20814. WEATHER POLICY: If County schools or public facilities are closed due to weather, then a BIC Meeting scheduled for that evening will be cancelled. NOTE: Please contact the County's BRAC Coordinator if you are having specific issues with BRAC-related construction.
- Agenda for the APRIL 18, 2017 BIC meeting TBD but will include updates from agency and community stakeholders on transportation projects in Bethesda near NSAB and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
- Summaries of BRAC Integration Committee Meetings
2016-2017 Committee Meetings:
- April 18, 2017 meeting summary, including transportation project updates (coming)
- January 10, 2017 meeting summary (including transportation project updates) (4 pp)
- SHA INTERSECTION CONSTRUCTION UPDATES: MD 355/Cedar Lane; MD 187/West Cedar Lane
- SHA TRAFFIC SIGNAL UPDATES: MD 355/Cedar Lane, MD 355/Jones Bridge Road
- MD 355 (ROCKVILLE PIKE) CROSSING PROJECT at Medical Center Metro Station:
- Summary of BRAC Transportation Projects and Commuting Options
- Printable Timeline: Project Schedule and Anticipated Completion
- Follow Twitter for up-to-the-minute Traffic, Roadwork and Transit U[pdates:
- 1-4-17 Washington Post: Road and rail projects that could affect your commutes in 2017 -- Crossing project: This Montgomery County project is a big part of the long-running construction program meant to ease congestion from the consolidation of federal bases along Rockville Pike/Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda. A pedestrian tunnel with an elevator system will be built under the road to link the Medical Center Metro station with the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
- 12-27-16 WMATA (Metro): Routes J2 and J3 Bus Stops Reestablished: West Cedar Ln, Dec 30
- 12-15-16 Bethesda Magazine: Mystery Solved: State Responsible for Rockville Pike Project that Snarled Traffic -- SHA closed lanes to finish paving, lighting work
- 12-16-16 Washington Post: Metrobus extends late-night service on some routes -- Metro is boosting Friday and Saturday late-night service on the J2 bus route between Bethesda and Silver Spring. The service will operate every 60 minutes, with one additional eastbound trip and two additional westbound trips between the two Metro stations.
- 12-22-16 Montgomery County Dept. of Transportation: Coming Soon: Improvement Projects on the Capital Crescent Trail
- 10-13-16 Bethesda Magazine: White Flint Western Workaround Scheduled To Start Construction Next Month -- The project will realign roads to create a street grid near Pike & Rose
- 11-17-16 Montgomery County Government: Getting Around a Little Easier -- Montgomery County has started working on the first of two phases of the White Flint West Workaround transportation project, an effort designed to create a pedestrian-friendly community where residents and visitors can walk to work, shops and transit.
- 10-18-16 Washington Post: Marriott to move headquarters to downtown Bethesda with $44 million in incentives
- 12-26-16 Washington Post: In downtown Bethesda, residents and county debate whether more height is right
- 11-1-16 Washington Post: Auto-centric suburb considers making developers pay more for transit, walking -- Montgomery County is considering changing how it measures the transportation impact of proposed development, focusing — for the first time — on how accessible new buildings would be to transit rather than how many vehicles they would add to roads.
- 10-19-16 Washington Business Journal: Here are the massive changes coming to Walter Reed Medical Center
- 11-10-16 NSA Bethesda/Walter Reed NMMC Journal: Public Works Gearing Up for Medical Center Redesign
- 12-15-16 NSA Bethesda/Walter Reed NMMC Journal: NSAB Gets Increased Response to Annual Commuter Survey -- There was a slight drop in commuters driving alone to work from the previous year and an approximate 30 percent drop since the first commuter survey in 2008, he said. The survey has shown an increase in people teleworking, using mass transit and even those who walk to work....
- 12-22-16 NSA Bethesda/Walter Reed NMMC Journal: Commander's Column -- In November, we celebrated our fifth anniversary as Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Five years ago we merged the legacies of two distinguished Medical Centers, Walter Reed Army Medical Center and National Naval Medical Center, into one exceptional institution.
- 12-9-16 Federal News Radio 1500 AM: Defense Health Agency poised for huge growth under just-passed Defense bill -- The Defense Health Agency will assume responsibility for managing the more than 400 military hospitals and clinics that are currently owned and operated by the Army, Navy and Air Force.
- 10-20-16 U.S. Department of Defense: NSAB Wins SECNAV Energy Achievement Gold
- 10-27-16 NSA Bethesda/Walter Reed NMMC Journal: NICoE, VA Partner Highlight “Unmasking the Trauma of War” Exhibit
- 11-28-16 Bethesda Magazine: Six Cutting Edge Medical Procedures Happening in the Bethesda Area -- Thanks in large part to the National Institutes of Health our backyard is an international hub for medical innovation: NIH, NSAB, Walter Reed, NCI, Suburban/Hopkins, Sibley
- 10-26-16 WAMU 88.5 FM: D.C. Takes Over Portion Of Walter Reed Campus, Setting Stage For Development
- 1-11-17 Center for International Maritime Security: History of the Navy Laboratory System
- 10-17-16 DCist blog: This Massive Pool In Bethesda Is Made For Model Ships
- 10-17-16 Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation: SFDC partners with Fairfax County to secure $400,000 federal grant in order to support transit oriented development (“TOD”) on Richmond Highway
- 12-8-16 Annapolis Capital Gazette: Anne Arundel tops weak employment growth in Maryland -- West Anne Arundel, considered the economic engine for the county, continues to see job growth driven by BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, Maryland Live casino and Fort George G. Meade. Fort Meade is the largest single employment center in the state.... Fort Meade employs approximately 56,000 people, up from 34,000 a decade ago. BWI just set a record for most annual passengers and the casino continues to top the state's five casinos in monthly revenue.
- 11-4-16 Baltimore Sun/Harford Aegis: Aberdeen Proving Ground, Harford's economic lifeblood
- 11-29-16 Baltimore Sun: In Indian Head, Md., Navy's bomb testers seek new ways to blow things up