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  • #705455
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    Ernest Rodriguez
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    MORE and other trail user groups are asking Pepco to open their power lines to new trails. Trails along the Pepco lines could link together almost every trail system in Montgomery and Prince Georges counties. MORE’s request for access to Pepco’s lines is being considered by the Maryland PSC as part of the proposed merger of Pepco and Exelon. Public hearings on the proposed merger are being held at 6 PM in Rockville on Jan. 13 and Largo on Jan. 14. The Montgomery County Planning Board has added its voice, with several exciting new trails under power lines proposed. See the attached comments, map and address for the meetings.
    Come out and show your support for new trails on Pepco lands!

    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 Beginning at 6:00 PM – Montgomery County Council Office Building Auditorium
    100 Maryland Avenue
    Rockville, Maryland 20850

    Wednesday, January 14, 2015 Beginning at 6:00 PM – Prince George’s County Community College Room 227 – Community Room B
    301 Largo Road
    Largo, Maryland 20774

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    #705466
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    jmwking
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    This would be so cool! I spent a lot of time riding power line ROWs in NC years ago. Not fabulous trails, but very serviceable – and they’re everywhere!

    If you can’t attend your local County Council meeting, do email them your statement – ideally before the hearing so they can read it and be more prepared to hear those who can testify. I’ve done a bit of advocacy in MoCo, and for planning purposes it helps to address both the County Council and the Planning Board. I suspect PG is set up similarly.

    These are the MoCo contacts:

    councilmember.rice@montgomerycountymd.gov
    councilmember.leventhal@montgomerycountymd.gov
    councilmember.navarro@montgomerycountymd.gov
    councilmember.floreen@montgomerycountymd.gov
    councilmember.berliner@montgomerycountymd.gov
    councilmember.elrich@montgomerycountymd.gov
    councilmember.katz@montgomerycountymd.gov
    councilmember.hucker@montgomerycountymd.gov
    MCP-Chair@mncppc-mc.org

    Even if they don’t read each and every email, they do get reports of how many folks take any particular stand. And the more the better.

    -jk

    #705473
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    bunky
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    These are the MoCo contacts:

    councilmember.rice@montgomerycountymd.gov
    councilmember.leventhal@montgomerycountymd.gov
    councilmember.navarro@montgomerycountymd.gov
    councilmember.floreen@montgomerycountymd.gov
    councilmember.berliner@montgomerycountymd.gov
    councilmember.elrich@montgomerycountymd.gov
    councilmember.katz@montgomerycountymd.gov
    councilmember.hucker@montgomerycountymd.gov
    MCP-Chair@mncppc-mc.org

    Even if they don’t read each and every email, they do get reports of how many folks take any particular stand. And the more the better.

    -jk

    Comments have to be mailed o hand delivered.

    <<Written comments also may be filed by February 17, 2015. Original signed paper comments [FN1] shall be submitted to David J. Collins, Executive Secretary, Maryland Public Service Commission, William Donald Schaefer Tower, 6 St. Paul Street, 16th Floor, Baltimore, Maryland 21202, and reference “Case No. 9361 – Public Comment.”

    FN1: In order for the Commission to ensure that written comments are properly entered into its docket system, only written comments submitted either by mail or hand-delivery will be entered into the Commission’s docket system. Documents sent via email or facsimile will not be entered into the Commission’s docket system.>>

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    #705477
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    jmwking
    Participant

    Sorry – I meant to imply writing our county representatives so they can pressure the state on our behalf. I know Roger Berliner is very interested in extracting concessions in the Pepco takeover.

    -jk

    #705504
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    Tom Newton
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    This could be a HUGE opportunity for us to connect parks. I am particularly interested in MoCo of course, but imagine this: Current power line easements could connect the Seneca area (specifically the substation on Rt. 118 near Black Rock Road) to Schaeffer/Hoyles to the west (and perhaps beyond, towards Dickerson) and Muddy Branch, Watts Branch, and Cabin John to the east; from Black Hill/Comsat to Little Bennett, and on to Damascus Regional Park; from Seneca north and east to Upper Rock Creek (Blue Mash); and perhaps most importantly a connection in Patuxent that would bypass the state Wildlands and allow bikes from the new 30 miles being built upstream to another potential redeveloped trail system south to 97. Also big connections possible in Howard, from the Ilchester substation towards both Rockburn to the east and Patapsco to the north.

    Overall it would provide fingers of connections that local planners could use to connect their parks to other local or state parks. Big big potential.

    #705506
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    Chris G
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    A connection to RV and Cosca would benefit greatly from the use of PEPCo property and right of way access.
    http://ridewithgps.com/trips/1038677

    #712692
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    VFDRider
    Participant

    Whatever happened with this?

    #712715
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    Tom Newton
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    Whatever happened with this?

    The Pepco – Exelon merger was approved, and part of that deal was for Pepco to put money towards a power line trail between Cabin John Regional Park and South Germantown Recreational Park. It would go through Cabin John, Serpentine Barrens, Watts Branch, Muddy Branch, Seneca Creek, and basically go straight to the South Germantown Bike Park. Which then would connect to Schaeffer and Hoyles Mill.

    They also requested consideration for trails on power line corridors from Gaithersburg/Mont Village to Upper Rock Creek (Fieldcrest Rd) and from Rt 94 to Howard Chapel Rd near Patuxent River State Park.

    The groundwork was laid in the negotiations with Pepco/Exelon and the MD PUC approval. But at this point I don’t know the status of actually moving forward. Anyone have more information?

    Tom

    #713330
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    VFDRider
    Participant

    Any more news?

    #713850
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    Dave Magill
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    trail design work is being kicked off. Goal is to have both the paved and unpaved trails designed by march 31, 2017

    #713851
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    Dave Magill
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    trail design work is being kicked off. Goal is to have both the paved and unpaved trails designed by march 31, 2017

    #716143
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    VFDRider
    Participant

    As always thanks to all who put in the hard work to see that these projects continue to develop; we’re nearing 3/31/2017, hows the design work going?

    #716151
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    BottomBraket
    Participant

    It looks like there are some major waterways to cross: Watts Branch, Muddy Branch, and Great Seneca Creek, perhaps other. How do those crossings look in the proposal?

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