Countywide Transit Corridors
This Thursday, at a Montgomery County Council hearing on the Countywide Transit Corridors Functional Master Plan, I will testify in favor of investing in Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in critical, high-density, mixed-use areas of the county.
I support BRT as a means of complementing our current transportation infrastructure, which is insufficiently prepared to meet the demands of our burgeoning population over the coming decade. BRT is a critical component of our vision for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) communities where residents can live, work, and play without needing to rely on a private vehicle; it will catalyze economic development, remove cars from the road, and offer expanded transit options that are flexible, reliable, convenient, frequent, and efficient.
My support of BRT is part of a comprehensive transportation plan that I have outlined as a Candidate for Delegate in District 16. The three pillars of my plan include:
- Investments in new forms of public transit infrastructure, including BRT, the new light rail Purple Line, and the Capital Bikeshare program;
- Support of Transit-Oriented Development that seamlessly integrates pedestrian walkways, biking infrastructure, and major transit nodes; and
- Maintained investments in existing public transportation infrastructure in neglected areas such as with Metro’s all-too-often single-tracked, flooded Red Line, and with WMATA bus routes that fail to be on-time, all-the-time.
I believe that Montgomery County, like Maryland as a whole, is well positioned to be a leader in promoting the development of downtowns that integrate new public transit-nodes, mixed-use pedestrian accessible zoning, and healthy, vibrant communities. When elected, championing these investments in our public transportation infrastructure will be one of my top priorities for creating a more vibrant economy and a more livable community.