For Montgomery County, we support continued investment in transit-oriented development at the county’s Red Line Metro stations, redesign of commercial corridors like Rockville Pike into walkable, mixed-use communities, expanded protection of the Agricultural Reserve, strengthening of the moderately priced dwelling unit program and addressing the east-west jobs/housing imbalance. Our core focus in 2012/2013 is on the Next Generation of Transit for the county — a “three-legged stool” of strengthening Metro, building the Purple Line, and investing in a complementary rapid transit network.
Rapid Transit System
The Montgomery County Transit Task Force has advanced a proposal for a new rapid transit system – or RTS – for Montgomery County, joining other area jurisdictions such as DC, Arlington, Alexandria and Fairfax in studying and advancing new systems.
We believe that the region needs to invest in the next generation of transit, which can be bus rapid transit, light rail, streetcar and Metro, provided that in each case the transit mode selected is well-integrated with walkable, transit-oriented development and fits current and future needs.
We are leading an education campaign in Montgomery County on the many benefits that can come from investing in a next generation of transit network like the RTS, to link with existing Metrorail service and the future Purple Line.
- Learn more about our work for rapid transit in Montgomery County at our Next Generation of Transit campaign hub!
Protecting Wetlands, Farmland, and Streams
Committing to a smart growth future means leaving behind outmoded plans and projects. In Montgomery County, one such project is the Midcounty Highway Extended, or M-83 for short. The proposed 6-lane highway would run parallel to Route 355 and I-270 between Clarksburg and Gaithersburg, decimating parks, wetlands, and stream valleys.
In July, we helped the grassroots coalition Transit Alternatives to the Midcounty Highway Extended (TAME) turn out speakers to hearings about the M-83 project, generated over 200 written comments, and helped win media coverage.
We also joined the Ten Mile Creek Coalition in the fight to preserve Montgomery County’s Ten Mile Creek in the fight to preserve this key drinking water supply. Our joint alternative will better ensure that Clarksburg fulfills its promise as a walkable, transit-oriented community in a way that protects this important watershed.