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 D.C., 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.
- Montgomery County Transit Task Force report
- Montgomery County Planning Department BRT corridor recommendations