But these investments won’t happen unless we all work together to support a new vision, just like the leaders who pressed for our Metrorail system back in the 1960s and 70s. Our newly-launched Next Generation of Transit campaign champions new transit investments, increased interconnectivity between transit modes, and high-quality information and service.
Thinking Big Planning Smart
Our first report anchoring the new campaign, Thinking Big Planning Smart presents a broad synopsis of major ongoing and planned transit projects in the region to serve as a starting point for what we hope will be a constructive dialogue and strategic planning process by planners, policy makers, developers, smart growth advocates and the public. With D.C. studying and implementing streetcars, Montgomery County pursuing the Purple Line and BRT, Arlington streetcars and Alexandria BRT, and Fairfax new transit corridors, it’s an exciting time.
We are on the cusp of big plans and major investment in the next generation of transit. It can be this mix of BRT, light rail, streetcar and Metro, provided that we interconnect the systems and implement seamless operations, and that in each case the transit mode selected is well-integrated with walkable, transit-oriented development and fits current and future needs.
Next Generation of Transit Feedback Catalog
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