ACT Slams Montgomery County DOT’s Anti-Transit Policies

ACT Slams Montgomery County DOT’s Anti-Transit Policies

For Immediate Release, Monday, Dec. 28, 2009Source: Action Committee for Transit 

ACT Slams Montgomery County DOT’s Anti-Transit Policies 

The Montgomery County Dept. of Transportation has become systematically hostile to transit riders and pedestrians, charges a front-page article in the January 2010 issue of the Action Committee for Transit’s quarterly newsletter, Transit Times.  “The county’s traffic engineering philosophy,” commented ACT president Ben Ross, “is to push pedestrians, bicycles, and buses out of the way so that there are more cars on the road.”   

The 600-member advocacy group backed its charge with a five-point bill of particulars:

“That’s not even the end of it,” added ACT vice-president Hans Riemer.  He pointed out that the county DOT has stalled completion of the Metropolitan Branch bicycle trail through Silver Spring and insists that local streets should be built with wide lanes that encourage cars to move at unsafe speeds.Riemer observed that MCDOT’s policies undermine the county’s efforts to promote smart growth and non-automobile transportation.  “Our Transportation Department is years behind the times,” he said.  “The kinds of places their policies create–like today’s Rockville Pike–are often the most difficult and unpleasant places for people to live, to visit, to commute. These policies destroy community life, and they are less and less effective at promoting economic growth.  The path we are on is unsustainable.” 

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Ben Ross

The very sad traffic accident this morning in front of the Twinbrook Metro unfortunately confirms the point we made about excessively wide lanes. Two people are in the hospital tonight, one with very serious injuries, hit by a fast-moving car while crossing the street in a crosswalk. The lanes on Chapman Avenue are much too wide and encourage speeding.

This reinforces the need to adopt the Master Plan recommendation of 10 and 11 foot lanes on side streets in White Flint, rather than going to 12 feet (the width of interstate highway lanes) as recommended by MCDOT.

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