The Coalition for Smarter Growth is hosting an exciting forum next week for local environmentalists, urbanists and transit advocates. Part of their Walking Tours & Forums Series, “The Next Generation of Transit: The Key to Montgomery’s Green Future” will feature Smart Growth America’s CEO, Geoff Anderson, and County Councilmember Roger Berliner. The discussion will focus on how investing in transit “preserves our open spaces, cuts our emissions, and reduces air pollution – and how we can take action to make it a reality!”
Learn more below and follow the link to RSVP!
The Next Generation of Transit: The Key to Montgomery’s Green Future
Featured speakers: Smart Growth America CEO Geoff Anderson, Councilmember Roger Berliner, Montgomery Planning Master Planner Larry Cole, and Purple Line Project Manager Mike Madden.
Wednesday, February 13 – 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Silver Spring Civic Building
One Veterans Plaza
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(Metro: Silver Spring)
Montgomery County residents care about the environment. The county has been a leader in progressive planning from its award-winning Agricultural Reserve and extensive stream valley parks, to affordable housing and the revitalization of Silver Spring.
Now, Montgomery County is at a crossroads. The county is expected to add over 200,000 new residents and over 100,000 new jobs in the next 20 years. Traffic and pollution will only grow worse if we don’t give people better options for moving around. Over 34% of greenhouse gas emissions in Montgomery County come from transportation. Linking transit and transit-oriented communities can make a major contribution to fighting climate change and reducing air pollution.
But among our transit projects, the Purple Line may fail for lack of funding, WMATA needs to continue restoring its aging infrastructure, and the county needs more rapid transit connecting more places. We need to act now as a community and support a three-part transit agenda linking the Purple Line, Metro and the proposed Rapid Transit System. Investing in transit alternatives will be critical for doing our part to solve climate change, improve our air quality, support sustainable development and create good green jobs.
Join us with Geoff Anderson of Smart Growth America and Roger Berliner of the Montgomery County Council to discuss transit and smart growth solutions to climate change. We’ll also get the latest updates on Montgomery transit projects and strategize with us about how we can do our part through investing in transit.