Many Montgomery County Residents Support the Bus Rapid Transit Plan

Many Montgomery County Residents Support the Bus Rapid Transit Plan

A recent article from Aaron Kaut of Bethesda Now highlighted t a poll commissioned by The Coalition for Smarter Growth and Communities for Transit and completed by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research to see how Montgomery County residents support the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) plan. In November, the BRT proposal was passed by the Montgomery County Council “to study and design 10 BRT corridors throughout the county.”

The organizations polled 400 Montgomery County residents and found that “71 percent of likely Montgomery County voters support a BRT system, while 22 percent oppose it.”

The poll took place from January 22-23rd, 2014. The survey polled individuals twice, once at before and once after being informed of the pros and cons of the BRT proposal.

Some of the arguments that were tested include:

  • The highest rated argument for the BRT was the cost compared to other transportation systems, with 80% agreeing that BRT is the most affordable option.
  • 78% agreed that the BRT promotes walkable communities with mixed-use spaces like what is being created here in the White Flint district.

Check out more of the arguments and statistics from the poll here.

Rebecca Hertz

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Rebecca Hertz is the Assistant Executive Director of Friends of White Flint. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in International Development and Social Change from Clark University, Worcester Massachusetts in 2012. She completed her Master’s Degree from Clark University, as well, in Community Development and Planning in 2013. She is interested in how built environments impact the health and growth of communities. Prior to this role, she worked as a youth worker and mentor for several non-profit organizations in Maryland and Massachusetts. She grew up in Rockville, MD and has recently moved back to the region.

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