Unfortunately, we learned that County Executive Isiah Leggett withdrew the proposal for an independent transit authority for Montgomery County on Saturday. The independent transit agency would finance and operate the Bus Rapid Transit network planned for the county. The authority would be funded by a new transit tax that would not be counted against the charter cap limiting the amount of revenue the county can collect.
The County Council was expected to vote on the proposal today but Leggett asked that the proposal be removed. He has not determined if the the bill will be amended or not be put forth at all. The bill did not have a good reception by many council members and the public. Many were concerned with ceding control and were upset that they received little notice of the proposal before it was put forth to the state on January 23rd.