Tag Archives: BRT
Comments Off on Transit Task Force Testimony
In case you’re interested, I thought I’d share my recent testimony to the Transit Task Force. (If you’re not interested, click back on Monday … and every weekday, actually … for another new post on a diverse range of topics relating to the White Flint/Pike District area.)
My name is Amy Ginsburg, and I am the Executive Director of Friends of White Flint, a nonprofit organization with nearly 1,300 supporters, including residents, businesses, homeowners associations, and property owners. … Read More
Comments Off on Transit Task Force Public Forum June 17
The Montgomery County Executive’s Transit Task Force will host a public forum on Wednesday, June 17 at 6 p.m. in the County Council’s Third Floor Hearing Room, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville, so residents can express their views on subjects before the Transit Task Force.
“This public forum gives residents an opportunity to comment on the organizational and financial issues contained in the earlier legislative proposal,” said Mark Winston, chair of the Montgomery County Transit Task Force.… Read More
Let me translate that. This post is all about the planning process for a Rapid Transit System (RTS), formerly known as Bus Rapid Transit or BRT, on Rockville Pike. Communities for Transit has helpfully compiled extensive information about RTS in Montgomery County on this website.
Why do we need a Rapid Transit System? … Read More
Comments Off on See, people will ride Bus Rapid Transit
If Friends of White Flint had a nickel for every time we’ve heard “People will never ride Bus Rapid Transit,” we’d never have to fundraise again. But fortunately for the White Flint area, the facts contradict this belief.
In Alexandria, ridership of their Metroway Bus Rapid Transit is consistently 15 to 20 percent higher than projections for initial ridership, even with the recent cold weather.… Read More
Comments Off on The CAC meets for the first time
This past Saturday, more than 160 CAC members were part of the first Rapid Transit System Corridor Advisory Committee meetings in a special kick-off event in downtown Rockville. This joint meeting oriented CAC members to the upcoming process and provided general information on bus rapid transit. County Executive Ike Leggett welcomed everyone to the future of transit in Montgomery County, saying “The beneficiaries of what we are doing will be people long, long down the line, children and grandchildren, for years to come.”
Friends of White Flint is well-represented among the forty members of the MD 355 South CAC. … Read More
Comments Off on Tonight’s Hearing on the Independent Transit Authority
I thought I’d share with you our testimony that we will give tonight to the Montgomery County State Delegation concerning the Independent Transit Authority. If you want to send your own comments, you can do so easily through the Coalition for Smarter Growth by clicking here. They have also created an informative fact sheet about the Independent Transit Authority that you may find helpful.… Read More
Over the past few days, you may have read about the proposed Independent Transit Authority. Essentially, Montgomery County state legislators introduced a bill that would enable the County Council to set up an Independent Transit Authority which would plan, develop, and operate the Ride-On bus system and the planned Rapid Transit System network, coordinate with WMATA and the Maryland Transit Authority, and operate the County’s four parking lot districts. … Read More
Comments Off on Tell me again what this BRT-thing is all about?
BRT, or Bus Rapid Transit, is essentially Metrorail on wheels instead of tracks. It’s high-quality, fast, and convenient. (And yes, it’s something that people will actually use. They do in areas similar to the Pike District all over the world and increasingly, in the United States. Count me in as an enthusiastic convert, and now I can’t wait for the day when I can catch a sleek BRT rather than cursing traffic and searching for parking in my car.)
Here is a quick fact sheet about BRT which should answer many of your questions.… Read More
Comments Off on We’re not the only ones hoping for BRT
Rapid transit, or BRT, or whatever term is fashionable this week, will transform Rockville Pike and the Pike District. And we’re not the only ones who want the many benefits of rapid transit. Queens wants it. Philadelphia is giving it a whirl. Seattle loves it. Sure, it’s difficult to picture the Pike as a grand, beautiful boulevard with sleek train-like buses zooming down the middle, but heck, most change is hard to imagine.… Read More
Are you a resident, business owner, or an individual involved in your community within Montgomery County?
Do you want to see a change in the types of transportation available throughout the county?
Are you interested in the Rapid Transit System?
If so, don’t miss your chance to get involved in the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system coming to the county!… Read More