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. Hopefully someday in the not-too-distant future, you’ll be able to hop on rapid transit to grab dinner at North Bethesda Market restaurant before watching the latest blockbuster at Ipic at Pike and Rose, all without the aggravation of navigating traffic, searching for a parking space, or worrying about who had to be that night’s designated driver.

This Friday: Deadline to Help Shape Rapid Transit

From our friends at Communities for Transit (click here to see their full page on this important subject):

NOMINATE YOURSELF: Serve on a Bus Rapid Transit Corridor Advisory Committee

Do you think Montgomery County needs better public transit? Do you want to help County planners design a bus rapid transit system that is cost effective, reduces trip times for riders, and makes it safer to get to stops? If you answered “yes”, then we at Communities for Transit encourage you to apply for a seat on one of the new Bus Rapid Transit Corridor Advisory Committees (CAC) being created by the county.

What’s a Corridor Advisory Committee (CAC)? When the County Council voted unanimously at the end of 2013 to add bus rapid transit corridors to the master plan, it also called for the creation of advisory committees made up of residents, business owners and other relevant stakeholders, such as frequent transit riders, for each of the bus rapid transit corridors.

Where are the corridors? The first corridors to get CACs will be:

  • MD 355 North (Frederick Road/Hungerford Drive from Clarksburg to the Rockville Metro)
  • MD 355 South (Rockville Pike/Wisconsin Avenue from the Rockville Metro to Bethesda)
  • US 29 Section 1 (Colesville Road from Burtonsville to New Hampshire Ave.)
  • US 29 Section 2 (Colesville Road from New Hampshire Ave. to downtown Silver Spring)
  • MD 97 North Section 1 (Georgia Avenue from Olney to Connecticut Avenue)
  • MD 97 North Section 2 (Georgia Avenue from Connecticut Avenue/Aspen Hill Shopping Center to the Wheaton Metro)
  • MD 586 (Veirs Mill Road from the Rockville Metro to the Wheaton Metro)

What’s my commitment? Each CAC will be made up of about 40 members and will meet every other month beginning in the early winter. At each meeting, you will exchange information and ideas with transportation agency representatives, community residents and transportation system users. You will help keep the community informed about the proposed bus rapid transit system.

Do I need to be an expert about bus rapid transit? No. If you live and/or travel along any of these corridors, you can make a valuable contribution to a CAC. Of course, if you have first-hand experience with transit systems, that would be very useful as well. Communities for Transit staff will be available to help answer questions along the way.

How do I apply? DEADLINE is November 21, 2014. You can nominate yourself for a seat on one of the CACs by filling out the nomination form here.

  • If you live in a neighborhood with an active civic association along one of the corridorssubmit your self-nomination form to your civic association president. If you do not know your civic association, please click here for a searchable map. If you do not know your homeowner’s association, please click here for a searchable map. [Contact Geri Rosenberg at Communities for Transit– grosenberg@communitiesfortransit.org if you need information about your local civic association]
  • If you want to be considered for one of the “at-large” seats on a CAC, send your self-nomination form to Tom Pogue at Montgomery County’s Dept. of Transportation. His contact information is on the nomination form.
  • If you represent a business along one of the corridors, send your self-nomination form to your Chamber of Commerce.

Questions? Contact Geri Rosenberg at grosenberg@communitiesfortransit.org or call 301-273-3081 and we’d be more than happy to help you through the process.

Nominate Yourself to Help Create Rapid Transit!

From our friends at Communities for Transit (click here to see their full page on this important subject):

NOMINATE YOURSELF: Serve on a Bus Rapid Transit Corridor Advisory Committee

Do you think Montgomery County needs better public transit? Do you want to help County planners design a bus rapid transit system that is cost effective, reduces trip times for riders, and makes it safer to get to stops? If you answered “yes”, then we at Communities for Transit encourage you to apply for a seat on one of the new Bus Rapid Transit Corridor Advisory Committees (CAC) being created by the county.

What’s a Corridor Advisory Committee (CAC)? When the County Council voted unanimously at the end of 2013 to add bus rapid transit corridors to the master plan, it also called for the creation of advisory committees made up of residents, business owners and other relevant stakeholders, such as frequent transit riders, for each of the bus rapid transit corridors.

Where are the corridors? The first corridors to get CACs will be:

  • MD 355 North (Frederick Road/Hungerford Drive from Clarksburg to the Rockville Metro)
  • MD 355 South (Rockville Pike/Wisconsin Avenue from the Rockville Metro to Bethesda)
  • US 29 Section 1 (Colesville Road from Burtonsville to New Hampshire Ave.)
  • US 29 Section 2 (Colesville Road from New Hampshire Ave. to downtown Silver Spring)
  • MD 97 North Section 1 (Georgia Avenue from Olney to Connecticut Avenue)
  • MD 97 North Section 2 (Georgia Avenue from Connecticut Avenue/Aspen Hill Shopping Center to the Wheaton Metro)
  • MD 586 (Veirs Mill Road from the Rockville Metro to the Wheaton Metro)

What’s my commitment? Each CAC will be made up of about 40 members and will meet every other month beginning in the early winter. At each meeting, you will exchange information and ideas with transportation agency representatives, community residents and transportation system users. You will help keep the community informed about the proposed bus rapid transit system.

Do I need to be an expert about bus rapid transit? No. If you live and/or travel along any of these corridors, you can make a valuable contribution to a CAC. Of course, if you have first-hand experience with transit systems, that would be very useful as well. Communities for Transit staff will be available to help answer questions along the way.

How do I apply? DEADLINE is November 21, 2014. You can nominate yourself for a seat on one of the CACs by filling out the nomination form here.

  • If you live in a neighborhood with an active civic association along one of the corridorssubmit your self-nomination form to your civic association president. If you do not know your civic association, please click here for a searchable map. If you do not know your homeowner’s association, please click here for a searchable map. [Contact Geri Rosenberg at Communities for Transit– grosenberg@communitiesfortransit.org if you need information about your local civic association]
  • If you want to be considered for one of the “at-large” seats on a CAC, send your self-nomination form to Tom Pogue at Montgomery County’s Dept. of Transportation. His contact information is on the nomination form.
  • If you represent a business along one of the corridors, send your self-nomination form to your Chamber of Commerce.

Questions? Contact Geri Rosenberg at grosenberg@communitiesfortransit.org or call 301-273-3081 and we’d be more than happy to help you through the process.

New Date for Rapid Transit Press Event

On Wednesday, we told you about Communities for Transit’s upcoming Rapid Transit Press Event.  Originally scheduled for next Tuesday, they’ve had to change the date.  Please see the new details below:

CHANGE OF DATE: Press Event Now Mon. 8/11

Due to a change in County Executive Ike Leggett’s schedule, CFT’s Rapid Transit Press Event has been rescheduled to Monday, August 11 at 10:30am.

What: Bus Rapid Transit Press Tour at the Agricultural Fair
Who: County Executive Leggett, Montgomery County Councilmembers, other elected officials, Communities for Transit staff, County transportation staff
When: Aug. 11th at 10:30am
Where: Communities for Transit exhibit space next to main ticket windows at the Agricultural Fair (Perry Parkway entrance).

Please RSVP for the press event by clicking here.

Check out a Real Rapid Transit Vehicle!

From Our Friends at Communities for Transit:

 

Come Visit Us at the Montgomery Agricultural Fair!

We’d love to show you a real Rapid Transit vehicle.  We’re delighted to announce that we’re bringing a new Bus Rapid Transit vehicle to this year’s Montgomery County Agricultural Fair! Along with the vehicle, we will be bringing large, interactive displays and raffles, and we’ll be located right next to the main ticket booth, where thousands of residents will pass through!

Transit Vehicle


We’re even organizing a press event with County Executive Ike Leggett, members of the County Council, and many others to show their support for the Rapid Transit System. We’d love to bring out as many supporters as we can to show the rest of the county and state that Montgomery County is dedicated to its transit future!  Click here to RSVP!

What: Bus Rapid Transit Press Tour at the Agricultural Fair

Who: County Executive Leggett, Montgomery County Councilmembers, other elected officials, Communities for Transit staff, County transportation staff
When: August 12th at 10:30am
Where: Communities for Transit exhibit space next to main ticket windows at the Agricultural Fair (Perry Parkway entrance)

(Please RSVP for the press event here)

Even if you can’t attend the press event, we’d love it if you and your family or friends would stop by Communities for Transit’s space when you come visit the fair!  We can’t wait to see you there!

 

Rapid Transit Booth at Montgomery County Agricultural Fair

As Bethesda Now mentioned, last week David Hauck, Executive Director of Communities for Transit, told our happy hour attendees that Communities for Transit will have a booth at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair starting on Friday, August 8th. On August 12th, Isiah Leggett will attend the fair to discuss the Bus Rapid Transit program for the county in a press conference.

Communities for Transit will provide more information about the bus rapid transit program for the county to fair-goers. Route 355/ Rockville Pike is one of the bus rapid transit corridors for the program and it goes right through the White Flint sector.

For more information about bus rapid transit, check out Communities for Transit and come visit their booth starting August 8th.