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 corridors, submit 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– email@example.com 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.