A revised Independent Transit Authority?

A revised Independent Transit Authority?

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County Executive Ike Leggett has revived the group that first laid out how a countywide bus rapid transit system might work to examine his controversial proposal for an Independent Transit Authority.

In a letter to Transit Task Force Chair Mark Winston, the County Executive wrote:

As you know, last December I proposed enactment by the General Assembly of legislation (MC-24-15) that would have enabled Montgomery County to establish a transit authority, and accomplish other purposes.  That proposal became controversial and, since it was obvious that it would not be enacted in the 2015 Session of the General Assembly, I asked that it be withdrawn.  However, while I have been open to other proposals that might be made that would allow the County to pursue its goal of having a comprehensive transit system at the earliest practicable time, I continue to believe that my proposal for a transit authority is the best approach.

I ask that the Task Force study the legislation that I proposed, develop procedures for soliciting community and commercial input to its deliberations, offer its comments, and provide advice and recommendations on how it may be improved.

Winston said the Task Force, composed of county government leaders, regional transportation officials, transit advocates, chamber officials and several community representatives, hopes to finalize its recommendations by Sept. 30.

The Task Force meets at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6 at the Executive Office Building in Rockville, The meeting is open to the public.

 

Amy Ginsburg

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One comment

John

While many in our community support a Rapid Bus Transit system, the proposed transit aurhority is not a good way to accomplish the goal. According to the Washington Post, “The agency 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. It would fund construction with bonds backed by the tax revenue.” This seems like an organization with unchecked taxing authority. As construction costs inevitably rise, the taxpayers will be stuck with the bill.

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