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A Vision of Better Transit and Better Communities

The Action Committee for Transit has a vision of a Montgomery County where it is easier to travel and more pleasant to live — a county built for people and not for automobiles.

vision map with  current Metro & potential future rail

Click on the image above to see a larger version of the same map.

Years of experience have shown, and studies prove, that building highways leads to more traffic and more congestion. Affordable, convenient transit gives us a way to get past the traffic jams and fosters a better quality of life in our neighborhoods.

It is time to change priorities:

The Purple Line from Bethesda to New Carrollton is the key to creating a livable, transit-oriented future for our county, but it is only a first step. The I-270 corridor needs a comprehensive transit system including a Red Line extension to Germantown, the Corridor Cities Transitway from Shady Grove to Clarksburg, all-day MARC service, and streetcars on Route 355. Light rail on U.S. 29 is part of our vision as well.

Latest Updates

train in city

Paul Wiedefeld will be new Metro General Manager. A good start, but only a start toward the fix Metro needs.

After rash of pedestrian killings, Maryland transit advocates tell state to stop building new roads until it makes the old ones safe.

ACT will hold a candidate forum for the District 8 Democratic congressional primary on December 8.

State officials reported on Sept. 18 that construction of the Purple Line will now start in late 2016 and trains will begin running in 2021.

Upcounty residents ask legislators and state transportation officials for more MARC trains at Sept. 9 public meeting.


ACT's monthly meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month, at the Silver Spring Civic Center, One Veterans Place. Meetings begin at 7:30pm.

The Silver Spring Civic Center faces the ice rink and Ellsworth Avenue. It is an eight minute walk north from the Silver Spring Metro Station. Many bus routes can take you to and from the meeting. Ride-On #15 and #19 stop at the corner of Wayne Ave. & Fenton St.; Metrobus routes Z6 and Z8 and Ride-On routes #9 and #12 stop along Colesville Road; Ride-On #16, #17, and #20 pass by on Fenton St. If coming by car, plentiful evening parking is available at the Wayne Avenue garage and is (despite ACT's advocacy against subsidies for drivers) free after 7 pm.

Action Committee for Transit, PO Box 7074, Silver Spring, MD 20907-7074