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.
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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:
- Connect our communities with a network of rail lines.
- Redesign our streets to make it easier and safer to walk and to ride a bike.
- Create the kind of neighborhoods we want to live in.
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.
$280 million of new gas tax money set aside for final design of Purple Line.
ACT launches Safe Walk to School campaign.
The Purple Line will replace two traffic lanes on University Boulevard instead of widening the roadway. A dangerous highway will become a place that welcomes pedestrians and transit riders.
Silver Spring Transit Center reaches its not-so Sweet Sixteen. ACT demands action.
ACT calls on county to repeal minimum parking requirements.
Planning board backs conversion of existing highway lanes to bus lanes.
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.
- June 11 - Silver Line update
Speaker: Sam Carnaggio, Project Director, Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project.
- July 9 - Light Rail from Branch Avenue to Charles County
Speaker: Gary V. Hodge, President, Regional Policy Advisors, and former Charles County Commissioner.
- August 13 - Maryland's Transit Future
Speaker: Attorney General Doug Gansler.
- September 10 - Could Metrobus Run All Night?
Speaker: Jim Hamre, Director of Bus Planning, WMATA.