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.
Federal Transit Administration recommends $900 million federal construction funding for Purple Line. President's 2015 budget includes $100 million first installment.
Town of Chevy Chase hires key congressman's brother to lobby against Purple Line. Disclosure filings contradict town's defense of its behavior. ACT seeks public release of documents that will clarify the facts and asks whether town council complied with Maryland Open Meetings Law when it discussed this matter in closed meetings.
ACT opposes the M83 highway.
County Council approves new zoning code, with lessened requirement for expensive parking garages that drivers are unwilling to pay for.
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.
- March 11 - Red Line progress report
Speaker: Rob Troup, Deputy General Manager, WMATA
- April 8 - No ACT meeting
Book party for Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism
New book by Ben Ross, former ACT president
Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, 8230 Georgia Ave.
- May 13 - DC's Georgia Ave. corridor streetcar - could it connect to Silver Spring?
Speaker from D.C. Dept. of Transportation
- June 10 - Making White Flint walkable and transit-oriented
Speaker: Lindsay Hoffman, Friends of White Flint