Speaking before hundreds of County residents at the
on February 20, County Executive Silver
Spring Civic Building Ike Leggett
said that, “the state of
is strong – and growing stronger.” Among the many topics covered by the address
were the County’s future transportation needs and how to pay for them. Montgomery County
Leggett said, “
is on a journey of progress.
But, we cannot move forward without a transportation system that meets our
needs, now and in the future. This is why we have three new major
transportation projects that must be built within the next decade – and will keep
our County moving for decades to come. Montgomery
“First, the Purple Line, 16 miles of light rail, will run from
Bethesda to New Carrollton,
connecting the County with the in University
of Maryland College
Park. Second, the Corridor Cities Transitway will be a
15-mile-long bus rapid transit system traveling from the Shady Grove Metro
station to the COMSAT site in Southern Clarksburg with
16 transit stations along the route. It will save the average commuter time,
reduce the dependency on cars and carry up to 47,000 people daily by 2035. Third,
the Rapid Transit Vehicle System (RTV) will create a transit network across the
County, north to south and east to west. Riders will travel in stylish vehicles
called RTV’s that could carry as many as 140 passengers per vehicle.
“We can’t build these critical transportation projects unless we can pay for them.
“That’s why I call upon the State legislature to do the difficult thing, the courageous thing, the necessary thing and the right thing: Pass an increase in the state’s gasoline tax now. It hasn’t been increased since 1992 –when George Bush Senior was President. This will help replenish the State’s Transportation Trust Fund and assist counties throughout the State to advance major transportation infrastructure.
is Montgomery County Maryland’s economic engine.
Investing in transportation in our County pays off big time for all
Leggett also cited the County’s progress in improving pedestrian safety.
He said, “Speaking of saving lives, our five-year investment in pedestrian safety, based on the comprehensive blueprint for action I advanced in 2007, is paying off. For example, we have:
- Reduced pedestrian fatalities from a high of 19 in 2008 to six in 2012;
- Reduced all collisions by 12 percent overall and by 45 percent in locations with the highest concentrations of collisions; and
The entire speech is available on the County’s website.