Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Leggett Announces County Priorities for 2016 Legislative Session that Includes Funding for Transportation Projects

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett released his list of County priorities for the 2016 legislative session that begins in January. He identified transportation as one of the County’s critical needs.

Leggett said, "Being a part of a region that has long been identified with the worst traffic congestion in the country, it is essential to protect the integrity of the State’s Transportation Trust Fund and, therefore, the ability for the County’s priority projects to move forward. Greater investment in the transportation infrastructure of the most economically viable County in the State is the necessary precursor for job creation, which is being held back by insufficient mobility in the region -- especially on State highways and transit, which are State responsibilities. Specifically, both Montgomery and Fairfax Counties need their states to pursue improvements to the American Legion Bridge and the Beltway from the I-270 West Spur into Virginia.

"Expanded transit options and renewed effort to improve the safety of the WMATA system are also priorities. Replacing the existing Tri-State Oversight Committee with an empowered new State Safety Oversight Agency should be made a pressing issue this year by Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia. Given the disproportionate need, any opening to negotiate to advance transportation projects and studies, improve the safety of the region’s Metrorail operations, or increase State funding for the County’s Ride On Bus system, should be aggressively pursued."

See the full list of priorities online.