Sustainable Transportation Plans for MoCo from Elrich & Reimer

Posted on September 1, 2010. Filed under: News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The 10 + day traffic jam around Beijing that finally fanned out last week sheds light on the importance of planning a sustainable transportation infrastructure.

Two candidates for office from Montgomery County have put forth their ideas for how to improve transportation and ease traffic in the County. Here are ideas from Marc Elrich and Hans Reimer, both Democratic At-Large Candidates for the Montgomery County Council.

Marc Elrich’s plan centers around a re-envisioned Rockville Pike in the White Flint area featuring a rapid bus transit system, fewer single passenger vehicles, and more pedestrian/bike access. This new Pike will have more trees, wider sidewalks and more storefronts. Elrich is also advocating for smarter transportation options to be considered in planning the Gaithersburg West scientific corridor, which is currently heavily reliant on single passenger vehicles.

Hans Reimer’s plan focuses on getting 30% of all trips in Montgomery County to be via public transportation, walking or biking by 2030. Reimer sees a revitalized Metro as a keystone for meeting this goal, with dedicated funding from the state transportation budget. He also advocates for the construction of the purple line and the Corridor Cities Transitway to extend metro, light rail and/or rapid bus routes throughout Maryland. Like Elrich, he supports the development of more rapid bus routes and advocates for expanding the existing RideOn bus routes. Also like Elrich, Reimer emphasizes the importance of walkable and bikeable neighborhoods to make biking and walking safer and more feasible alternatives in Montgomery County.

How do you see the county becoming less reliant on single passenger vehicles?

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