- Dedicated Transit Lanes: Build a high quality system, characterized by lanes dedicated to RTS use to the maximum extent possible.
- Frequent & Reliable Service: RTS vehicles should arrive with high frequency and reliability of service to ensure a real alternative to driving and higher quality off-peak availability than current bus service.
- Metro-like Features & Integration: The RTS network should be integrated with other County and regional transit assets to provide a seamless, high quality experience for riders. The system should employ time-saving features, such as limited stops, off-board fare collection, level boarding, improved stations with real-time arrival information, and quiet vehicles with modern features like shielded tires.
- Integrated Bike & Pedestrian Improvements: The RTS network should have safe and easy access to stations for pedestrians and bicyclists in order to increase their safety on busy county highways.
In the next 30 years, Montgomery County is projected to grow in population by more than 200,000 new residents. If we don’t find a way to move more people on our existing roadways, it is projected that traffic congestion will grow by 70%, making a difficult situation intolerable. Together with our existing Metro rail system, MARC commuter rail service, reconfigured Metro bus and RideOn services, and the coming light rail Purple Line, we believe the RTS is essential for creating a high quality rapid transit network to help our County face immediate and long range transportation challenges.
Creating an effective, high quality county wide transit network is critical to reducing air pollution, providing affordable transit options to working families, allowing us to realize potential balanced economic growth, and generally enhancing the quality of life for current and future generations in our community. We urge Montgomery County to take action now for a high quality transit future.
1000 Friends of Maryland
Americans for Transit
CASA de Maryland
Chesapeake Climate Action Network
Chevy Chase Land Company
Citizens to Save South Valley Park and Whetstone Run
Clean Water Action
Coalition for Smarter Growth
Communities for Transit
Fallstone Homeowners Association
Federal Realty Investment Trust
Friends of White Flint
Georgetown Village Condominium HOA
Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce
Greater Capital Area Association of REALTORS®
Indian Springs Civic Association
Jews United for Justice
Maryland Public Interest Research Group
Montgomery College Sustainability Club (MC Green)
Montgomery Countryside Alliance
Montgomery County Sierra Club
Montgomery County Young Democrats
Potomac Valley Environmental Group
Randolph Civic Association
Saul Centers Inc
Ward 3 Vision
Washington Area Bicyclists Association (WABA)
White Flint Partnership
In addition, the following organizations and entities have expressed support for Rapid Transit (click each link to view testimony or letter):