Gridlock. Rush hour.
These are experiences with which every constituent of District 16 is intimately familiar. Improved mass-transit options will increase mobility, strengthen our economy, and improve our quality of life. To stay competitive, we must invest in and expand our transportation infrastructure.
Legislative Action Items:
Purple Line: This 16 mile proposed light rail
connection between Bethesda, Silver Spring, College Park, and New
Carrollton will reduce commuting times, directly link Metro’s Red,
Yellow, Green, & Orange lines, create 27,000 new jobs, and make
District 16 more accessible to a larger population. The Purple Line
should extend west to Virginia's Silver Line, so that District 16
residents can get to Dulles Airport in half and hour.
Transit Oriented Development: The construction of these
walkable communities--centers of economic development--leads to
improved community cohesion and quality of life. These regional
development projects will benefit from Bus Rapid Transit corridors that
will permit increased density without adding to traffic congestion.
Bike Lanes: The creation of bike lanes will expand
commuting options for District 16 constituents by making bicycling a
safer and more efficient means of transportation.
Public-private partnerships should be sought to
facilitate an expansion of bicycling as an environmentally friendly form
of commuting, including through an expansion of the Capitol Area Bikeshare system within Montgomery County.
- Funding for Metro: Reliable transportation funding should be made available to maintain our current investments.