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Bus Rapid Transit: More Relevant than M-83

“The comprehensive rapid transit system will provide improved mobility for its riders, will improve the county’s quality of life, will stimulate economic development in the County, and will improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gases, and reduce energy consumption.” — The Montgomery County Transit Task Forcehttp://www6.montgomerycountymd.gov/apps/cex/transit/index.aspTAME Coalition stands behind these aims of the Montgomery County Transit Task Force.  Developing our county’s mass transit system will do more to ensure sustainable quality of life for our ecosystem, and its inhabitants, than building another road designed for car

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Editorial to the Planning Board

To Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commissioners:The Coalition for Transit Alternatives to Mid-County Highway Extended (TAME) is a unified coalition of 44 organizations made up of HOAs, elected officials, faith communities, environmental groups and political action groups.  We want Montgomery County to restore balance to our transportation systems, making public transit a priority by developing the CCT, BRT, Purple Line and full service MARC Train.  We petition to accelerate road improvements and proposed transit projects rather than building new highways.McDOT just finished a nine–year study

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McDOT Embraces Environmental Destruction and Societal Displacement

Dear Midcounty Corridor Study Community: This email is to notify you and your community of the latest milestone for the Midcounty Corridor Study.  Available on our website, for your review, is the May 2013 DRAFT Environmental Effects Report (EER).  The subject report has been submitted to US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)/Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) for their review.  The May 2013 DRAFT EER is part of a permit application requirement. It documents the results of the detailed study for each retained alternative.   It will also be the

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Find Your Neighborhood on Updated Maps of M-83 Alternatives 4,8, & 9

TAME Coalition has received a copy of the Midcounty Corridor Study map for Alternatives #4, #8 and #9.  It shows detailed layouts of the proposed six-lane M-83 highway routes which will cut through established neighborhoods in Montgomery Village, Gaithersburg and Germantown.  These routes promise to destroy pristine forest and wetlands in Montgomery County’s Seneca Creek Watershed, North Germantown-Greenway Parkland, Whetstone Run and South Valley Park.Zoom in on your home address to see how this road will damage your property values and devastate your neighborhood’s surrounding ecosystem. In 2013, there are multiple

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New Voice of TAME: George Leventhal, Montgomery County Councilmember At-Large

George Leventhal is a man of conviction.  He has a vision for the economic sustainability of Montgomery County and the well-being of its citizens.  Currently a leader of the County Council in environmental matters, Leventhal was awarded the Maryland Climate Hero Award by the Chesapeake Climate Action Network in 2009.  His commitment to the environment includes advocating transportation alternatives to the automobile.  Councilmember George Leventhaland Montgomery Co. Exec. Isiah Leggett In a statement made to the TAME Coalition and Action Committee for Transit in December, Leventhal promised: “I will not support funding one more

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Council’s Vote on Transportation Policy (TPAR) and How It Affects M-83

M-83 Extension still in Study Phase By Elizabeth ZinarWriter for Conservation Montgomery A recent Montgomery County Council vote may shape transportation patterns in the county from this time forward, including the contentious plans to extend the Midcounty Highway (M83). The Transportation Policy Area Review(TPAR) is a new ordinance that has been added as a revision to the county’s 2012 Subdivision Staging Policy, originally called the Policy Element of the Annual Growth Policy. On November 13, the Council approved the policy with an 8-1 vote. Reviewed by the Montgomery County Planning Board every four years,

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Royce Hanson on Smart Growth

We are at a defining moment in setting our course for the future of our county.  We must connect our urban centers by rapid bus and rail transit systems and accelerate construction of the Corridor Cities Transitway and the Purple Line.  We can convert the major arterial roads that now divide our centers into tree-lined boulevards that unify them.  And let’s connect our built environment to the natural environment by the hiking and biking trails in our stream valley parks.  Achieving connectivity in great places also means increasing the

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Dayspring Church Farm Against Funding M-83

Dear Members of the County Council and County Executive, I urge you to reject TPAR because it contains provisions to fund acceleration of the study of Mid-County Highway Extended (M83).  Rather than further funding this already costly study, I support defunding it.  It is becoming clearer and clearer that this road project is unwise and should not be built. Dear Children of the Earth Retreat The environmental damage that building this road would cause is huge, given the master plan alignment through the precious amount

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Action Alert: McDOT Seeks Control of Monies

Action Alert from: ACT (Action Committee For Transit) —- Before the County Council now is an insidious proposal that would shift control of the county’s transportation spending from the voters’ elected representatives to highway-loving bureaucrats.Under this plan, known as TPAR (for Transportation Policy Area Review), county transportation funds would go automatically to road-building projects chosen by a computer model under the control of Montgomery County Dept. of Transportation (McDOT). The County Council would lose the ability to transfer funding from highways to transit as it did last

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Councilmember George Leventhal Against M-83

Received Tues, Oct 16, 2012 Dear TAME,Thank you for your message regarding Transportation Policy Area Review (TPAR) and funding for M-83. I am not happy with the TPAR proposal. I am not persuaded that the public benefits it will provide justify the cumbersome implementation it requires. The Planning, Housing and Economic Development (PHED) Committee, on which I serve, has held several meetings to discuss it. These meetings have not allayed my concerns. I am working on a proposal to this effect, but it may not

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