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Convince County Council to Reject TPAR Proposal

Next Monday, October 15th, the County’s Planning, Housing and Economic Development (PHED) Committee will take a vote on whether to give McDOT free rein of monies that would be used to accelerate the building of M-83 (TPAR proposal starting on page 40).  The County Council rejected this proposal two years ago; they can reject it again, with our help. Dayspring Creek waterfall in North Germantown-Greenway Park For those who have not yet emailed the County Council, we encourage your action to help stop TPAR. (See our October 7 blogspot.)Earlier this week,

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McDOT Watch – Action Alert to Stop TPAR

Take Action by October 15 TAME Coalition attended the County’s Planning, Housing and Economic Development (PHED) committee (see page 6 of the report) on Monday, October 8th. The TPAR proposal (starting on page 40) was there presented which would give McDOT free rein of monies to accelerate the building of M-83.  The County Council rejected this proposal two years ago.  A vote will be taken next Monday, October 15th.  Before then, our collective voice can encourage them to reject it again.  We are calling for

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Montgomery County Needs To Choose Green Over Black

When so many cities are “going green” and embracing sustainable methods of transportation for their citizens, Montgomery County, Maryland continues to go “black” by spending millions on ‘studying’ Mid-County Highway Extended – a road design, introduced in 1957, whose life-expectancy is long past. http://dc.streetsblog.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/transmilenio.jpg The TAME Coalition, currently made up of 35 organizations and elected officials, leads the fight to remove M-83 from the Master Plan of Highways and instead promotes multiple transportation upgrades: rapid transit systems of the Corridor Cities Transitway (CCT), Rapid Vehicle Transit

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Marc Elrich: “Transit Task Force In No Way Encourages M-83”

Montgomery County Councilmember Marc Elrich (At-Large) is a leader in promoting an innovative vision of a new mass transportation system for the county and metro region.  The era of the Rapid Transit Vehicle (RTV) has arrived, and the system is being designed inclusively for every citizen. Leslie Eudy/National Renewable Energy Laboratory Vehicles such as this 60-foot hybrid electric Civis bus, which was planned for use in a Bus Rapid Transit service in Las Vegas, Nev., have been selected as the locally preferred alternative to run

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Voices of TAME: Delegate Shane Robinson, MD Dist 39

Maryland Delegate Shane Robinson (District 39) opposes building Mid-County Highway Extended (M-83).“We face modern transportation challenges in Montgomery County, yet we consider implementing M-83 which is a decades–old solution.  Rather than follow a dated model of more and more roads, we need to focus on implementing alternative forms of transportation that reduce traffic and are less damaging to our environment.“Let’s not divide Montgomery Village, a well-established community, or cut through people’s yards in Goshen, or plow through Seneca Creek and its surrounding forests and wetlands.

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Silent retreat center “squarely in the path of M-83”

Dayspring Creek is pictured in the June E-newsletter of Conservation Montgomery.  Officially named for its path through the Dayspring Silent Retreat Center, the creek forms a border to this area landmark and nature preserve in Germantown.  Opened in 1953, Dayspring Silent Retreat Center has become an established haven for people and wildlife, offering quiet and spirituality that draws people from around the world.  It is also located squarely in the path of M-83.    The Dayspring Creek stream valley and the nearby Seneca Creek stream

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M-83 Madd Jingle #4

If you are for Smart Growth 1) Take an ethical oath 2) Vote for alternatives     to M-83 It’s easy to do both Join Us

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Action Alert: Council Member Rice wants to fund M-83

(Excerpts from Montgomery Village Patch, by Ian Berry, June 14, 2011)Montgomery County Councilman Craig Rice faced tough questions over road construction options outlined by the Midcounty Corridor Study. The study lays out a plan for extending Midcounty Highway north from Montgomery Village Avenue to Clarksburg. [M.C.’s Department of Transportation] lists six possible alternative routes in the plan for this 6-lane highway, designed to help ease congestion along Interstate270. More than 50 residents whose homes would be affected by the alternatives voiced their concerns at a

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Better Than Another Road – Rapid Transit Vehicle

by Ethan Goffman   •   May 24, 2012 3:13 pm – Greater Greater Washington.org Montgomery’s plans for a “Rapid Transit Vehicle” (RTV) bus system could dramatically transform transit in the county, and could even become a model for the rest of the region and country… Transit advocates should keep apprised of all aspects of RTV planning as it develops, to make sure it retains the benefits of a true BRT system as much as possible… Although large parts of the business, government, planning, environmental, and transit communities

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Smart Growth?

The Montgomery County Council recently reintroduced a “growth” policy which could have the opposite of its intended effect.  Instead of easing traffic congestion and guiding growth to places accessible to transit, the policy could lead to major road widening and more scattered development – not to mention dangerous conditions for pedestrians and cyclists.  The Coalition for Smarter Growth (CSG) is instead promoting a policy which supports well-designed, transit-oriented development and more transportation choices. (Taken from CSG’s Growth Policy Statement.) Get involved: write the County Council

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