Transit Alternatives to Mid-County Highway Extended

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Coalition for Smarter Growth Joins TAME

We welcome the Coalition for Smarter Growth to TAME! The CSG writes in their Choices For Our Region column:What Makes Traffic Worse?Too often, transportation decisions are made in isolation from a thoughtful land use plan.  Examples of the “Bad and the Ugly” in local transportation projects have been: Widening roads to fix congestion (More lanes just bring more traffic) The Outer Beltway and its many segments (ICC, Western Bypass, Techway, Etc.) I-81 8-lane expansion 11th Street 12 lane bridge expansion What Can Reduce Traffic? There

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McDOT Watch – Presentation at Watkins Mill HS

Mark your calendars and attend!  McDOT will be presenting a public workshop of their planning progress on M-83: Location: Watkins Mill High School, 10301 Apple Ridge Rd., Gaithersburg, MDDate: June 6, 2012Time: 4:00pm – 9:00pm (walk-in hours) It is critical that you come and tell the County officials to eliminate this 6-lane highway!  Every voice adds to the majority who don’t want this destructive road.  There are multiple transit alternatives which can take the place of M-83.  Be present and speak up, neighbors!From McDOT: The workshop format will

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Unanimous Vote from Montgomery Village Foundation

On April 26th, the Montgomery Village Foundation (MVF) Board of Directors unanimously accepted the recommendation of their Transportation, Development and Public Facilities (TDPF) Committee, “that MVF continue to interact with TAME as the extension of M-83 and transit alternatives are addressed in the future.”   The MVF ‘s Transportation Policy portion opposes M-83 alternatives 4, 8, and 9.TAME Coalition will continue to keep MVF informed on every aspect of the planning and design of M-83.Join Us

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Councilmember George Leventhal declares position

“I have taken a stand on the proposed M-83:  I will not support funding one more dollar towards building Mid-County Highway Extended.  Montgomery County should be focusing their transportation dollars on building transit to accommodate our growing economy and population.  We are now in the business of moving people, not cars, to their destination.” (Montgomery County Council Member Leventhal made this statement during a meeting with members of the TAME Coalition and Action Committee for Transit as they discussed transit alternatives for Mid-County Highway Extended).

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Quotables – “Fixing the Clarksburg Dilemma”

       One cannot help but detect a hint of “Fixing the Clarksburg Dilemma” as the rationale for reinstating Alternative 9.   But the means chosen and the approaches taken imply, at least to me, a certain poverty of vision.   Once more, we equate moving people with providing room for the navigation of individual vehicles.  Just as planning in older communities down-county begins to coalesce around so called “smart growth”, mixed use and public transit, this plan seems to throw that commitment into reverse, and return

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Voices of TAME: Audubon Naturalist Society

With Montgomery County facing serious fiscal shortfalls, we ask why taxpayer dollars are still being spent studying the Mid-County Highway Extended (M 83).Our focus should be on implementing Bus Rapid Transit and the Corridor Cities Transitway,  instead of this ill-conceived highway which would have little or no impact on solving congestion. Getting people out of their cars should be the goal of 21st century transportation projects. The Audubon Naturalist SocietyJoin Us

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Montgomery County Can Catch Up

There is a better path forward in transportation that is not built on highways, highways, and more highways, all of which become congested in time. Other metropolitan areas have implemented significant public transit systems which complement their existing highways.  Successful models of such systems are now well established. We in Montgomery County are behind the curve, but we can catch up.Join Us

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New Transit Ideas, Not Old Road Ideas

To be sure, there are still more new highways and road–widenings in master plans, but to achieve a balanced, diverse, resilient transportation system we must build a public transit component to that system. We believe that when a fast, efficient public transit system is built to serve the Upcounty, we will find that the roads we now have, with only modest improvements, will meet our transportation needs quite well.Join Us

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Quotables – “Building M-83 Registers No Economic Growth”

The TAME Coalition represents 35 organizations made up of 17,000 citizens – from home/condo associations, political action committees, state and county elected officials, environmental groups and religious communities. More organizations and individuals are joining the Coalition weekly to speak with one united voice.  Our message to the Council tonight is this: Put money into transit to propel the County into economic development and growth.  There are three 21st century transit systems waiting to be fully approved for implementation in Montgomery County: Purple Line, CCT and

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There IS a Better Way…

We believe that the interests of all in the Upcounty are best served by developing a convenient, fast, efficient public transit component to our transportation system.  Major effort and funding at this time should be directed toward implementing public transit instead of pursuing additional highway projects.Join Us

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