Rapid Transit: Key to Montgomery County's Future Mobility

Posted Date: 
February 24, 2011

County Councilmember Mark Elrich speaks at a Feb. 24 press conference announcing the launch of the County's new Transit Task Force, as County Executive Isiah Leggett (right) looks on, along with task force members -- including the Montgomery County Chamber's Lisa Fadden at left.

Rapid transit will play a major role in improving Montgomery County’s future mobility. This week, County Executive Isiah Leggett announced the launch of a new Transit Task Force, with the mission of making a comprehensive rapid transit system a reality.  The task force – which includes Lisa Fadden, the Chamber’s Vice President of Public Affairs – will advocate for the development of a system that is consistent with state transportation objectives and will complement regional transit operations. 

In announcing the task force, County Executive Leggett noted:  “Our region recently made the top of a very undesirable list – among the worst in the nation for traffic congestion – and that is why we need to invest in alternative transportation on a scale that will really make a difference to our residents. The task force will devise a practical roadmap that will guide us to fully implementing the transit we both want and need to keep our County competitive in the 21st century.” 

CountyCouncilmember Mark Elrich, who has been the chief proponent of a rapid transit system for Montgomery County, said: “This task force is significant because it will look at implementation and financing issues. It is not just another task force that will conduct a study and inform us that we have a traffic problem and that we need better transit.  We know that.  This task force is designed to help solve the problem.”

Additional background on the task force, along with a listing of the members, is found here.

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