“In a letter to County Council, MD Transpo Secretary Greg Slater clarified the State’s commitment to fund a major transit project serving Montgomery County with toll revenue from Maryland’s program to expand capacity for the American Legion Bridge and I-270 Corridor.
This new commitment builds on prior changes we have been asking for, including removing the Eastern section of the Beltway from the plan, rebuilding the American Legion Bridge so that it can structurally support a future transit line, and including a shared use trail
For more than a decade, Montgomery County has supported adding capacity to the American Legion Bridge and the Beltway west of the I-270 Spur, in the context of a multi-modal approach to the 270 Corridor.
Based on recent conversations, we appreciate the State’s new commitment to specifically fund design of one of our longstanding transit priorities, either the Corridor Cities Transitway or bus rapid transit on Route 355, at the outset of the project
and work collaboratively with the County to develop plans for construction, operation, and final delivery funded through ongoing toll revenue.
In addition to sustained funding for transit priorities as part of a multi-modal project, we will continue to advocate for changes to the project that: sufficiently mitigate impacts on residents and businesses;
safeguards the interests of Montgomery County taxpayers; and achieves an appropriate and respectful resolution to protect sensitive community resources such as the Moses Morningstar Cemetery.
We hope to move forward and work collaboratively and constructively with Secretary Slater on these issues of concern and to do so in a way that does not make the much-needed improvements to the American Legion Bridge ineligible for federal approval and funding.
Ultimately, we recognize that Montgomery County must remain tightly connected with the rest of the Washington Metropolitan region. With a real transit alternative and further opportunities to work with the State to improve the project moving forward,
we believe the County should vote to allow the project to be included in the “Visualize 2045” air quality conformance analysis at the Transportation Planning Board.”

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11 Jun 19
I am not surprised but very disappointed to see the quotes from County Executive @Marc_Elrich at today’s #HANDAM19 affordable housing conference. I strongly disagree with his statements. I’ve heard them before. A thread:
Montgomery County is a special place because we have a generous spirit and a strong sense of the public good. We care about the world we live in and we want to work together to create opportunity and a better world.
“Missing middle” housing needs are REAL. Despite Elrich’s comment that middle income housing is plentiful, the middle class is very squeezed. The Elrich policy of saying NO to everything will only worsen our affordability problems and make it harder for us to be our best.
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