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Events roundup: Transit in Montgomery, Fairfax, and beyond

Over the next few weeks, talk about transit in the 2014 election, learn about Bus Rapid Transit in eastern Montgomery County, and figure out how to spend Virginia's transportation money at meetings around the region.


Robert Thomson (at left), aka Dr. Gridlock, in Tysons Corner. Photo by VaDOT.

Transit reporters talk politics: How will Smart Growth issues affect the 2014 elections in DC and Maryland? The Action Committee for Transit will host a panel discussion on transit and the election with the Washington Post's Robert Thomson, also known as "Dr. Gridlock," Ari Ashe from WTOP, and Josh Kurtz from the blog Center Maryland. Kyjta Weir, former Examiner reporter and current reporter for the Center for Public Integrity, will moderate.

This free meeting will be Tuesday, November 12 from 7:30 to 9pm at the Silver Spring Civic Building, located at the corner of Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street in downtown Silver Spring. For more information, visit ACT's website.

Learn about BRT on Route 29: Do you live, work, or travel along Route 29 in Montgomery County, also known as Colesville Road and Columbia Pike? Join CSG, Communities for Transit, and other local organizations hosting an educational event about Bus Rapid Transit for residents and business owners along 29 between Silver Spring and Burtonsville. Speakers will include Montgomery County Planning Board member Casey Anderson, county planner Larry Cole, and Chuck Lattuca, BRT system manager at the Montgomery County Department of Transportation.

With 17,000 projected riders by 2040, a BRT line along 29 is an important part of Montgomery's rapid transit network. The event will take place on Wednesday, November 13 from 6 to 9pm at the White Oak Community Recreation Center, 1700 April Lane in Silver Spring. Click here to RSVP or for more information.

Spend Virginia's transportation money: Virginia's newly-passed transportation funding bill means new money for projects in Fairfax County. How should the county spend it? County officials are holding a series of dialogues to learn what residents want and find the best ways to get them moving.

There will be four meetings over the next few weeks at various locations throughout the county. The next one is this Monday, November 4th from 6:30 to 8:30pm at the Falls Church High School auditorium, 7521 Jaguar Trail in Falls Church, followed by meetings in Fairfax and Reston. For more information, visit the county's website.

Envision better biking in Fairfax: Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling will hold its second-annual Bicycle Summit tomorrow with keynote speaker Jeff Olson, author of The Third Mode: Towards a Green Society. Citizens, community leaders, bike advocates, and transportation professionals will discuss ways to make Tysons and other parts of Fairfax County more bicycle-friendly.

The event will be from 9am to 3:30pm. The registration fee is $25 and includes lunch and other refreshments. To register, visit the event website.

Montgomery County Councilmember Roger Berliner will hold a town hall meeting tomorrow night to discuss issues affecting District 1, which includes Bethesda, Potomac, White Flint, and Poolesville. Berliner has been a strong supporter of the county's Bus Rapid Transit proposal, which the council is currently studying, making this a great opportunity to give him your thoughts on the plan.

The meeting starts at 7pm at Garrett Park Elementary School, located at 4810 Oxford Street in Garrett Park, near the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro station. For more information, visit this page.

Adam Lind moved to the Ballston area of Arlington after earning his Master's Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Tech in 2012. He currently works on bicycle and pedestrian projects for Fairfax County DOT. He is an active cyclist and transit rider and interested in improving sustainability though transportation. 

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Oof, you could basically fund many of the pedestrian/bike/transit plans for Fairfax county for the cost of the (far fewer in number) interchange projects.

by drumz on Oct 31, 2013 12:22 pm • linkreport

BRT for US Highway 29 is a waste of MD tax payer money. A red line extension along US Highway 29 is a smarter long term investment...

by Rick on Oct 31, 2013 1:14 pm • linkreport

FYI the Bike Summit is Saturday November 2nd, not "tomorrow!"

by pegs on Oct 31, 2013 3:37 pm • linkreport

@Rick

"A red line extension along US Highway 29" is neither feasible nor possible- the red line runs along Georgia Ave after Silver Spring, where Georgia and 29 intersect- unless you're suggesting a red line spur at Silver Spring, I don't see how that could happen.

Also, the area along that corridor is very autocentric, and doesn't really have the density to support such an expensive use of taxpayer money - BRT is the way to go.

by Jason L. on Oct 31, 2013 4:24 pm • linkreport

Re: Spend VA's transpo money

If you can't make the meetings (which is the most impactful way of voicing your opinion and influencing others), as an alternative, you can take the online survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DGPZVQV

by Falls Church on Oct 31, 2013 4:26 pm • linkreport

Jason L., that is nothing more than utter BS and you know it. A Subway extension can very well be built along the MD 29 corridor. Your just spewing this BRT Bull as to support a corruption agenda to create traffic bottle neck in the Maryland Suburbs with this extremist attempt to reduce traffic lanes along busy suburban Maryland roads with the BRT BS....

by Rick on Nov 4, 2013 5:00 pm • linkreport

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