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  • My name is Lindsay Hoffman

  • And I live in the Randolph Hills neighborhood

  • Outside of White Flint

  • I live with my family. I have two little boys.

  • Getting around Montgomery County we don't have

  • Many choices beyond using our car

  • It can take me 10 minutes or it can take me half an hour

  • That's usually the range is somewhere in there

  • I live near White Oak and it often take me

  • 40 minutes to drive to downtown Silver Spring during rush hour

  • I go from White Oak to Rockville every day

  • And it turned out to be a 2 hour - no - 2 hour and a half

  • Commute one way if the buses were on time

  • Which makes it tough when you're trying to

  • Rush home to get to relieve the babysitter

  • Or make it up to the office for a meeting

  • That we would have a 21 percent population growth by 2040

  • With a 39 percent growth in employment

  • But 70 percent growth in congestion

  • Well for the last 50 years we've planned for more and more cars

  • And more and more sprawling development going out in every direction

  • And we reached a dead end with that - So the challenge

  • Now and the exciting thing is to figure out

  • How we can plan for the future

  • People describe it as you know like a train without the tracks

  • Its a way to provide fast reliable bus service

  • Using dedicated lanes and fare machines

  • Outside of the bus so you can pay before you get on

  • The stops are often farther apart - half a mile or a mile apart

  • So the bus doesn't have to stop as often

  • And all of these things ensure a faster more reliable ride for everybody

  • Existing local bus service is hung up in traffic

  • With the same lanes and slow speeds

  • Bus rapid transit is intended to have a much faster

  • More reliable service that's not hung up in congestion

  • And the system that's proposed for Montgomery County

  • Is a 79-mile 10-route network

  • It goes all over the county. It's clean.

  • It serves all of the county's major employment centers

  • It serves residential neighborhoods

  • It serves places where we go to hang out and

  • Eat and spend time with our friends and family

  • Really its a way that we can bring the county

  • Everyone in the county closer together

  • One of the advantages of this what we call level boarding

  • So that there are no step to board

  • This should be a great boon for older adults

  • And for people with disabilities who live close to this area

  • To these areas where the lines are going to be

  • To be able to have access to other places and parts of the county

  • When I saw the proposed BRT transit system

  • I was really excited

  • Because it went through the major routes

  • That I took to get to Montgomery College

  • I didn't have parents that could buy me a car

  • Or I just didn't have any other options than

  • I had to take the bus

  • It's expensive to run a car and pay for gas pay for maintenance

  • The money could go to other things like food

  • Or having fun with my friends and family

  • But instead I spend it on my car

  • Transportation is a huge part of the contribution to greenhouse gases

  • But also can be a huge part of solving the problem of climate change

  • When you have 40 or 50 people in a rapid transit vehicle

  • Their carbon emissions per person are much lower

  • Than if you had 40 or 50 people driving 40 or 50 cars

  • I think that Rapid Transit is our best option

  • It's flexible, it's the least expensive of the options

  • And it can provide frequent reliable service

  • It'd be nice to have that extra option for getting around

  • To not have to buckle the kids up in their carseats

  • And go to one shopping center

  • Then buckle them up in their carseats

  • And take them to another shopping center

  • It'd be nice to be able to hop on a Rapid Transit vehicle

  • It's going to be easier and cheaper

  • Than widening all the roads

  • Building more highways

  • You know I honestly think that this system

  • Is going to be a win-win for everybody in Montgomery County

  • Provided that we have the will to do it

My name is Lindsay Hoffman

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A Rapid Transit Solution to Traffic

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    Jie Lin posted on 2015/01/06
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