Peggy Kwik

  • signed transportation 2017-01-07 14:44:03 -0500

    No To Bus Cuts! Yes To Funding!

    20 signatures
    There are several WMATA bus routes that are on the chopping block and the majority of the routes operate in the county:

    B30: BWI Airport-Greenbelt Metro Station

    P17, P19: Ft. Washington-Farragut Square
    P18: Ft. Washington-Southern Ave. Metro Station
    W13: Friendly/Ft. Washington-Farragut Square
    W14: Friendly/Ft. Washington-Southern Ave. Metro Station
    W19: Indian Head-Southern Ave. Metro Station

    Many of the proposed cuts are in the Ft. Washington/MGM area and with major traffic and commercial and residential growth in the area, it is critical not to slash the routes as they serve as an alternative to driving. Many riders of these routes park and ride reducing vehicles in a heavy traffic area. Bus service is already slim to none in these areas, so the elimination of these routes will leave a major void in an area that needs to keep and eventually increase bus service; not eliminate it.
    Also on the chopping block is route B30; which serves between the Greenbelt Metro Station and BWI Airport seven days a week. Many depend on this service not only for flights but to work at the airport and to connect to local MTA routes. This route also should remain as an alternative to the MARC service in case of rail issues and for those closer to the B30 route. Eliminating this service would lead to a major loss that serves as a connector for many. This route must be treated as a regional route instead of a local route. 
    Although the routes may not be in your area, this is a county wide issue as many use these services to travel throughout the county. At a time where the goals are economic development and improved connectivity are top priorities, this is a time to continue to move forward, not backward.

     

     

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