After five years of work, Montgomery County has decided that a vast BRT network is the best way to improve accessibility and mobility throughout the largely suburban county, reports Dan Reed. However, he notes, "The plan has been controversial."
"While many civic, environmental, activist, and business groups endorsed BRT, a vocal minority in neighborhoods like Four Corners and Chevy Chase West fought the plan based on claims that it would take their property or endanger their children." Though the plan passed the County Council unanimously, it sounds like some members are reluctant supporters.
"It's true that this plan won't solve all of the county's transportation issues, as skeptics and opponents frequently point out," accedes Reed. "But the alternatives, whether it's improving existing bus service, building more highways, or extending Metro, are either too small, too destructive, or too expensive to really make a difference."