Safe and Efficient Travel

Vision for Safe and Efficient Travel

In 2050, Montgomery County’s high-quality transportation system plays a critical role in supporting the county’s economic health, environmental resilience and equity. County residents shifted from heavy reliance on private vehicles to public transit, the backbone of the county’s transportation network. This safe, reliable and efficient transit network is composed of Metrorail, Purple Line, commuter rail, bus rapid transit (BRT) and regional and local buses, and a robust network of sidewalks, bikeways and trails. A large majority of people use the system to connect to their destinations within the county and the region. Technologies such as micromobility, autonomous vehicles and ridesharing offer new options for transportation. Some of this technology increases transit ridership by making it easier for people to connect to rail or BRT. Major roadways are transformed into safe and attractive boulevards with reduced speeds, trees and dedicated lanes for transit. Walkable and bikeable paths and crosswalks are safe enough to allow children to walk and bike to nearby schools. In Central Business Districts (CBDs) and town centers, a dense mix of land uses and high-quality walkways and bikeways make walking, bicycling, rolling and micromobility the preferred modes of travel. All greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are eliminated from the transportation system thanks to the significant reduction in vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and the conversion of all motorized vehicles to renewable energy.

Read the draft Safe and Efficient Travel Goals, Policies and Actions presented to the Planning Board on June 11.

Watch the Safe and Efficient Travel Community Chat, held on June 22, and review the presentation.

Last Updated: July 10, 2020