Our lives are constantly in motion. Our transportation system, made up of walkways, bikeways, buses, trains and roads, is the means by which we connect to where we need to be and the bond that links us as a community. It affects every aspect of our daily routines.
About 40% of federal jobs at government agencies and 30% of jobs at private employers in Montgomery County are within ½ miles of a Metrorail or MARC station.
Over the past 70 years, Montgomery County has created an auto-oriented transportation system focused on speeding ever greater numbers of cars to destinations in the county and region. Creation of this network occurred intentionally and in tandem with the development of a low-density and dispersed land use pattern. Year after year we added more and more lanes for cars at the expense of space for pedestrians, bicycles, dedicated lanes for transit vehicles, street trees and anything else that might slow down cars. As a result, today we have a transportation system that funnels traffic to a limited number of high-speed roads, that disconnects communities, discourages walking, bicycling and transit, is unsafe and is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions.
While the county has begun to reverse these practices, it will take some time to change travel patterns. Thrive Montgomery 2050 seeks to reverse the legacy of 70 years of auto domination to create a transportation system that is safe, comfortable and irresistible, advancing the plan’s core themes: economic competitiveness, racial and social equity, and environmental sustainability.