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Leggett: Bus Rapid Transit Too Expensive for County

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett says the county cannot afford to build a 10-route bus rapid transit system.

 

The bus rapid transit system proposed by Montgomery County planners for major county routes received a blow on Monday: Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett said the system would be too expensive to build, The (Washington) Examiner reported.

"Instead, Leggett suggested a significantly smaller system with fewer bells and whistles than the proposed high-end bus rapid transit, or BRT, system," The Examiner added.

The planners' proposal was for a 10-route system, which would have cost less than the 23-route bus rapid transit system proposed by the all-volunteer Transit Task Force last spring. The task force put its system's price tag at $1.8 billion, while Montgomery County Master Planner Larry Cole figured the 23-route system would have cost closer to $8 or $10 billion, The Examiner reported.

But the county can afford neither a 23-route nor a 10-route system, Leggett said, The Examiner wrote. To build even a smaller-scale system, Leggett "would pay for those routes by delaying other county construction projects and reallocating the money, though he wouldn't say which projects he would delay," The Examiner added.

Also, Leggett said that taxes might need to be raised to pay for the bus system, The Examiner reported.

Read more about this story on The Examiner's website.

What do you think? Can the county afford a bus rapid transit system? Would it be useful? Tell us in the comments.

Sandra James November 14, 2012 at 09:51 PM
When will the council wake up to alleviate the growing traffic congestion in the county? The roads are taking a beating, air quality is suffering and many persons can not afford the cost of gas. Many of my staff seek to live in a community environment close by the "metro" train system to get to and from work. The council also needs to be in touch with other local counties (Frederick) to reevaluate commuters nitemare with I-270. The govenor and the council are out of touch with many issues that impact the citizens of the state. Their focus is truly blurred.
Fran Asbeck November 15, 2012 at 01:17 PM
How much, again, did Legget's private bathroom at his workplace cost a few years ago? Was it 50K, 60K? (A little more than my house, with its three baths cost me.) That certainly wasn't too expensive for him to spend our money on.
Barbara November 15, 2012 at 06:41 PM
We can give illegals education at in-state tuition rates but who cares about traffic gridlock? Not Legget.
Eric Balkan November 15, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Cole says the proposed system would not be put into use till around 2040. So if you're looking for near-term relief, this isn't it.

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