Saturday, February 22, 2014

Newest Voice of TAME: Montgomery County Councilmember Hans Riemer

Sent to TAME Coalition January 2, 2014
MONTGOMERY COUNTY COUNCIL
MONTGOMERY COUNTY COUNCIL
ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND
HANS RIEMER
COUNCILMEMBER
AT-LARGE
Dear Tame,
Thank you for contacting me about M-83. This is a major transportation proposal, and I have given it a lot of thought.
In reviewing the six alternatives proposed by the county's Department of Transportation, I don't believe that any of them provides the right solution. The no-build option has the least cost but it does nothing about legitimate transportation problems faced by Upcounty residents. Alternative 4 (Brink-Wightman-Snouffer School-Muncaster Mill) is out of the way, impacts more than 350 properties and is burdensome on nearby residents. The master plan alignments (Alternatives 8 and 9) are extremely expensive and have adverse environmental impacts. And Alternatives 2 and 5, which focus on MD-355, have no transit component.
I believe the best option for county residents is a mix of intersection improvements on MD-355 and a Bus Rapid Transit route down MD-355 from Clarksburg to Shady Grove. This provides the best combination of mobility, affordability, environmental stewardship and sustainability. I look forward to working with you to make this happen and to getting a real win for our Upcounty communities.
Sincerely,
Hans Riemer
Councilmember At-Large
STELLA B. WERNER COUNCIL OFFICE BUILDING  •  100 MARYLAND AVE, 6th FLOOR  •  ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND  20850
240/777-7964 OR 240/777-7900  •  MD RELAY - DIAL 711   •  FAX 240/777-7989
COUNCILMEMBER.RIEMER@MONTGOMERYCOUNTYMD.GOV  •  WWW.MONTGOMERYCOUNTYMD.GOV

TAME Coalition thanks Councilmember Riemer for his public presence and commitment in supporting progressive and sustainable transportation alternatives to M-83. YES!, we are working with you to make this happen.

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