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Montgomery Council’s Transportation and Environment Committee holds public forum on state transportation priorities letter on March 9 in Rockville

For Immediate Release: Thursday, March 5, 2020

ROCKVILLE, Md., March 5, 2020—The Montgomery County Council’s Transportation and Environment (T&E) Committee will host a public forum on Monday, March 9 at 7 p.m. to get feedback from residents on the county’s transportation priorities. The public forum will take place at the Council Office Building (100 Md. Ave.) in Rockville. The Montgomery County Council and the County Executive periodically send a joint letter to the Maryland Department of Transportation with county funding priorities for transportation projects that are unfunded. The T&E Committee consists of Councilmembers Tom Hucker (chair), Evan Glass and Hans Riemer.

Recommendations for this year’s state transportation priorities letter have been proposed by the County’s Planning Board and the Department of Transportation and comments have been received from some members of the Montgomery County Delegation in the Maryland General Assembly. You can see these comments, as well as the last state transportation priorities letter, here .

“As the most populous jurisdiction in Maryland, it is critical that Montgomery County receive its fair share of state funding from the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT),” said Council Vice President Tom Hucker. “We are hosting this public forum on our county’s transportation priorities to hear from our residents on what projects they believe deserve state funding.”

“Montgomery County must prioritize an equitable, sustainable and economically viable transportation network,” said Councilmember Evan Glass (At-Large). “It has been several years since we updated our transportation priorities, particularly with our increased focus on pedestrian safety and multi-modal transportation options.”

“We need the State of Maryland to be a good partner in our effort to make our streets safe, improve transit, and help our residents spend less time in traffic,” said Councilmember Hans Riemer. “This is a critical opportunity to hear from members of the community about what the state can do to help us meet those goals.”

Individuals wishing to speak at the public forum should sign up at https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/COUNCIL/PHSignUp.html or you may call 240-777-7803. Those testifying will have three minutes to speak and 15 copies of written testimony must be provided.

The T&E Committee is scheduled to discuss the state transportation priorities letter on March 12 at 2 p.m., and the full Council is scheduled to review the letter on March 17.

Simultaneous interpretation services will be provided for Spanish speakers at the public forum. Other language assistance is available upon request with at least three working days’ notice by calling 240-777-7931.

If you need services to participate in this meeting or in any Council activity, please call the Council as far in advance as possible at 240-777-7900 or send an email to County.Council@montgomerycountymd.gov .

The public forum will be televised live by County Cable Montgomery (CCM). The channel can be viewed on Cable Channels 996 (high definition) and 6 (standard definition) on Comcast; Channels 1056 (HD) and 6 (SD) on RCN; and Channel 30 on Verizon. The public forum also will be available live via streaming through the Council web site at: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/COUNCIL/ondemand/index.html and on Facebook Live.

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Release ID: 20-082
Media Contact: Dave Kunes 240-777-7979