Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Local Leaders Support the CCT project.

U.S. Rep. John Delaney, my Congressman, and Ronald J. Daniels, President of the Johns Hopkins University, have published an editorial calling for support of the Corridor Cities Transitway project.
The CCT would connect the area between Shady Grove Metrorail Station and Clarksburg, incorporating communities that currently do not have convenient access to mass transit. It will be made up of rapid-transit vehicles that in addition to speed will look and feel very much like a rail system. The rapid transit vehicles that the CCT would use would allow for faster commutes and ease congestion on the county’s major roadways in the nearby areas.
They note that Montgomery County has very strong technological institutions and is well placed to compete with Nothern Virginia and Washington DC for the emerging high tech businesses.
 Montgomery County is at the forefront of scientific innovation, has a highly educated work force and a high quality of life for its residents. People from around the world want to move here because the county has some of the best institutions in the world, such as the National Institutes of Health, the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute of Standards and Technology and a host of others along the I-270 Technology Corridor. If current growth projections continue, Montgomery County’s population will swell to over 1.1 million in the next 20 years.
However, to support the development of a cluster of innovative technology institutions, the public sector will have to invest in infrastructure. The CCT is one element of that proposed investment. 

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