Reggie Receives the Action Committee for Transit's highest rating!

I'm proud to announce that I've received the Action Committee for Transit's highest rating! You can read more about the Action Committee for Transit (ACT) scorecard on their website here.

WMATA is the backbone of a strong transportation system in this region. I strongly support a dedicated funding source for WMATA, and I am pleased that the General Assembly passed legislation this session that would dedicate additional funding to WMATA from Maryland’s Transportation Trust Fund.

But a dedicated funding source isn’t sufficient. It’s also critical that the Council continue to provide oversight of WMATA’s governance and service to ensure that any additional dollars given to WMATA are spent wisely. As Councilmember, I will work with WMATA and use the Council’s oversight role to ensure that WMATA’s Board of Directors provides real supervision at all levels of the organization in order to pursue sustainable funding strategies and provide a system that people want to use.

I support completion of the Purple Line and a significant expansion of the MARC train schedule.

We also need an enhanced bus service that works for more people by providing frequent and reliable service. I strongly support Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), including the 355 BRT that is currently in development.

Pedestrian safety is critical. We must continue to work with our state delegation and the State Highway Administration to ensure a safe environment for pedestrians on the many state roads in the county.

Safe bicycling infrastructure must be a priority, including good bikeway access to all Metro and Purple Line stations, so that bicycling is a viable transportation option that improves our quality of life. I applaud the county’s award-winning Bicycle Stress Map, which should help planners evaluate how well our bicycling network is connected (or not) and provides a tool for bicyclists to plan their routes for both work and recreation.

I'm proud to have received the highest rating from ACT, an organization that's been an advocate for better communities and better transit.

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