Last night, the Montgomery County Council affirmed its support for the Purple Line, Capital Crescent Trail and building the Bethesda Metro’s new entrance as soon as possible, rather than waiting six more years. But the decision didn’t come without a fight from County Executive Ike Leggett.
Leggett’s budget stripped funding for the Metro entrance until 2018, and he’s been lobbying against restoring the funding. The entrance is a key part of the Purple Line project, to allow Purple Line riders to easily access the Metro station.
Leggett says Montgomery County needn’t start funding the entrance until after Purple Line construction starts. But council members say that Montgomery needs to show its support for the project by following through on its portions of the project. More than that, the benefits of a new entrance go beyond the Purple Line.
Last night, in the straw vote, the council unanimously agreed to defer three road projects that Cavan Wilk argued on Greater Greater Washington aren’t necessary right now: Montrose Parkway East, Goshen Road South and part of Snouffer School Road.
Marc Elrich (at-large) joined in, but not without a few complaints. The Examiner wrote:
“It’s becoming harder to tell when you’re entering Montgomery County and leaving another jurisdiction,” said [Elrich], saying that the difference in road quality between Montgomery and neighboring counties used to be obvious.
Repairing roads is important, but perhaps instead of spending lots of money just to make sure Montgomery’s roads are even better than perfectly usable ones in neighboring jurisdictions, the county could invest in signs to help people know when they’ve crossed its borders.
[Continue reading David Alpert’s post at Greater Greater Washington.]
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