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Potomac Passion Helped Save A Bus Route

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By Robert Thomson
Sunday, March 2, 2008; Page C02

An aggressive effort by some local bus riders has been rewarded. Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) decided to make only a modest cutback in a Ride On route that takes commuters to and from the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro station.

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Here's a letter that illustrated the community's concern:

Dear Dr. Gridlock:

I am writing to bring to your attention to Montgomery County's intention to discontinue Route 37 because of what the county calls its "weak performance."

We have statistical data that indicates we meet the county's minimum. . . . We are looking to the media for support. Elimination of this Potomac bus would dump 150 to 200 additional cars onto Falls Road/Tuckerman Lane in the a.m. and p.m. rush hours and overfill the Grosvenor Metro garage. It is the only source of mass transit available to this area.

Bus 37 serves commuters, students, senior citizens and many others. It passes by five schools and two senior-citizens homes plus two shopping centers. This bus serves several handicapped persons who are in desperate need of daily public transportation to work.

Joanne Casey


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