Rockville’s King Farm neighborhood was designed and built in the 1990s, specifically with the intention that a future Corridor Cities Transitway extending west from Shady Grove Metro station would serve as the spine of the community. King Farm Boulevard, the neighborhood’s main street, was intended to be the alignment of that transitway, and was constructed with a wide grassy median to accommodate it. For 16 years, Rockville steadfastly supported and planned around having the Corridor Cities Transitway in King Farm.
Then in January a small number of neighborhood activists complained, and the City Council reversed years of planning to request that Maryland reroute the transitway outside of King Farm.
Last month, the state responded. Rockville has its answer, and it’s a resounding “no way.”
According to Maryland Department of Transportation Secretary Beverley Swaim-Staley, any realignment outside of King Farm would increase costs, reduce ridership and lengthen trip times for riders, and would not meet Federal Transit Administration regulations. Swaim-Staley puts it simply: “A King Farm Boulevard option is the most reasonable and effective for the project.”
Good work, Maryland Transit Administration, for following through with a good decision and not bowing to a truly ridiculous example of anti-transit paranoia.
Dan Malouff is an Arlington County transportation planner who blogs independently at BeyondDC.com. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.