MONTGOMERY COUNTY EXECUTIVE’S TRANSIT TASK FORCE System Design and Attributes Work Group “A” Prepared For: The Rockefeller Foundation Prepared By: Jonathan M. Genn August 3, 2011. MONTGOMERY COUNTY EXECUTIVE’S TRANSIT TASK FORCE System Design and Attributes Work Group. OVER-ARCHING GOAL
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System Design and Attributes Work Group “A”
Prepared For: The Rockefeller Foundation
Prepared By: Jonathan M. Genn
August 3, 2011
To integrate a new, innovative “World Class” rapid transit system into a comprehensive multi-modal transportation network that would expand accessibility to reliable and timely transit options, and thereby transform the way in which residents, workers, and visitors choose to travel throughout Montgomery County and, ultimately, the entire Washington Metropolitan Area.
SET OF FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES
4. Design the system with such reliability and high standards of quality that neighborhoods might actually compete to have the system installed in their neighborhoods.
NUMBER ONE TOP PRIORITY (yet our greatest challenge):
To the maximum possible extent, we seek physically separated, dedicated lanes THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE SYSTEM, so our Rapid Transit Vehicles (“RTVs”) would not become comingled into mixed general traffic, and thereby best ensure the reliability and time savings for our riders.
SECOND MOST ESSENTIAL ATTRIBUTE:
Developing the “World Class” Branding (with distinctive physical attributes) and Marketing Plan(with the compelling story) that will “make the case” for a County-wide Rapid Transit System.
MOST ESSENTIAL ATTRIBUTES OF RTVs:
MOST ESSENTIAL ATTRIBUTES OF STATIONS:
MOST ESSENTIAL ATTRIBUTES OF OPERATIONS:
WHAT MAKES MONTGOMERY COUNTY’S PLAN UNIQUE?
WHY MONTGOMERY COUNTY WOULD BE A GREAT INVESTMENT FOR ROCKEFELLER FOUNDATION GRANT
County Executive Leggett has shown the leadership and already made a significant investment in the preliminary studies that prove the value of this vision.
Our Task Force Work Group has designed a “World Class” RTV System, which we believe would be the first truly “Gold Standard” model in the United States.
We now respectfully request the Rockefeller Foundation to assist us further in the next set of studies necessary for the economic and financing justifications to implement this bold and transformational RTV System.