County government plays an important role in providing a safe and accessible multi-modal transportation system, from maintaining local roads and infrastructure and running bus service. Below are some of my priorities for transportation and infrastructure:

I will hold the State accountable for maintenance and improvements on our roads.

  • The State of Maryland is responsible for maintaining all state roads (those identified with a route number), as well as for commuter bus and rail service, and it provides the County with funds for metro services and to maintain local roads.
  • As County Executive, I will ensure we get our fair share of transportation funds, adequate maintenance and upkeep and improvements of services from the State, as well as commitments to major projects that benefit the county such as the Purple Line.
  • In particular, traffic on many of our roadways is caused by cars coming from elsewhere in the state. This pass-through traffic from other counties is yet another reason why the state must step up to help alleviate the impact of these commuters on our roads and the congestion that burdens our citizens.

Our transportation system is in dire need of more funding, which we should start to pursue through new, innovative means.

  • We should examine how other jurisdictions have adopted innovative methods of financing infrastructure projects so that we can increase investments in our public infrastructure.
  • Development projects can contribute to our infrastructure by funding improvements related to new building sites, but this source of funding can be handled be efficiently. In particular, we should allow for pooled contributions from multiple projects to accomplish major infrastructure goals, rather than simply requiring incremental improvements from each developer which often leads to inconsequential or inefficient improvements.

Public transportation is a lifeline for many residents and should be as convenient and reliable as possible.

  • We must continue to look at our current route structure to make sure that it is maximizing the delivery of service to residents.
  • Our bus service is currently limited to working hours Monday through Friday, but we should consider additional transportation options for times outside of those windows.
  • To accomplish these goals, we could partner with larger commercial and residential projects and allow them to contribute directly to the provision of bus service, which could serve as an additional attraction for their customers.

Our existing rail infrastructure should be expanded to include areas of the county that are currently underserved by mass transit.

  • I will support the building of the Purple Line, which would connect sections of WMATA’s existing metro lines throughout Montgomery and northern Prince George’s Counties, relieving congestion in the area, bringing economic growth, and making commutes easier.
  • We also need to look at expanding rail service in the southern part of the county, as well as over the Wilson bridge and into Virginia.

Our county relies on WMATA for metro and bus service, so we must ensure that it is adequately funded and well-governed.

  • We need to address the financial needs of WMATA along with all our regional partners, and particularly the State, which justifiably plays a significant role in funding the County’s portion of WMATA service.
  • At the same time, we must be mindful of the impact of proposals to cut WMATA’s workforce, as this would disproportionately impact our County’s residents who make up a large share of WMATA’s workforce.

We need to focus on not only our cars, trains, and busses but also on the safety and comfort of those who travel by bike or by foot.

  • We must invest in infrastructure that provides pedestrians and bicyclists safe places to ride, particularly on large and highly-trafficked roads.
  • Prince George’s County has led the region in pedestrian deaths. We must reverse this trend through physical improvements, enforcement and education.

Too often after a utility works in our neighborhoods, they leave behind the road in a far worse condition, often leading to unseemly bulges in the roadway.

  • We must demand better from our utility companies. After they perform work in our neighborhoods (which must be accompanied by notice for residents of the type of work they are performing as well as the expected duration of the work), the road should be in the same, if not better, condition as it was before work began.

We have wonderful assets that we must make the most of. We have 15 Metro stations, almost all are underdeveloped–especially relative to other Metro stations in the region.

  • Transit-oriented development (TOD) creates centers of activity, residential housing, retail and offices near an existing node of mass transit. This targeted development approach is smart growth; it reduces cars on the road and lessens demand for costly infrastructure–roads, water and sewer service–in undeveloped areas.
  • We will continue efforts to attract activity at our Metro stations. Aggressive promotion of the development potential at our Metro stations must be balanced with coordinating building in a confined area near an active rail network. This takes attention and diligence. Consequently, I support creating a position in our economic development office to coordinate efforts to realize the County’s full TOD potential.
  • While providing important transportation, the Purple Line, and its stations, also bring new investment opportunities—and that is one more reason why I support its construction.