Capital Area REALTORS® Work for Improved Transit Options
With easy access to public transit becoming an increasingly important feature for homebuyers in urban areas, the Greater Capital Association of REALTORS® (GCAAR) is working with state and local officials, developers and business leaders to make a rapid transit system a reality in Montgomery County, Md.
Montgomery County, located just outside of Washington, D.C., has a growing population and workforce and getting around the area by automobile can be a challenge. According to Peg Mancuso, 2016 GCAAR president, one of the greatest benefits of a rapid transit system is that it would enable members of the local community to access affordable housing and more job opportunities.
Since 2011 GCAAR has been working on a number of fronts to make the rapid transit system a reality for the metropolitan area. GCAAR has been working with the legislature and transit planners to address a variety of issues, ranging from zoning to funding. It has also been working in the community and with local leaders to ensure that community members have a voice in addressing the transit system’s impact on community needs.
The GCAAR is currently advocating for a transit system that would utilize energy-efficient, bus-like vehicles operated in dedicated lanes.
Rapid transit has gone from an amenity to a necessity in many areas. Thanks to the efforts of GCAAR and others groups, Montgomery County may soon be reaping the benefits of public transportation.