By Ajay Bhatt

The Montgomery County Council held a Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday evening at Westland Middle School.

See press coverage:

WTOP – “One resident railed against the proposed Purple Line connecting Bethesda and Silver Spring. ‘Implement a real transportation solution, one designed to remove cars from the road.’

The Gazette – “Not all residents were accepting of the board’s response to their questions. … Ajay Bhatt…asked the board to abandon support for the proposed Purple Line light rail project.”

Bethesda Patch – ‘Ask them to implement a real transportation solution, one designed to remove cars from the roads,’ Bhatt said.”

The town hall was an opportunity to raise simple issues about the lack of the Purple Line’s rationale in front of concerned citizens.

And so I posed this question to the council:

“Considering the economic realities of the country and our community, that at $2 billion plus the Purple Line is not a viable business model – nor is it an effective transportation plan (Mike Madden and the MTA have acknowledged that the PL is not designed to take cars off the road), will you please ask the state legislature and the governor to stop wasting tens of millions in engineering dollars, stop development plans that will make traffic worse, and scrap the plans for the Purple Line? Instead, ask them to immediately implement a real transportation solution, one designed to remove cars from the road; one that serves the impending immediate needs of NIH, Bethesda Naval and 270 Biotech corridor.’

I was extremely encouraged that the audience’s response was the loudest applause of the night.