This past Friday, County Executives Isiah Leggett (Montgomery) and Rushern Baker III (Prince George’s) met with Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray to discuss regional communication efforts on transportation, economic development and public safety. The first meeting in a series of regional summits resulted from the gridlock that occurred in late January due to heavy snowfall during rush hour. All three officials agreed that the lack of communication greatly attributed to the traffic problems. The Gazette reports:
“We are inter-related,” Leggett said of the three jurisdictions. “We are one big community.”
Gray said the District is in the process of constructing a street car transit system that Montgomery and Prince George’s counties could connect to through bus or Metro.
The 37-mile system will complete by 2030.
Baker suggested that Montgomery, Prince George’s and Washington, D.C. partner to apply for federal grants.
“We are the Washington region, so all of us need to grow together,” he said. “There’s no Berlin Wall around [Montgomery County].”