My five point plan calls for the County to adopt a culture of smart planning, innovation, rapid implementation and efficient execution that focuses on capacity management. Flexible, community-sensitive design should replace by-the-book engineering that inhibits rapid improvements. Problems should be solved with innovation focused on results rather than time-consuming studies. Rapidly implemented on-the-ground fixes should be adjusted in light of experience, and we should move on quickly if they don’t work. Our primary concern should be to alleviate traffic congestion, as both an economic and quality of life issue in our community.

Working with Federal, State, and local governments, we will build a second crossing over the Potomac river that connects Virginia high-capacity corridors to the InterCounty Connector (ICC), Bio-Tech region around Gaithersburg, widen the American Legion Bridge, and improve capacity on the I-270 spur. Transportation improvements must translate to new business imperatives; smart growth requires an economic and rural balance that maximizes the social-cultural diversity of our community, and benefits every citizen equally.

Build scenic Midcounty Highway Extended (M83) as defined in the 1960s Master Plan. Introduce a comfortable multi-lane controlled-access highway parallel to Route 355 on the east side of I-270 from Montgomery Village Avenue in Gaithersburg, to Ridge Road in Clarksburg, to help improve cross-county access to the North-South Interstate 270. 

Expand an innovative and efficient Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system at minimal cost, and with maximum benefit to every citizen. BRT must show clear metrics that ensures equal service for all citizens across each region of the County. BRT growth must correspond to both highway improvements and an increase in the availability of Ride-On Bus service, with a specific emphasis on secondary roads and less accessible routes.

Introduce a County evaluation system that ensures community concerns are addressed on all State Highway development. State projects cannot neglect the concerns of our local residents; citizen input to design is essential, while giving consideration to developer costs, efficiency, and innovation. Improvements should translate into cost-savings, that benefit the County and the developer as mutual partners in smart growth initiatives.

Work with technology companies, land developers, regional partners, and citizens to lead the state in innovative traffic management. Introduce autonomous vehicles, traffic flow timing, sensor-based traffic lights, and adjustable self-governing speed limits for both mass-transit and individual car drivers to ensure community safety concerns are addressed and implementation is efficient, cost-effective, and first and foremost, reduces traffic congestion.