Transit Not Traffic Is What Columbia Needs
As the two articles entitled “Taking It To The Streets” and “Study – Traffic Would Overwhelm Downtown” in the July 6th Howard County Times demonstrates, Columbia Town Center needs to have mass transit and fast. The plans for any development in the eastern part of the county should integrate a mass transit component right from the start. That is the only way Howard County is going to grow in a sensible way, and on a human scale. Visit downtown Bethesda and you will see a high density neighborhood which works because it is supported by mass transit. Let’s get better bus service, then a light rail system and finally bring the metro to Columbia (and eastern Howard County) to create a vibrant urban environment. This can be done. It just takes the vision and political will to do it.